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Front Row at the Movies: Glass

Shyamalan points out that rather than being a “comic book movie,” the films of the Eastrail 177 trilogy are movies about comic books. The main theme behind the trilogy is that there are extraordinary powers in everyone.

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Tropic Sprockets: On the Basis of Sex

Most everyone knows Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the iconic Supreme Court Justice—but what might not be so apparent is her pioneering work in sex discrimination law, all while being a mother, which was exceptional in the early 1960s.

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Tropic Sprockets: Vice

“Vice” is a master class in mimicry for Bale and Rockwell, but the film is too much of a dark caricature, too glib and mocking to produce any pensive thoughts or make a reflective time capsule.

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Front Row at the Movies: Shirrel’s 2018 Top Ten (And More)

It’s customary for film critics to issue an annual Best Picture list. Some critics go very highbrow. Others sprinkle their list with foreign films that will never come to your neighborhood movie theater. I try to stick with popular fare, films you might have had a chance to see.

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Front Row at the Movies: On the Basis of Sex

The French title for the film is “Une Femme d’Exception,” which translates as “An Exceptional Woman.” We’d agree with that.

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Front Row at the Movies: Vice

Expect “Vice” to pick up several Oscar nods – including a Best Actor nomination for Christian Bale. We moviegoers like it when an actor goes that extra inch – uh, make that extra pound – for his role.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Psychedelia of “Roma” and “Easy Rider”

Thinking of the past and present, there are two films—“Roma” (2018) and “Easy Rider” (1969)—that appear to become parallel and align. Though the two works are disparate in tone and technique, they share striking elements in common.

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Front Row at the Movies: Burning

While South Korean films often get eclipsed by the constant barrage of Hollywood blockbusters, there are notable cinematic entries coming from that faraway Asian peninsula. “Burning” is one worth your viewing.

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Front Row at the Movies: Grease Sing-A-Long

This sing-along screening takes place Jan. 9 at Tropic Cinema. There will be two showings. The 6:30 p.m. showing is family friendly with the sing-along being led by members of the Key West High School Drama Club.. The 8:55 p.m. showing is adults only with many of Key West’s local performers leading the party.

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Tropic Sprockets: Mary Queen of Scots

Theater director Josie O’Rourke’s biopic “Mary, Queen of Scots” makes for some titillating intrigue, whether or not its veracity is in question. The film is conventionally told but its solid performances, helmed by Saoirse Ronan, are compelling.

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