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Front Row at the Movies: The Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail

These two feel-good romances pretty much have the same plot, the letter-writing in the first updated to emails in the second. For the technologically updated version, James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan are replaced by Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan – a good choice in that the pair had scored big together in Ephron’s earlier rom-com, “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993).

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Tropic Sprockets: She Said

The film has a stark and painful accuracy that is no less engrossing and brings a satisfying sense of justice to those who abhorrently abuse their power over women.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Last Waltz

“The Last Waltz” is a time capsule of eccentricity, a collective crew united together, against conformist thought but more importantly the performers are singing out in remembrance of stories and the heroes behind them.

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Front Row at the Movies: The Menu

As Deadline Hollywood puts it, “’The Menu’ provides unnerving satirical commentary on the class divide and how the wealthy are a bottomless pit of need that will never be satisfied.”

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Tropic Sprockets: The Menu

The tongue is appropriately in cheek as if to taste a hint of endive, sudden and unexpected with some bitter belly laughs. Though this is a single joke film, it is well handled and appropriately macabre.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Banshees of Inisherin

The film is spare, engaging and rhythmic, focusing on the cosmic circumstance of friendship, stubbornness and the nature of revenge. Touching on the supernatural and the potency of emotion, it is one of McDonagh’s finest works and arguably, the year’s best film.

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Front Row at the Movies: Casablanca

With six entries, “Casablanca” is the most represented film in American Film Institutes top 100 movie quotes. Many film critics cite “Casablanca” as the best film of all time, it vying for top spot with “Raging Bull” and “Citizen Kane.” It would top my list too.

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Tropic Sprockets: Casablanca

Despite its age, the film is as smooth as silk, carbonation for the eyes—richly nostalgic and engaging. To see “Casablanca” on the big screen is to travel to another land, making the notion of time and place seem insignificant.

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Tropic Sprockets: Five Star Final

As a searing meditation on tabloid journalism from director Mervyn Leroy ("Little Caesar"), the Oscar nominated “Five Star Final” is a masterwork from the early days of cinema.

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Front Row at the Movies: Armageddon Time

Director James Gray (“The Lost City of Z”) has always been obsessed by the immigrant experience, and here he tells the fictionalized story of his youth, “Armageddon Time.” It’s being described as a coming-of-age film – and it is that – but in many ways it’s more of an autobiography and an indictment.

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