Advanced Screening of ‘No Escape’ *AMC Stubs*

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AMC Theaters is sponsoring a bunch of advanced screenings for the upcoming drama No Escapestarring Pierce Brosnan, Lake Bell and Owen Wilson. You must be an AMC Stubs member to attend. Visit https://www.amctheatres.com/amcstubs to join

Alexandria, VA
AMC Hoffman Center 22

Alpharetta, GA
AMC North Point Mall 12

Altamonte Springs, FL
AMC Altamonte Mall 18

Arcadia, CA
AMC Santa Anita 16

Arlington, TX
AMC The Parks at Arlington 18

Atlanta, GA
AMC Parkway Pointe 15

Auburn Hills, MI
AMC Star Great Lakes 25

Aurora, CO
AMC Arapahoe Crossing 16

Aurora, CO
AMC Southlands 16

Austin, TX
AMC Barton Creek Square 14

Aventura, FL
AMC Aventura 24

Baltimore, MD
AMC Loews White Marsh 16

Baton Rouge, LA
AMC Baton Rouge 16

Baton Rouge, LA
AMC Mall of Louisiana 15

Bensalem, PA
AMC Neshaminy 24

Bloomington, IN
AMC Showplace Bloomington 12

Boston, MA
AMC Loews Boston Common 19

Brandon, FL
AMC The Regency 20

Brentwood, CA
AMC Brentwood 14

Bronx, NY
AMC Bay Plaza Cinema 13

Broomfield, CO
AMC Flatiron Crossing 14

Burbank, CA
AMC Burbank 16

Burlington, WA
AMC Loews Cascade Mall 14

Castle Rock, CO
AMC Castle Rock 12

Charlotte, NC
AMC Northlake 14

Cherry Hill, NJ
AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24

Chesterfield, MO
AMC Chesterfield 14

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AMC Showplace Galewood 14

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AMC River East 21

Chula Vista, CA
AMC Otay Ranch 12

Cicero, IL
AMC Showplace Cicero 14

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AMC Puente Hills 20

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AMC Clifton Commons 16

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AMC Star Gratiot 21

Columbia, MD
AMC Columbia 14

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AMC Dutch Square 14

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AMC Easton Town Center 30

Columbus, OH
AMC Lennox Town Center 24

Concord, NC
AMC Concord Mills 24

Coon Rapids, MN
AMC Showplace Coon Rapids 16

Council Bluffs, IA
AMC Star Council Bluffs 17

Country Club Hills, IL
AMC Loews Country Club Hills 16

Covina, CA
AMC Covina 30

Crestwood, IL
AMC Loews Crestwood 18

Cumming, GA
AMC Avenue Forsyth 12

Cupertino, CA
AMC Cupertino Square 16

Dallas, TX
AMC NorthPark 15

Danbury, CT
AMC Loews Danbury 16

Danvers, MA
AMC Loews Liberty Tree Mall 20

Dearborn, MI
AMC Star Fairlane 21

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AMC North Dekalb Mall 16

Destin, FL
AMC Destin Commons 14

Dublin, OH
AMC Dublin Village 18

Dubuque, IA
AMC Star Dubuque 14

Durham, NC
AMC Southpoint 17

Eatontown, NJ
AMC Loews Monmouth Mall 15

Eden Prairie, MN
AMC Eden Prairie Mall 18

Edina, MN
AMC Southdale 16

Edwardsville, IL
AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12

Elizabeth, NJ
AMC Loews Jersey Gardens 20

Emeryville, CA
AMC Bay Street 16

Evansville, IN
AMC Evansville 16

Fitchburg, WI
AMC Star Fitchburg 18

Framingham, MA
AMC Framingham 16

Frisco, TX
AMC Stonebriar 24

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AMC Fullerton 20

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AMC Loews Rio Cinemas 18

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AMC Firewheel 18

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AMC Arrowhead 14

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AMC Westgate 20

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AMC Grapevine Mills 30

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AMC Grove City 14

Hamilton, NJ
AMC Hamilton 24

Harahan, LA
AMC Elmwood Palace 20

Harvey, LA
AMC Westbank Palace 16

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AMC Highlands Ranch 24

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AMC Gulf Pointe 30

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AMC Studio 30

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AMC Willowbrook 24

Humble, TX
AMC Deerbrook Mall 24

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AMC Independence Commons 20

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AMC Castleton Square 14

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AMC Indianapolis 17

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AMC Showplace Traders Point 12

