Tropic Cinema Adds First-Runs to Memorial Day Fare
Reviewed by Shirrel Rhoades
A big sea change in the movie industry, Tropic Cinema will be getting more first-run mainstream movies to compliment its indie fare. In the past, these bigger films came as second-runs after they had appeared at the Regal.
“A Bigger Splash” offers a very different family dynamic, when an old friend and his grown-up daughter (Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson) drop in on a famous rock star and her photographer boyfriend (Tilda Swinton and Matthias Schoenaerts) while vacationing on an Italian island. Creative Loafing says, “Positively drenched in thick, tasty Euro-ambiance, the film serves up tantalizing characters and even more tantalizing ideas …” And Salt Lake Tribune nods, “The cast is strong, with Swinton particularly powerful even though her voice barely rises above a whisper.”
“The Man Who Knew Infinity” continues to please audiences with this true story about Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), an Indian student with a talent for intuiting complicated equations. G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons) is the Cambridge prof who recognized the young man’s mathematical gift. St. Louis Post-Dispatch observes, “The multiplexes are full of films that promise little more than a forgettable good time. ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ is just as entertaining, but far more substantial.” And X-press.com agrees that “Irons and Patel create a bit of magic with their mathematical dance …”
Rounding out the cinematic offerings is “The Jungle Book,” one for the whole family. This is Disney’s fourth telling of the Kipling story about a young boy raised by jungle animals. This time around, it’s bigger, brighter, CGI-animated, and in eye-popping 3-D. South China Morning Post says, “Alternately exhilarating and terrifying, ‘The Jungle Book’ offers a hyper-realistic view of the forest as a place of natural hierarchy, unpredictable menace, and cross-species camaraderie.” And Reforma concludes, “This remake of the animated classic is a visual experience that you can’t miss.”
All five of these films are prefect daliances for a long, lazy Memorial Day Weekend. Enjoy!