Tribeca Film Festival celebrates independent film

James Franco, whose new film is Palo Alto; it's showing at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Every year the Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan showcases how marvelous movies can be when moviemakers creatively explore issues, develop characters and tell stories. This year’s festival — through April 27 — offers a range of intriguing films. Here are some to look for.   Third Person ...

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The Grand Budapest Hotel: Visually thrilling, emotionally empty

Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel.

If a movie only needs to look good to be good, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel would be great. No matter what story he tells, Anderson makes every film a visual journey with exaggerated people trying to deal with extraordinary situations. While other filmmakers may explore similar ...

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Noah: New take on old story fails to ignite

Russell Crowe in Noah.

Noah, the new telling of the Biblical story, uses every possible approach to make its traditional tale appeal to today’s audience. While director Darren Aronofsky creates a unique visual approach, he fails to invest enough time in the characters. Instead of a satisfying time at the movies, ...

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Muppets Most Wanted: Ambitious sequel just misses the mark

Ricky Gervais with Miss Piggy and Kermit.

Muppets Most Wanted, the 12th movie adventure featuring the world’s favorite puppets, relies on our affection for these characters rather than create a compelling narrative that shows their best features. This over-ambitious plot gives us an entertaining film that just misses the mark; the ...

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The Great Beauty: Visual journey to an emotional landscape

The Great Beauty.

The Great Beauty, the winner of the Best Foreign Language Film at the recent Academy Awards, uses the camera to explore the vast landscape of a man’s soul as it captures the beauty of Rome. This human, probing and ultimately loving film is available in selected area theaters, as well as on ...

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Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me: Magical tribute to a legend

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me captures the magic of the legendary performer as she prepares for a new chapter in her life. This funny, touching and memorable documentary is available in selected theaters, on demand and on line. When she walks on stage, she owns every inch of the floor, each eye in ...

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What films did Oscar forget?

As we bask in the memories of Oscar night, we should remember some films that the Academy overlooked. Check on line and DVD for these films that should not disappear.   Enough Said. Quiet comedies about real people always face an uphill journey with the Academy. This gem of a romantic ...

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