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Front Row at the Movies: RBG

You probably know that Ruth Bader Ginsberg is an Associate Justice with the United States Supreme Court. She was the second woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court. But I’ll bet there’s a lot you don’t know about this feisty little lady.

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Front Row at the Movies: Deadpool 2

Marvel’s smart-mouthed antihero -- a disfigured mercenary with the power of accelerated healing -- returns for another wisecracking adventure. This time, Ryan Reynolds's title character is trying to protect a mutant youngster from a time-traveling cybernetic soldier named Cable (Josh Brolin).

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Front Row at the Movies: Book Club

In the new rom-com from debut writer/director Bill Holderman, four 60ish friends go hilariously astray after making "50 Shades of Grey" their latest book club selection. That’s the power of print … in a movie.

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Nothing Without Us: 4 Nights 4 Justice Looks at HIV Through Women’s Eyes

A conversation with director Harriet Hirshorn, whose film traces the advent of HIV/AIDS up to the present time, documenting the struggle by women to get the Center for Disease Control to redefine AIDS to include symptoms faced by HIV+ women.

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Front Row at the Movies: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Alexandra Dean’s documentary covers the Hollywood screen siren's life warts-and-all, from Lamarr’s sexpot image to her brainy inventions to the legal and substance-abuse trouble that would define her later life.

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Tropic Sprockets: Tully

Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air") offers a deadpan but honest vision of motherhood in “Tully,” starring Charlize Theron. The film is a slice of life study of a mother’s struggles, told plainly without fanfare, decoration or embellishment.

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Tropic Sprockets: Avengers: Infinity War

Though we have seen all these caped and iron-clad heroes many times, cinematic endorphins do pass through us and our senses leap. The directors have the good sense to treat the material as it should be treated: a serial hero story -- but better still, it has form, heart and heft.

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Tropic Sprockets: Super Troopers 2

Shouting about sex, fighting with a bear and going on about Canadian accents is the full result, and it ends up as an empty, boorish and profoundly unfunny film.

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Front Row at the Movies: Jackson (4 Nights 4 Justice)

A few years ago filmmaker Maisie Crow made a documentary short about a new law that threatened to shut down the last abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi. It was nominated for an Emmy. So Crow came back with a 92-minute documentary that offers a closer look.

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Front Row at the Movies: Tully

While Mary Poppins may have been every little girl’s fantasy, a singing spoonful-of-sugar mommy substitute, “Tully" lays claim to being a modern-day mother’s fantasy: a "manic pixie dream nurse" that lets her outsource those parts of her life that she finds most burdensome.

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