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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!

Front Row at the Movies: Stillwater

In this tale inspired by the Amanda Knox story, Matt Damon is determined but subtle. Think: “Conviction” meets “Not Without My Daughter” meets “Taken” – but with much less violence. Here he’s more in the mode of “Green Zone” than “Jason Bourne.”

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Tropic Sprockets: Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

This is a haunted and affecting documentary, where Anthony Bourdain is sizzling, smoky, quirky and compassionate, right in front of your eyes.

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Tropic Sprockets: I Carry You With Me

“I Carry You With Me” is a naturalistic slice of life work based on a true story that has subtlety and calm, yet it is also apprehensive and disquieting. The realm of the dream makes for both comforting and disturbing company.

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Tropic Sprockets: Queen Bees

“Queen Bees” is an ultra-light bubbly trifle that will evoke a few satisfied titters from those who like to see these cinematic veterans combat duplicity and unscrupulous accounting in retirement homes.

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Tropic Sprockets: Black Widow

What can you say about a superhero who can break her own nose and set it again with a half-smile? Romanoff is a wonderfully righteous, perpetually spinning industry all to herself and she doesn’t disappoint.

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Front Row at the Movies: Black Widow

Following the events of “Civil War” (2016), Black Widow finds herself on the run while dealing with a dangerous conspiracy that’s tied to her past as a trained Russian assassin. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, she must face her personal history as a spy before she became an Avenger.

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Tropic Sprockets: Summer of Soul

Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson is a musical archaeologist, uncovering parallel events to possibly fuse Harlem and Woodstock together, in our human imagination, not as separate or different, but as one cosmic show. Such is the holistic power of music along with its practitioners.

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Tropic Sprockets: Zola

While at first glance, the plot might seem a bit like Carl Hiaasen, with strippers and Florida swimming pools, the underbelly of things is much darker and serious. Amorality and apathy and density rule the day.

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Front Row at the Movies: Zola

You get guns, violence, attempted suicide – and laughs. Despite its X-rated storyline, “Zola” is largely played for comedic effect. This is a tricky tightrope for a filmmaker to walk, but debut director Janicza Bravo bravely shuffles along in her cinematic high-wire act.

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Tropic Sprockets: La Piscine

Spaced out gazes full of dread, indifference and lust have seldom been captured so thoroughly in the French Summer’s bright glare; for sun, shade and malevolence there is nothing better than “La Piscine.” See this beautifully restored example of toxic tan lines while you can.

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