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There was so much to choose from this year, it was easy to feel overwhelmed by the Tribeca Film Festival's offerings. But the good news is this is a festival that has a sizeable number of selections nearly guaranteed to be distributed. So I've poured over the titles and buzz to single out the five films you must see as soon as they hit a theater or VOD platform near you.
A light-hearted drama punctuated by pop songs, Begin Again stars Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley as Dan, a washed up, oft-drunk record executive, and Greta, a principled singer-songwriter. Each is struggling to make sense of love, life and the music business in New York City.
As night falls, boyfriends drop by, followed soon after by even less-welcomed party-crashers, a pack of relentless, bloodthirsty, and mutated beavers. Now, these friends must band together to survive the night of the living zombeavers.
When it made its world premiere at Sundance earlier this year, the unconventional romantic comedy The One I Love drew praise. Yet the resulting reviews were shockingly vague, even when describing its basic plotline.
I'd heard fantastic things from colleagues who had seen the romantic drama at its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. But no one prepared me for how deeply moving Ira Sachs's latest effort--which boasts brilliant turns by John Lithgow and Alfred Molina--truly is.
What do you get when you throw the comedic humor of insular NY comedies together with the willfully garish gore of B-movie horror? Something devilishly amusing and happily drenched in blood and biting dialogue.
It's a setup that served The Big Chill well, but there's something especially endearing in that About Alex's suicidal friend has the chance to speak for himself rather than be some ghost everyone feels beholden to.
From midnight movies to directorial debuts, intriguing indies to challenging foreign films, there's loads to choose from at Tribeca. So to help you get some idea of just what's in store for this vibrant film festival, we've collected a selection of trailers and from its lauded line-up. Take a look, and get your tickets while you can!
The film depicts the union between Ruffalo, a disillusioned music executive, and Knightley originally Scarlett Johansson), a promising young ingénue. When Knightley and her boyfriend (Adam Levine (yuck)) break up due to his infidelities, she finds herself directionless, until Ruffalo’s disgraced exec picks her up and reinvents her as a potential music star.
It’s getting increasingly difficult to keep the found footage style fresh and Grave Encounters proves it. While the film does have a rather unique tone in terms of how it blends horror and comedy, ultimately, it’s a recycling of past shaky cam-style films.
Grave Encounters is far more than just another found footage film to the writing-directing duo, The Vicious Brothers; it’s their opportunity to push the sub-genre one step further. While some of the ghosts in the film were enhanced with CGI in post, much of what we see on screen was physically there.
World, watch out for Abigail Breslin. Thanks to nine years of work, we know she’s a talented actress, but Janie Jones really proves she’s on another level, not only because it reveals she’s an incredibly talented singer, but because she takes a subpar script, breathes some life into it and manages to make it somewhat enjoyable.
As nerve-racking as it was for Abigail Breslin to adapt to singing and playing the guitar in Janie Jones, one of the most jarring changes was that of the actor playing her dad. Alessandro Nivola stepped in just days before shooting began and only met Breslin the day before the camera rolled
Saint has two things working against it; it’s subtitled and foreign. No, there’s nothing wrong with requiring an audience to read some text or with a film coming from another country; the problem is the subtitles are often illegible and a number of the jokes
Ever since last year’s earthquake, Olivia Wilde donates a significant amount of her time to working with an organization called Artists for Peace and Justice in an effort to restore Haiti’s hospitals, schools and orphanages
Director Bill Morrison is known for using shots bearing signs of chemical deterioration, further enhancing the decay through digital processing, but here, he uses pristine black and white material from the British National Archives as well as some gorgeous freshly shot color footage
As much as going to the theater should be an enjoyable experience, there’s nothing wrong with checking out a sad piece. However, nobody goes to the movies to just wade around in a character’s problems; you need to experience the person’s emotional range in order to understand and appreciate their hardships.
In the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, many were left without food, water, shelter and other vital necessities. However, while working to restore fundamental essentials, Bryn Mooser and Adam Darg also fought to bring some fun and entertainment back into the local population’s lives.
Hopefully you’re ready to see Jeremy Piven’s serious side because in one of his latest films, Angels Crest, Piven really turns on the drama tackling some rather troubling subject matter. In honor of the film’s world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival...
The film is based on a true story and stars Evans as Mike Weiss, the half of Danziger & Weiss law firm that's eager to take on a massive case, that of a Houston nurse who contracts HIV when she’s accidently stuck with a contaminated needle. Mike makes Jeffrey Dancort’s “Safety Point” syringe...
Even though Sri Chinmoy is no longer with us, his legacy lives on and filmmakers Sanjay Rawal and Natabara Rollosson are doing their part to preserve his teachings as well. Their short documentary, Challenging Impossibility, uses archival footage as well as new interviews...
The film opens up in 1492 when Saint Nick is burned alive for attacking a small town in Amsterdam. Years later, he’s back looking rather charred, but packing one heck of a vengeance. With the help of his evil Saint Peters, Nick trounces around modern Amsterdam on Christmas Eve
Behind every great man, there’s a great woman, right? Well, that’s certainly the case with the Bang Bang Club. While the real life photographer foursome risked their lives snapping images in the violent townships of South Africa at the end of Apartheid in the early 90s
When we get slasher flick after slasher flick, it becomes increasingly difficult to make one stand out. Then, on the other hand, stepping out of trite territory and trying to do something different isn’t easy either. In the case of Rabies, we get an attempt to spice up the genre with comedy; certainly a noble effort, but in the end, it’s that dare-to-be-different attitude that tarnishes it. Is it a horror film or a comedy?
Back in 1993, photographer Kevin Carter snapped an unforgettable photo of a malnourished young Sudanese girl and a vulture. While the photo earned Carter a Pulitzer Prize and a great deal of fame and fortune, it also came with a significant amount of stress stemming from critics calling the shot a fluke, questioning Carter’s ethics and simply the pain of having witnessed a child in such terrible conditions.