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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

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

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.

It started as way of getting downtown New York back on track after being hit with terrorist attacks – and Robert De Niro’s film festival, 16 years old and still going strong, has not only outlasted its original purpose as an economic motivator but established itself as a spring destination for movie addicts. The actor and partner Jane Rosenthal are have continued to bring folks a wide-ranging, eclectic-as-hell lineup of big-budget dramas nestled up against microbudget indies, big-name events (like this year’s Scarface reunion get-together) butting up against screenings of modest filmmaking debuts, panel talks and TV-show previews and documentaries on everything from Ed Sheeran to Air Jordans.

It’s actually a strong year for docs at the fest, especially if you like artist portraits and micro-to-macro pop culture histories – but there’s a little something for virtually everyone, including virtual reality (Tribeca, to its credit, has long been an early adapter when it comes to showcasing V.R. as both a sidebar attraction and an attention-must-be-paid mode of immersive storytelling). We’ve narrowed down 20 movies that we’re both looking forward to catching and that we highly recommend. 

Christopher Vanderwall

‘United Skates’

So you think “roller skating” was just one of those footloose and fancy-free fads/follies of the late Seventies that came and went without a cultural footprint? Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown’s engrossing documentary focuses on both the crucial role this pasttime played in hip-hop’s development and how it gave birth to a vibrant, mainly African-American subculture and dance-fueled art form. You get both region-specific rink acrobatics and a sobering look at the racial (and racist)
politics underlying the small, but dedicated, movement that, decades later, is still hell on wheels. JN

John Guleserian


Forget Tinder and Grindr, delete your Match.com account – soon, we will have developed the perfect algorithm for your romantic soulmate. Not only that, scientists are standing by to construct an android partner just right for you! How ironic, then, that two lab researchers (Ewan McGregor and Léa Seydoux) dedicated to making this tech advancement come true actually fall in love with each other. And because this is a science-fiction movie set in a progressive yet perversely stifling future, you know this is going to cause all sorts of problems. The last time the talented director Drake Doremus took on a dystopian story, he gave us the somewhat lacking Equals (2015). Word on the street is that this a big step up, and really, who wouldn’t watch the insanely photogenic Seydoux and McGregor make sci-fi goo-goo eyes at each other? DF

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