Charles Bramesco, The Guardian

Charles Bramesco

The Guardian

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Past articles by Charles:

Fingernails review – Jessie Buckley and Riz Ahmed’s chemistry can’t save paper-thin love story

Christos Nikou’s English-language debut aims to be a sadistically comical treatment of relationship insecurity, but ends up saying little → Read More

‘They thought they were immortal’: the rise and fall of San Francisco’s 60s music scene

A new docuseries explores the ‘untold stories’ of the musicians at the centre of a creative boom and what happened when tragedy struck → Read More

Insidious: The Red Door review – shoddy horror sequel

Patrick Wilson makes his directorial debut with a labored legacy sequel that should hopefully close the door on the long-running franchise → Read More

Sound of Freedom: the QAnon-adjacent thriller seducing America

Jim Caviezel stars as a hero trying to stop child traffickers in a paranoid new movie turning into a surprise box-office hit → Read More

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at 70: Marilyn Monroe remains a dazzling star

Howard Hawks’ eye-catching comedy sees the actor at the height of her talents in a tale with more depth and intellect than even its director knew → Read More

Oscar-winner next door: the everlasting appeal of Jennifer Lawrence

After a brief period out of the spotlight, the actor is back with raunchy comedy No Hard Feelings and a performance to remind us that she’s still at the top of her game → Read More

Transition: the story of a trans journalist embedded with the Taliban

In a fascinating new documentary, an Australian trans man gains unprecedented access to the terrorist organisation while keeping his identity secret → Read More

Succession withdrawal? Here are the shows to help scratch that itch

With many of us mourning the Roy clan, a bounty of alternatives exists to help provide the backstabbing and ladder-climbing we so miss → Read More

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts review – limp, lifeless robot sequel

An attempt to revive the Hasbro franchise is a careless fumble put together without a hint of effort or interest → Read More

The end has no end: why Hollywood should stop splitting movies into two

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is hampered by a greedy insistence on cutting franchise movies in half, a trend that shows no sign of going away → Read More

From The Shining to Carrie: our writers pick their favourite Stephen King movies

With the writer’s latest big screen adaptation The Boogeyman opening in theatres, we select the best interpretations of his work → Read More

From Bond to Heroes: what was affected by the 2007 writers’ strike?

As WGA members put their pens down again, a look back on the last industry-shifting strike → Read More

Bupkis review – Pete Davidson plays Pete Davidson in messy series

The ex-SNL comedian recruits Edie Falco and Joe Pesci for a scrappy new comedy show that mixes raw honesty with rambling inconsistency → Read More

‘A budget is a moral document’: why does the NYPD need $29m a day?

The Museum of Broken Windows aims to explore what New York City could be like if funds were diverted from the police → Read More

Mrs Davis review – fun yet frustrating series mixes religion with raucousness

Betty Gilpin plays a nun on a mission to locate the Holy Grail in a patchy genre-hopping new show about an all-consuming Alexa-adjacent superpower → Read More

Director Kelly Reichardt: ‘Keep in mind, I don’t have my finger on any pulse’

The film-maker behind First Cow discusses her new Michelle Williams-starring drama Showing Up and the difficulties of making art in this climate → Read More

Lance Reddick: The Wire’s crusading cop led with command and conviction

The late actor has left behind a career of distinguished and often devastating roles, headed up by his no-nonsense lieutenant in the HBO drama → Read More

Tod Browning: the film-maker who brought the carnival to Hollywood

A new retrospective offers another chance to appreciate the daring and often deranged films made by a director who was once the centre of a moral panic → Read More

It's time for action in the explosive first trailer for How to Blow Up a Pipeline

A cross-cultural coalition plots to disrupt an oil supply chain in Daniel Goldhaber's galvanizing new film. → Read More

‘We’re not taking care of it’: why film preservation should be prioritized

A new documentary acts as a cautionary tale urging us to be more aware of how we store and preserve what we film and watch → Read More