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Tropic Sprockets: Truman & Tennessee

While this is a sketch rather than a full length portrait, it is lively, thoughtful, and catty with a colorful pop art edge. The voiceovers by Jim Parsons (Capote) and Zachary Quinto (Williams) are authentic and genuine, merging well with the legendary figures.

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Tropic Sprockets: Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It

The force known as Rita Moreno is nothing less than an ambulatory carnival and a catalyst of change, both for within herself and others who see her work.

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Tropic Sprockets: In the Heights

The film is exuberant and stirring with eye-popping visuals and a carbonated spirit. While it is predominately feel-good, it is supposed to be, and its effervescent vivid spirit brings irrepressible cheer to our post pandemic times.

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Tropic Sprockets: Sublet

“Sublet” is a quiet story of two men who find each other by chance. It is subtle and delicately rendered but also possesses a punch. It is one of the most authentic and minutely detailed films of the year so far.

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Front Row at the Movies: In the Heights

With the clout of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” success, “In the Heights” is heading to the silver screen; Indie Wire describes it as “the kind of electrifying theatrical experience that people have been waxing nostalgic about ever since the pandemic began – the kind that it almost seemed like we might never get to enjoy again.”

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Tropic Sprockets: Undine

From Christian Petzold ("Transit") comes an interpretation of the siren myth. Though the story has fairy tale aspects, it is by no means light or happy. The film is odd, dark and somewhat opaque. But the film’s weirdness is its strength.

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Tropic Sprockets: A Quiet Place Part II

The ominous click and rattle of the extraterrestrials is a call to see blockbuster movies again. Though the sinking notes of the score are not as startling here, you know who to root for and the last screech of amplifier, sounding like a dial-up modem, gives everything a “Twilight Zone” nostalgia, satisfying and comforting in the darkness.

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Tropic Sprockets: Quo Vadis, Aida?

Yasmila Žbanić, a former worker for the Bread and Puppet theater, has directed a riveting, sorrowful and anxious film. It is blunt, shocking and uncompromising. Though it makes for difficult viewing, it should be seen.

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Front Row at the Movies: A Quiet Place Part II

“If the original was about the promise that all parents make to their kids, that I will always be there and protect you,” Krasinski says, “then at some point, that promise has to be broken. So the second movie is about once that promise is broken, how do you survive on your own?”

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Tropic Sprockets: Dream Horse

“Dream Horse” is a charming, satisfying film that belongs in good company with “Secretariat.” Though the mood is light and spirited, Toni Collette gives the true story enough pathos to make you pull for Janet Vokes and Dream Alliance all the more.

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