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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!

Front Row at the Movies: A Glitch in the Matrix

Simulation theory -- the concept that all of reality could in fact be an artificial simulation, such as a computer game or AR headset -- is the subject of Rodney Ascher's new documentary. Rotten Tomatoes describes the film as “a thought-provoking portrait of digital culture and its relationship to reality.”

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Tropic Sprockets: French Exit

"French Exit," the acclaimed novel from Patrick DeWitt, is now a film adapted by director Azazel Jacobs. This odd and uncompromising film is not for everyone but it does have Michelle Pfeiffer in winning form.

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Tropic Sprockets: Another Round

There have been many films about alcoholism, the act of drinking and the urge to drink, but this one seems to encapsulate the feelings directly, its poetic promises as an elixir as well as its folly and sad outcomes. Thoughtful, engaging, weird, yet accurate and intense, this singular film is rife with meaning and intention.

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Front Row at the Movies: Narrowsburg (Southern Circuit Tour)

Consider the Hollywood Film Festival … or the Narrowsburg Film Festival … or the Queens Film Festival. All went belly-up, leaving angry investors and irritated townsfolk behind. And it turns out, one swindler was behind all three.

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Tropic Sprockets: Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

More than any other group, the animated shorts defy logic and are the closest to actual dreams. This year is no exception. From the fanciful to the introspective, the jubilant to the abstract, these selections cover a full range. As in the realm of dreams, all varied emotions are represented.

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Tropic Sprockets: Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts

Though these documentaries make for difficult viewing, they are all exemplary. Each is laser sharp in focus upon its subject and you won’t fail to be moved or affected.

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Tropic Sprockets: Oscar-Nominated Live Action Shorts

The Live Action Short Film category has always been the most potent and provocative Oscar group. Happily, this year is no exception. In 2021, there is something for everyone, from the heartwarming to the warlike, the existential to the eerie.

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Front Row at the Movies: My Salinger Year

Despite the salacious lure of the film’s title (same with the memoir) this is more the story of a young woman breaking into New York’s literary scene in the mid-‘90s, and less about the life and loves and litigations of J.D. Salinger.

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Tropic Sprockets: My Salinger Year

Based on the memoir of the same name by Joanna Rakoff, "My Salinger Year" is a light coming of age drama that remains engaging thanks to its cast headed by Margaret Qualley and Sigourney Weaver.

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Front Row at the Movies: Nomadland Travels Toward Academy Awards

This is the time of year that movie critics start ruminating over the year’s Academy Award nominees, in search of a prediction. We will cut through all that elite pondering and tell you that the winner will likely be “Nomadland.” In fact, it may be a trifecta, winning Best Motion Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress.

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