Movie Reviews & News

Get the latest news about what's going on at the Tropic, plus movie reviews from our in-house critics, Shirrel Rhoades and Ian Brockway. You’ll also find reviews from film festivals and advance screening movies. Want to make sure you never miss a thing? Follow the Tropic on Facebook for daily updates!

Tropic Sprockets: Blithe Spirit

The singular aura of Elvira (as channeled by Leslie Mann) has energy and play, while serving a well-deserved plate of just revenge—the brightest entity in this haunt that feels a bit too airy.

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Tropic Sprockets: Nomadland

Chloe Zhao's "Nomadland" treats travelers as actual empathetic beings with wishes and fears, not as faceless entities or victims. This is one of the few films that portray those without a house as they undoubtedly are, with vibrance and humor, as well as charm.

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Tropic Sprockets: Some Kind of Heaven

With touches of Carl Hiaasen, Lance Oppenheim directs an eerie and masterful documentary. A portrait of life in The Villages, the retirement community located in Central Florida. The documentary is striking, colorful, enigmatic and brisk. Its ultra-saturated colors and diagonal slicing shadows cut across the screen like a suspense film.

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Front Row at the Movies: Code of the Freaks

Thanks to a trio of insightful writers – Susan Nussbaum, Alyson Patsavas, and Carrie Sandahl – this new documentary focuses on the roles of disabled characters in film. Drawing from movie clips spanning the past 100 years, “Code of the Freaks” examines how movie imagery has shaped our view of disabled people.

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Tropic Sprockets: Minari

The film is a record of childhood, focusing on a young Korean-American boy and his family. While breezy and quirky, it also handles some dark territory with Southern Gothic trappings. The film is understated, even in tone and solidly executed, having the flavor of a work by Ray Bradbury or T.C. Boyle.

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Tropic Sprockets: MLK/FBI

Martin Luther King (1929-1968) was a genuine superhuman by any definition. A new documentary by Sam Pollard, based on the book by David Yarrow, highlights the prurient research by J. Edgar Hoover against the great man.

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Front Row at the Movies: My Rembrandt

Essentially, “My Rembrandt” gives us a series of portraits of people obsessed with the Dutch master. But at heart it is about the paintings.

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Sundance Comes to the Tropic with Strawberry Mansion

As a Satellite Screen partner, Tropic Cinema will be showing exclusive world premieres of official Sundance Film Festival selections every day from January 28-February 2, with limited seating inside the Carper and Peggy Dow Theaters, and at outdoor venues across Key West. An indie film titled “Strawberry Mansion” will debut on Sundance’s opening night at 9:20 p.m. Directed by Kentucker Audley and Albert Birney, it can be described as a “playfully surreal romantic fantasy.”

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Tropic Sprockets: Sundance at the Tropic

This year has been an odyssey of odd moments, but now the Tropic is back to host the iconic 2021 Sundance Film Festival from January 28th to February 2nd. With a selection of films unparalleled with a perspective far and wide, open your eyes and plug in. Limited seating, so get your tickets now!

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Front Row at the Movies: Wonder Woman 1984

The familiarity feels good as we follow the bare-knuckled action that’s intertwined with Wonder Woman’s personal conflict – the choice between saving the world and holding on to her old flame, Steve Trevor.

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