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Front Row at the Movies: The Kingmaker

In Lauren Greenfield’s award-winning documentary, you will come to know Imelda Marcos’s dark truths. Is it an accurate portrayal? You might say, the shoe fits.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Edge of Democracy

Petra Costa’s “The Edge of Democracy” is an eerie and poignant documentary about the ups and downs of Brazilian politics. It is direct and visceral.

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Tropic Sprockets: American Factory

“American Factory” is a striking slice of life film, nominated for Best Documentary, highlighting the gulf and some of the animosity between the East and West. Take cover and watch the factory floor.

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Front Row at the Movies: Babette’s Feast

Frost is one of only three people in the world to have achieved Master Sommelier and Master of Wine distinctions, so he’s a perfect choice to introduce “Babette’s Feast.” And host a wine tasting. You don’t need an invitation. But you will need a ticket.

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Front Row at the Movies: Ford v. Ferrari

Yes, “Ford v Ferrari” is a movie about automobile racing, but it is not exactly a racing movie – at least not in the sense of “Days of Thunder,” “Le Mans,” or “Grand Prix.” It’s more of a buddy movie about a crazy entrepreneur and his irascible British pal, hired by Henry Ford II to help him get revenge on Enzo Ferrari.

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Front Row at the Movies: Oscar-Nominated Documentaries

Get out your Tropic membership cards, buy a large bag of popcorn, and start your marathon of Oscar-nominated documentaries. After them, you’ll probably have some Best Picture noms to catch up on too.

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Tropic Sprockets: Ford v. Ferrari

In watching “Ford v. Ferrari” one sees two people: Shelby and Miles, pointing to a new beginning of man merging with the automobile, a being of metal and mind, chrome and flesh poised for our millennium.

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Tropic Sprockets: 1917

The film won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture and it earns its place among a long history of war films that include “Apocalypse Now” and “Saving Private Ryan.” “1917” carries us along in its journey feeling like a 3D film with its visceral effect that is poignant as well as jarring.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Andrew Hevia “Leaves the Bus”

“Leave the Bus Through the Broken Window” – a sign director Andrew Hevia kept seeing on the public transportation that ferried him around Hong Kong – has been called “A mysterious, tragicomic documentary within a documentary,” poignant,” and “part travelogue, part essay film, and, in one surprising moment, part karaoke musical.”

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Front Row at the Movies: 1917

“I felt this movie should be told in real time,” says Mendes. “Every step of the journey, breathing every breath with these men felt integral and there is no better way to tell this story than with one continuous shot.”

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