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Tribeca’s Brightest Lights

Our definitive list of 12 must-see movies (and where to see them) at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival

Love is Strange

In the latest from director Ira Sachs, John Lithgow and Alfred Molina play a couple whose long relationship enters a challenging new phase when getting married throws their previously comfortable life into disarray.

Screenings: 6 p.m. Wednesday, 4/23 at BMCC Tribeca PAC; 12 p.m. Saturday, 4/26 at AMC Loews Village 7 – 1. More info here 

 

Venus in Fur

A startlingly intense relationship explodes between a director and an auditioning actress in this screen adaptation, directed by Roman Polanski, of the Tony-winning 2010 play by David Ives.

Screenings: 6 p.m. Tuesday, 4/22 at BMCC Tribeca PAC; 7 p.m. Saturday, 4/26 at AMC Loews Village 7 – 2. More info here 

 

Starred Up

Rising star Jack O’Connell—who British TV fans might recognize from Skins—stars in this drama about a young man living in the same prison as his estranged father. When Rupert Friend’s drafts O’Connell’s Eric for a support group, the teenage convict’s inner life gets as complicated (and dangerous) as the world around him.

Screenings: TBD. More info here 

 

Lucky Them

Toni Collette stars in the fourth feature film from Megan Griffiths, which follows an aging rock journalist on the hunt for the biggest story of her career. The twist? The elusive musician she’s tracking isn’t really a stranger to her at all.

Screenings: 9:30 p.m. Monday, 4/21 at BMCC Tribeca PAC; 9:30 p.m Wednesday, 4/23 at SVA Theater 1 Silas; 12 p.m. Saturday, 4/26 at Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 7. More info here 

 

Dior and I

Director Frédéric Tcheng, who has worked on documentaries about Diana Vreeland and Valentino, provides a rare look inside the house of Dior as newly minted artistic director Raf Simons creates his first Haute Couture collection for the legendary brand. Expect hijinks, histrionics and hemlines.

Screenings: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 4/17 at SVA Theater 1 Silas; 3 p.m. Saturday, 4/19 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, 4/22 at Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 7; 9 p.m. Friday, 4/25 at AMC Loews Village 7 –1. More info here 

 

About Alex

In director Jesse Zwick’s big-screen debut, a group of college friends—including Maggie Grace, Aubrey Plaza and Jason Ritter—are reunited after one of them suffers a breakdown. The resulting weekend proves to be anything but relaxing, though, as old grudges resurface and new battles lines are drawn.

Screenings: 9:30 p.m. Thursday, 4/17 at BMCC Tribeca PAC; 1 p.m. Saturday, 4/19 and 1 p.m. Tuesday, 4/22 at AMC Loews Village 7 –1.  More info here 

 

Loitering With Intent

Aspiring writers Michael Godere and Ivan Martin’s serene upstate retreat is suddenly threatened with the arrival of Michael’s sister, Marisa Tomei. A romantic comedy set against the backdrop of the New York art world full of quirky characters courtesy of TV veteran Adam Rapp.

Screenings: 6 p.m. Friday, 4/18 at BMCC Tribeca PAC; 10 p.m. Sunday, 4/20 at AMC Loews Village 7 – 2; 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, 4/23 at SVA Theater 2 Beatrice; 11:30 a.m. Saturday, 4/26 at AMC Loews Village 7 – 3. More info here 

 

Life Partners

Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs star as 20-something BFFs whose friendship is suddenly put to the test when Jacobs begins dating Adam Brody. Susanna Fogel’s first feature film is rounded out by a strong female cast including Gabourey Sidibe and Abby Elliott.

Screenings: 6 p.m. Friday, 4/18 at SVA Theater 1 Silas; 5:30 p.m. Sunday, 4/20 at AMC Loews Village 7 – 3; 3:30 p.m. Thursday, 4/24 at Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 6. More info here 

 

Every Secret Thing

After serving seven years in jail for the disappearance of a baby, Dakota Fanning and Danielle Macdonald are quietly piecing their lives back together but when another child goes missing all eyes turn to them. Based on Laura Lippman’s acclaimed novel, the film also stars Elizabeth Banks as the detective brought in to investigate the case.

Screenings: 6 p.m. Sunday, 4/20 at BMCC Tribeca PAC; 3 p.m. Wednesday, 4/23 at Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 7; 7 p.m. Thursday, 4/24 at Loews Village 7 – 2. More info here 

 

Miss Meadows

Prim and proper Miss Meadows is not everything she appears to be. In this dark comedy from director Karen Leigh Hopkins, Katie Holmes plays an elementary school teacher who moonlights as a vigilante, but will her double life survive when she falls for the town sheriff?

Screenings: 8:30 p.m. Monday, 4/21 at SVA Theater 2 Beatrice; 1 p.m. Wednesday, 4/23 and 10 p.m. Thursday, 4/24 at Loews Village 7 – 2. More info here 

 

Chef

Jon Favreau directs and stars as the titular chef, whose career comes crashing down after an altercation with a food critic. Determined to take destiny into his own hands he starts a food truck business with his son and learns important life lessons along the way. The impressive ensemble cast includes Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Amy Sedaris.

Screenings: 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, 4/22 at BMCC Tribeca PAC; 4 p.m. Thursday, 4/24  at Loews Village 7 – 2; 9 p.m/ Sunday, 4/27 at at SVA Theater 2 Beatrice. More info here 

 

Just Before I Go

Courteney Cox’s directorial debut sees Seann William Scott as a jaded everyman who decides to throw in the towel but not before getting his affairs in order. This proves a harder task than he originally thought when his hometown friends unintentionally help him come to terms with life’s disappointments.

Screenings: 9:30 p.m. Thursday, 4/24 at SVA Theater 1 Silas; 3 p.m. Friday, 4/25 Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 7. More info here 

 

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