20 Movies We Can't Wait to See at Tribeca Film Festival 2018

From Australian zombie thrillers to docs on everything from Ed Sheeran to Air Jordans – our picks for the downtown NYC film fest

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Critic, programmer and cinephile extraordinaire Kent Jones drops his first narrative feature, a character study about a middle-aged woman (viva Mary Kay Place!) dealing with a drug-addicted son (Jake Lacy), a dying cousin, small-town drudgery and a life disappointed. It's the sort of gritty, unfiltered portrait of quiet desperation that you associate with the margins of 1970s indie cinema – it actually feels like a lost film from the Me Decade – and Jones isn't afraid to let his deep-cut influences (Cassavetes, Akerman, Bresson, Barbara Loden) show. Then he slowly edges the movie into more transcendental territory, and you suddenly realize he's got bigger ideas in mind. Every year, the fest manages to slip a tiny diamond-in-the-rough entry into the lineup. Here it is. DF

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