Co-founded by Robert De Niro to help rejuvenate Lower Manhattan in the wake of the September 11 attacks, the Tribeca Film Festival has always placed an emphasis on touching, personal and unique stories that come from across the length and breadth of the world.

It also gives major movie stars the opportunity to flex their creative muscles. Rather than the special effects, mainstream-aimed, and CGI-heavy blockbusters that most of them produce in Hollywood with major studios, their output at Tribeca consists of smaller, independent movies that are more character driven. The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival is no different. In fact, this year we have efforts from, to name but a few, Tom Hanks, Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Murphy, Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey, and Ricky Gervais to contend with. What are the main highlights of the festival, though? Well, have a gander below to find out.

A Hologram For The King
The world needs a regular dose of Tom Hanks. Whether it’s just perusing his Twitter account to make yourself feel better, re-watching Big, or waiting eagerly for his latest release, everything feels better when Hanks is in your life. The Tribeca Film Festival has got your back in that regard, as it features a brand new film from Tom Hanks in the shape of A Hologram For The King.

Written and directed by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer, The International, Cloud Atlas), it tells the tale of Tom Hanks’ Alan Clay, a desperate American salesman who travels to Saudi Arabia to secure an IT contract for a huge complex being built in the middle of a desert. Even though the first trailer was admittedly a little underwhelming, the presence of Tom Hanks means that A Hologram For The King immediately has something going for it.

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