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Front Row at the Movies: The Dead Don’t Die

Director Jim Jarmusch: “Generally, monsters are outside the social structure. They are a danger to it, they are threatening it. Zombies come from the social structure. They’re something that’s failed in the system. They’re the result of the social structure falling apart. They’re eating it from within.”

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Tropic Sprockets: The Dead Don’t Die

This meditation on George Romero features all the quirk and camp that one might expect from the distinctive Jarmusch: personal, obsessively compulsive and colorful with a celebration for the individualist, the unusual or the creatively neurotic.

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Tropic Sprockets: Late Night

There is whimsy in Kaling’s delivery and Thompson gives fine intensity to the role, especially when Katherine is down and almost out, but overall the film feels forced with its too easy “Do Good” message.

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Front Row at the Movies: Late Night

Turns out, Mindy Kaling wrote “Late Night” with Emma Thompson in mind, even though she’d never even met the two-time Oscar winning British actress. Kaling admits she had no back-up plan if Thompson turned down the movie. Fortunately, the actress said yes.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Secret Life of Pets 2

While the slapstick action is somewhat lacking in surprise, the charm contained in the individual cameos, combined with a wonderful message of symbiosis makes this anticipated sequel fitting summer entertainment that is irrepressibly buoyant.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Souvenir

Though difficult, insular and harsh, “Souvenir” is a searingly accurate portrait highlighting what it is to be an enabler, forever hoping that egocentric lust will transcend from a virus into something giving and generous.

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Front Row at the Movies: The Secret Life of Pets 2

“The Secret Life of Pets 2” picks up where the last one left off, a continuation of the story of Max the Jack Russell terrier (now voiced by Patton Oswalt) and all his neighboring pet friends.

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Front Row at the Movies: Rocketman

Egerton is not quite as portly as the real Elton John but he captures the mannerisms and showmanship well enough to fill the bill. He wears the numerous eccentric-shaped glasses quite well -- and as the audition for “Rocketman,” Egerton and his pal Elton John filmed themselves singing two of John’s songs.

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Front Row at the Movies: Booksmart

In “Booksmart,” the plot is simple: What if two friends realized that they did high school all wrong? What if they realized that everyone they thought just partied and wasted their high-school years were going to Ivy League schools just like them?

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Tropic Sprockets: The Biggest Little Farm

As a real life Disney fable of what we all should celebrate, work for and be mindful of, this film celebrates nature, the soil, our food and friendships, both with the land and ourselves. “The Biggest Little Farm” creates a prismatic permaculture, a testament to the animal and the human and it is a delight.

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