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Whose Streets?: Exclusive Interview With Filmmaker Damon Davis

“Whose Streets?” was chosen as one of the films in the 4 Nights 4 Justice screenings at Tropic Cinema on Monday night. Producer Chris Renteria will be on hand for a reception and after-the-film Q&A.

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Front Row at the Movies: Beirut

“Beirut” gives Jon Hamm a meaty role that may establish him as a big-screen star; this twisty tale from screenwriter Tony Gilroy slow-burns like his masterful “Michael Clayton” intrigue. John le Carré would be proud.

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Tropic Sprockets: A Quiet Place

Though it delivers a few percussive jolts, “A Quiet Place” is more memorable for the importance it places on sound which is almost poetic in intensity. By watching and attentively listening, we experience both sound and silence together as something human, fragile, unique and terrifying.

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Tropic Sprockets: Isle of Dogs

The uncompromising Wes Anderson ("Grand Budapest Hotel") offers another colorful tour de force in “ Isle of Dogs,” a film that is as meaningful as it is vibrant.

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Front Row at the Movies: A Quiet Place

The speak-no-evil premise gives us a thrill ride with practically no dialogue. Essentially a silent movie. And your heart will be beating so loudly you might expect the voracious alien creatures on the screen to turn your way.

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Front Row at the Movies: Isle of Dogs

You either love or hate Wes Anderson, with not much room in between. In the stop-motion animation comedy “Isle of Dogs," Anderson visits a unique destination to pay a dark homage to Kurosawa and Miyazaki.

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Front Row at the Movies: The Death of Stalin

Director Armando Iannucci's period satire finds the dark humor in a Soviet power struggle. Why focus on a true story? Iannucci says “I’d find it very difficult to do fiction set in the world of government while what’s happening in reality is far more absurd.”

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Front Row at the Movies: Lives Well Lived

A 92-year-old pianist. An 85-year-old photographer. A 78-year-old dancer. Each of these people has lived fascinating and successful lives, but there is not a general consensus among them on how to get there. No matter: you’ll look forward to stepping through the door that Sky Bergman opens for our viewing.

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Front Row at the Movies: Ready Player One

You are rooting for avatars within a computer game … that’s within a virtual reality world … that’s part of a future 2045 earth … that’s the storyline in a movie directed by Steven Spielberg ... and you are sitting there in a darkened theater watching it. It’s enough to make Christopher Nolan’s multilayered “Inception” seem downright simple.

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Front Row at the Movies: Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool

Director Paul McGuigan makes it clear in his telling that this May-December romance was not an older woman trying to reclaim her youth, or an ambitious young fan’s star-struck fascination.

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