Movie Reviews & News

Get the latest news about what's going on at the Tropic, plus movie reviews from our in-house critics, Shirrel Rhoades and Ian Brockway. You’ll also find reviews from film festivals and advance screening movies. Want to make sure you never miss a thing? Follow the Tropic on Facebook for daily updates!

Front Row at the Movies: Top Gun: Maverick

“Aviators are back, the need for speed. We’re going to have big, fast machines. It’s going to be a competition film, like the first one ... but a progression for Maverick.” Those are the words of Maverick himself, Tom Cruise, returning to the iconic role he originated in 1986.

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Tropic Sprockets: Downton Abbey: A New Era

This is entertainment thru and thru and much needed in the cinema realm. With such effervescent good cheer and sincere emotion, it is easy to see why Downton Abbey has legions of loyal fans.

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Front Row at the Movies: CrissCross

“CrissCross” is playing at the Tropic Cinema on May 29 as part of its Key West Bicentennial showings. In it, Key West is presented as sort of a “ruined paradise.” Nevertheless, you’ll recognize a number of locales, as well as a few in Miami. Hippies wandering the streets and rock and roll songs help establish the late ‘60s time period.

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Tropic Sprockets: Men

Novelist and filmmaker Alex Garland always pushes the envelope. In “Men,” he addresses male toxicity, and it is not for the squeamish. The film is rapid, engaging and full of adrenaline along with testosterone. While it might be too much, it is nonetheless thoughtful and daring with its commentary.

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Front Row at the Movies: Downton Abbey: A New Era

“Downton Abbey: A New Era” is about the clash between the old and the new – elders versus youth, tradition versus innovation, social change, and the changing of the guard.

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Tropic Sprockets: Vortex

“Vortex” from the eccentric Gaspar Noe is a hypnotic and haunting study of an aged couple. Gripping yet anxiety-inducing and difficult to watch, Noe proves yet again that he is a master of the existential.

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Tropic Sprockets: Happening

“Happening” sadly underscores the threat that women faced in 1963 and shockingly may do today with the very probable reversal of Roe v. Wade.

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Tropic Sprockets: Hit the Road

“Hit the Road” is a one of a kind experience. The landscape has a poetry all of its own with one boy perpetually spinning within—a whirling dervish like no other.

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Tropic Sprockets: Petite Maman

What might it be like to meet your young self? According to “Petite Maman” it is nothing forbidding or sinister, but it just might lead to some heartache.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Duke

Aside from its infectiously engaging story, "The Duke" exposes the gentle magic of the real man named Kempton Bunton, a man who clearly did not see the foreign qualities in others and believed in the secret possibilities of ordinary existence, through writing and literature.

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