Movie Reviews

Get the latest movie reviews from our in-house critics, Shirrel Rhoades and Ian Brockway. You’ll also find reviews from film festivals and advance screening movies. Do you have what it takes to be a Guest movie reviewer? Send us your review to info@TropicCinema.com for approval and maybe you’ll earn a spot! Want to make sure you never miss a review? Follow the Tropic on Facebook for daily updates!

Front Row at the Movies: Dunkirk

Between May 26 and June 4, 1940, "The Miracle of Dunkirk” succeeded in evacuating more than 330,000 Allied soldiers by a hastily assembled fleet of over 800 boats. This rescue inspired Winston Churchill’s famous “We shall fight on the beaches” speech -- and director Christopher Nolan's epic film.

READ MORE

Front Row at the Movies: Step

Take a blender and toss in “Hoop Dreams,” “Fame,” and “Stomp the Yard,” and you might get the new documentary, “Step.”

READ MORE

Tropic Sprockets: An Inconvenient Sequel

"An Inconvenient Sequel" makes a life affirming and vital chapter to an immediate problem that requires our direct and careful attention,.

READ MORE

Tropic Sprockets: The Glass Castle

Though one wishes for a bit more bohemianism and less bourbon, "The Glass Castle" is a lively, if stumbling recollection of childhood, bolstered by fine performances.

READ MORE

Front Row at the Movies: An Inconvenient Sequel

A decade after Al Gore’s documentary called “An Inconvenient Truth” brought Climate Change to the attention of moviegoers, this follow-up film shows how much progress we’ve made toward an energy revolution.

READ MORE

Tropic Sprockets: Detroit

"Detroit" is refreshingly uncompromising; it forces us to mindfully confront our racial demons not just as a country, but universally as humans. 

READ MORE

Front Row at the Movies: The Glass Castle

Memoirist Jeannette Walls says her life was "I had thought, a shameful story, one I’d hidden for years, a childhood filled with poverty, alcoholism and homelessness. But it was also one filled with joy, pride and deep love. One day, challenged by mother to ‘just tell the truth,’ I wrote the story.” Now, Hollywood tells it.

READ MORE

Tropic Sprockets: Maudie

"Maudie" is an authentic story portraying the life of Maud and Everett Lewis with all of the pushes and pulls within their odd and often melancholic relationship; Sally Hawkins's Maud shines through the invariably gray environment, all color and heart.

READ MORE

Front Row at the Movies: Detroit

Kathryn Bigelow (Oscar-winner for “The Hurt Locker”) directs with a sure hand, proving once again that she’s expert in choreographing violence. “Detroit” is a snapshot of injustice. But rather than a history lesson, it feels more like a horror movie.

READ MORE

Front Row at the Movies: Afterimage

Renowned Polish painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski viewed art as “an individual way of seeing rather than rote reproduction of a collectively agreed-upon reality.” Legendary Polish director Andrzej Wajda examines what happened when that view ran up against Stalinism.

READ MORE