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Tropic Sprockets: Thor: Ragnarok

The best elements of “Thor: Ragnarok,” are its impromptu freedoms, its dazzling kitsch and its giggle-inducing lines. It is easy to see that the cast involved had fun in this chapter and you will too -- this Marvel episode doesn’t take itself seriously yet it still has energy and dramatic pull.

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Tropic Sprockets: Jane

The British primatologist Jane Goodall comes to life in this impactful and vivid documentary directed by Brett Morgen (Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck). From start to finish, “Jane” is imagistic and striking -- helped in no small part by the music of Phillip Glass, which turns this documentary into a riveting suspense film.

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Tropic Sprockets: Marshall

“Marshall” is an excellent movie that is sober without being sorrowful. It shows us the real person of Thurgood Marshall, who made the best of himself, ultimately, not because he was expected to but because he was compelled.

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Front Row at the Movies: Thor: Ragnarok

Thor Odinson has been a cornerstone of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Thor: Ragnarok” is Marvel Studios third superhero blockbuster based on The Mighty Thor. "Thor: Ragnarok" provides a new debate for comic book fanboys who haven’t seen the movie yet: “Could Thor beat up The Hulk?”

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Front Row at the Movies: It

IT's themes are familiar to Stephen King fans: “The power of memory, childhood trauma and its recurrent echoes in adulthood, the ugliness lurking behind a façade of small-town quaintness, and overcoming evil through mutual trust and sacrifice.”

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Tropic Sprockets: Loving Vincent

"Loving Vincent" is the affectionate, striking tale of the last days of van Gogh by directors Dorota Kobiela and her husband, Hugh Welchman. This is a visually stunning work, entirely done by oils put on canvas in the style of van Gogh -- its imagery speaks volumes about the heart of this painter and may well bring you to a few tears.

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Tropic Sprockets: Suburbicon

If one sees this film objectively, it leads to confusion. What genre is this film? A thriller? A comedy? Or a social commentary. It certainly has elements of all of these, but yet it leaves everything half formed in a cartoonish state.

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Front Row at the Movies: Suburbicon

A Coen Brothers script. Coen Brothers crime. Coen Brothers humor. Coen Brothers characters. But not a Coen Brothers film. They indeed wrote “Suburbicon” -- but in truth you’re getting a George Clooney mishmash featuring his pal Matt Damon.

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Front Row at the Movies: Score: A Film Music Documentary

For an inspiring example of the role musical scores play in the world of cinema, you will definitely want to see (and hear) “Score: A Film Musical Documentary.” Aside from technical details about how music has evolved in film, it is the documentary’s sampling of great movie soundtracks that will have you swaying in your seat.

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Tropic Sprockets: It

IT lives on fear, and this is among the very best of Stephen King's adapted works. Don't be afraid. It is both frightening and fun with a charge that represents the true spirit of Halloween.

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