Inver Grove Heights, MN
AMC Showplace Inver Grove 16

Irving, TX
AMC Irving Mall Cinemas 14

Jacksonville, FL
AMC Regency 24

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AMC BarryWoods 24

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AMC Ward Parkway 14

Katy, TX
AMC Katy Mills 20

Kent, WA
AMC Kent Station 14

Lake Buena Vista, FL
AMC Downtown Disney 24

Lake in the Hills, IL
AMC Lake In The Hills 12

Las Vegas, NV
AMC Town Square 18

Lawrenceville, GA
AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18

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AMC Stonecrest 16

Littleton, CO
AMC Bowles Crossing 12

Livonia, MI
AMC Livonia 20

Lombard, IL
AMC Yorktown 18

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AMC Star John R 15

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AMC Showplace Manteca 16

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AMC Showplace Marion 12

Mattoon, IL
AMC Showplace Mattoon 10

West McLean, VA
AMC Tysons Corner 16

Merrillville, IN
AMC Showplace Hobart 12

Mesa, AZ
AMC Mesa Grand 24

Mesquite, TX
AMC Mesquite 30 with IMAX and Dine-in

Methuen, MA
AMC Loews Methuen 20

Michigan City, IN
AMC Showplace Michigan City 14

Middletown, NY
AMC Loews Galleria Metroplex 16

Maple Grove, MN
AMC Arbor Lakes 16

Monterey Park, CA
AMC Atlantic Times Square 14

Montgomery, AL
AMC Festival Plaza 16

Morrow, GA
AMC Southlake 24

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AMC Randhurst 12

Muncie, IN
AMC Showplace Muncie 12

Naperville, IL
AMC Showplace Naperville 16

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AMC Plaza Bonita 14

New Brunswick, NJ
AMC Loews New Brunswick 18

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AMC Showplace New Lenox 14

New York, NY
AMC Loews West 34th Street 14

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AMC Loews Kips Bay 15

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AMC Newport On The Levee 20

North Fort Myers, FL
AMC Merchants Crossing 16

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AMC Northbrook Court 14

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AMC West Oaks 14

Oklahoma City, OK
AMC Crossroads Mall 16

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AMC Quail Springs Mall

Olathe, KS
AMC Studio 28

Oldsmar, FL
AMC Woodlands Square 20

Omaha, NE
AMC Oakview Plaza 24

Ontario, CA
AMC Ontario Mills 30

Orange, CA
AMC Orange 30

Orange Park, FL
AMC Orange Park 24

Orlando, FL
Universal Cineplex 20

Owings Mills, MD
AMC Owings Mills 17

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AMC Rivertowne 12

Paramus, NJ
AMC Garden State 16

Philadelphia, PA
AMC Franklin Mills Mall 14

Phoenix, AZ
AMC Ahwatukee 24

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AMC Desert Ridge 18

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AMC Dine-In Theatres Esplanade 14

Port Chester, NY
AMC Loews Port Chester 14

Rancho Cucamonga, CA
AMC Victoria Gardens 12

Redondo Beach, CA
AMC South Bay Galleria 16

Riverside, CA
AMC Tyler Galleria 16

Rockaway, NJ
AMC Rockaway 16

Rockford, IL
AMC Showplace Rockford 16

Roseville, MN
AMC Rosedale 14

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AMC Mission Valley 20

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AMC Palm Promenade 24

San Francisco, CA
AMC Van Ness 14

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AMC Eastridge 15

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AMC Saratoga 14

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AMC Mercado 20

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AMC Sarasota 12

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AMC Loews Streets of Woodfield 20

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AMC Showplace Schererville 12

