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Tropic Sprockets: Wild Rose

As an antidote to cinematic violence and nightmares of history, “Wild Rose” is an empathetic story about a Scottish single mom wanting to make music. Directed by Tom Harper (TV’s "Peaky Blinders"), the story is most compelling in regard to its star Jessie Buckley and its rousing music.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Joe Talbot’s directorial debut “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” is poetic, moody and accusatory. It is both a call for individuality and diversity as well as a lamenting study of the historic city.

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Tropic Sprockets: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Remember “Easy Rider” and Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”? The cinematic tide has turned and not for the better.

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Front Row at the Movies: Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

I have mixed feelings about a movie that fictionalizes the story of Charles Manson and his cult of psychopathic killers. But Tarantino’s new film focuses more on a failing TV star (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt), two Hollywood characters who come into contact with the Manson Family in 1969.

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Front Row at the Movies: The Lion King

You know the plot: After the murder of his father, a young prince must learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. No, no … we’re not talking about Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” We’re discussing Disney’s “The Lion King.”

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Tropic Sprockets: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

"Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am" presents the Nobel Laureate as is: vivacious, curious and forthright, without sentimentality. This documentary is swift, pulsing and dynamic. It is chock full of literary celebrity. It also crackles with detail accompanied by stirring artwork to illustrate its sobering historical points.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Lion King

While the older among us will rightly feel that 2019’s “The Lion King” is a run of the mill bestiary and an exercise in routine, younger generations who have not seen earlier incarnations can purr along with those time honored songs.

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Tropic Sprockets: Echo in the Canyon

Peppered with rock stars from the 60s and 70s (including the late legend Tom Petty) this breezy, affectionate film gives a solid overview of the California music scene some fifty years ago.

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Front Row at the Movies: Midsommar

“Midsommar” is a good follow-up to "Hereditary," making Ari Aster a frightmeister to be reckoned with. My takeaway? I’m not making any detours to small out-of-the-way isolated villages next time I take a trip.

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Tropic Sprockets: Spider-Man: Far from Home

With a swift narrative that entertains, combined with charge and some dazzling colors, “Spider-Man: Far from Home” thrills in the great tradition of a Saturday matinee. If this is not enough, a surprisingly heartfelt ending will have you rooting for more entanglements, be they human or webbed.

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