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 […]

A Talk with Mary Elizabeth Winstead About ‘Alex of Venice’

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: About a week ago, I sat down during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival with actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Oddly enough, due to scheduling it was directly before I got to see her new movie Alex of Venice, so this was sort of a more wide ranging chat, covering a lot of bases. Luckily, […]

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 […]

Night Moves (★★★)

Tribeca Film Festival: At this point, I basically think I know what I’m getting myself into when I sit down to watch a new Kelly Reichart movie, and I don’t mean that as a bad thing either, just a fact of the matter. Night Moves is possibly her most mainstream outing yet (or at least […]

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 […]

Young Bodies Heal Quickly (★★)

Tribeca Film Festival: I really don’t know what to make of Young Bodies Heal Quickly. To be sure, writer/director Andrew T. Betzer has a singular vision and is uncompromising in executing it. That being said, I kind of wish that he hadn’t subjected me to it. I’m not sure how other folks at the Tribeca […]

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 […]

Alex of Venice (★★★)

After really impressing me a few years back in Smashed (which should have gotten her an Academy Award nomination), Mary Elizabeth Winstead again turns in a great performance, this time for actor turned director Chris Messina in the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival entry Alex of Venice. The movie itself is almost mellow to a fault, […]

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 […]