Movie Reviews & News

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!

Tropic Sprockets: Babes

Actor Pamela Adlon has a winner with her directorial debut in “Babes.” The film is madcap and warm hearted with great spirit, charge, and charm. It is freewheeling and genuinely funny without being mean.

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Tropic Sprockets: Ezra

William Fitzgerald, autistic himself, is excellent in this first role. He is funny, compelling, and dynamic with verve and spirit. While the trappings of the “road movie” genre are conventional, the subject of autism is authentic without sentiment or cliche.

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Front Row at the Movies: The Smurfs

Something of a fish out of water scenario – but with little blue people in floppy Phrygian caps. Think your kids will like this? You can come back for more on June 13 when “Smurfs II” hits Tropic screens.

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Tropic Sprockets: Evil Does Not Exist

This somewhat hypnotic study can be seen as a kind of ecological Hitchcock film. it is the most accessible and direct outing by Ryusuke Hamaguchi yet.

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Front Row at the Movies: Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

That first “Mad Max” cost a paltry US $300,000 to make, while “Furiosa” cost a total of US $233 million, the most ever spent for a film production in Australia. Is “Furiosa” 700 times better than the original “Mad Max”? No, but you won’t regret the ride.

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Tropic Sprockets: Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Like David Cronenberg, David Lynch and John Waters, George Miller keeps his fevered phantasmagoria fresh, and he has well earned his place with the few unapologetic auteurs of the cinema.

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Front Row at the Movies: Carol Doda Topless at the Condor

Carol Doda was the first American entertainer to perform topless. A daring act, she became “a tourist attraction second only to the Golden Gate Bridge.”

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Front Row at the Movies: Adios Buenos Aires

Director-writer German Kral came to Munich to study, leaving behind his birthplace of Buenos Aires and his love of tango music. This film is Kral’s “emotional declaration of love for Argentina.”

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Tropic Sprockets: Adios Buenos Aires

Bolstered by strong performances, the film makes the romantic clichés palatable along with vibrant tangos and breathtaking landscape shots of a sparkling and bejeweled Buenos Aires. This is a nostalgic throwback to the bouncy comedies of the 1940s accented with sweeping cinematography and visuals.

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Front Row at the Movies: Jane Austen Double Feature

Which film is better? I lean toward the performances in “Sense and Sensibility,” but have always preferred the storyline in “Pride & Prejudice.” The simple answer: See them both. Your English Lit professor would approve.

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