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Front Row at the Movies: Battle of the Sexes

Bobby Riggs was a 55-year-old tennis hustler and retired world champion. Billie Jean King was pretty good herself, having won 39 Grand Slam titles. No surprise that promoters teamed them up for a so-called Battle of the Sexes -- a match that centers this new sports drama.

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Tropic Sprockets: mother!

While this film is certainly not for everyone, it has an uncompromising  energy that is almost "Exorcist" like in its dare and provocation. Like many of Aronofsky's other films this one builds to a virtuousic crescendo that almost goes to the limits of visual space and human emotion.

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Tropic Sprockets: Victoria & Abdul

The impactful thing about “Victoria & Abdul” is in watching these two people become friends. Better yet, we care. One is aged, melancholy and non-plussed by life, the other lively and full of charisma. The pull of the exotic and the power of a smile is unmistakable.

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Front Row at the Movies: Victoria & Abdul

Dame Judi Dench might as well apply for a trademark on her pitch-perfect portrayal of Queen Victoria. However, it’s Indian actor Ali Fazal who provides the fresh face in this true-life story of Queen Victoria and her manservant Hafiz Mohammed Abdul Karim.

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Front Row at the Movies: Scream

“Scream” pretty much reinvented the teen slasher movie. It’s very self-aware. The characters know what’s going on, because they are fans of horror films themselves. This perfect-for-Halloween film is showing at Tropic Cinema as an entry in its Classic Fright Nights series.

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Tropic Sprockets: Blade Runner 2049

Who better to ponder what it means to be human than director Denis Villeneuve, whose film "Arrival" dealt with symbols and the power of language? In "Blade Runner: 2049," Villeneuve creates a sequel that does great service to its predecessor while also being a thoughtful meditation on memory.

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Front Row at the Movies: Blade Runner 2049

Ridley Scott’s 1982 opus gave us a unique neo-noir view at the future 2019 -- drizzling rain and garish neon signs and Japanese-inspired culture. In this new visit, thirty years later, LAPD officer K (Ryan Gosling) discovers a secret that threatens humanity, forcing him to seek the help of Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford).

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Tropic Sprockets: American Made

"American Made" is a worthy addition to the canon of true story films about the druggy 70's. It has a great sense of dark fun, thanks in no small part to Tom Cruise -- still Risky after all these years. 

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Front Row at the Movies: Shaun of the Dead

More funny than scary, this brilliant parody of zombie movies was written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. Wright directs with zany British flair, and Pegg stars as the story’s hapless hero trying to revive a moribund life.

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Tropic Sprockets: Viceroy’s House

"Viceroy's House" by Gurinder Chadra (Bend It Like Beckham) is a handsome but staid portrait of India's struggle for independence during 1947.

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