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Tropic Sprockets: The Beach Bum

The biggest disappointment of “The Beach Bum” is not that it is a cartoon, only that it is a bad one. Key West deserves better and so does Harmony Korine.

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Tropic Sprockets: Us

Jordan Peele has done another creepy horror film with visual potency and some scare power. In “Us” as in the previous “Get Out” whatever is nonverbal and unexplained becomes the most terrifying.

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Front Row at the Movies: The Beach Bum

“I wanted to make a film that was like a dirtier version of a Jimmy Buffet song – a crude, drunken ballad, an ode to excess,” said "Beach Bum" director Harmony Korine. So he befriended the Parrothead singer and convinced him to make an appearance in the film alongside Matthew McConaughey.

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Front Row at the Movies: Us

Take a home invasion movie like “Breaking In,” blend it with “Body Snatchers,” and set the action against a “World War Z” zombie apocalypse background. That describes “Us,” the new horror film by Jordan Peele.

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Front Row at the Movies: Sweet Bird of Youth

What’s a playwright to do? Tennessee Williams wrote as true as he could, his psyche pouring onto the pages like tears of rage. He didn’t shy away from difficult subject matter on stage -- but movies were another matter. Hollywood would often water down his messages, his languages, his imagery, his … rawness.

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Front Row at the Movies: Gloria Bell

Chilean director Sebastián Lelio has reimagined his 2013 film “Gloria,” this time calling it “Gloria Bell.” Rumor has it that Julianne Moore twisted Lelio’s arm to remake the film. Shrewd if she did. This is a juicy role. Variety calls it “one of the great female-led films of the 21st century.”

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Tropic Sprockets: Apollo 11

Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins demonstrated that it was possible to travel to the moon and back, a trip that is analogous to the wonder of a human birth in its indescribable detail and importance. In watching the moon landing, human sight was born anew, never to be repeated except for certain after-images seen in the cinema and our own vertiginous dreams.

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Tropic Sprockets: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

This is a feel-good story of doing the right thing against an autocratic villain. It is rhythmic and sweeping with morals that are never self-righteous or overbearing. Last but not least, its sweet spirit is not cloying or sappy. "The Hidden World” is a fitting conclusion to an effervescent trilogy with something for every dragon advocate.

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Front Row at the Movies: The Image Book

More of a media installation than a movie, “The Image Book” presents a world in the process of disintegration. Jean-Luc Godard seems to be delivering the message to enjoy yourself, you’re doomed anyway.

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Front Row at the Movies: Boom!

Although critics panned “Boom” when it first came out, it remains filmmaker John Waters’s very favorite movie. A sometimes visitor to Key West, Waters describes the film as “beyond bad. It’s the other side of camp. It’s beautiful, atrocious, and it’s perfect.”

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