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The 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival begins on Wednesday and runs through May 1. Above, a scene from

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK

As Tribeca Festival Turns 10, 

Grumbling Subsides

The festival’s selections, however quirky, offer
crucial exposure for serious independent filmmakers.
Robin Wright as Mary Surratt in Robert Redford's film.

MOVIE REVIEW | ‘THE CONSPIRATOR’

History’s Loose Ends, and a Tightening Noose

“The Conspirator,” Robert Redford’s latest turn as director,
 imagines the path of justice in the aftermath
of Lincoln’s assassination.
MOVIE REVIEW | ‘THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER’

Pawn, Prize and Beauty, So Submit She Must

“The Princess of Montpensier,” Bertrand Tavernier’s period
tale about wars on the battlefield and those closer to home,
is a rousing amalgam of ambition, moods and genre conceits.
A medevac helicopter bearing wounded soldiers in

MOVIE REVIEW | ‘ARMADILLO’

Fortunes and Misfortunes of War, 

From a Danish Perspective

This documentary follows troops in Helmand
Province in Afghanistan into a firefight and
its aftermath.
From left, Rafael the toucan (voiced by George Lopez) with the macaws Blu and Jewel (Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway).

MOVIE REVIEW | ‘RIO’

Macaw Finds His Wings, and Much 

More, in Brazil

An animated comedy about a blue macaw’s
adventures in Rio, with the voice of Jesse
Eisenberg as Blu, the macaw.
Ksenia Rappoport in

MOVIE REVIEW | ‘THE DOUBLE HOUR’

Romance or Film Noir? Both, and 

a Thriller

The plot of “The Double Hour” is so complex
that only a vigilant detective could piece it together.
Neve Campbell in Wes Craven's

MOVIE REVIEW | ‘SCREAM 4’

The Shrieks Continue

The director Wes Craven’s core team
has reassembled for “Scream 4,” and the
action has returned to Woodsboro, scene
of the original 1996 film.
Youssouf Djaoro, center, in

MOVIE REVIEW | ‘A SCREAMING MAN’

A Pool Man in Chad, at the Intersection 

of the Personal and the Political

“A Screaming Man,” by the Chadian-born filmmaker
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, is a tender story about an
individual at the intersection of the personal and
the political.

News & Features

Built, perhaps, in days: A film set in graceful decline at Cinecittà studios in Rome, photographed by Gregory Crewdson in 2009.

ABROAD

Hope Sprouting Amid Italian Film 

Studio’s Decay

A fabled studio may serve as a public-private
business model for Italian cultural institutions
suffering from funding cuts.

Spoiler Alert: It Hits an Iceberg

It’s hard to keep the audience on its toes these
days, as any aspect of a movie is usually available
online as soon as the closing credits of the first
screening have rolled.

Machine Age Poet, Born in Revolution, 

Stifled Under Stalin

The Museum of Modern Art presents a
retrospective of the Soviet director Dziga
Vertov (1896-1954), who celebrated the
higher perception of cinema.

DVD

Robert De Niro as the title character in Martin Scorsese's

VIDEO

Mean Streets and Nasty Spies

Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver,” a groundbreaking
hybrid of the grind house and the art house, is out
on Blu-ray for its 35th anniversary.