Greta Gerwig has been my favorite actor since Frances Ha. Now she’s my favorite director. The coming-of-age dramedy is about as worked-out a genre as they come. So when a film this honest comes along and makes it all fresh and surprising, it’s worth a look. The actor/writer/director’s keenly observed, semi-autobiographical story of growing up in Sacramento needs no clever plot twists or film school tricks. It works on its confidence, its lived-in characters and its pure smarts. Saoirse Ronan does Oscar-level work as the title teen, as does Laurie Metcalf as her mother. Many more words but no more space. See it. (94 min)
About Don Morton
Don Morton has viewed some 6,000 movies, frequently awake. A bachelor and avid cyclist, he currently divides his time between Tokyo and a high-tech 4WD super-camper somewhere in North America.