I'm glad to see the continuing success of the Tribeca Film Festival. Created after the 9/11 attack, it has fulfilled its goal to give a financial lift to lower Manhattan, and it's brought some excellent cinema to our city. Here are just some of the many highlights from this year's event, which runs through April 26, 2015.
The Adderall Diaries -- A drug-addicted writer reaches a low point when his estranged father resurfaces, claiming that his son's successful writing is based on fabrications. Starring James Franco, Amber Heard, Ed Harris, and Cynthia Nixon.
Aloft -- A struggling mother encounters the son she abandoned twenty years ago. Starring Jennifer Connelly and Cillian Murphy.
Anesthesia -- Multiple lives intersect in the aftermath of the violent mugging of a Columbia University philosophy professor. Starring Sam Waterston, Kristen Stewart, Glenn Close, and Cory Stoll.
Ashby -- A high school student befriends his neighbor, a retired C.I.A. assassin who only has a few months left to live. Starring Nat Wolff and Mickey Rourke.
Backtrack -- A psychiatrist discovers that the patients he has been seeing are ghosts. Starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neill.
Bleeding Heart -- A yoga instructor tries to protect her sex-worker sister from her deadbeat boyfriend. Starring Jessica Biel.
Dirty Weekend -- Colleagues are delayed in the Albuquerque airport and secrets are revealed. Starring Matthew Broderick and Alice Eve.
The Driftless Area -- A bartender returns to his hometown after his parents dies and finds himself in a dangerous situation involving a mysterious woman and a violent criminal. Starring Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel.
Franny -- A philanthropist meddles in the lives of a newly-married couple in an attempt to relive his past. Starring Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning, and Theo James.
Good Kill -- A family man begins to question the ethics of his job as a drone pilot. Starring Ethan Hawke and January Jones, directed by Andrew Niccol.
Grandma -- A grumpy grandmother goes on a day-long journey with her 18-year-old granddaughter who shows up needing help. Starring Lily Tomlin and Julia Garner.
Live from New York! -- A documentary about the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live.
Maggie -- A teenage girl's father stands by her side as she becomes infected with a zombie disease. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin.
Man Up -- A single woman is mistaken for a stranger's blind date. Starring Lake Bell and Simon Pegg.
Meadowland -- A couple become reckless after an unimaginable loss. Starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Kevin Corrigan, John Legizamo, Elisabeth Moss, Giovanni Ribisi, Juno Temple, and Merritt Weaver.
Sleeping with Other People -- A good-natured womanizer meets a serial cheater. Starring Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Amanda Peet, Adam Scott, and Natasha Lyonne.
Slow West -- Accompanied by a mysterious traveler, a 16-year-old boy travels across frontier America in search of the woman he loves. Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, and Ben Mendelsohn.
Tumbledown -- A young woman struggles to move on with her life after the death of her husband, an acclaimed folk singer, after a brash New York writer forces her to confront her loss. Starring Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis.
The Wannabe -- Obsessed with mob culture, a man sets out to fix the 1992 trial of John Gotti. Starring Vincent Piazza and Patricia Arquette.
When I Live My Life Over Again -- A New York City crooner plots his comeback. Starring Amber Heard and Christopher Walken.
A few other movies of note at the festival:
Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana!
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions
Misery Loves Comedy
Orion: The Man Who Would be King
Requiem for the American Dream
Rifftrax Live: The Room
Roseanne for President!
Shut Up and Drive
Toto and His Sisters
And that's just a small sample. There are so many films to see (including revivals of Back to the Future, Clue, Good Will Hunting, GoodFellas, High Society, Lady and the Tramp, On the Town) and so much programming to experience (such as the Monty Python 40th Anniversary Celebration). Check out the web site TribecaFilm.com for all the latest updates.