Movie Reviews

Get the latest movie reviews from our in-house critics, Shirrel Rhoades and Ian Brockway. You’ll also find reviews from film festivals and advance screening movies. Do you have what it takes to be a Guest movie reviewer? Send us your review to info@TropicCinema.com for approval and maybe you’ll earn a spot!

Tropic Sprockets: Slack Bay

In a coastal village in Northern France circa 1910, tourists have been missing on the beach. Inspector Machin (Didier Després) is on the case: a 350 pound detective in the mode of Oliver Hardy. Machin nods his head, runs, stumbles and falls on the ground because he is too heavy. No one seems to know how many people are missing or even if that is accurate.

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Tropic Sprockets: Going in Style

After witnessing a slick bank robbery, Joe (Michael Caine) gets the idea to attempt a robbery as well, reasoning that he has nothing to lose. His buddies reject the idea, fearing prosecution.

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Front Row at the Movies: Alien: Convenant

While making repairs, the crew (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, et al.) intercepts a transmission from a nearby planet thought to be lifeless and decide to go investigate.

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Front Row at the Movies: A Quiet Passion

As portrayed by Cynthia Nixon (TV’s “Sex and the City”), Emily Dickinson did not mourn that which she did not have, but quietly celebrated those small pleasures that gave meaning to her life. It is a subtle, well-executed performance, moving to the top of Nixon’s resume.

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Tropic Sprockets: Gifted

Here is a small film with a big heart that avoids all the possible pitfalls of a weepy melodrama through the clear strength of its characters and the economy of production.

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Tropic Sprockets: Beauty and the Beast

Light and playful but having an ample amount of action, this version is nothing less than a fluid animated film come to life as if through the process of magic.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Dinner

"The Dinner" is a harsh course: mounds of savagery are accented with crumbs of Bret Easton Ellis, only to be suffused with what is mostly noise and high melodrama. The end sequence finely portrays the futility of it all, but only the most immovable among us will stay for a digestif that is far from settling.

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Front Row at the Movies: Gifted

Here, seven-year-old Mary Adler (McKenna Grace) has mastered advanced calculus by the first grade. But her uncle and de facto guardian Frank (Chris Evans) turns down a scholarship to a private school for gifted children because he wants Mary to have a “normal” life.

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Front Row at the Movies: Snatched

Despite both being funny blondes, the mother and daughter in this movie are polar opposites, disagreeing on most everything. But when Emily Middleton (Schumer) gets dumped by her boyfriend, she invites her mom (Hawn) to join her on this exotic vacation. As the movie poster hints, getting kidnapped “… is the closest they’ve been in years.”

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Tropic Sprockets: Colossal

Through it all is the heartrending circumstance that these two care for each other, yet they are powerless to control themselves and the harmful beasts that they create.

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