Seattle, WA
AMC Pacific Place 11

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AMC Showplace Village Crossing 18

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AMC South Barrington 30

South Bend, IN
AMC Showplace South Bend 16

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AMC Sunset Place 24

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AMC Star Southfield 20

Spokane, WA
AMC River Park Square 20

Springfield, IL
AMC Showplace Springfield 12

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AMC Streets of St. Charles 8

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AMC Loews Fountains 18

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AMC Forum 30

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AMC Loews Stony Brook 17

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AMC First Colony 24

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AMC Veterans 24

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AMC Showplace Terre Haute 12

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AMC Del Amo 18

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AMC Rolling Hills 20

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AMC Loews Foothills 15

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AMC Southroads 20

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AMC Tustin 14 at The District

Tyngsboro, MA
AMC Tyngsboro

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AMC Universal Citywalk Stadium 19

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AMC Hawthorn 12

Vero Beach, FL
AMC Indian River 24

Virginia Beach, VA
AMC Lynnhaven 18

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AMC Star Grand Rapids 18

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AMC Loews Georgetown 14

Wauwatosa, WI
AMC Mayfair Mall 18

Wayne, NJ
AMC Loews Wayne 14

West Chester, OH
AMC West Chester 18

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AMC Loews Waterfront 22

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AMC Loews Palisades Center 21

Westminster, CO
AMC Orchard 12

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AMC Westminster Promenade 24

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AMC Potomac Mills 18

Woodinville, WA
AMC Loews Woodinville 12

Woodland Hills, CA
AMC Promenade 16

Woodridge, IL
AMC Loews Woodridge 18

Dallas, TX
AMC Valley View 16

Highland Village, TX
AMC Highland Village 12

Niles, IL
AMC Showplace Niles 12

Tampa, FL
AMC West Shore 14

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Advanced Screening of ‘No Escape’ *Regal Crown Club*

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Regal Crown Club is sponsoring a bunch of advanced screenings for the upcoming drama No Escape starring Pierce Brosnan, Lake Bell and Owen Wilson. You must be a Regal Crown Club member to go..membership is FREE! Sign up at Regal Crown Club

The following cities will be receiving screenings:

Albany, NY
Regal Crossgates Stadium 18 & IMAX

Albuquerque, NM
UA Cottonwood Stadium 16

Anchorage, AK
Regal Tikahtnu Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Asheville, NC
Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15 & RPX

Augusta, GA
Regal Augusta Exchange Stadium 20 & IMAX

Austin, TX
Regal Gateway Stadium 16 & IMAX

Bakersfield, CA
Edwards Bakersfield Stadium 14

Beavercreek, OH
Fairfield Commons Stadium 20 & RPX

Bellingham, WA
Regal Barkley Village Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Bend, OR
Regal Old Mill Stadium 16 & IMAX

Birmingham, AL
Regal Trussville Stadium 16

Boise, ID
Edwards Boise Stadium 22 & IMAX

Bolingbrook, IL
Regal Bolingbrook Stadium 12

Bossier City, LA
Regal Louisiana Boardwalk Stadium 14 & IMAX

Brooklyn, NY
UA Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX

Charlotte, NC
Regal Starlight Stadium 14

Charlottesville, VA
Stonefield Stadium 14 and IMAX

Chicago, IL
Regal Cinemas City North Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX

Clarksville, TN
Regal Clarksville Stadium 16 & RPX

Columbia, SC
Regal Sandhill Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Denver, CO
UA Denver Pavilions Stadium 15

