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Front Row at the Movies: Keep an Eye Out

Dupieux’s approach to storytelling is mindful of Luis Buñuel, and the mind-bending plot also involves the weird death of a one-eyed rookie cop, a strange way of eating an oyster, and a break-the-fourth-wall theatrical performance. The twisty denouement will leave you shaking your head. Like the master, Dupieux uses dream logic and disjointed time to tell his unconventional story.

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Tropic Sprockets: Limbo

Immigration is a very popular subject in current cinema, and “Limbo” by Ben Sharrock is an offbeat and understated portrait of Syrian immigrant Omar and his friendship with the Afghan Farhad on a fictional remote Scottish island.

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Tropic Sprockets: Truffle Hunters

“Truffle Hunters” is a satisfying and eccentric portrait detailing the rough and tumble world of truffles. The four men in this film are preserving the ritual of truffles as indigenous fungi that is wholesome and good, from the earth. Let us hope this rite continues.

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Tropic Sprockets: Together Together

While it employs usual plot-points from other romantic comedies, the strength of “Together Together” comes from the spirit of the characters and its willingness to be subtle and understated.

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Front Row at the Movies: Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

The film begins with a quote from Sylvia Plath’s “Mad Girl’s Love Song,” a foreshadowing that goes: “I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead. (I think I made you up inside my head.)” “Romantic, isn’t it?” says Dr. Márta Vizy.

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Tropic Sprockets: Shiva Baby

Have you ever had the experience of not being allowed to leave a disquieting engagement no matter how hard you tried? With echoes of Buñuel, such is the scenario of the bold and pitch-perfect film “Shiva Baby."

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Tropic Sprockets: Judas and the Black Messiah

Shaka King, a student of Spike Lee, directs his second feature, a blunt and stirring meditation on the Black Panther Party and the FBI. The film is a concise and vivid primer on the party, its noble intent and one of its leading men, Chairman Fred Hampton.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Man Who Sold His Skin

This is ultimately a tale that moves into many genres, yet it is mainly a love story set against the conditions of capitalism in the age of the artist known as Banksy. Lively thoughtful and tense, the film stays with you.

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Front Row at the Movies: A Glitch in the Matrix

Simulation theory -- the concept that all of reality could in fact be an artificial simulation, such as a computer game or AR headset -- is the subject of Rodney Ascher's new documentary. Rotten Tomatoes describes the film as “a thought-provoking portrait of digital culture and its relationship to reality.”

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Tropic Sprockets: French Exit

"French Exit," the acclaimed novel from Patrick DeWitt, is now a film adapted by director Azazel Jacobs. This odd and uncompromising film is not for everyone but it does have Michelle Pfeiffer in winning form.

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