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Tropic Sprockets: Echo in the Canyon

Peppered with rock stars from the 60s and 70s (including the late legend Tom Petty) this breezy, affectionate film gives a solid overview of the California music scene some fifty years ago.

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Front Row at the Movies: Midsommar

“Midsommar” is a good follow-up to "Hereditary," making Ari Aster a frightmeister to be reckoned with. My takeaway? I’m not making any detours to small out-of-the-way isolated villages next time I take a trip.

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Tropic Sprockets: Spider-Man: Far from Home

With a swift narrative that entertains, combined with charge and some dazzling colors, “Spider-Man: Far from Home” thrills in the great tradition of a Saturday matinee. If this is not enough, a surprisingly heartfelt ending will have you rooting for more entanglements, be they human or webbed.

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Tropic Sprockets: Midsommar

Suffice to say, this Swedish commune is abound with prismatic flowers but it is far from rosy and you do not want to spend a honeymoon here. The environs and its inhabitants make a kind of tilting and shattered "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."

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Tropic Sprockets: Pavarotti

“Pavarotti” the film does not dwell on the negative. What we see is the singer as an instrument of the universe, an open vessel, the curious child in the man who dances with la voce, a flaming curvaceous woman, carrying the sounds of an embrace.

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Tropic Sprockets: Yesterday

Though the eerie potential of social commentary is dispensed with in favor of romantic entertainment, “Yesterday” points to the power of McCartney / Lennon lyrics as our universal compass that points to joyful singing.

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Front Row at the Movies: Yesterday

Far from being a one-joke movie, “Yesterday” has an charming emotional undertone as it explores the price of fame, not being true to yourself, and the sweet relationship between Jack and his longtime friend Ellie.

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Front Row at the Movies: The Dead Don’t Die

Director Jim Jarmusch: “Generally, monsters are outside the social structure. They are a danger to it, they are threatening it. Zombies come from the social structure. They’re something that’s failed in the system. They’re the result of the social structure falling apart. They’re eating it from within.”

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Tropic Sprockets: The Dead Don’t Die

This meditation on George Romero features all the quirk and camp that one might expect from the distinctive Jarmusch: personal, obsessively compulsive and colorful with a celebration for the individualist, the unusual or the creatively neurotic.

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Tropic Sprockets: Late Night

There is whimsy in Kaling’s delivery and Thompson gives fine intensity to the role, especially when Katherine is down and almost out, but overall the film feels forced with its too easy “Do Good” message.

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