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Tropic Sprockets: Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

“Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice" is a colorful and comprehensive documentary of the powerhouse singer, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. This is a holistic portrait of Ronstadt, warm-hearted and engaging at every turn.

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Tropic Sprockets: Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

The film does an excellent job illustrating Cohen’s restless drive to create meaningful work and his magnetism to women. Hydra itself is a character in the film, representing hedonism and sensual desire. On film, the island resembles a gigantic octopus with its hundred-fold eyes disguised as quaint white houses.

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Tropic Sprockets: Downton Abbey

By film’s end, the melodrama is a bit too buttoned up with a collar in an all’s-well-that-end’s-well upper lip, but the charisma of the beloved characters and the fluid visual design make the film “Downton Abbey” a swiftly pleasant idyll.

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Front Row at the Movies: Gay Chorus Deep South

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus believes that music van be a powerful bridge between the LGBTQ community and the alt-right. So in 2017 they packed up their music and went on a tour of the Deep South, holding a series of concerts across five of the states with the harshest laws against homosexuals.

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Front Row at the Movies: Downton Abbey

Toward the end of the movie, the Crawleys’ daughter Mary asks her husband Henry if they should keep Downton Abbey, to which Henry replies “We’re stuck with it, aren’t we?” It's good news for fans.

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Tropic Sprockets: The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt’s gripping novel “The Goldfinch” comes to the screen with mixed results. It boasts wondrous cinematography by Roger Deakins and some solid acting, but is rife with flashbacks that are muddled and melodrama that is unrealistic and heavy.

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Tropic Sprockets: Brittany Runs a Marathon

Paul Downs Colaizzo delivers a warm crowd pleaser with “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” his directorial debut. The film is positive and affecting without feeling sugary or forced. It is an emotive story, light at its core and it doesn’t go for cheap laughs.

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Front Row at the Movies: The Goldfinch

When a young boy’s mother is killed by a terrorist bomb in an art museum, his life is instantly changed. That’s the premise of “The Goldfinch,” a new film from John Crowley. Known to be choosy, this is his first directorial gig since “Brooklyn” in 2015.

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Tropic Sprockets: It: Chapter Two

While losing some of its previous spontaneity and surprise through its focus on the adult cast and the minor treatment of the original stars, “It: Chapter Two” still manages some charge mainly through the scary and compelling figure of Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) and the talents of Jessica Chastain.

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Tropic Sprockets: Tel Aviv on Fire

“Tel Aviv on Fire" is a zany send up of political affairs regarding Israel and Palestine, with some thoughtful and pensive accents -- a colorful portrait of an artist struggling to write for a soap opera in an occupied land. It is pointed and brisk.

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