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Front Row at the Movies: The Grinch

Dr. Seuss helps you appreciate Christmas by introducing a grouch who doesn’t. Sort of reverse psychology. Trust me, it works.

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Front Row at the Movies: Colette

Colette's real life mirrored her books -- affairs, scandals and issues of women’s independence in a male society. Although a period piece, the film’s theme of female empowerment is quite timely.

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Tropic Sprockets: Bohemian Rhapsody

As the front man of Queen, singer and songwriter Freddie Mercury is one of the most charismatic and exciting performers of all time. Rami Malek plays this musical legend with honesty, spirit and a zest of showmanship that the late Mercury would appreciate, but on the whole the film fails to grasp the artist’s uniqueness.

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Tropic Sprockets: Halloween

David Gordon Green’s “Halloween” is a fitting bookend to the original with much of the same spirit, as if seen from a slicker and glibber perspective. Where in a 1978 Haddonfield, kids would scramble in terror from The Shape, now they hardly look up from their smartphones.

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Front Row at the Movies: A Star is Born

“[Cooper] is a sort of drawling, denim-clad cowboy-poet very much in the mode of Kris Kristofferson’s iconic 1976 iteration ... an archetype whose familiarity lives somewhere between sincere tribute and Marlboro Man cliché.” But it’s Gaga’s serious actress film debut that will have people talking.

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Front Row at the Movies: Bohemian Rhapsody

Who would have predicted that a Parsi guy from Zanzibar named Farrokh Bulsara would use his four-octave vocal range and over-the-edge on-stage style to deliver what has been called “the greatest live performance in the history of rock music” at Live Aid in 1985?

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Tropic Sprockets: The Old Man and the Gun

“The Old Man & the Gun” is as much about our love for Robert Redford as it is about Forrest Tucker and both of them bring forth cheer for what is recognizable, benevolent and devil-may-care.

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Tropic Sprockets: A Star is Born

“A Star Is Born” is entertainment in the best sense of the word and Bradley Cooper has developed a popular story with apprehension, empathy and a sense of our new female-powered age.

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Front Row at the Movies: The Old Man and the Gun

Here is a guy that robbed 17 banks, got caught 17 times, went to prison 17 times, and escaped 17 times. Can a career criminal such as this earn our admiration? Yes … if he’s played by Robert Redford.

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Front Row at the Movies: Halloween

Director David Gordon Green on his "recalibration" of the series: "John Carpenter gave me great advice when he read the script for the first time and he kind of gave it his blessing to go forward. He said, ‘Keep it simple and make it relentless.’"

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