LOOKING FOR A NEW MOVIE? AN OLD MOVIE? AN
ART MOVIE? OR MAYBE JUST A MOVIE MOVIE? TRY TRIBECA
the mood to see "Dirty Pretty Things," Stephen Frears'
classy new romantic thriller starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Audrey
Tautou? Then the second annual Tribeca Film Festival, running from
May 3 thru 11, is the place for you to be.
What else is playing at this local yet all-over-the-map festival?
Movies ranging from Charles Laughtons "Night of the Hunter"
to Eddie Murphys "Boomerang"good, bad and
ugly films, including, of course, Segio Leones "The Good,
the Bad and the Ugly."
Want to know a little more about "Dirty Pretty Things"
and some of the other new movies to be shown at the festival? Okay,
DIRTY PRETTY THINGS: Chjwetel Ejiofor, Audrey
Tautou, Sergi Lopez, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Wong, Sotigui Kouyate,
Abi Gouhad, Jean-Philippe Ecoffey, Jeffery Kissoon, Darrell D'Silva
(Directed by Stephen Frears;Miramax) Here's an intriguing trio,
each of whom is employed, more or less gainfully, in a luxury London
hotel: a night porter on illegal leave from his native Nigeria,
a Turkish chambermaid, and a Chinese prostitute. Three strikingly
attractive sleuths in sudden pursuit of the cad responsible for
the macabre murder of what may or may not have been a famous surgeon.
It sounds as if director Frears is once again weaving that dark
mischief he weaved so well in "The Grifters."
SWEET SIXTEEN: Martin Compston, Annmarie
Fulton, William Ruane, Michelle Abercrmby, Michelle Coulter, Gary
McCormack, Tommy McKee, Calum McAlees, Robert Rennie, Martin McCardie,
Robert Harrison (Directed by Ken Loach; Lions Gate) An impoverished
but enterprising Glasgow lad works his imagination overtime preparing
for his mothers release from prison. Hes determined
to keep old mum on the straight and narrow, but its not going
to be easy. Young Compston was named Most Promising Newcomer at
the British Independent Film Awards.
LAUBERGE ESPAGNOLE: Romain Duris, Cecile De France, Audrey
Tatou, Judith Godreche, Kelly Reilly, Iddo Goldberg, Olivier Raynal,
Xavie De Guillebon, Kevin Bishop (Directed by Cedric Klapisch; Fox
Searchlight) A group of eager, attractive and sexy exchange students
from various points around the globe study by day and play by night
in the Barcelona flat they share. Cecile De France won a Cesar Award
(the French Oscar) as the most promising actress of 2002.
WTH LOVE: Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, David Hyde Pierce, Sarah
Paulson, Tony Randall, Peter Spruyt (Directed by Peyton Reed; Fox)
Set in sixties Manhattan, this homage to the Doris Day-Rock Hudson
romantic comedies stars Zellweger as a deadly sincere, virginal
pre-feminist writer and McGregor as the shameless, big-scoring journalist
who sets out to seduce her. Cool and fastidious David Hyde Pierce
will undoubtedly remind us of Tony Randall, who co-starred with
Day and Hudson in "Pillow Talk," "Lover Come Back"
and "Send Me No Flowers." Randall himself pops up in "Down
With Love," but we dont know who hell remind us
THE SHAPE OF THINGS: Paul Rudd, Rachel Reisz, Gretchen Mol, Frederick
Weller (Directed by Neil LaBute; Focus Features) A sexually insecure
undergrad who works part-time as a guard in a museum encounters
a striking young feminist who is about to spray-paint a male nude.
From there on in, ita all love & wargames in this latest
drama from the writer-director of the lacerating "In the Company
of Men" and "Your Friends & Neighbors."
TOGETHER: Tang Yun, Liu Peiqi, Wang Zhiwen, Chen Kaige, Chen Hong
(Directed by Chen Kaige; MGM/UA) A timid but enormously talented
violin prodigy from the provinces finds that competing for big-time
recognition in the cutthroat world of Beijing is no cinch. Director
Chen Kaige plays an imperious instructor and his real-life wife,
Chen Hong, plays a beauty who vamps the befuddled student.
THE LIZZIE McGUIRE MOVIE: Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg, Clayton Snyder,
Ashlie Brillault, Jake Thomas, Brenda Kelly, Carly Schroeder (Directed
by Jim Fall; Disney) Lizzie is biggie with the teenies on TV, so
Disney has decided to give the kid a shot at the big screen. In
case youre curious about the story-line, it deals with the
all-American junior-high students summer vacation in Rome.
DADDY DAY CARE: Eddie Murphy, Anjelica Huston, Jeff Garlin, Steve
Zahn, Regina King, Leila Arcieri, Lacey Chabert, Susan Martino,
Elle Fanning (Directed by Steve Carr; Fox) With each new high-concept
comedy, Eddie Murphy seems to be aiming lower and lower. This time
around, hes a casualty of the dotcom downslide who is forced
to be a stay-at-home parent. So naturally he and his hilariously
unemployed pals, Jeff Carlin and Steve Zahn, establish a zany day-care
center in Eddies house. Is it a smash hit? Of course it is!
Were talking about the center, not the movie.
THE IN-LAWS: Albert Brooks, Michael Douglas,
Ryan Reynolds, Lindsay Sloane, Robin Tunney, Candice Bergen, David
Suchet, Chang Tseng, A. Russell Andrews, Miranda Black (Directed
by Andrew Fleming; Warner Bros.) Brooks is a stumbling foot doctor,
Douglas is a smooth CIA agent; on the other hand, neither may be
exactly what he claims to be. The thing that brings them together
is the impending marriage of Brooks daughter to Douglas
son. If this clone turns out to be half as funny as the 1979 original
with Peter Falk and Alan Arkin, we're in for a good time.
ITALIAN JOB: Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton,Seth
Green, Jason Statham, Donald Sutherland, Christina Cabot, Mos Def,
Franky G. (Directed by F. Gary Gray; Paramount) Wahlberg, who failed
to become the new Cary Grant in "The Truth About Charlie,"
a remake of "Charade," will now try to become the new
Michael Caine in this remake of the 1969 caper about a gang of robbers
who create the biggest traffic jam in Italys history. Only
this time the cars pile up in L.A. I have an idea: maybe Wahlberg
can be the new Mickey Rourke.
For full details on the
festival, visit www.tribecafilmfestival.org