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Tropic Sprockets: House of Gucci

The performances by Lady Gaga and Adam Driver are absolutely perfect. Fans of Italian crime stories might be compelled by the usual one-upsmanships, insults, and infidelities, but those who are looking for something reflective and outside the villa will be overstuffed by too much melodramatic mortadella.

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Front Row at the Movies: Belfast

As Granny tells Buddy in the movie: “Go. Go now. Don’t look back. I love you, son.” And Pop says, “Belfast will still be here when you get back.” This film is Kenneth Branagh’s homecoming.

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Tropic Sprockets: Belfast

Although sprinkled with adult menace, meaning and darkness, “Belfast” is filmed with the heart of a child. There is something of Roald Dahl in the cramped cosiness of quirky grands, but with an air of danger and fear.

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Front Row at the Movies: King Richard

Will Smith has made a career out of playing “a good-natured guy saving the rest of us from the trauma of aliens, robots, crooks or poor dating habits.” However, “King Richard” stretches his acting muscles. No special effects with creatures. Let’s just call him King Will – no longer a mere prince.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Last Rafter

From Oscar Ernesto Ortega and Rafael Betancourt, “The Last Rafter” is the story of one young man’s existential quest for familial peace. It is stirring, pensive and heartfelt, highlighted by vivid cinematography from Ortega.

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Tropic Sprockets: King Richard

This is a realistic, utterly authentic story of a family with a goal who love one another with ferocity and grace. “King Richard” is not only a great sports film but it is also a great family film.

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Front Row at the Movies: Brian Wilson’s Long Promised Road

"Long Promised Road" is a blending of concert video, profile, and personal interview – a documentary that will remind you of Brian Wilson’s genius and share his frailties. You will come away with a new appreciation. And humming such classics as “Good Vibrations” and “I Get Around.”

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Tropic Sprockets: Spencer

Pablo Larraín delivers a stirring portrait of Princess Diana in “Spencer.” Though it views as psychological horror and may alienate some viewers, its episodic details are full of intrigue and compel the eye, and the acting by Kristen Stewart is the best of her career.

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Tropic Sprockets: Hive

“Hive” is a portrait of a widow in Kosovo just a few years after the war that devastated its people. Searing and difficult to watch, it is also rhythmic and existential with a tonal nod to Kafka.

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Tropic Sprockets: The French Dispatch

This is Anderson’s valentine to The New Yorker magazine, a kind of pop-up book homage to the iconic institution. Quirky, colorful and deadpan, at once hyper yet breezy, this prismatic billet-doux will entertain and perhaps confuse -- for fans of the auteur, it has all of the usual hallmarks.

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