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Front Row at the Movies: The Assistant

Kitty Green is a master at building tension, allowing Jane’s character to move through the day while seething at a slow boil. No, this is not a dramatic action film with lots of bang-bang boom-boom. It’s simply a snapshot capturing the office environment of a sexual predator.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Gentlemen

“The Gentleman” is the most accessible Guy Ritchie film to date. While it doesn’t cover any new territory, the director’s madcap sensibility is alive and well and these manic characters keep the audience well entertained.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Assistant

“The Assistant” is a Hopper painting set in motion that reserves its punch for the very end. The film is excellent and Julia Garner heads this eerie character study reminiscent of David Fincher and the fiction of Joyce Carol Oates.

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Front Row at the Movies: Downhill

Perhaps the seemingly brilliant casting of Ferrell and Louis-Dreyfus created false expectations on my part. I was looking for a comedy that’s less dark. Here, we have a battle of the sexes without the coming together of mutual love in the end.

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Tropic Sprockets: Fantastic Fungi

It is well known that people are generally afraid of fungi. Like a strange entity or an invader that one cannot describe, it often seems that fungi is something sinister or scary beyond our understanding. If you have these feelings or even a curiosity about fungi, this is the documentary for you.

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Tropic Sprockets: Downhill

As a conceptual exercise, “Downhill” works fine. It is only that the first film is so striking in its emotive power and apprehension that it turns its distant cousin to mere powder by comparison.

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Tropic Sprockets: Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts

This year’s documentary shorts are visceral, raw, potent and punchy. Each one takes you across the world and there is something for every eye. Every film is a microcosm of life, and not one of them holds back reality. As a group, each work is painfully honest.

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Tropic Sprockets: Clemency

“Clemency” is propulsive, honest and gripping. Though it is just as much a character study as it is a meditation on capital punishment, it is one of the best films I have seen on the unthinkable subject, and it will have you feeling restless far into the night.

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Front Row at the Movies: Clemency

Could you officially kill someone? While the warden may not pull the switch, he or she has to take the responsibility for carrying out the state’s sentence. That life-or-death burden would take a toll on anyone short of a psychopath. Alfre Woodard stuns as a prison warden whose job has gotten the best of her.

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Front Row at the Movies: Top 10 2020 Oscar Predictions

Deck yourself out this Sunday night for the Red Carpet at Tropic Cinema as movie lovers turn out to watch the 92nd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science annual awards – the Oscars, that is. As required by the unwritten rules of being a film critic, here are my Top Ten 2020 Oscars picks.

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