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Tropic Sprockets: Holy Spider

“Holy Spider” works both as a psychological thriller, and a searing indictment of fundamentalism. It takes a woman’s skill to catch a psychopath.

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Tropic Sprockets: Decision to Leave

“Decision to Leave” dazzles the eye; the film is not really a thriller but its wild turns of happenstance and its forays into contrasting colors make it a solid compliment to Park Chan-wook’s iconic “Vengeance Trilogy.”

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Front Row at the Movies: Decision to Leave

You may detect resonance with that 1981 Burt Reynolds-Rachel Ward film, “Sharkey’s Machine.” Or “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Or Sam Spade confronting Brigid O’Shaughnessy in “The Maltese Falcon”? Maybe even a touch of Masumura’s “A Wife Confesses.” And, obviously, Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.”

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Tropic Sprockets: Empire of Light

The meaningful performances combined with the intriguing English seaside setting draws us in most definitively, yet its drama is predictable, somewhat losing the vital and fanciful spark of the movies as a medium.

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Tropic Sprockets: Duran Duran: A Hollywood High

The band is the musical equivalent of a Swatch Watch, electric and clear, light and fast. After 40 years they have flawless precision and project light oranges, reds, yellows and bright greens.

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Tropic Sprockets: Only in Theaters

The film is brisk, informative and surprisingly poignant. At times it unfolds like a suspense film as Greg Laemmle,the story’s main focus, is faced with COVID closure and hovers between great optimism and crushing sadness.

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Front Row at the Movies: Only in Theaters

Directed by Raphael Sbarge, this documentary delivers a heartfelt introduction to the Laemmle family, examining their challenges, losses, and personal triumphs in operating their movie chain.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Fabelmans

From Steven Spielberg, the director who revitalized the “cliffhanger” sensation in American cinema, “The Fabelmans” is the auteur’s Truffaut exercise. Spielberg has crafted his autobiography and it is charged with electricity and great heart.

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Front Row at the Movies: The Fabelmans

Steven Spielberg wanted to explore that transition – call it coming-of-age, if you like – when a young person begins to see his mom and dad as real people rather than as simply parents. So he teamed up with Tony Kushner (winner of a Pulitzer Prize for “Angels in America”) to co-write "The Fabelmans."

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Tropic Sprockets: White Noise

Whether you choose to see it as a surrealist catalog of 1980s cinema or a meditation on the year that was 2020, “White Noise” will go down in history as Noah Baumbach’s mumblecore horror film.

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