Asia Frey

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
73% Teen Spirit (2019) There is more to it than meets the eye. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
20% Serenity (2019) Bad in a special way. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
66% Wine Country (2019) A disappointment like this from so much potential is more than just lame, it's a crying shame. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
57% Under the Silver Lake (2019) This is a long, weird movie, startlingly explicit at times, but oddly, and I do mean oddly, affecting. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
97% 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. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
62% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) It is utterly beautiful, endlessly inventive and borderline unwatchable. There could not be a more poetic union of filmmaker and subject. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
75% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) Somehow this film straddles realism and absurdity and manages to be emotional. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) There is plenty to admire in the sedate but moving biopic. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
91% 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. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
33% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) It was so cheesy, but I guess sometimes you just find yourself in the mood for cheese. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
83% Her Smell (2019) Title notwithstanding, this is an incredible film, viscerally unpleasant at times, but riveting throughout. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
89% 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. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
53% 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. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) The arc of the story becomes somewhat predictable, but the scenes within that arc are memorable, and the performances are amazing. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) The straightforward yet fascinating On the Basis of Sex cannot help but be inspiring. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
83% 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. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) 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. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
97% Columbus (2017) An overt art film, but with a delicate relationship drama woven through. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
87% 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. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
87% 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. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
85% A Simple Favor (2018) Intentionally hilarious and slyly sexy and shocking. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) May this film lead to more dramatic roles for McCarthy, and a full-blown Richard E. Grant renaissance. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
93% 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. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
96% Roma (2018) 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. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
81% Mid90s (2018) 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. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
93% 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. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
99% 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. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
79% 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. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
93% 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. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4.5/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) These six stories add up to an achievement that is wise, ridiculous, gorgeous, hideous, and contains some of the best onscreen monologues and original characters of all time. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) It suffers a bit from being in the middle of a series and having to set up so many questions that don't get answered yet, but for every complaint I hear about this flick, I can think of something in it worth watching. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
83% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) A historical oddity and a legend that has been preserved so that people can finally see it. I do not recommend it as an entry into the famous director's work by any means, but for completists, it's required watching. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
83% My Dinner with Hervé (2018) To see Dinklage bring such humanity and pathos to such a complexly unhappy character was the most profound aspect of the film. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
98% Rodents of Unusual Size (2018) This is a funny, gross documentary of unusual depth covering ecology, identity, culture, class and family through the lens of the life cycle of a gigantic, disgusting rat. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
67% On Chesil Beach (2018) "On Chesil Beach" looks like a tasteful period piece you might rent with mom, but things take a graphic turn, and you do not want to have a family member in the room with you when they do. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Quietly stirring, not grandly epic, and gratifyingly realistic. The plot avoids pie-in-the-sky clichés of stardom, and instead creates a beautiful father-daughter pair and gives us a glimpse into an important season of their lives. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Like watching an episode of his show, this documentary is just a decent, quiet, meaningful place to spend a bit of quality time, reflecting on the inherent worth of every person and enjoying that earworm of a song. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
86% The Land of Steady Habits (2018) Mendelsohn's wry and appealing manner slowly gives way to a stunning lack of moral imperative that is nothing short of tragic. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
83% Juliet, Naked (2018) A wistful, well-written film about the complexities of romance as an adult, and it contains some harsh realities while also being hopeful and romantic. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
46% How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018) There is something so routine about the whole thing, which is insane considering how unusual the plot really is. The quirkiness is forced, and the imaginativeness is sterile. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
37% The Quiet Ones (2014) As far as the aesthetics of the film, "The Quiet Ones" is marvelous. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
97% To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) The pleasure of the film does not come from being surprised, it comes from experiencing these characters. Perhaps because the source material is a novel, the people in the story blossom beyond their boilerplate romantic comedy slots. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
43% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Ang Lee succeeds in bringing to the screen a perspective that, if not exactly new, is certainly affecting and emotionally meaningful. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
31% Wonder Wheel (2017) The parallels between Allen's own forbidden love for the step-daughter of his girlfriend and the plot of this story are awfully blatant. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
48% Downsizing (2017) I was wooed to this film by the promise of tiny people and their miniature accessories, and I paid a price of over two hours of wasted casting potential, wasted concept potential and mostly wasted time. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Aubrey Plaza carries this story through amusing, biting satire that is outrageous enough for wry chuckles, but recognizable and dangerous enough that it's a memorable little film. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
85% Loving Vincent (2017) Perhaps the filmmakers were too deeply in thrall to their subject to get the proper distance to create a dramatic story. What we get instead is an emotional and beautiful tribute. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
88% Lady Macbeth (2017) Even when the viewers' sympathies are, hopefully, long gone, Katherine still has the utmost sympathy for herself, and it gives the film a psychological depth beyond the shock value of her actions. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
88% David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2017) This lightweight documentary fails to engage meaningfully with such rich material, remaining instead a merely adequate overview of a singularly fascinating period in the life of this artist. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) It's ravishing but unmoving, full of details but lacking in vitality, fascinating in a removed way but not engrossing. If it is possible to be impressed but bored at the same time, that is the experience "Phantom Thread" creates. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018