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!

Front Row at the Movies: Twister

I remember my first time seeing the movie, I felt like I’d weathered an earth-shattering storm as I left the theater and stepped out into the day’s bright sunlight and cloudless blue skies.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Punk Singer

Every devotee of liberation and anger among us can breathe a bit easier knowing that Kathleen Hanna lives on today, still resisting the status quo and still producing her own eccentric noise.

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Tropic Sprockets: Cuba Crossing

If you can hang on through the choppy flash-backs and hammy acting, the film’s climax is a very comic spoof of a James Bond murder scene that only Key West can do right.

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Tropic Sprockets: Nope

Jordan Peele’s new film “Nope” is more of a meditation than an outright chiller, but its atmosphere and suspense are spot-on and compelling. The film, with wondrous echoes of "The Twilight Zone," definitely keeps you guessing.

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Front Row at the Movies: Cuba Crossing

Like most older folks in Key West, I knew Capt. Tony Tarracino. I used to sit at the bar in his self-named saloon and chat about the “old days.” Sometimes he would talk about his days smuggling arms. But I had already seen the movie. You can see it too at the Tropic Cinema, as part of the Key West Bicentennial Celebration.

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Front Row at the Movies: Little Shop of Horrors

The movie has quite a pedigree: The original Roger Corman film gave rise to an off-Broadway musical, followed by this delightful Rick Moranis outing. Adapted from the stage musical by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, the soundtrack is bouncy, some 15 numbers in all. The story is introduced by a Greek chorus – backup singers Crystal, Ronette, and Chiffon – who warn that some horror is coming your way.

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Tropic Sprockets: Forbidden Planet

If old school sci fi is your weakness, then you cannot do better than “Forbidden Planet,” a curious cautionary tale with bright colors. The barren landscape creates an odd melancholy of watching and waiting.

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Front Row at the Movies: Nope

Nope, we haven’t screened Peele’s new film yet. As The Verge puts it, this is “one of the rare modern movies with this much hype around it to make it this close to its release date without the public knowing anything about it.”

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Tropic Sprockets: Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Leslie Manville is so earnest and self-deprecating, with poignance and pluck that she carries the day. This is old fashioned film entertainment and you cannot help but be swept away by Mrs. Harris and her quirky authenticity.

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Front Row at the Movies: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Do I love “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”? What do you think? I actually named my dog Griswold.

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