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Tropic Cinema Offers Seven Films, Big and Small

Reviewed by Shirrel Rhoades

Now that Tropic Cinema is allowed to show big first-run films as well as smaller indies, you'll find even more variety on its screens.

“Independence Day: Resurgence” is a CGI-laden sequel to the 1996 sci-fi blockbuster about an alien invasion. Those buggers that Will Smith defeated in the first flick are back again, swarming the skies like locusts. However, Will is not around to save the world in this one. IGN Movies describes it as “a silly, cheesy, spectacle-driven blockbuster with heart.” And Empire Magazine declares, “You’ll enjoy yourself enough that you won’t even miss Will Smith.” 

“Love & Friendship” is based on a little-read Jane Austen novel about a manipulating woman looking for a husband for herself and her daughter. Kate Beckinsale is perfectly cast as conniving Lady Susan. Toronto Sun calls this period piece “quick, clever and delightful.” And St. Louis Post Dispatch finds it to be a “comic romp that fans of the classic English author will love.”

Although directed by Rebecca Miller, “Maggie’s Plan” might easily be mistaken for a Woody Allen film. SSG Syndicate notes, “Acerbic and idiosyncratic, it’s tartly erudite to the extreme.” And It’s Just Movies observes, “Greta Gerwig co-stars with New York City in this tame location driven rom-com.”

“Weiner” is a documentary about former Congressman Anthony Weiner, whose political career crashed when he got caught sexting naughty photos of himself. Mountain Xpress says, “Yeah, you almost certainly know how this is going to play out, but that doesn’t keep the film from being compelling and even fascinating.” And Minneapolis Star Tribune calls it “the must-see nonfiction film of the year.”

“Dark Horse” is the true story about a group of working class Brits who take on the uppercrust task of breeding a racehorse. Salt Lake Tribune describes it as “an inspirational sports story, loaded with eccentric characters, dramatic twists, and a rousing, emotional trajectory.” Detroit News calls it “a galloping victory.” And Seattle Times challenges, “Oh, just try to resist this one.”
“Nice Guys” stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as mismatched detectives investigating the death of a porn star.  New York Magazine describes it as “just slick enough to keep from falling apart, just brutal enough to keep from seeming inconsequential.” And El Pais calls it “an exercise in cynicism and cool.”

“Free State of Jones” gives us Matthew McConaughey as a defiant Southern farmer who leads an armed rebellion against the Confederate Army. Hollywood Reporter sees it as “a compelling and little-known story of the Civil War period ….” And San Francisco Chronicle concludes, “It’s a good film, absorbing from beginning to end, but it’s also important.”
Big films, big stars; little films, little stars. Tropic has them all.
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