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Tribeca 2013

Farah Goes Bang Review

Farah Goes Bang Review

RATING: (3 STARS) Though it hits some annoyingly familiar notes within the road trip and “losing your virginity” subgenres, Farah Goes Bang bucks disappointment thanks to its unique, almost unshakable sense of disappointment. The film, about three recent college graduates (including one frustrated virgin) on the campaign trail for John Kerry in 2004, keeps building, […]

Oxyana Review

Oxyana Review

Drug addiction, particularly to prescription pain medication like OxyContin, has become so commonplace in Oceana, West Virginia that its residents simply refer to it as “Oxyana.” This also serves as the title of a documentary in which director Sean Dunne turns his camera toward men and women, most of them addicts themselves, whose stories will […]

The English Teacher Review

The English Teacher Review

RATING: (1 STAR) Maybe she owed the director money. Maybe the version of the script she’d read before accepting the part wasn’t close to the shooting script. Maybe she was blackmailed. Maybe the shoot was simply convenient for her. I’m searching for a reason why Julianne Moore accepted the lead role in The English Teacher, […]

What Richard Did Review

What Richard Did Review

RATING: (2.5 STARS) A film that’s equal parts quiet and disquieting, What Richard Did hinges on a single moment. Like Julia Loktev’s The Loneliest Planet last year, the circumstances and consequences surrounding this moment are complicated. Director Lenny Abrahamson presents the moment, its circumstances, and its consequences as an enormous gray area; His camera is […]

2013 Tribeca Film Festival Preview

2013 Tribeca Film Festival Preview

I’m counting down the days until I crash New York for what’s become an annual tradition for me—the Tribeca Film Festival. In its 12th year, the festival has never been stronger. A Tribeca narrative film was nominated for an Oscar for the first time earlier this year (War Witch), and this year’s lineup has attracted […]