April 26, 2008
WHILE I read Patrick Goldstein's column regarding the poor film choices of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro with great interest ["How the Mighty Have Fallen," by Patrick Goldstein, April 22], I can't help but point out the glaring omissions in his argument. First off, Goldstein begins the column by quoting Francis Ford Coppola, a filmmaker whose recent work has been lackluster at best. Then we are given examples of some of the mediocre films that Pacino and De Niro have recently starred in, failing to dig deeper into their extracurricular activities.
May 5, 2004 |
Lilibet Foster didn't want to create yet another documentary about Sept. 11. She wanted to make a film about how New York City firefighters have carried on their traditions and fraternity after losing so many friends and colleagues that day. The result is "Brotherhood," which made its premiere Monday night at the Tribeca Film Festival.
March 18, 2011 |
In "Monogamy," Israeli-born actress Meital Dohan receives top billing for a movie in which she doesn't speak and is only referred to as Subgirl, an e-mail handle. All that's seen of her is what's captured through the lens of Theo (Chris Messina), the photographer protagonist, who unwittingly finds himself chasing this sexually adventurous woman. She is a silent enigma, the one thing standing between an engaged man and monogamy. "The character is a fantasy," Dohan said, perched on a white sofa in her sunny Los Angeles home.
May 8, 2005 |
It was a most unusual screening, held just at the height of the two-week Tribeca Film Festival. The signs on the roped-off good seats up front had names like "P.S. 115, Washington Heights" and "P.S. 144, Queens" -- and those seats were filled up by those schools' preteen students. It was outdoors, in a plaza on the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan, and the far-off Statue of Liberty was obscured from most angles by a monster projection screen.
April 27, 2006 |
It was an incongruous blending of Hollywood glitz and New York's lingering pain over the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a night when the festive opening of the Tribeca Film Festival paid homage to the grim tragedy that launched it five years ago. As they walked into an ornate Midtown theater on a red carpet usually reserved for movie stars and other VIPs, more than 90 family members of those who died on United Flight 93 on Sept. 11 were bombarded with questions from the media.
March 22, 2009 |
They've been changing teams with the frequency of baseball superstars. Geoff Gilmore, the head of the Sundance Film Festival, left Robert Redford's festival last month to work for another actor of a certain age: Gilmore's now the chief creative officer at Robert De Niro's Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival. The head Sundance festival programmer, John Cooper, was elevated into Gilmore's job early this month.
April 27, 2013 |
NEW YORK--Will Forte takes a breath and measures his words carefully, as Will Forte is generally wont to do, when asked how a man known for comedy suddenly finds himself in some finely wrought prestige dramas. “It wasn't a conscious decision to start doing this," the actor said in an interview here earlier this week. "It just kind of happened. " The "Saturday Night Live" veteran is speaking just as his new film, the Ireland-set “Run & Jump,” is world-premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. It's the first of what will be two unexpectedly dramatic turns for the 42-year-old actor.
October 25, 2009 |
Call it "slow horror," "art horror," "indie horror," even "hipster horror" if you must, but in "The House of the Devil," filmmaker Ti West is definitely doing something that stands apart from the usual guts and gore of most contemporary horror movies. Preferring the slow burn to fast thrills, West somehow transforms the mundane into the macabre, and when his film finally takes a step into the supernatural, it comes as even more of a shock because of the muted atmosphere that precedes it. Already available on video-on-demand, "Devil" opens in Los Angeles, New York and Austin, Texas, theaters on Friday.
March 28, 2010 |
I'm coming out of the closet about Zoe Kazan, breaking a rule I've kept to my entire professional life. It was either that or stand by and watch a very small and quite special film struggle for life and likely wither and die in an unforgiving marketplace. If you don't know her name, Zoe Kazan is a young actress coming into her own. She played Leonardo DiCaprio's character's mistress in "Revolutionary Road" and Meryl Streep's character's daughter in "It's Complicated," was featured in the Royal Shakespeare Company's New York production of Chekhov's "The Seagull" and is costarring on Broadway with Christopher Walken, Anthony Mackie and Sam Rockwell in Martin McDonagh's "A Behanding in Spokane."
April 29, 2010 |
It's about as inviolable as the laws of physics: When movies open in limited release, their per-screen averages as weeks go by almost always move in one direction — down. But that's not what happened to the gravity-defying "City Island," a little family drama/comedy whose average attendance actually grew in the film's fifth weekend in theaters and might just be a lesser version of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." Assigned a New York and Los Angeles release on March 19 by Anchor Bay Films, the movie about a bickering but ultimately devoted family very quickly starting doing respectable business.