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Tropic Sprockets Goes Streaming: Shirley

Moss is wondrous as the legendary author even though we are not given much beyond surly Shirley. No matter. She still manages to give her role magic. Everything is in the eyes and in the sudden giggle of glee, both sacred and profane.

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Tropic Sprockets Goes Streaming: The Ghost of Peter Sellers

“The Ghost of Peter Sellers” is a thoughtful, touching film that will work on you gradually. It is in fine company with the other “making of” film docs like “Hearts of Darkness” and “Lost in La Mancha.”

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Tropic Sprockets Goes Streaming: Tommaso

Though “Tommaso” may not be for everyone, Willem Dafoe is terrific and Ferrara’s depictions are confrontational and startling. Both talents are in force here making the film an experience, hypnotic and watchable.

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Tropic Sprockets Goes Streaming: Life Itself

Roger Ebert is probably the single person most responsible for bringing the culture of film debate from the academic realm to the masses. Through his congenial enthusiasm for film and his vibrant weekly show co-hosted with critic Gene Siskel, Ebert made film opinions fun and even necessary; in "Life Itself," we get a solid texture of Roger Ebert, the person, including his wishes, his wanderings, his Shangri-las and his fears.

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Tropic Sprockets Goes Streaming: Blackfish

"Blackfish," a documentary by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, is a breathless indictment of keeping orcas in captivity. Sadly, the Gothic trappings in its title are all too real.

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Tropic Sprockets Goes Streaming: Slay the Dragon

“Slay The Dragon” is an enlightening and compelling film, it entertains as it engages and it is a genuine underdog story. Katie Fahey is a patriot and a catalyst for transformation, one-part Thomas Paine and one-part Wonder Woman.

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Tropic Sprockets Goes Streaming: Capital in the Twenty-First Century

From director Justin Pemberton (Chasing Great), Capital is the visual version of Thomas Piketty’s book “Capital in the Twenty First Century.” The film is brisk and accessible, chock full of clips from classic cinema and newsreels that highlight the main points of the illuminating book.

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Tropic Sprockets Goes Streaming: Hail Satan?

Though offered with a fair amount of quirk and camp, ”Hail Satan?” is a serious film about the need for alternate beliefs to attain equal representation. Some will ridicule these ebony-cloaked emancipators, but through humor and stern spirit, they uncover the forever rebel that resides within the hearts of many.

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Tropic Sprockets Goes Streaming: RBG

This film is endearing, personal and pointed. The Justice is no distant figure. Here she is up close, up front and irrepressibly human.

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Tropic Sprockets Goes Streaming: The Hottest August

For those in the mood for something eerie yet thoughtful, the documentary “The Hottest August” by Brett Story is excellent. As an eccentric character study of New York City in 2017, it is engrossing and unexpected with a variety of people telling of their hopes and fears.

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