Reviewed by Shirrel Rhoades
Each week the Tropic Cinema’s programming director Scot Hoard sends me the list of new films opening at the “Best Cinema in Florida.” But this week his message simply said: “All Holding.”
That’s a good sign, meaning a winning lineup of films that’s still pulling in local moviegoers and film aficionados. So no changes.
I’m not surprised, considering this week’s “something for everybody” marquee of films.
For those who love serious foreign films, there’s “Amour” -- this year’s Academy Award winner as Best Foreign Language Film. Director Michael Haneke (“The Piano Teacher,” “The White Ribbon”) also wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay, the story of an elderly couple dealing with a series of strokes that affect the wife (Oscar-nominated 86-year-old Emmanuelle Riva).
Or for something completely different, you can still catch “Django Unchained” -- Quentin Tarantino’s history-bender about a slave-turned bounty-hunter (Jamie Foxx, a previous Oscar winner). Don’t forget, Tarantino’s script snagged this year’s Academy Award as Best Original Screenplay.
If you prefer to tickle your funny bone, you can still catch “Silver Linings Playbook” -- an atypical rom-com about a bipolar guy and a crazy-cute widow who turn out to be made for each other. This offbeat film by David O. Russell (“The Fighter,” “I Heart Huckabees”) was nominated for 8 Academy Awards … and won the Best Actress Oscar for Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter’s Bone,” “Hunger Games”).
Rounding out the Tropic’s lineup is “Hyde Park on Hudson” -- a biopic by Roger Michell (“Morning Glory,” “Changing Lanes”) that stars ever-popular Bill Murray as the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Laura Linney co-stars as the cousin who had an affair with FDR.
Serious subtitled films, a western-style shoot-’em-up, wonky comedy, and a biography. No wonder the Tropic Cinema is holding firm this week.