Dickson City, PA
Regal Dickson City Stadium 14 & IMAX

Douglasville, GA
Regal Arbor Place 18 & IMAX

Dublin, CA
Regal Hacienda Crossing Stadium 20 & IMAX

Sterling, VA
Dulles Town Center St. 10

Duluth, GA
Regal Medlock Crossing Stadium 18 & RPX

Eagan, MN
Regal Eagan Stadium 16

Sheffield Village, OH
Regal Cobblestone Square 20

Escondido, CA
Regal Escondido Stadium 16 & IMAX

Eugene, OR
Regal Valley River Center Stadium 15 & IMAX

Everett, WA
Regal Everett Stadium 16 & RPX

Fort Myers, FL
Regal Gulf Coast Stadium 16 & IMAX

Fort Wayne, IN
Regal Coldwater Crossing Stadium 14

Fresno, CA
Edwards Fresno Stadium 22 & IMAX

Gainesville, FL
Regal Gainesville Cinema Stadium 14

Gambrills, MD
Regal Waugh Chapel Stadium 12 & IMAX

Greenville, SC
Regal Hollywood Stadium 20 & RPX – Greenville

Greenville, NC
Regal Greenville Grande Stadium14

Greenville, SC
Regal Cherrydale Stadium 16

Henderson, NV
Regal Fiesta Henderson Stadium 12

Hooksett, NH
Regal Hooksett 8

Houston, TX
Edwards Houston Marq’E Stadium 23 & IMAX

Indianapolis, IN
UA Galaxy Stadium 14

Irvine, CA
Irvine Spectrum 21 IMAX & RPX

Issaquah, WA
Regal Issaquah Highlands 12

Jacksonville, FL
Regal Avenues Stadium 20 & RPX

Joplin, MO
Regal Northstar Stadium 14

Kelso, WA
Three Rivers Mall St. 12 & RPX

King of Prussia, PA
UA King of Prussia Stadium 16

Kingston, MA
Regal Independence Mall 14 & RPX

Kissimmee, FL
Regal The Loop Stadium 16 & RPX

Knoxville, TN
Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX

Lacey, WA
Regal Martin Village Stadium 16 & IMAX

Lakewood, WA
Regal Lakewood Stadium 15 & RPX

Lancaster, PA
Regal Manor Stadium 16

Langhorne, PA
United Artists Oxford Valley Stadium 14

Lansing, MI
Lansing Mall Stadium 12 RPX

Laredo, TX
Regal Laredo Stadium 14 & RPX

Lexington, KY
Regal Hamburg Pavilion Stadium 16 & RPX

Lincolnshire, IL
Regal Lincolnshire Stadium 21

Little Rock, AR
United Artists Breckenridge Stadium 12

Live Oak, TX
Regal Live Oak Stadium 18

Long Beach, CA
Edwards Long Beach 26 & IMAX

Astoria, NY
Kaufman Astoria Cinemas 14 & RPX

Mason, OH
Regal Deerfield Towne Center Stadium 16

Midland, TX
Regal Tall City Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX

