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Tropic Sprockets: Phantom Thread

The film is meditative, rhythmic, tense and disturbing. It creeps and twists back and forth until hitting with a wallop. In its echoes of Hitchcock and Kubrick, once the anxiety starts, it doesn’t let go.

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Front Row at the Movies: Phantom Thread

The title comes from Woodcock’s habit of sewing secret messages into the linings of his dresses -- hidden words signify that the dresses are more than extravagant commodities, that they in fact are works of art. So is the film.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Shape of Water

Fantasist filmmaker and author Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) tries his hand at a fairy tale and largely succeeds with poetic feeling. Though edged with darkness, The Shape of Water is a predominantly sweet story about embracing the unusual and the power of Romance.

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Front Row at the Movies: The Shape of Water

Director Guillermo del Toro sees the “The Shape of Water” as a love story. “I was trying to talk about love in sort of an ideal way, but an adult way ... it is very much about invisible people coming together.” The film leads the pack with 13 Academy Award nominations.

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Tropic Sprockets: Call Me By Your Name

Luca Guadagino is a patient and lyrical filmmaker known for his psychological character studies, tense emotional rhythms and exotic locations. With his latest film, Guadagino translates Andre Aciman’s striking novel into a mysterious and emotive cinematic story.

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Front Row at the Movies: Call Me By Your Name

Where better to set a cinematic love poem than “somewhere in Northern Italy”? Ignore gender and age, don’t worry about geographic specificity -- simply allow the idea of Italy to represent a lush and verdant fairy tale setting in which to explore matters of the heart.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Post

Steven Spielberg is a virtuoso. The director is most known for bringing a sense of drama to historical themes and heroics that are quintessentially American. In his latest “The Post” he takes on Nixon in 1971 and the fear he brought to the newspaper industry.

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Front Row at the Movies: The Post

"I thought this was an idea that felt more like 2017 than 1971," said director Steven Spielberg about the script for THE POST. "I realized this was the only year to make this film." And this is the year to see it.

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Tropic Sprockets: Darkest Hour

Joe Wright (Hanna, Atonement) directs a pitch perfect film on Churchill and his struggle during World War II. Under the magic of Gary Oldman’s acting, Churchill ceases to be an ancient and detached historical figure -- we feel this leader’s soaring euphorias along with his nadir spirals.

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Front Row at the Movies: Darkest Hour

The reason to see this film is the electrifying performance by Gary Oldman. His portrayal of the British Bulldog is nothing short of masterful. With the help of both prosthetics and acting skill, he not only looks but sounds like the Winston Churchill we remember from newsreels, capturing Churchill’s insouciant wit.

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