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Front Row at the Movies: Molly’s Game

The founder of Getty Oil, J. Paul Getty was declared to be the richest man in America in 1957. He had -- as the title of the new movie about him suggests -- “All the Money in the World.” Yet in 1973 when his namesake grandson was kidnapped, he refused to pay the ransom.

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Front Row at the Movies: All The Money In The World

The founder of Getty Oil, J. Paul Getty was declared to be the richest man in America in 1957. He had -- as the title of the new movie about him suggests -- “All the Money in the World.” Yet in 1973 when his namesake grandson was kidnapped, he refused to pay the ransom.

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Tropic Sprockets: Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts

Lovers of anxiety will get full doses here. These are very strong films and everyone should be well pleased regardless of preference. The award season is upon us and this group of shorts are both tremendous and timely.

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Tropic Sprockets: Black Panther

“Black Panther” isn’t just a comic book film or a sci-fi film about Africa, but also a great movie. Black Panther is not just a hero to his people, but a hero for all of us. Add a savvy visual style, pointed one-liners that are actually funny, and thrilling action sequences, and you don’t have just an escapist film, but a rich cinematic experience.

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Exploring Autism From A New Viewpoint

The opening of “Deej,” the fascinating documentary by Robert Rooy, is a swirl of color, reflecting the internal creative mind of David James (“DJ”) Savarese, a nonspeaking autist who is the subject of this film. Rooy follows DJ through high school and into college, capturing his progress, frustrations, and developing future goals. Read this exclusive interview with Rooy, and meet the director at the Tropic on February 19 for a screening of "Deej."

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Front Row at the Movies: Black Panther

Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 100% rating. Entertainment Tonight calls it “The most anticipated Marvel movie … ever!” While anchored in MCU continuity, much of BLACK PANTHER's gravitas comes from the never-before-explored-onscreen fictional country of Wakanda.

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Tropic Sprockets: I,Tonya

Craig Gillespie's film -- which would be the territory of director John Waters if it were not true -- is devastating, punchy, irreverent, and compelling through and through.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Greatest Showman

Though the music is rousing, by midpoint the drama and dance feels anemic like a party favor that squeaks instead of sparking. Instead of a historical record told in music of an intriguing if troubling man, we get a cloying, sanitized Disney version.

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Front Row at the Movies: I, Tonya

Is this a “Mommy Dearest” story? Only partially. Does “I, Tonya” help you understand this complex, slightly wacko woman better? Indeed it does. Margot Robbie will leave you feeling like you know Tonya Harding.

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Front Row at the Movies: The Greatest Showman

Hugh Jackman -- aside from being a terrific Wolverine -- is a great showman. Taking a few liberties with historical facts, this musical follows Jackman as P.T. Barnum as the young entrepreneur builds his "Greatest Show on Earth."

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