Lady Bird ★★★½

Greta Gerwig's quasi-autobiographical feature debut has a similar light and empathetic touch to the wonderful "Frances Ha," following the senior year of the title character in a Catholic high school and her struggling middle class family in 2002. There's no cynicism here or any expected Catholic school shenanigans; even the "mean girl" is just an okay (but rich and shallow) person. The honest depictions of economic worry make this a modern picture despite its "period" setting (thar's nary a cellphone to be seen, apart from a big'un), and the film just breathes with the flow of life of a 17-year-old.