Asia Frey

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
22% The Kitchen (2019) This story about three mob wives taking the reins after their husbands are imprisoned is uneven, at best. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) You have to be made out of stone to be unmoved by The Peanut Butter Falcon. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
92% Klaus (2019) An absolutely beautiful hand-drawn cartoon about Santa's origins. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
83% 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. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
53% Noelle (2019) This entry is the most colorful and traditionally jolly of the newcomers and as such, pretty silly. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) An extraordinarily gentle drama that is thought-provoking in the nicest, most pleasant way. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
83% High Life (2019) It's very disturbing, but utterly compelling. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) "Booksmart" is a genuinely moving story as well. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
63% Yesterday (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. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
81% 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. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
88% Ladies in Black (2018) Ladies in Black fits the bill, beautifully. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
55% The Beach Bum (2019) The Beach Bum is a rambling journey without a destination that is worth taking. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) As a satirical statement on consumerism, the film never earns its political jabs either. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
80% 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. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
63% 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. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
71% 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. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
89% 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. - Lagniappe (Mobile, AL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
72% 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
67% 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
58% 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
63% 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
76% 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
82% 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