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Front Row at the Movies: BlacKkKlansman

Yes, it really happened: In 1979 a black police officer infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. No, we’re not talking about an episode of CNN’s “United Shades of America” starring W. Kamau Bell. This was a real-life undercover sting by Ron Stallworth, a member of the Intelligence Team at the Colorado Springs Police Department.

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Front Row at the Movies: The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary Celebration

The Dude abides. Maybe that’s why it’s difficult to believe it’s been 20 years since we first met him in the personage of Jeff Bridges in the Coen Brothers classic, “The Big Lebowski.”

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Front Row at the Movies: Sorry To Bother You

Studies show that telemarketers who sound like white Middle Americans do better than those who sound, uh, well, different. This cautionary sci-fi tale certainly gives you something to think about next time you get a telemarketing call and a smooth voice says, “Sorry to bother you.”

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Front Row at the Movies: Boundaries

Dear ol’ dad (Christopher Plummer) convinces his daughter (Vera Farmiga) to drive him from Portland to her sister's house in Los Angeles after he’s kicked out of a retirement home. Along the way he has to visit with some shady characters (Peter Fonda, among them) and sell a little pot along the way. This road trip movie is an excellent comedy-drama, so don’t confuse it with “Bad Grandpa.”

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Front Row at the Movies: Eighth Grade

One viewer remarked, “I have never related to a character more than I did to Kayla. I found myself crying multiple times because it brought up intense emotions. Burnham deals with the awkwardness of that age with comedy while exploring the deeper themes during that period.”

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Front Row at the Movies: Christopher Robin

If you never read Milne’s charming stories, you’ve surely seen Disney’s animated movies about Pooh Bear. Now, we get to look at the story from the grown-up boy’s viewpoint. In "Christopher Robin," we find that the little boy from the Winnie-the-Pooh stories is now an adult who has lost his imagination. But – surprise! – his old teddy bear and other toys turn up to help him rediscover a sense of wonder.

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Front Row at the Movies: Mission: Impossible – Fallout

This film had three thousand set-ups, thirteen helicopters doing 450 landings, four weeks of aerial photography across three continents … and one broken ankle. That’s what it takes to make a “Mission: Impossible” movie, the adrenaline-pumping action franchise starring Tom Cruise.

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Front Row at the Movies: Sicario: Day of the Soldado

Director Stefano Sollima has turned the violence up a notch in this sequel to 2015's "Sicario," centered on the drug trade along the U.S.-Mexico border. Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan confirms that the film will be “ten times more unsentimental ... leaving audiences in decidedly amoral territory.”

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Front Row at the Movies: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

As the movie’s title proclaims, here we go again. Fans of “Mamma Mia!,” the 2008 romantic comedy based on the music of Swedish pop group ABBA, will welcome this sequel/prequel.

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Front Row at the Movies: Three Identical Strangers

This twisty documentary by British filmmaker Tim Wardle chronicles the true story of a set of triplets who were separated at birth.The boys had no idea they had brothers until 1980 when at the age of 19 one was mistaken for another on a college campus—then the newly found “twins” were surprised when a third boy saw them on television and was amazed that they looked just like him.

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