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Tribeca Review: 'Match' Starring Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino & Matthew Lillard

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 20, 2014 12:37 PM
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Match, Patrick Stewart
In the fitfully entertaining “Match,” Patrick Stewart is Tobi, an experienced dance instructor who has arrived in New York City after a whirlwind globe-trotting lifestyle. His days are spent working with students craving approval and attention, barking orders through his thick brogue. When he returns home, it is to solitude, to knitting and the occasional deli visit. Tobi is a child of the sixties, and his liberation during that period has allowed him a contemporary peace.

Tribeca Review: 'Life Partners' Starring Gillian Jacobs, Leighton Meester And Adam Brody

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 19, 2014 10:25 AM
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Life Partners
There are two types of intolerable people, and they're both present in “Life Partners.” This comedy depicts a friendship between two grown women, both of whom find themselves shifting in different directions. Responsible Paige (Gillian Jacobs) has a regular 9-to-5 position at a law firm and social gadfly Sasha (Leighton Meester) toils away at a thankless receptionist job, and while neither of these jobs should define these characters, they inevitably do. This shorthand complicates a potentially fine source of drama, because Paige is straight and Sasha is gay.

Exclusive: Learn The Business With Clip From 'Beneath The Harvest Sky' Starring Aiden Gillen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2014 11:00 AM
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Beneath The Harvest Sky
What would you do to get out of your small town and forge a new life? How desperate is that desire to flee, and how far would you go to make it happen? Those seem to be some of the core themes at play in the coming-of-age thriller "Beneath The Harvest Sky."

Tribeca Exclusive: Listen To Fall On Your Sword's "Alive, Safe, And Happy" From Drama 'X/Y'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2014 10:00 AM
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X/Y
For the last few year, music collective Fall On Your Sword has been building up an impressive resumé of film scoring gigs. The group counts "Another Earth," "Nobody Walks," "28 Hotel Rooms" and "Lola Versus" among their credits, and the Tribeca Film Festival presents another movie this year with their distinctive work on it.

Tribeca Review: Brooklyn Hipster Vampire Comedy ‘Summer Of Blood’

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 17, 2014 7:30 PM
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Summer Of Blood
Vampires have been just about everywhere: outer space, the distant future, Detroit. But it’s been a while since they’ve been to Brooklyn. The last time this particular borough was the subject of bloodsucking freaks was the failed Eddie Murphy/Wes Craven venture “Vampire in Brooklyn,” which put a stake through the heart of vampires in Brooklyn for a little while. But it seems like a good time for vampires to return to New York’s hippest borough, what with the thriving nightlife perfect for snacking, an abundance of dilapidated buildings to occupy (until they become condos), and the general acceptance, in Brooklyn, of sleeping till noon and looking like you’ve been touring with Phish for the last half decade. Tribeca spotlight opener “Summer of Blood” attempts to reposition vampires in Brooklyn, and the results are simultaneously satisfying and insufferably smug.

Tribeca Review: Nas Documentary ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Celebrates The Life Of A Classic Hip-Hop Album

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 17, 2014 6:39 PM
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Time Is Illmatic
“Life’s a bitch and then you die,” rapper Nasir Jones spit on Illmatic, his groundbreaking 1994 debut album. A grim, cynical statement, Nas was simply following the tradition of hip-hop — reflecting your environment back to the audience. As Chuck D of Public Enemy once famously said, rap music was the “CNN for black people.” And so with Illmatic, Nas’ now-landmark ‘90s record, the rapper changed the game, broadcasting his pains, frustrations, ugly truths and hardships to a nation of listeners through a filter of lyrically dense, angry, blunt rhymes and jazz-inflected boom-bap beats. “It was real. He spoke the truth,” Alicia Keys says in the documentary, seemingly still taken aback now by Nas’ unflinching approach.

Tribeca Exclusive: Clip From Crime Drama 'Glass Chin' Starring Corey Stoll & Billy Crudup

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 17, 2014 1:04 PM
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A couple of years ago writer-director Noah Buschel unleashed his tiny, deeply affecting "Sparrows Dance,"a movie set in a single apartment, with only two characters. For his highly anticipated follow-up (at least by us), he has expanded his palette considerably, this time tackling a modestly scaled crime drama about a down-on-his-luck former boxer (Corey Stoll from "House of Cards") who becomes embroiled in the criminal operation of a weirdo gangster/restaurateur (Billy Crudup), all while struggling to maintain his longtime romantic relationship (Marin Ireland, who starred in "Sparrows Dance"). It's one of the best movies you'll see at this year's Tribeca Film Festival and what's more—we've got an exclusive clip.

Tribeca Exclusive: Clip From Horror 'Preservation' Takes Cover In A Cabin

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2014 11:01 AM
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Preservation
The Tribeca Film Festival is in full swing, which means an array of quality dramas will be on display for audiences. But sometimes, you just want to feel you pulse quicken and have a good old fashioned thrill, and that's what Christopher Denham ("Home Movie") is hoping to provide with his sophomore directorial effort, "Preservation."

Tribeca Exclusive: Listen To "Break Up" From Tony Morales' Score For Joss Whedon-Penned 'In Your Eyes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2014 10:06 AM
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In Your Eyes
You would think with all things Marvel on his plate, Joss Whedon wouldn't have time for much else, but you'd be wrong. Last year he dropped the indie Shakespearean tale "Much Ado About Nothing," and now he's headed into the Tribeca Film Festival as the writer and executive producer of the metaphysical romance "In Your Eyes." And today we have a little treat for you from the film.

Tribeca Exclusive: Dancing Gets Crispy In Clip From Documentary 'Ballet 422'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2014 3:00 PM
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Ballet 422
While Darren Aronofsky provided audiences with a nightmarish vision of what it means to be dancer in "Black Swan," in real life, ballet is a mix of collaboration, dedication and lots of sweat. And viewers will see all of that come together in the documentary "Ballet 422," premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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