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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Elizabeth Banks, Toni Colette And Liam Neeson Are Just a Few Of The Big Stars Headlining Feature Films At Next Month's Tribeca Film Festival

This year's Tribeca Film Festival is really shaping up to be quite an event! I've just received the second half of the feature slate today, so I've highlighted here a few of the films starring big name stars that I think are particularly interesting. From Elizabeth Banks to Oscar winners Paul Haggis and Adrien Brody and screenwriter Nicole Holofcener, check out the list of my most anticipated feature films:

EVERY SECRET THING, directed by Amy Berg, written by Nicole Holofcener. (USA) - World Premiere, Narrative. One clear summer day in a Baltimore suburb, a baby goes missing from her front porch. Two young girls serve seven years for the crime and return to a town that has not fully forgiven or forgotten. Soon, another child goes missing and two detectives are called in to investigate the mystery in a community where everyone seems to have a secret. The ensemble cast includes Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane, Dakota Fanning, and Nate Parker, who bring to life Laura Lippman's acclaimed novel of love, loss, and murder.

JUST BEFORE I GO, directed by Courteney Cox, written by David Flebotte. (USA) - World Premiere, Narrative. Seann William Scott plays Ted Morgan, a down-on-his-luck everyman who has decided he's had enough of the hard knocks life has thrown his way. His final goal before saying goodbye, Ted returns to his hometown to right a few wrongs. Enter a zany cast of characters, including Rob Riggle, Olivia Thirlby, and Garret Dillahunt, who, whilst royally messing up his scheme, manage to teach him a few clumsy yet ultimately valuable lessons.

LUCKY THEM, directed by Megan Griffiths, written by Huck Botko and Emily Wachtel.(USA) - U.S. Premiere, Narrative. More interested in partying and flirting with young musicians than work, veteran rock journalist Ellie Klug (Toni Collette) has one last chance to prove her value to her magazine's editor by embarking on a no-stone-unturned search to discover what really happened to long lost rock god, Matt Smith, who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend. Teaming up with an eccentric amateur documentary filmmaker (Thomas Haden Church), Ellie hits the road in search of answers in this charming dramedy set against the vibrant Seattle indie music stage. An IFC Films Release.

MANOS SUCIAS, directed and written by Josef Wladyka, co-written by Alan Blanco. (Colombia, USA) – International Premiere, Narrative. Towing a submerged torpedo in the wake of their battered fishing boat, a desperate fisherman and a naive kid embark on a journey trafficking millions of dollars worth of cocaine. Shot entirely on location along the Pacific coast of Colombia—in areas that bear the indelible scars of the drug trade—Manos Sucias refuses to glamorize the drug trade, but rather seeks to offer a rare glimpse of its devastating effects. Executive Produced by Spike Lee.

NIGHT MOVES, directed and written by Kelly Reichardt, co-written by Jon Raymond (USA) - U.S. Premiere, Narrative. Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard star as radical activists surreptitiously plotting to blow up Oregon's Green Peter Dam in an act of environmental sabotage. As their plane marches inexorably towards fruition, they soon discover that small steps have enormous consequences. Director Kelly Reichardt (Meek's Cutoff, Wendy and Lucy) crafts another absorbing movie about outsiders searching for meaning on the edges of the system in this atmospheric environmental thriller. Cinedigm A Release.

THIRD PERSON, directed and written by Paul Haggis. (Belgium) - U.S. Premiere, Narrative. Veteran screenwriter and director Paul Haggis (Crash) brings to the screen a calculated vision of love. Three stories set in cities known for romance--New York, Rome and Paris--take raw and personal twists as characters grapple with the difficulties of modern relationships. With a heavyweight cast including James Franco, Mila Kunis, Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Adrien Brody, and Maria Bello, Haggis once again weaves an intricate narrative out of seemingly separate worlds. A Sony Pictures Classics Release.

The Tribeca Film Festival will take up April 16-27 in New York City.


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