Movies of note at this year's Tribeca Film Fest
AP Entertainment Writer
Some notable films at this year's Tribeca Film Festival:
- "Baghead": Mark and Jay Duplass are part of the "mumblecore" movement specializing in authenticity and awkwardness. Their funny "The Puffy Chair" proved that they're young filmmakers to keep an eye on. "Baghead," which played at Sundance, takes them into horror.
- "Trucker": Distributors will be watching this buzzed-about film starring Michelle Monaghan as a carousing truck driver whose 11-year-old son suddenly shows up.
- "Theater of War": John Walter ("How To Draw a Bunny") documents the scene behind the scenes of a Bertolt Brecht play with Tony Kushner and Meryl Streep.
- "Lou Reed's Berlin": Julian Schnabel ("The Diving Bell and the Butterfly") films a 2006 concert by Lou Reed in which he plays his 1973 album "Berlin."
- "The Caller": Frank Langella stars as a whistle-blowing executive at a corrupt energy corporation.
- "Finding Amanda": Television writer-producer Peter Tolan ("The Larry Sanders Show," "Rescue Me") helms his first feature, a comedy about a TV writer (Matthew Broderick) who makes a desperate trip to save his niece from prostitution and fix his own life.
- "Man On Wire": This Sundance hit is a portrait of French daredevil Philippe Petit, who walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers in 1974.
- "Chevolution": Documents Che Guevara's strange journey from Cuban revolutionary to ubiquitous pop culture icon.
- "Idiots and Angels": Bill Plympton, nominated twice for the Oscar for best animated short, expands his unique and surreal drawings into an animated feature.
- "The Secret of the Grain": This story about a family of Maghrebi immigrants in southern France won best picture at the Cesars, France's Oscars.
- "Gunnin' for that No. 1 Spot": The Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch films a documentary about a high school basketball all-star game at New York's historic Rucker Park.
- "President to Remember: In the Company of John F. Kennedy": Robert Drew compiles behind-the-scenes footage of John F. Kennedy. Alec Baldwin narrates.
- "Katyn": Director Andrzej Wajda tells the story of the Katyn massacre of 1940, in which 12,000 Polish soldiers were systematically murdered by Russia's Red Army. It was nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign film, but is still without distribution.
- "War Inc.": John Cusack returns to "Grosse Point Blank" territory playing a hit man operating in a war zone that doubles as a corporate marketplace. With his sister Joan, Marisa Tomei and Hilary Duff, it's a zany satire of the confluence of war, capitalism and politics.
ALSO OF NOTE: "The Auteur," "Elite Squad," "Old Man Bebo," "Bart Got a Room," "Somers Town," "The Wackness," "Lake City," "The Zen of Bobby V," and "Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha"
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