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This is Jesse Hassenger's third and final dispatch from the just-concluded Tribeca Film Festival. Read part one here and part two here. Technically speaking, pretty much any film festival can provide a venue for comic actors getting a little more serious, but Tribeca, with its off-awards-season timing, is particularly well-suited to a no-pressure try-out for comedians trying to act—or actors trying to play comics, as seen in Folk Hero and Funny Guy. Mike Birbiglia’s new...
This is Jesse Hassenger's second dispatch from the Tribeca Film Festival, which continues through this weekend; read his first one here and his second one on Monday. For film obsessives, big film festivals, especially those with as many under-the-radar titles as Tribeca, offer plenty of opportunities to see movies with almost no advance word. This makes it easy for a movie to surpass or subvert whatever mild expectations come from flipping through a booklet of...
Always Shine, which is currently playing at the Tribeca Film Festival, is the long-awaited second feature by Sophia Takal, long a favored filmmaker of this publication (she used to live in Brooklyn; she said Goodbye to All That and moved to California). The setup will be familiar if you saw Alex Ross Perry’s Queen of Earth (though Always Shine was in development prior to that 2015 film taking shape): two friends retreat to...
This is the first of Jesse Hassenger's dispatches from the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, which continues through this weekend. Demetri Martin has a comedy style that depends on a certain deadpan simplicity, so it’s something of a shock to see him participating in something as elaborate as a feature film—especially one he wrote, directed, produced, and stars in himself. But that’s the deal with Dean, wherein Martin plays the title character, who has recently lost...

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