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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: Show Boat

The slight storyline follows the adventures of a theatrical troupe aboard a Mississippi riverboat. But viewers come for the musical experience, the highlight of the show being Paul Robeson’s rendition of “Ol’ Man River.”

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Tropic Sprockets: The Big Sleep

Howard Hawks’ noir classic is known in cinema history and almost infamously so, for its overly complicated plot. Nevertheless, the film is a knotty delight for its gorgeous cinematography and its mercurial women.

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Tropic Sprockets: Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song

Cohen emerges as one part William Burroughs in his dark suit with an awareness of mystical magnetism, the other a scientist, analyzing and recording his own living as well as dying. All of these pushes and pulls add up to a complete Leonard Cohen, calling out the universe.

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Tropic Sprockets: 92 in the Shade

This is a somewhat campy and melancholy film that nonetheless captures Key West perfectly as it existed in the 1970s, with its odd slowness and its dappled sunlight which made all things both summery and macabre.

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Front Row at the Movies: Bodies Bodies Bodies

Scary, yes. Funny, yes. But there’s more lurking beneath this superficial appraisal. The movie is really a psychological study of friendship in the digital age.

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Tropic Sprockets: Fire of Love

Sara Dosa directs an affecting documentary “Fire of Love” about the volcano-chasing couple Katia and Maurice Krafft, delivering an eccentric and personal addition to Werner Herzog’s “Into the Inferno” and “The Fire Within." This film is swift, engaging and a bit odd, given the subject matter of an obsessive couple.

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Tropic Sprockets: Bodies Bodies Bodies

Dutch director Halina Reijn has a clever and hectic hit with her English language debut. The film is frenetic colorful and kaleidoscopic, satirizing argument-based films like “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” as much as “Halloween” or “Last House on the Left.”

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Tropic Sprockets: Lost in Translation

Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation” is a landmark work in contemporary cinema, highlighting the clashes between the East and West. Like a poem, there is much to reflect upon, and the film works upon the eye in moody rhythms rather than a single punch. It is authentic and affectionate.

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Front Row at the Movies: Lost in Translation

Sofia Coppola was the first woman ever to be nominated for writing, directing, and producing in the same year’s Academy Awards. She won for Best Original Screenplay. Bill Murray considers this the favorite film he’s made. What’s “Lost in Translation” really about? Two people sharing loneliness.

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Tropic Sprockets: My Donkey, My Lover and I

“My Donkey, My Lover & I” directed by Caroline Vignal and loosely based on a memoir by Robert Louis Stevenson, is lighthearted, warm and comical. With swift storytelling and sweeping visuals of a famed French mountain range, the story engages as it delights the eye.

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