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Tropic Sprockets: Incredibles 2

Unfailingly positive, gleeful and spirited, this sequel is nonstop fun that will produce an abundance of giggles. “Incredibles 2” is a solid addition to the Pixar canon that includes “Finding Nemo” and “Toy Story.”

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Tropic Sprockets: On Chesil Beach

Theater director and playwright Dominic Cooke helms an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novella, "On Chesil Beach." Though a shade somber and predictable, the film boasts solid performances by Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle as newlyweds on a secluded honeymoon.

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Front Row at the Movies: Incredibles 2

The best superhero movie is not one about Marvel’s “Iron Man” or “Spider-Man.” Nor is it about DC’s “Superman” or “Batman.” In fact, I doubt you’d recognize their names if I didn’t remind you. Of course, I’m speaking of “The Incredibles,” the Pixar animation about a family of retired superheroes who must dust off the moth balls and once again save the world

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Front Row at the Movies: The Rider

The story is raw and painful, told in up-close shots of weathered faces and broad panoramas of the magnificent western landscape. If the film seems honest and true, maybe that’s because it is real – or almost so, thanks to Zhao's use of the story's real people.

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Tropic Sprockets: Disobedience

Director Sebastian Lelio (A Fantastic Woman) is excellent in showing the bravery of rebellion. His "Disobedience" is tense, understated and winds around you with a building claustrophobia.

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Front Row at the Movies: First Reformed

Director-writer Paul Schrader co-wrote the screenplays for four Martin Scorsese films including “Raging Bull” and “Taxi Driver." He describes his latest directorial effort as “a kind of reworking of Ingmar Bregman’s ‘Winter Light,’ a little bit of Robert Bresson’s 'Diary of a Country Priest.'”

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Front Row at the Movies: Disobedience

As Tom Wolfe said, “You can’t go home again.” But people do. And for all kinds of reasons. They leave for all kind of reasons too. In “Disobedience,” we meet Ronit, an Orthodox Jew who left her home in London when a teenage romance with a female school friend was discovered.

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Tropic Sprockets: RBG

This film is endearing, personal and pointed. The Justice is no distant figure. Here she is up close, up front and irrepressibly human.

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Tropic Sprockets: Solo: A Star Wars Story

For those of us curious about the young swashbuckler in space, Han Solo, here is “Solo: A Star Wars Story” from Ron Howard. While the film is no potent epic, it is has a breezy charm due to the accuracy of Alden Ehrenreich in capturing some of Harrison Ford’s slyness, along with his vocal delivery.

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Front Row at the Movies: Solo

As Alden Ehrenreich, who stars as young Han Solo, tells it, “Harrison Ford took him aside and said, ‘If anyone asks, tell them I told you everything you need to know. And that you can’t tell anyone what that was.’”

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