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!

Tropic Sprockets: 2024 NOW Women’s Film Festival

It is time for our cinematic forces to unite in joy and intent with another NOW Film Fest at the Tropic. A different film each Wednesday in March celebrating Women’s History Month.

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Front Row at the Movies: Chasing Trane

Directed by John Scheinfeld, “Chasing Trane” is a “comprehensive, engrossing … and worshipful” look at the jazz musician. It features never-before-seen home movies and once-lost studio footage of Coltrane and his band (discovered in a California garage during the production of this film).

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Tropic Sprockets: 2024 Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts

This year the Live Action shorts are a downcast bunch with one exception. That being said, the films are emotive and well produced. Each one deals with human relationships and pathos, the pitfalls of being human. With each drama, one travels the world.

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Tropic Sprockets: 2024 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts

This selection feels decidedly more lighthearted in tone than previous years and faithful to the tradition, these films are progressive, pointed, and dynamic with humor and heart.

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Tropic Sprockets: Bob Marley – One Love

This film, produced by Ziggy Marley, brings the late musician into the light. It is a warm and empathetic portrait that underscores the struggle and emotion of a creative and spiritual person, placing Robert Nesta Marley firmly in an earthly heaven where he rightly belongs.

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Front Row at the Movies: Amazing Grace

Directed by the late Michael Apted (“Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Enigma”), this biographical drama tells of abolitionist William Wilberforce, who worked in the late 1700s to stem the transatlantic slave trade. He is credited for steering legislation through Parliament that ended the slave trade in the British Empire.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Promised Land

Based on the struggle of Captain Ludvig Kahlen of Denmark in the 1700s, this slow burn film has all the apprehension of an epic Western. Existential and gutsy, it has enough gore for a Grand Guignol torture tale or a British Hammer production from the 1970s.

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Tropic Sprockets: All of Us Strangers

“All of Us Strangers” is a genre-bending relationship study of two people in love against all conventions and even at times against themselves. It is eerie, haunting, suspenseful, and absolutely absorbing. It is arguably one of the most affecting dramas in recent cinema.

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Front Row at the Movies: The Secret Song

“The Secret Song” has its Florida Keys Premiere on February 21 at Tropic Cinema. Filmmaker Samantha Campbell, will be here to do the introduction and lead the Q&A. Yes, this is a documentary. Nevertheless, it will resonate for you with such uplifting movies about music teachers as “Mr. Holland’s Opus” or “Quartet” or “Music of the Heart.”

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Front Row at the Movies: Olivia de Havilland in The Heiress

In 1880, Henry James wrote “Washington Square,” a novel about a father's attempts to thwart a romance between his naive daughter and the man he believes wishes to marry her for her money. In 1947, Ruth and Augustus Goetz adapted it into a play. Two years later, they did the screenplay that turned it into a Best Picture Oscar winner that netted Olivia de Havilland a second Best Actress statuette.

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