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Tropic Sprockets: Shadow

“Shadow“ is a counterpoint to the blunt crunching and artery-bursting of “John Wick.” In Yimou’s realm, murder is an impulsive spirit of movement, akin to calligraphy.

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Tropic Sprockets: John Wick – Chapter 3: Parabellum

John Wick and Reeves by extension become living figures in a comic book. This makes the hyperactive hollow-points compulsively watchable, even though it does qualify as a guilty pleasure. As campy as Keanu is, he delivers his lines with such mirthless monotone, he fuses the actor as hitman and the hitman as actor into Pop Art.

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Front Row at the Movies: Carmine Street Guitars

Carmine Street Guitars was a place like that -- off the beaten path, but you’d find it if you were a musician looking for a handmade guitar. Rick Kelly finds his wood for making guitars all over the city, from dead trees and torn down buildings, and even a historic tavern. Then he artfully crafts it into a guitar designed to make the angels listen.

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Front Row at the Movies: John Wick – Chapter 3: Parabellum

In the world of John Wick, the underworld is everywhere – from street vendors and waiters to shoe shine guys and dog-walkers and homeless people – all acting as the eyes and ears for the High Table. And the organization has more assassins chasing John Wick than troops in a military parade in Red Square.

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Front Row at the Movies: Penguins

Admittedly, “Penguins” takes an anthropomorphic view of its subject matter, imbuing penguins with human-like qualities, but nonetheless you will enjoy the simple storyline (“a hugely entertaining underdog hero’s journey”) and the outstanding cinematography.

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Tropic Sprockets: Hail Satan?

Though offered with a fair amount of quirk and camp, ”Hail Satan?” is a serious film about the need for alternate beliefs to attain equal representation. Some will ridicule these ebony-cloaked emancipators, but through humor and stern spirit, they uncover the forever rebel that resides within the hearts of many.

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Tropic Sprockets: Tolkien

“Tolkien” has a warm and easy spirit showing the gift of friendship for what it is: a visitation of magic that occurs in reality, as adamantine as a ring.

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Front Row at the Movies: Tolkien

Fans of J. R. R. Tolkien have spent years dissecting his Middle Earth tales, trying to figure out arcane meanings, influences, how the stories came about -- some fans, and this new biopic, turn to Tolkien’s “heady days as a student and his hellish experiences in World War I” to find hidden clues to his works.

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Front Row at the Movies: Red Joan

Like many of you, I love a good spy story. Especially if it rings true, like those by penned John Le Carré or Graham Greene. They knew the clandestine world of which they wrote. “Red Joan,” a new movie by Trevor Nunn, has the ring of truth … because it is based on the real-life case of Melita Norwood.

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Tropic Sprockets: Ask Dr. Ruth

Director Ryan White (HBO’s "The Keepers") turns his camera on Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and the result is a charming biopic that is also very moving, and a statement of human survival and creation.

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