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Tropic Sprockets: Ford v. Ferrari

In watching “Ford v. Ferrari” one sees two people: Shelby and Miles, pointing to a new beginning of man merging with the automobile, a being of metal and mind, chrome and flesh poised for our millennium.

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Tropic Sprockets: 1917

The film won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture and it earns its place among a long history of war films that include “Apocalypse Now” and “Saving Private Ryan.” “1917” carries us along in its journey feeling like a 3D film with its visceral effect that is poignant as well as jarring.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Andrew Hevia “Leaves the Bus”

“Leave the Bus Through the Broken Window” – a sign director Andrew Hevia kept seeing on the public transportation that ferried him around Hong Kong – has been called “A mysterious, tragicomic documentary within a documentary,” poignant,” and “part travelogue, part essay film, and, in one surprising moment, part karaoke musical.”

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Front Row at the Movies: 1917

“I felt this movie should be told in real time,” says Mendes. “Every step of the journey, breathing every breath with these men felt integral and there is no better way to tell this story than with one continuous shot.”

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Front Row at the Movies: Atlantics

“Atlantics” may be an otherworldly, genre-bending fantasy, but at its heart the film is a tribute to migrants, those people compelled to leave their homes “at an unfathomable cost.”

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Front Row at the Movies: Uncut Gems

“Uncut Gems” is a dark and dour departure for Adam Sandler. In this crime drama he plays Howard Ratner, a New York Jewish diamond merchant who is struggling to pay off his gambling debts.vHe thinks his troubles are over when he gains possession of a large uncut opal smuggled out of an Ethiopian mine. But it turns out, his troubles are just beginning.

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Tropic Sprockets: Uncut Gems

“Uncut Gems” by the director team of Josh and Benny Safdie is a riveting and perfect film taking place in New York’s Diamond District. The story embodies the ‘dog eat dog’ philosophy to a T, but it is also a meditation on desire and envy that packs a punch long after the end credits.

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Tropic Sprockets: Little Women

The magic of Gerwig’s “Little Women” is that it is made of flashes of color along with a teasing subversiveness. Underneath Gerwig’s pastoral Autumn colors, there exists a Difference Engine, strange and powerful, (both a woman and an actual film) able to offer the alchemy of Imagination to all.

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Tropic Sprockets: Bombshell

Theron in particular as Kelly is perfection. She excels in Kelly’s low register along with her quickness of cadence. She becomes Megyn Kelly right before our eyes and is a true chameleon. Ditto for Kidman as Carlson, Margot Robbie as hopeful anchor Kayla and the ubiquitous John Lithgow who does a fine job as the man you love to hate, jowls and all.

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Front Row at the Movies: Little Women

Standing there at the Alcott family’s Orchard House, I remember wondering what it would have been like, growing up next door to Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau. Maybe “Little Women” will give me a hint of what it would have been like growing up in the Alcott household itself.

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