Zero Motivation (★★★)

Tribeca Film Festival: In this dark comedy, Zero Motivation offers audiences a glimpse into the lives of a group of female soldiers stationed in a remote Israeli army base in the desert. What director Talya Lavie does so well is fuse the dull, segregated conditions these women work in, with witty humor. The film, aptly titled for […]

Five Star (★★★)

Tribeca Film Festival: From the film’s long opening sequence, with a conspicuous lack of glitzy Hollywood production, one is transfixed by the minimalist approach. Director, writer and editor Keith Miller subdues his employment of artifice to capture something that feels authentic, à la cinéma vérité. It’s a nebulous blend of narrative and documentary that’s as entertaining as […]

Virunga (★★★½)

Tribeca Film Festival: Threatened by rebel warfare and a British oil company with an unscrupulous agenda, Virunga documents the attacks on the Congo’s Virunga National Park, home to thousands of people and the last of the mountain gorillas. Andre, pictured above, is an amiable gorilla caretaker, who works at the Senkeweke Center – the world’s […]

Tribeca Film Festival Award Winners

Tribeca Film Festival: The 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival announced the winners of its competition categories last night. The top award winners include Zero Motivation, Point and Shoot and Manos Sucias. The Tribeca Film Festival was co-founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, and is presented by AT&T. The Festival runs through […]

Palo Alto (★★½)

Tribeca Film Festival: Another in the seemingly endless supply of projects from the unique (to say the least) mind of multi hyphenate James Franco, Palo Alto is an adaptation of Franco’s short stories, written and directed by Gio Coppola, and it’s a very mixed bag. To be fair, in the environment of the 2014 Tribeca […]