Lagniappe (Mobile, AL)

Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Asia Frey
Rating Title/Year Author
A Simple Favor (2018) Asia Frey Intentionally hilarious and slyly sexy and shocking. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Asia Frey May this film lead to more dramatic roles for McCarthy, and a full-blown Richard E. Grant renaissance. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Asia Frey 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
Roma (2018) Asia Frey 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Mid90s (2018) Asia Frey 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
First Reformed (2017) Asia Frey 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Eighth Grade (2018) Asia Frey 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Asia Frey 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
Sorry to Bother You (2018) Asia Frey 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
4.5/5 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Asia Frey 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Asia Frey 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
The Other Side of the Wind (2018) Asia Frey 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
My Dinner With Hervé (2018) Asia Frey To see Dinklage bring such humanity and pathos to such a complexly unhappy character was the most profound aspect of the film. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Rodents of Unusual Size (2017) Asia Frey 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
On Chesil Beach (2017) Asia Frey "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. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Asia Frey 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Asia Frey 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018
The Land of Steady Habits (2018) Asia Frey Mendelsohn's wry and appealing manner slowly gives way to a stunning lack of moral imperative that is nothing short of tragic. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
Juliet, Naked (2018) Asia Frey 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2017) Asia Frey 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
The Quiet Ones (2014) Asia Frey As far as the aesthetics of the film, "The Quiet Ones" is marvelous. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) Asia Frey 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Asia Frey Ang Lee succeeds in bringing to the screen a perspective that, if not exactly new, is certainly affecting and emotionally meaningful. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
Wonder Wheel (2017) Asia Frey The parallels between Allen's own forbidden love for the step-daughter of his girlfriend and the plot of this story are awfully blatant. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Downsizing (2017) Asia Frey 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Ingrid Goes West (2017) Asia Frey 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Loving Vincent (2017) Asia Frey 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Lady Macbeth (2016) Asia Frey 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2017) Asia Frey 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Phantom Thread (2017) Asia Frey 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
The Disaster Artist (2017) Asia Frey I was simply struck by how lucky one wealthy, self-centered maniac got by gaining so much notoriety for something so lame. I think he inadvertently expressed something so raw and naked that it becomes watchable on another level. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Asia Frey There is a lot in this story about these women, the characters they play, the images they created and those that were projected onto their onscreen and offscreen lives. For Bening to now portray Grahame is meaningful and poetic. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Molly's Game (2017) Asia Frey A fascinating story brought to life by a spellbinding star, "Molly's Game" is Chastain's film, and a gripping journey through a rarefied world. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Asia Frey Taken as a whole, A Wrinkle in Time is an exciting, uplifting fantasy adventure, eye-poppingly beautiful and affirming of the powers of love, science, empathy and acceptance. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
The Post (2017) Asia Frey Timely, both in its defense of freedom of the press and its emphasis on the contribution of female leadership, and while it is a by-the-book kind of treatment of the story, it is still quite a story. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Call Me by Your Name (2017) Asia Frey A compelling, confusing, beautiful film peopled with unforgettable, believable characters, not necessarily a crowd pleaser, but an intense, highly individual vision that might open your eyes to what the definition of "summer romance" can mean. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) Asia Frey What makes "Roman J Israel, Esq." more than merely bad is that it's so astonishingly erratic and so long and complicated. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Get Out (2017) Asia Frey The cleverness of blending these genres, with a racial commentary that is razor sharp, is what got and kept people talking about "Get Out." EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Crooked House (2017) Asia Frey This over the top adaptation is not realistic, but it is great fun. With the detective and his thwarted love trying to maintain sanity in a whirling vortex of family dysfunction, the viewer is along for a ride that ends shockingly and abruptly. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Battle of the Sexes (2017) Asia Frey Battle of the Sexes" lobs some easy ones over the net, and the result is extremely watchable, if not extremely memorable. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
A Ghost Story (2017) Asia Frey Hang in there, and "A Ghost Story" has rewards. Maybe plan your own pie snack to get you through some of those dialogue-free slogs. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Personal Shopper (2016) Asia Frey Helmed by the moody Stewart, "Personal Shopper" is at times too inscrutable for its own good, and by that I mean slightly boring, in a way that seems intentional and is therefore a bit irritating. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
Tracks (2013) Asia Frey Tracks is powerful, even if the payoff is a long time coming and many camel close-ups must be endured. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
Loitering With Intent (2014) Asia Frey The warmth, energy and intimacy between actors makes the seemingly simple narrative of this film into a memorable experience. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
Brad's Status (2017) Asia Frey If the writer/director had really worked through these issues artistically, and really synthesized these issues further, the film would have been stronger and more satisfying. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
Mississippi Grind (2015) Asia Frey A welcome throwback film and worth the trip. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
A Little Chaos (2014) Asia Frey While the plot might sound like a run-of-the-mill costume snooze, the actors bring it to life so that the esoteric customs of the past make sense among real people. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
Cut Bank (2014) Asia Frey While lacking the complexity of the greater works it clearly admires, Cut Bank is a serviceable adventure with some genuine surprises. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
Mistress America (2015) Asia Frey By a weird fidelity to a specific vernacular, Mistress America is an invented landscape not unlike Star Wars. The soundtrack has an '80s feel, the setting is contemporary and Greta Gerwig channels Katherine Hepburn. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
Beirut (2018) Asia Frey Jon Hamm is like the Don Draper version of James Bond: sardonic, invested, talented but world weary and wryly humorous. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018