Each year, the Tribeca Film Festival ushers in the spring with a unique variety of movies. Just last year, two of 2018’s best in “All About Nina” and “Disobedience” played at the fest. Years past included “Flower” and “Sleeping with Other People,” among others. What did they all have in common? They were titles that we were anticipating and had live up to the hype. So, with the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival coming at the end of the month, we again present titles to look forward to at the fest.
Below, you will see ten of the titles we think could be the most interesting to come out of Tribeca. There are plenty of other ones too, like “American Woman,” “The Apollo,” “Charlie Says,” “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile,” “A Kid From Coney Island,” “Lost Transmissions,” and “Plus One,” just to name a few. Plus, as with any festival, there’s bound to be some surprises as well!
dir: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
Margot Robbie stars in this period piece, which also features Travis Fimmel and Garrett Hedlund. Not much is known about this dramatic thriller, though Robbie lends it some star power. Tribeca doesn’t always have a ton of A-listers, so having someone like her in one of their movies is a real get. Hopefully, the final product is up to Robbie’s standards. For now, “Dreamland” is an intriguing festival title.
“The Dog Doc” (2019)
dir: Cindy Meehl
Who doesn’t love dogs? Well, at the very least, the subject of “The Dog Doc” sure does. A look at Doctor Marty Goldstein, a pioneering figure in the field of holistic/integrative veterinary medicine, this documentary should please canine enthusiasts. Fair warning, considering Goldstein’s specialty is treating pets that other vets have given up on, so while it could be an uplifting experience, tears could be a possibility as well.
dir: Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz makes his directorial debut with this crime drama, though he also has the starring role. Joining him is Annette Bening and Vanessa Redgrave, which hints at some potential powerhouse acting. Waltz has rarely been well served by filmmakers not named Quentin Tarantino, so perhaps it’s best for him to take on the responsibility himself? All eyes will be on him and “Georgetown” to see if he’s the next great actor-turned-director.
“Standing Up, Falling Down” (2019)
dir: Matt Ratner
We haven’t had a good Billy Crystal comedy in a very long time. Crystal returns to screens in “Standing Up, Falling Down” here at Tribeca. He plays an alcoholic dermatologist who bonds with Ben Schwartz‘s struggling stand up comedian. The premise seems very common for the fest, though the devil will be in the details. Crystal on his own makes it compelling.
“Safe Spaces” (2019)
dir: Daniel Schechter
It seems like almost every year Tribeca has a Justin Long title in the lineup. Previous examples are “A Case of You” and “Literally, Right Before Aaron,” with “Safe Spaces” the newest one. This comedy pits Long against his family and a brewing scandal at the college he teaches at. There’s a chance this could be one of the biggest comedy efforts of the fest, if all goes well.
“Framing John DeLorean” (2019)
dir: Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce
A hybrid documentary, this look at John DeLorean and his life is utterly fascinating. Mixing traditional talking head documentary elements with dramatic recreations, “Framing John DeLorean” is tremendously unique. Alec Baldwin plays DeLorean in those sequences, with other actors like Morena Baccarin, Josh Charles, and Dean Winters showing up. Anyone who loves DeLorean’s namesake car in the “Back to the Future” trilogy should give this one a shot.
dir: Guy Nattiv
The feature that sprung out of last year’s Oscar-winning short of the same name, “Skin” has been successfully making the festival rounds. Now playing Tribeca, Jamie Bell and Danielle Macdonald star for filmmaker Guy Nattiv. It sounds like the premise narratively continues from where the short left off, making it a curiosity at least. Places like the Sundance Film Festival have given it the thumbs up already, so there’s that.
“The Kill Team” (2019)
dir: Dan Krauss
A war drama starring Alexander Skarsgård and Nat Wolff, “The Kill Team” seems like it’s leaning into the moral dilemma that can often define these sorts of tales. We haven’t gotten a great modern military film in a few years now, so provided this is up to snuff, audiences will be hungry for it. The two leads alone make it something to definitely make time for.
dir: Tanya Wexler
A few years ago, Zoey Deutch blew some critics away with her work in the aforementioned “Flower.” This year, she returns with the dramedy “Buffaloed.” Set in upstate New York, Deutch co-stars with Jai Courtney and Judy Green in a tale of debt collecting and hoping to get the hell out of Buffalo. This has the makings of potentially a deliciously dark comedy, so it’s one to really anticipate.
dir: Danny Boyle
Easily the biggest Tribeca Film Festival title this year is Danny Boyle‘s collaboration with Richard Curtis. The concept of a musical rom-com centered around only one man on Earth who can remember The Beatles is a terrific one. Himesh Patel stars. Without question, this is the Tribeca movie to most hotly anticipated. If it’s as good as we think, “Yesterday” could be not just a crowd pleaser, but a potential awards vehicle as well.