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!

Tropic Sprockets: Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something

This documentary fully illustrates the man behind the two iconic songs “Cat’s in the Cradle” and “Taxi.” Harry Chapin emerges as a restless battery for social change—ferocious in kindness with a twinkling poetic allure.

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Front Row at the Movies: Harry Chapin: When In Doubt, Do Something

You can follow Harry Chapin’s life, career and activism in a new documentary directed by first-timer Rick Korn. you will hear from Chapin’s family, band members, and musical friends (Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Pat Benatar, Pete Seeger, Bob Geldof, Harry Belafonte, and others).

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Tropic Sprockets: The Trial of the Chicago 7

In times of political and cultural oppression we can all take comfort in the fact that these men walked the earth as wondrous and mercurial beings, not all that long ago. May we never forget their spiritual, and stern well-intentioned actions.

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Tropic Sprockets: Let Him Go

This film has first-rate suspense in the gothic tradition -- but more than that, the film has a poignant meaning in its wistful pauses and open expanses of country, speaking of half forgotten joys, misplaced ghosts and chances not taken.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Burnt Orange Heresy

The film has an old fashioned charm with edges of suspense from the past. The narrative is teasingly slow but then builds with a rhythm all its own. It is a meditation on one-upmanship.

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Front Row at the Movies: The Burnt Orange Heresy

As a caper film, I’d put this right up there with “The Thomas Crown Affair.” Charles Willeford was a master storyteller. And his knowledge of painting comes across in this plot. And in the title.

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Front Row at the Movies: The Personal History of David Copperfield

No spoiler alert needed here (you should have read the book in your English Lit class). As David Copperfield says to his younger self at the end of the film: “Don’t worry. You’ll make it through. And you’ll have quite the ride on the way.”

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Tropic Sprockets: On the Rocks

Murray is the father who intends too much, from lounge-singing to madcap schemes, but there is such joy in Bill Murray himself that in these troubled times, he seems the very spirit of the movies.

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Be A Superhero: Save Your Theater!

The National Association of Theatre Owners is urging movie-lovers and cinephiles to send letters and emails asking for relief during this unprecedented era of the coronavirus. Here's how (and why)!

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Front Row at the Movies: On the Rocks

“On the Rocks” could have been a Woody Allen movie. Set in Manhattan, it is a comedy about relationships. It is indeed a love poem to New York, but at heart it explores the connection between fathers and daughters.

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