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    Tribeca Review: The Deeply Insufferable 'Giant Mechanical Man' Is Quintessential Indie Film Hell

    There’s a special sort of Hell where films like “The Giant Mechanical Man” play, with the same ideas and tropes repeated around the clock, with the mistaken assumption that they’re endearing or, even worse, adorable. It’s the sort of picture that gives independent films a bad name, the type of film ...

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    Click 'Shift-X' on Tribeca's Website To Watch 'Damned'

    Not at the Tribeca Film Festival? Got a spare 10 minutes? Then go to TribecaFilm.com and click "Shift" and "X" keys to watch Richard Phelan's "Damned," an adorable animated short about an overly ambitious beaver.

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    Tribeca Docs Paint a Too-Often Sad State of Affairs for the US

    After several decades of the Reagan-Bush-Palin-Santorum circus in town, perhaps we don't need to be reminded of how silly this country can be. But a group of documentaries at the Tribeca Film Festival are exploring this funny land in a number of ways:

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    Tribeca Review: 'Alekesam' Feels Less Like A Short Doc And More Like An Overlong Album Promo For Sal Masekela

    At 35 minutes, "Alekesam" is a short documentary with a subject that could probably fill a Ken Burns-style PBS miniseries, full of political unrest, social uprisings, and jazz music: Hugh Masekela, a musician and activist who fought against apartheid (he was exiled from South Africa for more than 30...

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    Tribeca Review: ESPN Doc ‘Benji’ Is A Tragic Portrait Of Promising Hoop Dreams Unfulfilled

    Something that all hardcore sports fans, but cinephiles may not be fully aware of: ESPN’s “30 For 30” series of documentaries on various touchstone moments in sports history are all by and large, riveting and dramatic pieces of work worth watching regardless if you’re a sports fan are not. While tha...

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    Tribeca Review: 'Freaky Deaky' Is A 1970s-Set Farce Where The Afros Outnumber The Laughs

    Just when you thought filmmakers had milked every gag possible from setting a movie in the 1970s, along comes writer/director Charles Matthau to prove that theory correct in the moribund Elmore Leonard adaptation “Freaky Deaky.” Though the source material takes place in 1988, Matthau hea...

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    Tribeca Review: 'Rubberneck' Is A True Crime Tale That's Truly Dull

    Chances are, if the movie doesn't feature a dolphin with a prosthetic tail on the poster, and it carries "inspired by true events" disclaimer, then it's going to be something about murder, mayhem, or the decades-long search for the Zodiac killer. So by announcing that your movie is inspired by true ...

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    Tribeca Review: 'Francophrenia' A Fascinating Doc/Fiction Profile Of James Franco As James Franco

    James Franco's ongoing experimentation with the limits of his own celebrity are like little else popular culture has produced of late. While his hijinks within academia and beyond are well documented (he's working on a Film MFA at NYU and an English PhD from Yale, while being a movie st...

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    Tribeca Institute Announces Latin America Media Arts Fund Winners

    The Tribeca Film Institute announces the winners of its Latin America Media Arts and its first-ever Heineken VOCES grant. Sixty-thousand dollars is awarded to Latin American film and video artists, in $10,000 allotments...

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    Tribeca: 'Freaky Deaky' Star Michael Jai White Says 'Black Dynamite 2' Will Shoot At The End of The Year

    The adaptation of Elmore Leonard's "Freaky Deaky" boasts an impressive cast of colorful characters, including Andy Dick, Christian Slater, Billy Burke and Crispin Glover. However, action fans will spot one surprising name: Michael Jai White, who steals the film as two-timing bodyg...

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