Lagniappe (Mobile, AL)
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Little Women (2019)
With a few wonderfully clever touches, this beautiful film honors not just the story itself, but the act of reading and loving it.
Posted Jan 8, 2020
The Goldfinch (2019)
If you are one of the many people who read the novel by Donna Tartt, however, this maligned, handsome film is more than worth watching.
Posted Dec 23, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019)
The film's ending is satisfying and meaningful, but to keep some of the other characters intact would not have made Bernadette just look better, it would have made the film look better.
Posted Dec 18, 2019
The Kitchen (2019)
This story about three mob wives taking the reins after their husbands are imprisoned is uneven, at best.
Posted Dec 11, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)
You have to be made out of stone to be unmoved by The Peanut Butter Falcon.
Posted Dec 4, 2019
An absolutely beautiful hand-drawn cartoon about Santa's origins.
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Let It Snow (2019)
I love Shipka and it has Prince Ben (Mitchell Hope) from Descendants in it, which you will find exciting if you are, as I mentioned, a teen or tween.
Posted Nov 26, 2019
This entry is the most colorful and traditionally jolly of the newcomers and as such, pretty silly.
Posted Nov 26, 2019
The Farewell (2019)
An extraordinarily gentle drama that is thought-provoking in the nicest, most pleasant way.
Posted Nov 21, 2019
High Life (2019)
It's very disturbing, but utterly compelling.
Posted Nov 13, 2019
"Booksmart" is a genuinely moving story as well.
Posted Nov 6, 2019
The vibe of Danny Boyle's Yesterday is so delightful and infectious that, for most of the film, all the troubles with the plot seem so far away.
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Long Shot (2019)
It's not a new Valentine's Day classic perhaps, but there are enough warm, fuzzy feelings, along with many laughs, to qualify for date night.
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Ladies in Black (2018)
Ladies in Black fits the bill, beautifully.
Posted Oct 10, 2019
The Beach Bum (2019)
The Dead Don't Die (2019)
As a satirical statement on consumerism, the film never earns its political jabs either.
Posted Sep 25, 2019
Late Night (2019)
With her sharp suits and even sharper tongue, Thompson's character is a far cry from her many dignified roles in tasteful period pieces, and it's thrilling to see a woman character like this.
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
The costumes are utterly sumptuous and the period details are convincing, but to really see and understand the emotions governing those who govern others is what makes this film so remarkable.
Posted Sep 11, 2019
All Is True (2019)
While the themes might be hammered home too much at times, they are still compelling and interesting, and hammered home by some incredible actors, decked out in gorgeous costumes and more wigs than an episode of RuPaul's Drag Race.
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Missing Link (2019)
If you have been spoiled by the richness of their earlier films, Missing Link is a bit disappointing, but if you want a beautifully crafted, intelligent adventure for kids, this is still that. It will be interesting to see where Laika goes from here.
Posted Aug 21, 2019
Teen Spirit (2019)
There is more to it than meets the eye.
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Bad in a special way.
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Wine Country (2019)
A disappointment like this from so much potential is more than just lame, it's a crying shame.
Posted Aug 1, 2019
Under the Silver Lake (2019)
This is a long, weird movie, startlingly explicit at times, but oddly, and I do mean oddly, affecting.
Posted Jul 24, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019)
I call this movie unnecessary because the first three films told such a complete story, and this functions more as a "Where are they now?" follow-up. As such, however, it is wonderful.
Posted Jul 10, 2019
It is utterly beautiful, endlessly inventive and borderline unwatchable. There could not be a more poetic union of filmmaker and subject.
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Somehow this film straddles realism and absurdity and manages to be emotional.
Posted Jun 26, 2019
Stan & Ollie (2019)
There is plenty to admire in the sedate but moving biopic.
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Support the Girls (2018)
An unusually subtle story of would-be women's liberation, that could have gone so many other ways, but always lands in reality and pitch-perfect performances.
Posted Jun 12, 2019
It was so cheesy, but I guess sometimes you just find yourself in the mood for cheese.
Posted Jun 11, 2019
Her Smell (2019)
Title notwithstanding, this is an incredible film, viscerally unpleasant at times, but riveting throughout.
Posted May 30, 2019
The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
It's a sweet, funny adventure story that is a total anomaly in today's children's entertainment landscape.
Posted May 22, 2019
Destination Wedding (2018)
It is clunky, sophomoric, unconvincing, obvious, painful and dreadful and our erstwhile film stars gave this word vomit the delivery it deserved. Which is to say, terrible.
Posted May 16, 2019
Beautiful Boy (2018)
The arc of the story becomes somewhat predictable, but the scenes within that arc are memorable, and the performances are amazing.
Posted May 15, 2019
On the Basis of Sex (2019)
The straightforward yet fascinating On the Basis of Sex cannot help but be inspiring.
Posted May 3, 2019
The Big Lebowski (1998)
"The Big Lebowski" is easy to love and rewarding to obsess over, but for me, it's more than just a fun movie to quote; it's a comforting memory generator, and when I watch it, if I squint, I can kind of see my dad again.
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Writer/director Gus Van Sant approaches a heavy subject with a combination of whimsy and sincerity, while a great supporting cast enliven the parties, group Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and rehabilitation wards.
Posted Apr 18, 2019
An overt art film, but with a delicate relationship drama woven through.
Posted Apr 11, 2019
First Man (2018)
Harrowing, fascinating and very moving, "First Man" takes a larger-than-life story and brings the people down to earth, while never diminishing the enormity and grandeur of the achievements.
Posted Apr 4, 2019
The Sisters Brothers (2018)
A beautifully paced, deeply textured portrayal of the relationships that give such vibrancy to the kind of story that is largely predicated on the meaninglessness and cheapness of life in such a violent and unpredictable time in this nation's history.
Posted Apr 2, 2019
A Simple Favor (2018)
Intentionally hilarious and slyly sexy and shocking.
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
May this film lead to more dramatic roles for McCarthy, and a full-blown Richard E. Grant renaissance.
Posted Mar 7, 2019
The Old Man & the Gun (2018)
While it has a few truly delightful and memorable scenes, I'd also like to see a version that is a smidge less in awe of its subject, however deserved that awe may be.
Posted Feb 21, 2019
While "Roma" is a deeply personal expression of one man's childhood memories, I responded to it, from today's climate, as a very affecting way of viewing a woman's dilemma of work versus motherhood.
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Just when you think this little movie is only going to be about skating and cursing, which is actually fine with me, Jonah Hill manages to raise the stakes, but does so in a natural and believable progression.
Posted Feb 7, 2019
First Reformed (2018)
A visually and emotionally rigorous experience, but it's also grounded and centered by star Ethan Hawke in a performance that is quietly spectacular in every scene.
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Eighth Grade (2018)
We're all still growing up, and "Eighth Grade" resonates powerfully with memories and experiences deeply buried, recent and raw, or witnessed in our own adolescent offspring. It is a painful but worthwhile experience.
Posted Jan 24, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
If you're too faithful to the original, you are not original. If you veer wildly off from the original, you're sacrilegious to a classic. "Mary Poppins Returns" definitely walks the faithful path and does so, in exceedingly divine footwear.
Posted Jan 17, 2019
Sorry to Bother You (2018)
The delightful and assured cast lead the story with complete control through its craziest moments, and this dystopian madness is utterly believable in their capable hands.
Posted Dec 20, 2018
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)