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Tribeca Review: Harsh, Evocative Youth Drama 'Young Bodies Heal Quickly'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 28, 2014 12:20 PM
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Young Bodies Heal Quickly
Even the greatest filmmakers are guilty of overly romanticizing boyhood. A little bit of bad behavior and a slice of wildness have fueled boys of the cinema, as they grow up and, in most cases, inexplicably become responsible men. It's not clear if that occurs at the very end of “Young Bodies Heal Quickly," though the evocative title gives a sense of how writer-director Andrew T. Betzer feels about the danger faced by his young characters. There are consequences, his film argues, and these characters are fortunate enough to still have youth on their side.

Tribeca Review: ‘Goodbye To All That’ Starring Paul Schneider, Melanie Lynskey, Anna Camp & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 25, 2014 4:16 PM
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Goodbye To All That
Shades of grey are important to well-rounded portraits of human beings. Otto Wall is not a total fuck up. He has a job, a marriage and is a loving father to his 9-year-old daughter Eddie. But Otto Wall doesn’t quite have his shit together either. Just a tad irresponsible and perennially unlucky, Otto’s not quite unreliable, but he’s seemingly also just a little bit… defective. A careless driving accident that lands him in the hospital and mercifully doesn’t harm his daughter appears to be keeping in character. But it also acts as a catalyst for his exasperated wife Annie. So Otto is utterly blindsided when Annie, sick of it all, files for a divorce.

Review: ‘5 To 7’ Starring Anton Yelchin, Bérénice Marlohe & Olivia Thirlby

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 25, 2014 2:04 PM
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5 To 7 Anton Yelchin Berenice Marlohe
"Some of the best writing in New York won't be found in books or movies or plays… but on the benches of Central Park," the irritatingly enunciated, overly-heartfelt voiceover in “5 To 7” intones alongside some pleasantly inoffensive cello bowing. Sigh… the protagonist is referring to the love-letter-like inscriptions to loved ones, the dearly departed, and family that cover many of Central Park’s finest benches. But more importantly, do you know where else the best writing in New York certainly won’t be found with a facile and groan-worthy lede like that? The sappy and painfully jejune movie “5 To 7.”

Tribeca Review: 'Dior And I' Brings World Of Haute Couture Down To Earth

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • April 25, 2014 12:03 PM
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Dior And I
You know all those red carpet gala events where celebrities wear clothes that cost more than the average mortgage, and entertainment reporters ask them “...and who are you wearing!?” Other than those among us who are specifically interested in the world of fashion, it's the question that signals our natural instincts to switch off and think of some snide remark aimed at the shallow world of glitzy fame. Well, Frederic Theng's fashion documentary “Dior And I” may just make you think twice the next time you hear that question.

Tribeca Review: 'Intramural' Starring Jake Lacy, Kate McKinnon, Beck Bennett And Nikki Reed

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 24, 2014 4:39 PM
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Intramural
There's dumb, there's dumber, and then there's “Intramural," a good-time jerkoff fest that should appeal primarily to the viral video crowd. Which isn't exactly a slam, per se: there are a number of hearty laughs in this paperweight comedy, which tries in vain to cram a joke per-minute into its runtime. Maybe effort should be rewarded, because this film certainly is trying. If you thought “Hot Rod” was an impossible bar to reach as far as bro-centric comedy, then you won't find your time wasted, necessarily.

Tribeca Review: 'Love & Engineering' Tries To Find The Algorithm For Romance

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2014 3:26 PM
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Love & Engineering
For years past and in years future, dating sites, sociologists, eggheads and more will continue to try and reduce romance to categories and algorithms determined by a carefully measured mix of life goals, expectations, desires and data. The theory is that if two people essentially check all the right collective boxes, they will be aperfect match. However, it's the unknowable and intangible qualities of love that make it to so special and ultimately profound. The chemistry that arises between two people and the magnetism that pulls them together still remains mysterious at its core. Certainly, one can look at a couple and find all the ways in which they complement one another, but there will always be ephemeral qualities — perhaps even unexplained to those involved — that no supercomputer or observant scientist will be able quantify. And yet in "Love & Engineering," so largely misguided computer engineers and tech nerds will try just that.

Watch: Kanye West & Rick Rubin's Wacky Tribeca Award Acceptance Speech Directed By Mark Romanek

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2014 2:46 PM
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Kanye West Tribeca
Tomorrow at the Tribeca Film Festival, producer Rick Rubin and Kanye West will be receiving an award on behalf the Roland RT-808 (no we don't know exactly what that means either) as part of the Disruptive Innovation Awards. Sadly, they won't be on hand to attend, but they send this video instead. And it's awesome.

Tribeca Review: 'Super Duper Alice Cooper' A Pedestrian Look At The Outrageous Rock 'N' Roll Icon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2014 12:07 PM
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Super Duper Alice Cooper
As directors Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn proved with 2010's "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage," they can take even the nerdiest, most seemingly inoffensive band, and turn out something fascinating, amusing, insightful and even at times moving. And on paper, tackling shock rocker Alice Cooper—whose onstage persona inspired decades of artists to actively piss off parents—should be an obvious next step. Yet surprisingly, and disappointingly, the filmmakers—along with third co-director Reginald Harkema—miss the mark with the mostly dull and uninvolving "Super Duper Alice Cooper," a portrait of the rock star that lacks the very edge and sense of danger that the artist himself exuded in his prime. And given the access the team behind the movie had not only to Cooper himself, but many key players around him, frustration mounts as one realizes that this could've been so much more.

Isabel Lucas Confirms She Is In Terrence Malick's 'Knight of Cups,' Says Film Will Be Out In 2015

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 24, 2014 11:41 AM
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Isabel Lucas Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen
Over the past few months, some of the actors who stopped by the set of Terrence Malick's "Knight Of Cups" have shared their unique experiences working on the movie. Joel Kinnaman described having to deal with a seventeen-page monologue, Cate Blanchett called it a "quasi-religious" experience, Teresa Palmer talked about Malick's method of "torpedoing" the actors, and Antonio Banderas thinks he's made the final cut, though some of the material he doesn't even remember shooting. And now another actress reveals that she too has probably survived the editing process, but adds that we'll perhaps be waiting much longer to see the finished product.

Tribeca Review: Bizarre German Thriller 'Der Samurai'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 23, 2014 4:18 PM
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Der Samurai
The fear of otherness drives most horror movies, since what we can't explain (or choose not to) also happens to be very, very scary. For the East Germany villagers in "Der Samurai," a truly bizarre, utterly nightmarish horror thriller, they know what's out there: wolves. Wolves stalk the surrounding forests and occasionally come into the village, overturning trashcans and menacing local pets. But there is something even more menacing that comes out of the woods one night: a transvestite, in a pristine white dress (almost like a wedding gown), wielding a samurai sword. And this samurai wreaks a lot more havoc than any wolf ever could.

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