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Tropic Sprockets: Incitement

“Incitement” by Yaron Zilberman, is a nerve jangling and haunting film about the assassin Yigal Amir who killed Yitzhak Rabin. The film was given an Ophir (an Israeli Oscar) award in 2019. The film builds slowly in steps—sneaky and deliberate—but is unrelenting and utterly compelling at its conclusion.

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Tropic Sprockets: Portrait of a Lady on Fire

This sensitive and intricate film by Céline Sciamma asks us which condition is better: the physical reality of fleshy desire or its poetic ideal? To its credit, with a respect for silence and looks askance, there are no absolute answers.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Traitor

From the Italian director Marco Bellochio (Vincere), “The Traitor” is a true crime story on the life of Tommaso Buscetta, a mafia boss who was ridiculed for his collaboration with the police in the mid-1980s. Although conventionally handled, the film contains gripping suspense along with some surrealistic sequences.

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Front Row at the Movies: Emma.

This new “Emma” is notable for being the feature film directorial debut of Autumn de Wilde, an American photographer. If you detect a hint of screwball comedy, keep in mind that de Wilde cites “Bringing Up Baby” and John Hughes’s coming-of-age movies as her inspiration for this lighthearted telling of the story.

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Tropic Sprockets: A Hidden Life

Malick is more pointed here and there is less theatrical flourish. He delivers only the necessary textures and colors, the gray of guns and the black of death against the life giving greens of the natural world, tended by a man, Franz Jägerstätter, who became a saint through his nonviolent action.

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Tropic Sprockets: Emma.

Director Autumn de Wilde has an entertaining film debut in “Emma,” based on the Jane Austen novel. The film is quick and colorful with enough lively moments to keep even the most reluctant observer of period dramas engaged.

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Front Row at the Movies: Queen & Slim

Think of “Queen & Slim” as a modern “Sugarland Express” or “Aloha, Bobby and Rose.” The message: Legends are made by accidental circumstance. So is romance.

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Front Row at the Movies: Gaslight (NOW Film Festival)

Doesn’t matter if you’ve seen “Gaslight” before, it’s worth watching again and again. For the acting. For its cinematic qualities. For its edge-of-the-seat thrills. For its message about controlling and manipulative relationships between men and women.

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Tropic Sprockets: Once Were Brothers

Though the passing of The Band was swift and bittersweet, one can take heart in Robertson. Like a laughing magnet, he brought the circus of a group known as The Band together, a drum circle of brothers, all soldier-like and driven without any flash, fanfare or distracting fame.

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Tropic Sprockets: Queen & Slim

“Queen & Slim” is an emotive and visceral film that will grip you from the start. Rebelliously, Matsoukas teases the audience making her two protagonists not only sympathetic but also charming valentines who find themselves.

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