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Front Row at the Movies: Coco

It may sound gruesome to base a children’s movie on Dia de Muertos, but the Day of the Dead is pretty popular in Mexican culture. That’s the holiday where families remember their loved ones who have died and celebrate to support their spiritual journey -- and it's the theme for "Coco," the new musical fantasy from Walt Disney’s Pixar Animation Studios.

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Front Row at the Movies: Wonder

Treacher Collins Syndrome (TCS) is a genetic disorder characterized by deformities of the ears, eyes, cheekbones, and chin. Not what you’d normally chose as the theme for a feel-good comedy-drama starring Julia Roberts. But it is. This is a film with a simple message: Be nice to other people.

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Tropic Sprockets: Justice League

Here in Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” the forces of truth, justice and The American Way are up against it, but instead of a psychological epic of good and evil, there is a sketch of a story that feels like a coloring book, never consistently daring to venture outside its flat, easily defined lines.

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Front Row at the Movies: Justice League

As moviegoers, you’ve been following Marvel’s “Avengers,” that teaming of an array of superheroes -- but the truth is, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby stole the idea from DC Comics. Now, in turnabout fashion, DC’s Justice League follows Marvel’s Avengers onto the silver screen. “Justice League” will be the fifth installment in the DC Extended Universe

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Front Row at the Movies: Jane

“Jane” tells the story of how a young untrained woman challenged the male-dominated scientific community, revising our understanding of the natural world. The film focuses on “her groundbreaking field work, her relationship with cameraman and husband Hugo van Lawick, and the chimpanzees that she studied.”

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Tropic Sprockets: Thor: Ragnarok

The best elements of “Thor: Ragnarok,” are its impromptu freedoms, its dazzling kitsch and its giggle-inducing lines. It is easy to see that the cast involved had fun in this chapter and you will too -- this Marvel episode doesn’t take itself seriously yet it still has energy and dramatic pull.

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Tropic Sprockets: Jane

The British primatologist Jane Goodall comes to life in this impactful and vivid documentary directed by Brett Morgen (Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck). From start to finish, “Jane” is imagistic and striking -- helped in no small part by the music of Phillip Glass, which turns this documentary into a riveting suspense film.

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Tropic Sprockets: Marshall

“Marshall” is an excellent movie that is sober without being sorrowful. It shows us the real person of Thurgood Marshall, who made the best of himself, ultimately, not because he was expected to but because he was compelled.

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Front Row at the Movies: Thor: Ragnarok

Thor Odinson has been a cornerstone of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Thor: Ragnarok” is Marvel Studios third superhero blockbuster based on The Mighty Thor. "Thor: Ragnarok" provides a new debate for comic book fanboys who haven’t seen the movie yet: “Could Thor beat up The Hulk?”

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Front Row at the Movies: It

IT's themes are familiar to Stephen King fans: “The power of memory, childhood trauma and its recurrent echoes in adulthood, the ugliness lurking behind a façade of small-town quaintness, and overcoming evil through mutual trust and sacrifice.”

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