Tribeca Film Festival Recap: The Hits

Posted by Alia Haddad on May 3, 2013 at 10:14 am

Tribeca Film Festival Recap: The Hits

Everyone who partakes in any film festival does so with the hope that the films will be good. While every festival has its fair share of misses, the good films make the time spent worth it. The same holds true for the Tribeca Film Festival. Luckily, this year’s Festival had its fair share of hits. Check the list below to know which films you should keep an eye our for in the coming year!

Before Midnight: Richard Linklater’s third installment to his romance abroad trilogy, Before Midnight has all the components that made the series great: realism, fights, and heart. Plus, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke return to make us fall in love (and then get hurt) all over again. Rating: B

Byzantium: Neil Jordan gets it right once again when directing movies about vampires! Rating: A-

The English Teacher: Craig Zisk’s directs this movie that our own Valentina Valentini calls, “A modern-day cautionary tale complete with fairytale characteristics like plucky music, romantic phrases, British narration and a bit of Beatrice and Benedict à la Much Ado About Nothing.” Rating: A-

The Kill Team: Dan Krauss’s documentary about the platoon of U.S. soldiers charged with murdering innocent Afghanis for sport while station there might is in the running for best film at Tribeca and, most certainly, was the best documentary at the festival. Powerful and captivating, The Kill Team contains everything you could ask for in a nonfiction or fiction film. Rating: A

The Pretty One: Jenee LaMarque’s debut feature is a poignant, sweet, and timeless take on a semi lighthearted romantic tale. Stars Zoe Kazan and Jake Johnson similarly shine. Rating: A-/B+

Prince Avalanche: David Gordon Green’s latest film is much more subdued comedically, which worked to its advantage. With Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch as leads and a soundtrack composed of Explosions in the Sky there’s no way to not enjoy this film even if it’s just little bit. Rating: B

Run and Jump: Steph Green proves capable and teetering the line between tragedy and romance in Run and Jump. Moreover, Will Forte in a serious role leaves us all wanting more! Rating: A-

Whitewash: Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais presents a dark and harrowing tale, yet still manages to make it funny. A dark comedy at its finest, Whitewash makes use of Thomas Haden Church’s never-ending talents. Rating: A



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