Sunday, October 28, 2012

Week of October 26 to November 1 (Mann)

What’s on at the Tropic
by Phil Mann

What are THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER? A beguiling title, but really the movie is more about how cool it is to be different… and not care. It’s a tough role for most high school students, but the brother and sister pair of Sam (Emma Watson – Harry Potter) and Patrick (Ezra Miller – We Need to Talk About Kevin) are triumphantly beyond the pale, so good-looking and self-confident that they create their own little circle of senior-year superiority. Charlie (Logan Lerman), a clueless freshman – the wallflower of the title – stumbles into their penumbra and has the experience of a lifetime until it all collapses and he has to step to the fore.

“A sweet surprise, a funny, touching terrific and quite wonderful movie that gets it all right about the joys and heartbreaks of growing up circa 1991.” (Pete Hammond, Box Office Magazine)

“Touching and brimming with the energy, enthusiasm and tides of teenage love and life, 'Perks' could very well be the next classic of the genre.” (Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist)
Moving on in life, LIBERAL ARTS takes up the angst of a 35-year-old “kid.” Jesse (Josh Radnor) is single and adrift when he returns to his old college for a dinner to celebrate the retirement of Professor Hoberg, his favorite teacher (Richard Jenkins). But it’s a pretty young sophomore, Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen) and a sexy older English professor (Allison Janney) who capture his attention. “Nobody feels like an adult, that’s the world’s dirty secret,” Professor Hoberg warns him. Question is, can Jesse at least act like one?

“Josh Radnor's Liberal Arts is an almost unreasonable pleasure about a jaded New Yorker who returns to his alma mater in Ohio and finds that his heart would like to stay there.” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)

“An artful blend of tenderness and sharp, clear-eyed observations. Its characters talk like real people -- who also happen to be smart, appealing and thoughtful. “ (Claudia Puig, USA Today)
Don’t confuse MEET THE FOKKENS with the similarly titled Meet the Fockers, the Robert Di Nero gagfest from 2004. This one is the real thing, a documentary about an aging pair of Amsterdam prostitutes (Meet the Fuckers?). These 69-year-old twins haven’t lost their sense of humor, or their enjoyment of sharing their ribald past. “Rob Schroder and Gabrielle Provaas' raunchy, hilariously uninhibited documentary should wow arthouse audiences.” (Ronnie Schieb, Variety)
 Lots of holdovers this week: Joseph Gordon Levitt’s loopy sci-fi LOOPERS; the a cappella delight PITCH PERFECT; Tim Burton’s animated goof FRANKENWEENIE (3D); and Nicole Kidman’s slut turn in THE PAPERBOY.
This week’s Monday night Creature Feature is THE THING, the 1951 classic about a vegetable monster at an Arctic research station (played by Gunsmoke’s James Arness in a rubber suit). “One of the seminal 1950s creature feature films that paved the bridge between the horror and science fiction genres,” says
Have you seen the announcements about the upcoming inaugural KEY WEST FILM FESTIVAL? Four days of premieres, parties and panache from November 29-December 2. The festival will be taking over all four Tropic screens, plus the San Carlos. It kicks off on Thursday night with director Kat Coiro introducing her film While We Were Here, starring Kate Bosworth, and concludes on Sunday night with a final free movie on the beach outside Salute! You’ll be able to see Dustin Hoffman’s directoral debut film – Quartet, the first ever Judy Blume novel brought to the big screen, featuring Willa Holland and Russell Means – Tiger Eyes, and the Tribeca Film Festival winning movie starring Alan Cumming – Any Day Now. I’ll be telling you more as the event draws closer. But you can get full info and buy tickets now at

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