The Florida Project

Willem Dafoe and Brooklynn Prince star in "The Florida Project."

PHOTO COURTESY OF A24

"The Florida Project" isn't a Disney movie. It's more of a "next-to-Disney" movie. The film by Sean Baker ("Tangerine") looks at life from the perspective of a six-year-old girl living in a transient motel with her irresponsible single mother in Orlando, in the shadow of the Magic Kingdom.

In my four-star review, I said it was a movie that what both one of the most entertaining I had seen this year and also one of the saddest, “a movie with both the gritty authenticity of a slice-of-life documentary and more heart and laughs than most big Hollywood comedies.”

So I think it'll be a great one to talk about at this month's Cap Times Movie Chat, taking place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at AMC Dine-in Madison 6, 430 N. Midvale Blvd. Come see the movie (if you're an AMC Stubs member, buy at the box office to get a discounted price), and stay in the theater after to talk about the film.

We'll have Cap Times T-shirts and other swag to give away. Hope to see you there!

Rob Thomas is the features editor and social media editor for the Capital Times, as well as its film critic. He joined the Cap Times in 1999 and has written about movies, music, food and books.