Beautifully filmed African (Ghana) picture “Children of the Montain” is Tribeca at its finest.
Spirited dramedy “Little Boxes” is a splendid fusion of inde art house and commercial entertainment.
Documentary on autism, “Life Animated” is one of Tribeca’s most irresistible and heartfelt works in the festival
Brooding and atmospheric dystopian romance “Equals” is one of the most underrated films in years.
by Sam Juliano
The eleven day Tribeca Film Festival ended yesterday, bringing final closure to a wild and exhausting ride, one that spurred Lucille and I to take in 35 feature films at three different locations. Our prime hot spot was the Bow-Tie Cinemas on 23rd Street, but we were also at the SVA auditoriums down the block and down at the Regal Cinemas multiplex adjacent to the World Trade Center Freedom Tower. Once again the annual fest included some outstanding documentaries and narrative works, many of which will surely secure commercial openings in the coming months. The most difficult challenge was to piece together a schedule that would include films about subjects we were greatly interested with some others that were highly touted in advance by critics and festival insiders. It was always tricky to schedule the screenings to coincide with the time windows that were possible to us. Even with the high total we managed there were still films we were unable to negotiate. We made of a list of those that we will watch for in theaters and on DVD release. Like all other festivals of high repute there were some forgettable titles and/or films we had less interest in, but this year’s venue includes a comparatively high number of good to excellent works. Continue Reading »
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by Sam Juliano
The weather has been warming up, and on the movie front Lucille and I are pounding the mat at Tribeca, having seen thirteen films over the past four days after taking in the new release Midnight Special on the Monday before the festival began. It appears that we will be able to work in twenty-one more feature films over the next and final seven days of the festival beginning with the two for this evening. Otherwise we are still in the preparation stage of the science-fiction countdown, which is clearly getting much less interest than the five previous genre projects. Still, I won’t give up the ship until or unless it becomes conclusive it won’t be flying. Group e mails have been sent out and deadlines have been set, and completed ballots are awaited.
On the political front we have the huge New York primary set for tomorrow. Hillary Clinton appears to have a stranglehold in the pollings, though Bernie Sanders has made up some ground. Donald Trump should win the state in a landslide, though his opponents may be able to sneak off with a few of the ninety-five up for grabs. I will be voting in the New Jersey Democratic primary on June 7th.
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