Charles has written 31 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • Believer

    Believer

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    More flash than substance. A mystery that can’t help telegraph its big turn through its casting choices.

    Oh, and the handful of action scenes are chopped to shit.

  • Psycho Goreman

    Psycho Goreman

    ★★★

    This movie has the gold-standard of grating kid leads. She’s great.

  • Blood Red Sky

    Blood Red Sky

    ★★★

    I wish I’d watched this without any advance information. I literally grinned at a (brief) moment of sticky body horror that arrived at a perfect beat in this bloody thing.

  • Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    ★★★

    Starts so strong but wears out its welcome (a little). But a like a little pastel colored silly-silly.

  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    Those Who Wish Me Dead

    ★★★

    A solid thriller where the fire plays a smaller part than the marketing would suggest. Gillen and Hoult are stone-cold monsters and ACAB but I’m willing to make some leeway for Berenthal’s deputy tough guy.

  • Framing Britney Spears

    Framing Britney Spears

    As a capsule view of Spears' career/abuse by the tabloid-entertainment complex, it's good stuff. When it starts wading into the "Free Britney" online movement uncritically, the doc starts to feel like pop Qa*n.

  • Come to Daddy

    Come to Daddy

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Wood and McHattie do great work as one stranger trying to connect with another stranger barely tolerating them. This was the most uncomfortable and most successful aspect of the movie.

    Reaches a point of getting so lurid in the last act that it mostly feels silly for its own sake. Also, its use of an an Aphex Twin track will surprise you.

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★

    Fun, twisty mystery. But I wasn’t wild about its heart requiring a beatific, almost magically moral person of color (dehumanizing her as it tried to elevate her above the greedy white folks).

  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

    Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

    ★★★

    The framing story lacks the meanness/bite of the stories themselves, but gotdamb each of the creatures is appropriately nasty (and likely traumatizing for the generation of kids lucky enough to get it in their eyeballs).

  • Always Be My Maybe

    Always Be My Maybe

    ★★★

    Park and Wong are so thoroughly charismatic, I could watch them for hours playing off one another’s vibes. I just wish their script gave the pair more time to be a convincing couple.

  • Dear Ex

    Dear Ex

    ★★★

    At turns aggressively sweet and misanthropic.

  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★★

    Messy but interesting. Overexplains itself by half but I respect the attempt at world-building through all these small pieces.