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Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna Stage Their Own Revolución

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

To hear Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna talk about their lifelong friendship is unusual and exquisitely beautiful. They are tender and honest about their love for each other.

Lands: A Poetic Film About a Mysterious Place

Linda Hassler | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Linda Hassler

Lands is a weird, wild and wonderful film that took me by surprise. Brazilian director Maya Da-Rin gave me a trip to a strange and interesting land.

Stolen Dreams: An Intimate Look Inside Rio's Slums

Linda Hassler | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Linda Hassler

New York has just played host to a unique film -- part social commentary, part an alert, part tragedy, part hopeful -- about three teenage girls in an economic and moral morass that leads to prostitution.

Mamachas Del Ring: A Wrestler's Toughest Fight Doesn't Happen in the Ring

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cynthia Ellis

When director Betty M Park tells people that she has made a documentary about indigenous women wrestling in Bolivia, this is the usual response: "mud wrestling?"

Tribeca Film Festival: Juror Hope Davis' Special Relationship

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cynthia Ellis

Hope Davis is instantly recognizable to New Yorkers. As soon as we are in the elevator heading downstairs to the coffee shop, we are besieged by an immaculately dressed couple.

Tribeca Film Festival Interview: John and James Cromwell of A .45 at 50th.

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cynthia Ellis

A .45 at 50th is a short documentary about James Cromwell's involvement with the Black Panther Party in the late 1960's. The surprise of the film is that it is darkly funny.

Tribeca Film Festival Interview: Andy Serkis Is Ian Dury in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cynthia Ellis

Whether doing Shakespeare, tragic monkey, or rock legend, Andy Serkis possesses that rare gift of true transformation.

Tribeca Film Festival Interview: The Other City

Linda Hassler | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Linda Hassler

How does a film like The Other City, which gets right into the faces and homes of those afflicted with HIV/AIDS, get made?

Tribeca Film Festival Interview: Robert Kirbyson Writes and Directs Snowmen

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cynthia Ellis

Snowmen, writer and director Robert Kirbyson's first feature film, is based on Kirbyson's actual childhood in Winnipeg, Canada.

Tribeca Film Festival Interview: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. The Sentimental Engine Slayer

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cynthia Ellis

The Sentimental Engine Slayer director Omar Rodriegez-Lopez talks to us about creativity and how the collaborative nature of film changed him as a filmmaker and a man.

Tribeca Film Festival Winner: Monica and David

Linda Hassler | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Linda Hassler

Tribeca's jurors surprised a trio of family members with the Best Documentary Feature award for their film Monica and David.

Tribeca Festival Interview: Feature Film Meskada

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cynthia Ellis

Writer and Director Josh Sternfeld, along with a truly remarkable cast, returns to the Tribeca Film Festival with the premiere of his new film, Meskada.

Cyrus: A Movie Review and Discussion with The Duplass Brothers

Caitlin Colford | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Caitlin Colford

Cyrus is the definition of good filmmaking and a pure pleasure to watch. The Duplass Brothers take their time with every edit, creating a concise, well thought out narrative.

Stern and Sundberg Show Us a Real Piece of Work: The Joan Rivers Documentary.

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

What makes the film fascinating is the way it, with almost laser precision, cuts to the core of someone who is famous for what lies on her surface.

Cut Just Right: Vidal Sassoon, the Movie

Linda Hassler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Linda Hassler

Imagine Craig Teper's luck when he landed the job of filming the fascinating orphanage-to-riches life story of the most influential and successful hair artist ever, Vidal Sassoon.

Freetime Machos: Harder Hitting Than a Game of Rugby

Tucker Hassler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tucker Hassler

This heartwarming docu-comedy follows two friends who play on the most northern and third lousiest rugby team in the world - The Oulu RFC, an amateur club team in northern Finland.

The Carney Brothers Make Zonad After Only Living Once

Cynthia Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia Ellis

The inspiration behind Zonad comes from the Irish tradition of great story-telling, a kind of "never let the truth get in the way of a good story" mentality.

Cannes Film Festival: The Two Escobars

Linda Hassler | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Linda Hassler

Only rarely can a documentary match feature films for gripping human drama, but this one, The Two Escobars, has more than done that.