Asia Frey

Asia Frey
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Lagniappe (Mobile, AL)

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T-Meter Title | Year
93% Swan Song (2021) You have never seen a character quite like Udo Kier's Mr. Pat in Swan Song, and he has a razor-sharp edge that cuts through even the most sentimental moments in this ebullient yet tear-jerking character study. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
89% Charming the Hearts of Men (2021) At any rate, the women who I liked so much ended up better off than they started, and this was a very engaging historic dramedy. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
93% Val (2021) You don't have to be a huge Val Kilmer fan to engage with the documentary "Val." - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2021
97% Pig (2021) Nicolas Cage delivers a moving, naturalistic performance. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2021
91% The Suicide Squad (2021) From the bonkers fight choreography to the macabre logic driving the madcap action, this stylized comic book world looked nothing like ours, and was all the more transporting and entertaining for it. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2021
77% Ride the Eagle (2021) It seemed like a pet project of several actors that I really like, and I was more than happy to spend time with them on this slight-but-interesting excursion. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2021
No Score Yet Evergreen (2020) A sweet, simple journey, taking the scenic route through a young couple's brief-but-meaningful romance. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2021
79% Black Widow (2021) Full of satisfying Avengers elements but also functions as its own compelling spy movie. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2021
52% The Tomorrow War (2021) Chris Pratt was always an unlikely hero... in his new sci-fi action vehicle "The Tomorrow War," his heroism is more unlikely than ever. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
83% Pinocchio (2020) If you are a fan of the rich, detailed, almost grimy world of directors like Terry Gilliam ("Monty Python"), then the vision of Italian director Matteo Garrone is right up your alley. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
94% In the Heights (2021) In the Heights is romantic, sexy, energetic, colorful, heartwarming and beautifully told. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
90% Kajillionaire (2020) Every minute of Kajillionaire, the latest quirky film from quirky filmmaker, actress, artist and writer Miranda July, is peculiar, specific, intentional and successful. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
74% Cruella (2021) The fabulously fashionable workplace drama I never knew I needed... better than the recent live-action remakes of earlier Disney animations because it is merely inspired by the cartoon, not a recreation. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
62% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) A summer thriller without superheroes can be a rare treat, and "Those Who Wish Me Dead" succeeds in that department. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
63% French Exit (2021) Droll, well-written and emotional in its own way, "French Exit" is a small, weird film with a very specific kind of appeal. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
70% Frances Ferguson (2019) There are narrative constructions in the film that make it less of a realistic drama and more of a stylized parable. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
98% The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021) Smart, savvy and hilarious. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
29% Blithe Spirit (2021) A serviceable but extremely lightweight flight of fancy... This little flick might not hold up to a strict critical evaluation, but as a minor diversion, it might just do the trick. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
86% The Courier (2020) It's compelling to see a normal person rise to an extraordinary occasion like that, even if he sweats and vomits his way through it. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
67% Crisis (2021) It is a compelling, exciting and heartbreaking look at the machinations of the opioid epidemic, especially when it puts talented faces on the staggering numbers involved. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
71% My Salinger Year (2021) "My Salinger Year" is a charming, coming-of-age story with a watchable star and an interesting setting.... I am wise enough to acknowledge the film's shortcomings and naive enough to love it. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
98% The Father (2021) The emotional depths of "The Father" are profound, and the characters bring their memories out vividly. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
97% Sound of Metal (2020) Ahmed's performance was stellar, riveting and fully realized, but even in his most emotional moments, understated and real. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
69% Moxie (2021) "Moxie" is definitely on a soapbox, but it's my soapbox, so I loved it... Even the film's shortcomings led to some good discussion at my house, and I just unabashedly enjoyed watching it with my teenage daughter. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) "Judas and the Black Messiah" explores what kinds of ends justify what kind of means, and while it is certainly a thought-provoking historical film, it is also a riveting drama. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
78% I Care a Lot (2021) This is not an "important" film and it gives the viewer absolutely no one to love or root for, but if your threshold for nihilism is high, you might enjoy it "a lot." - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
76% The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) Even though it has teen protagonists, optimists and dreamers of any age will enjoy "The Map of Tiny Perfect Things," a lighthearted lark into an alternate universe that is also entirely recognizable, particularly around here. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
88% The Dig (2021) The film's pleasures are many, but they are understated... for those with patience, "The Dig" is an exceptionally beautiful film. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
45% The Little Things (2021) Almost all the shortcomings of the film are balanced out by Denzel Washington's performance. He is simply fun and exciting to watch, even when he's doing some fairly cheesy things, like being haunted by victims or talking to dead bodies in the morgue. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
48% A Rainy Day in New York (2020) "A Rainy Day in New York" is a witty, star-studded romantic comedy we would think was surprisingly good - if anyone else directed it. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
85% Our Friend (2020) "Our Friend" is a well-written, well-made story, and the script gives these actors so much with which to build their characters. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
17% Elsewhere (2020) A wistful misadventure, a quiet but authentic story of personal growth. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2021
92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) A dizzyingly eccentric delight, one that manages to be entirely true to the original yet thrillingly fresh. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) No one was happier than me to see Chris Pine back from the dead as Steve Trevor, but a world-weary Wonder Woman is, to use an '80s term, kind of a bummer. Especially for two and a half hours. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
89% Save Yourselves! (2020) "Save Yourselves!" feels much more relevant than a pithy, droll comedy about millennials fighting aliens has any right to be. Watch and enjoy it before it goes from comedy to documentary. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
85% Misbehaviour (2020) A nuanced, well-written slice of very colorful history. Some of the conclusions are a bit on the nose, and Greg Kinnear's nose is a bit off, but I'm glad I experienced this story. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
77% Uncle Frank (2020) The relationship between Frank and Wally exists so beautifully within this film, I wish I could just watch a movie about them together without the contrivances of Frank's family drama. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
95% My Octopus Teacher (2020) A beautiful, informative and meditative film experience that will leave you feeling like you have journeyed far away. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
89% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) Full of sparkles, singing and lots and lots of beautiful plaid, the John Legend-produced confection is - despite the aforementioned singing - not as cheesy as you might expect. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
82% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2020) This film is such a strange bird I cannot predict what a viewer's reaction might be, but I think it is worth watching and finding out for yourself. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
38% Downhill (2020) It's a bitter little pill, but it worked for me. Proceed with caution and you will be rewarded with an insightful drama. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
39% Rebecca (2020) Like the second Mrs. De Winter, the contemporary viewer could enjoy "Rebecca" if freed from the constraints of comparison to a long-lost past. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) The experience is simply joyful. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
67% The Glorias (2020) The life story of one extraordinary woman - Gloria Steinem - in the hands of another extraordinary woman - director Julie Taymor - gives us the visually stunning and emotionally probing biopic "The Glorias." - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) I know there is so much there to appreciate - if you can just endure it. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
91% Enola Holmes (2020) Really cute and fun to watch. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
85% Mr. Jones (2020) Mr. Jones is thrilling, sad and above all, well acted. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
41% Irresistible (2020) The movie has its funny moments, but the messaging is super overstated and the premise ends up being fairly simplistic. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
66% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) The Burnt Orange Heresy is a tight, smart mystery built on an unusual premise with great actors who are not overexposed. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
87% Get Duked! (2020) This gloriously idiotic misadventure is the perfect ludicrous comedy romp for the right viewer. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020