Children abide (or don’t) in this week’s new movie releases, including The Florida Project and Goodbye Christopher Robin
Matthew Lickona 3 p.m., Oct. 20
"Men are always looking for something better. Women settle for what they get." That's the war cry of Lola (Greta Gerwig), after being unceremoniously kicked to the curb by her dreamy but hopelessly hollow boyfriend, Luke (human-Oreck Joel Kinnaman), three weeks prior to the ceremony. Lola is constantly finding something attractive in men who punish her. For that reason, it’s important that she has a solid support system. With parents like Debra Winger and Bill Pullman, she’s clearly a descendant of good cinematic breeding stock. Dad's advice: "Shake life up a little bit!" Shake it, don't break it — as Lola almost does by sleeping with her lovelorn friend Henry (Hamish Linklater). There's also yente BFF (and co-screenwriter) Alice (Zoe Lister Jones), Lola's Prickley (as in Edith) sidekick who's not as funny and even more annoying. Alone for the first time, Lola learns to accept blame for the hell that is her life and realizes that sometimes it's better to be happy and single than miserable and in love. Brought to you by real-life couple Jones and Daryl Wein (Breaking Upwards), Lola Versus is everything a smart, funny date-night at the movies should be, but — more often than not — isn't. 2012.