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: Origin

“Origin” is yet another masterful piece from Ava DuVernay ("13th"), focusing on systemic racism in a heartfelt and emotive character study.

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Front Row at the Movies: Olivia de Havilland in The Adventures of Robin Hood

This was the third film to pair Flynn and Olivia de Havilland (after “Captain Blood” and “The Charge of the Light Brigade.” They would ultimately star in nine films together. Olivia said of Errol Flynn: “Errol was a proud, sensitive man, and though every bit as adventurous as his screen roles, I think he was rather more complex than these.”

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Tropic Sprockets: American Fiction

“American Fiction” is a glib indictment of racial stereotypes in the literary realm. Snappy and accessible with edges of Mel Brooks and Woody Allen, the film delivers generous portions of comedy and drama.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Zone of Interest

“The Zone of Interest” is an eerie, jarring work with all the trappings of a horror film. While its grim, matter-of-fact qualities may not be for every audience, it is excellently rendered and polished with the sardonic effect of a mixed media piece by Damien Hirst.

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Front Row at the Movies: The Rebellious Olivia de Havilland

Daphné Baiwir and Sebastien Cruz will be on hand at the Tropic Cinema the night of the 10th for a lively discussion about their documentary. It’s a beautiful homage to the rebellious Olivia de Havilland. 

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Tropic Sprockets: Poor Things

The film is dense, punchy, and political. It is the most ambitious of Lanthimos's films yet, and while it is not easy on the eyes and makes for difficult watching, it is unapologetically poetic and should be applauded in this day and age of McDonald’s Marvel movie making.

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Tropic Sprockets: Driving Madeline

The dramatic progression might seem maudlin in other hands, but Christian Carion keeps the drama soft, subtle, and affecting. This is about human emotion rather than sopping wet tears. By the time the two characters part, one is left with an oasis of friendship rather than a watery pool of sadness.

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Front Row at the Movies: Celebrating Olivia de Havilland, Star of the Century

From February 10th through 17th, Tropic Cinema will host an Olivia de Havilland Retrospective – six of her classic films, plus a documentary titled “The Rebellious Olivia de Havilland.” An All-Access Pass grants moviegoers entrance to the week-long celebration honoring the life and film career of Dame Olivia Mary de Havilland.

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Tropic Sprockets: Freud’s Last Session

Freud is incredulous regarding Lewis’s Christian beliefs and Lewis is equally mystified by Freud. To the psychiatrist, Christianity is a medley of fairy tales. Lewis feels religion gives a man wonder, purpose, and security.

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Front Row at the Movies: The Color Purple

“Alice Walker visited us on the set and asked to see what we had been shooting. After showing her a take, I heard this loud sobbing and felt hands hugging me from behind. She laid her head on me and kept saying the same thing over again: ‘This is what I always hoped it would be.’”

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