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• Four stars out of four •
Calvin Wilson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Lady Bird” is the solo directorial debut of Greta Gerwig, who is best known as a performer. Working from her own screenplay, Gerwig delivers a comedy-drama that transcends genre categories. It’s simply one of the best films of the year — an experience at once joyful, heartbreaking and hilarious.
And Lady Bird might finally be the role that earns Ronan (“Brooklyn”) an Oscar. As a young woman at odds with the world, and herself, she illuminates the film. Also worthy of Academy attention is Metcalf, who is sheer perfection as the quintessential stressed-out mom.
Lots of movies are set to be popping up in multiplexes, but few as wonderful as “Lady Bird.”
Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of JANE, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall - a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world's most admired conservationists.
Ben Kenigsberg / New York Times
* NYT Critic’s Pick
As an opening title card explains, most of “Jane” comes from 16-millimeter film shot by Hugo van Lawick, the renowned wildlife photographer who joined Ms. Goodall on her travels and eventually became her first husband. Mr. Morgen’s film draws on more than 100 rediscovered hours from National Geographic’s archives. The abundant raw material allows Mr. Morgen to construct the impression of a complete narrative arc, and to show the tedious work of gaining the trust of the chimps and collecting data in fast forward, conveying the excitement of scientific discovery with adventure-movie momentum. Ms. Goodall, who is seen in a fresh interview with Mr. Morgen and heard in excerpts from an audio version of one of her books, narrates her efforts to make contact with the chimps. The footage has been edited in a way that is not strictly faithful to chronology but complements the storytelling. “Jane” will delight those familiar with Ms. Goodall and provide a vibrant introduction for newcomers.
An understated and wonderful St. Louis gem, the Hi-Pointe Theatre was built in 1922 at the incredible intersection of Interstate 64, Clayton Road, Clayton Avenue, McCausland Avenue, Forest Avenue, Oakland Avenue and Skinker Boulevard, today also the home of the world’s largest Amoco sign and just at the southwest corner of Forest Park. Continue Reading