Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Chef

Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) is a chef who loves his work, but his work is starting to consume him. His restaurant’s owner Riva (Dustin Hoffman) is stifling his creativity, and when he is urged to play it safe on his menu, he receives a devastatingly bad review from prominent food blogger Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt). After Carl’s son Percy (Emjay Anthony) introduces him to the joys of social media, Carl accidentally starts a Twitter feud with Ramsey, culminating in Carl confronting Ramsey in his restaurant and throwing a chocolate lava cake in his face. Out of work and short on options, Carl takes a trip to Miami with Percy and his beautiful ex-wife Inez (Sofia Vergara), and he is inspired to create a different kind of food truck, selling Cubano sandwiches. Together with his former line cook Martin (John Leguizamo) and Percy, Carl takes a road trip through Florida, Louisiana, and Texas, selling their Cubano sandwiches and taking in the local cuisine, and ending their trip in Los Angeles.

Jun
12
2014
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The Best of the Tribeca Film Festival 2014

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Seeing every film in the Tribeca Film Festival is impossible, but in the screenings leading up to the festival and during the festival itself, I saw 48 feature-length and 34 short films. Out of that field of 82 films, I have selected my top 20 best and 10 worst films of the festival, some of which are reviewed more in-depth in my previous coverage. I decided to choose 20 Best Films and 10 Worst Films because there were a lot of great films at the festival that I wanted to recognize and only a few films that I would recommend avoiding altogether. Read on to see the best of what the Tribeca Film Festival had to offer this year.

May
12
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Double-Feature “Match” and “Venus in Fur”

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The tagline for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival suggests that film festivals are the original binge-watching experience. In that spirit, enjoy these suggestions for the perfect double-features at the Tribeca Film Festival, complete with suggested accompanying snacks.

May
10
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Double-Feature "In Your Eyes" and "5 to 7"

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As Rose is advised in Gypsy, “You gotta have a gimmick if you wanna get ahead.” And, in the romantic comedy genre, that advice couldn’t seem more relevant. It seems that each new rom-com tries to outdo the last with innovative (read: increasingly absurd) premises. And, at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, there are some pretty gimmicky rom-coms. Between 5 to 7 and In Your Eyes, you can take your pick of intriguing premises, but only one of them succeeds in delivering a compelling film.

May
10
2014
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NBC Officially Cancels "Community"

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Despite all the fan love and outcries of support, NBC has finally done what many suspected was inevitable since its second season: cancelled Dan Harmon's Community. Then again, it was really only 4/5 Dan Harmon's thanks to his dismissal from the show for the fourth season that led to many really unfortunate episodes, a handful of decent ones, and the unfortunately poor wrap up of a number of really great ideas in some very unsatisfying ways (see: alternate timeline season 4 finale). The fifth season was only slightly better despite Harmon's return to the writer's chair, but by then the already weak ratings that kept Community on the will they, won't they cancellation bubble had sunk to a low that made this fate all the more certain. At least we got a season 5 finale that felt suitably final.

May
09
2014
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In May, Criterion's Ace in the Hole, Overlord Steve Zissou, goes to Red River Like Someone in Love

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If you're a fan of classic cinema and contemporary filmmaking alike, then chances are you're more than familiar with The Criterion Collection, a DVD and Blu-ray distributor that releases polished editions of cinema masterpieces with a slew of exclusive extras in an effort to preserve some of the most important film achievements, Each month, Criterion releases 4-7 new Blu-ray editions of classics that might otherwise never get such treatment.This month, those films include: Howard Hawks's John Wayne western, Red River; Abbas Kiarostami's Like Someone in Love; Stuart Cooper's WWII drama Overlord; Billy Wilder's newspaper drama Ace in the Hole, starring Kirk Douglas; and an update of the always whimsical Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

For full details on all these releases and their extras, read on.

May
09
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Totally Twisted

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Totally Twisted is one of the nine short film programs in the Tribeca Film Festival this year. The theme of the program was summed up with three words: “Fun. Creepy. Weird.” Read on for a rundown of each individual film included in Totally Twisted.

May
09
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Double-Feature “Brides” and “Starred Up”

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The tagline for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival suggests that film festivals are the original binge-watching experience. In that spirit, enjoy these suggestions for the perfect double-features at the Tribeca Film Festival, complete with suggested accompanying snacks. In this edition, we watch Brides and Starred Up.

May
09
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Double-Feature "About Alex" and "The Bachelor Weekend"

tribeca2014bannerThe tagline for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival suggests that film festivals are the original binge-watching experience. In that spirit, enjoy these suggestions for the perfect double-features at the Tribeca Film Festival, complete with suggested accompanying snacks. In this edition, we're looking at About Alex and The Bachelor Weekend.

May
07
2014
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Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Bright Days Ahead

medium_Bright_days_ahead_web_2In the past year, Caroline (Fanny Ardant) has lost her best friend to breast cancer, quit her job as a successful dentist, and fallen into a depression. Hoping to help their mother find a new purpose in life, Caroline’s daughters buy her a trial package to Bright Days Ahead, a local senior’s educational center. She finally agrees to give it a try and finds herself attracted to a much younger computer teacher Julien (Laurent Lafitte), and despite the age difference, the attraction is mutual. They start an affair, using extra classes at Bright Days Ahead as Caroline’s cover, and they spend their afternoons together smoking weed, eating cookies in bed, and having sex. When people around town start to notice the affair, Caroline has to make a choice between the womanizing Julien and her devoted husband Philippe (Patrick Chesnais).

May
07
2014
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