Tribeca Film Festival: Five Must-See Movies
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Now in its 12th year, the Tribeca Film Festival -- founded by Robert De Niro, his producing partner Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff -- has improved immensely since its early scattered years as the celebrity-studded fest comes of age. If you could see only five films at the fest, you could do worse than watching these comedies, dramas, and documentaries:
RETURN OF OLD FRIENDS: "Before Midnight"
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The third and richest collaboration between Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, and director Richard Linklater ("Before Sunrise," 1995; "Before Sunset," 2004) finds the French and American couple Celine and Jesse still talking, talking, talking -- and making love.
Having met nearly two decades earlier on a train and then reunited in Paris following Jesse's publication of a novel about his time with Celine, they are now coupled with children. Together, they navigate the rocky seas of divorce, domesticity, and middle age. This day in their lives unfolds at the end of a summer holiday in Greece. They bid goodbye to his son from his troublesome American ex, hang with their twin daughters, and continue to talk into the night about what works, and what doesn't, in their relationship.
Brilliant! You laugh. You cry. You identify with one or the other -- and sometimes change allegiances midfight. This is a fresh, contemporary dramedy about love and pain and the whole damn thing from three intelligent and insightful artists (they all collaborated on the script) without a single false note. Of all the movies at Tribeca, "Before Midnight" will have life at the theaters when it opens on May 24 opposite "The Hangover Part II"-- and at the very least should snag a nomination for best original screenplay come Oscar time.
AN INTERNET SENSATION: "Lil Bub and Friendz"
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This pet-friendly documentary charts the rise to Internet fame of a cat and his boy -- Lil Bub and Indiana music producer Mike Bridavsky. Lil Bub is arguably the most famous cat on the Internet, or at least the cutest, with a mass following that includes 71K YouTube followers, over 8K Twitter followers, and over 3 million views of Lil Bub's YouTube videos. Not bad for a creature who hasn't even celebrated his second birthday!