Charles Bramesco
Charles Bramesco
June 10, 2018

‘Ocean’s 8’ isn’t quite the feminist film we were hoping for

Look closely and you’ll find the dynamic between the female characters is handled in a perfunctory fashion.

June 5, 2018

‘Hereditary’ is the latest horror movie to redefine the terror of motherhood

A24's latest is one of three recent films that form a triptych about modern mom horror.
May 12, 2018

With ‘Rafiki’ and ‘Birds of Passage,’ the Cannes Film Festival finally looks beyond Western culture

This year's lineup represents a refreshing change of pace for the iconic cinema showcase, which has a history of favoring European and American films.
March 15, 2018

‘Thoroughbreds’ and ‘Flower’ are complex movies that respect — and fear — teenage girls

Both movies present noble missions that go awry, and that feel especially timely in our current #MeToo moment.
March 2, 2018

Don’t let all those Oscar nominations fool you — ‘Shape of Water’ isn’t the best picture frontrunner

Guillermo del Toro's romantic fantasy may have the most nods at this year's Oscars, but recent history suggests it'll lose out in the top category.
Feb. 26, 2018

‘BPM’ is a beautiful film about AIDS activism. How did the Oscars snub it for best foreign film?

To every extent that a film can be a shoo-in for the best foreign language film statuette, 'BPM' should’ve had it in the bag, but it wasn't even nominated.

Dec. 22, 2017

‘The Greatest Showman’ is a hollow spectacle of performative wokeness

The new film — which tells the story of P.T. Barnum — is a first-order bamboozle, a movie that shies away from every opportunity to back up the lofty ideals it peddles.
Dec. 18, 2017

Bring on the female antiheroes — Hollywood’s antidote to the messy reality of 2017

'Molly's Game,' 'Three Billboards' and 'I, Tonya' all present complicated female antiheroes, but their narratives are actually way tidier than they seem.
Dec. 12, 2017

2017: The year that everyone had sex on screen

In a year largely dominated by real-world horror and anxiety, movies celebrated love and sex as a giving life force.
Nov. 10, 2017

What do we make of the women in Louis CK’s ‘I Love You, Daddy’?

Four actresses turned in wonderful work in a deeply troubling film — and that work is unlikely to be seen by the public.
Oct. 23, 2017

25 years later, ‘Reservoir Dogs’ is better than the film bros who champion it

In the quarter-century since its release, Quentin Tarantino's debut film has been saddled with plenty of baggage, from fans and the filmmaker himself — but the crime classic deserves better.

Aug. 15, 2017

Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’ is the culmination of a fiercely independent career

With his latest feature-length film, the acclaimed auteur is rewriting the rules of how movies get made.