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Front Row at the Movies: Leave No Trace

My take: I’d give “Leave No Trace” two thumbs up (because I have only two thumbs). But don’t take my word for it. Rotten Tomatoes concluded that the film “takes an effectively low-key approach to a potentially sensationalistic story – and further benefits from brilliant work by Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie.”

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Front Row at the Movies: The Guardians

The year is 1915. While World War I rages elsewhere, this unspoiled section of French countryside is being farmed by the women left behind. This beautiful cinematic experience looks like a series of Jean François Millet paintings come to life.

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Front Row at the Movies: Ant-Man and the Wasp

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” seems to be going for what I’ll call superhero-lite -- along with the jokes, we see an office building reduced to a carry-on bag, a flatbed truck used as a foot-scooter, and car chases where vehicles shift from full-size to Matchbox cars and back again.

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Front Row at the Movies: Charlotte’s Web

Rotten Tomatoes rates “Charlotte’s Web” as 79% fresh, saying, “Kids will be entertained by the straightforward plot and cute animals, and adults will be charmed by how quiet and humble the production is, a fine translation of E.B. White’s genteel prose.” All true. But I think it’s more.

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Front Row at the Movies: Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Directed by Academy Award winner Morgan Neville (“20 Feet From Stardom”), this up-close-and-personal look at Mr. Rogers “focuses on the power that kindness and understanding can have in a community, whether real or imagined.”

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Front Row at the Movies: The Wild Women of Wongo

The film starts off with a conversation between Mother Nature and Father Time about an experiment that has gone wrong. It may has well have been a conversation between the Producer (George R. Black) and Director (James L. Wolcott).

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Front Row at the Movies: Ocean’s 8

Like most heist films, the plot is intricate and well-timed. But that’s just the excuse for everybody to get together and have a blast.

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Front Row at the Movies: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

In “Fallen Kingdom,” we learn that a volcano threatens the island, and a rescue project attempts to relocate the dinos to a sanctuary on the American mainland. Bad idea, you say? Well, that’s because you’ve seen the first four movies. So it’s no spoiler to tell you things go awry.

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Tropic Sprockets: Incredibles 2

Unfailingly positive, gleeful and spirited, this sequel is nonstop fun that will produce an abundance of giggles. “Incredibles 2” is a solid addition to the Pixar canon that includes “Finding Nemo” and “Toy Story.”

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Tropic Sprockets: On Chesil Beach

Theater director and playwright Dominic Cooke helms an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novella, "On Chesil Beach." Though a shade somber and predictable, the film boasts solid performances by Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle as newlyweds on a secluded honeymoon.

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