Mohegan Lake, NY
UA Cortlandt Town Center Stadium 11

Moorestown, NJ
Regal Moorestown Mall Stadium 12 & RPX

Granville, WV
Regal Morgantown Stadium 12

Nanuet, NY
Regal Nanuet Mall Stadium 12 & RPX

Naples, FL
Regal Hollywood Stadium 20-Naples

Nashville, TN
Regal Green Hills Stadium 16

New York, NY
Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX

Newport Beach, CA
Edwards Big Newport 6

North Las Vegas, NV
Regal Aliante Stadium 16 & IMAX

Ontario, CA
Edwards Ontario Palace Stadium 22 IMAX & RPX

Orlando, FL
Regal Waterford Lakes Stadium 20 & IMAX

Pearl City, HI
Regal Pearl Highlands Stadium 12

Philadelphia, PA
UA Riverview Plaza Stadium 17 & RPX

Raleigh, NC
Regal North Hills Stadium 14

Richmond, VA
Short Pump Stadium 14 & IMAX

Sacramento, CA
Regal Natomas Marketplace Stadium 16 & RPX

Salem, OR
Regal Lancaster Mall Stadium 11

Salisbury, MD
Regal Salisbury Stadium 16 & RPX

San Diego, CA
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX

Santa Maria, CA
Edwards Santa Maria Stadium 14 & RPX

Sarasota, FL
Regal Hollywood Stadium 20-Sarasota

Silver Spring, MD
Regal Majestic Stadium 20 & IMAX

South Gate, CA
Edwards South Gate Stadium 20 & IMAX

Spartanburg, SC
Regal Spartan Stadium 16

Staten Island, NY
UA Staten Island Stadium 16 & RPX

Stockton, CA
Regal Stockton City Centre Stadium 16 & IMAX

Sunrise, FL
Regal Sawgrass Stadium 23 & IMAX

Syracuse, NY
Regal Destiny Stadium 19

Temecula, CA
Edwards Temecula Stadium 15 & IMAX

Vancouver, WA
Cascade Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX

Victor, NY
Regal Eastview Mall 13

Virginia Beach, VA
Regal Strawbridge Marketplace Stadium 12

Williamsville, NY
Regal Transit Center Stadium 18 & IMAX

Wilmington, NC
Mayfaire Stadium 16 & IMAX

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Best of the Fest: Liz & Melissa’s 22 Favorite Narratives & Documentaries from the Tribeca Film Festival!

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It was a fabulous eleven days filled with movies and interviews, and now it’s time for us to reflect on our favorites. Enjoy!

Favorite Comedies

Grandma_Press_1 TribecaGrandma – releasing August 21st

Reeling from a recent breakup and still mourning the loss of her longtime partner, once-famous poet Elle Reid (Lily Tomlin) is surprised to find her teenage granddaughter on her doorstep in need of $600 and a ride. The two embark on an all-day road trip that ends up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets all over town. Co-starring Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, and Sam Elliott.

We’ve only gotten a tease of Tomlin over the past few years, but she’s back with a comedic performance that rivals any dramatic one. So wrong, yet so perfect, her delivery gives the dialogue an extra edge that almost makes you feel guilty as you laugh out loud. I can’t wait to see her and Jane Fonda in Grace and Frankie on Netflix. – Melissa

 

Tomlin is an indisputable legend. Her comic timing is like watching Mozart create a symphony. This film is an absolute gem that tackles so many relevant issues without one ounce of preachiness. I have always been a huge fan and I am crossing my fingers this garners her an Oscar nod. -Liz

Jack (Simon Pegg) and Nancy (Lake Bell) in Ben Palmer’s Man UpMan Up – releasing May 29th in the UK, no US release set

When perpetually single Nancy (Lake Bell) is mistaken for a charming stranger’s (Simon Pegg) blind-date, she just goes with it, leading to a series of escalating adventures for the two mismatched lovebirds in Ben Palmer’s hilarious romantic comedy.

This could have been another boring rom-com, but the trifecta of story, dialogue and performances make it my new favorite “meet cute.” – Melissa

 

Pegg and Bell are an unlikely duo but let me say this is perfect casting. Their chemistry is super believable and laugh out loud funny from start to finish. Do not pigeon hole this flick, it is a riot for everyone. -Liz

OVERNIGHT_Press_2 TribecaThe Overnight – releasing June 19th

Alex and Emily have just moved to LA with their young son. Eager to make new friends, they accept an invitation to a party from the father of their son’s playground mate. After the kids fall asleep, the “playdate” takes a bizarre turn in this racy and hilarious romp. Featuring Judith Godrèche, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman, and Adam Scott.

Filled with many twists and turns, you won’t know where the next laugh will take you as these two couples get to know each other. Sharing their hopes, fears and extracurricular hobbies, it all happens so naturally and with the utmost hilarity. – Melissa

 

This crazy funny adult comedy puts to rest the notion that hyper-sexual has to be boring or slapstick. This is actually a really thoughtful script and with a cast like this, you cannot go wrong. -Liz

Sleeping With Other People_Press_1 TribecaSleeping With Other People – releasing August 21st

Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie star as two romantic failures whose years of serial infidelity and self-sabotage have led them to swear that their relationship will remain strictly platonic. But can love still bloom while you’re sleeping with other people? Writer/director Leslye Headland’s (Bachelorette) sexy romantic comedy co-stars Amanda Peet, Adam Scott, and Natasha Lyonne.

The “platonic friends” comedy is so overdone, but it’s been reborn with Jason Sudekis and Alison Brie. With over-the-top intimate dialogue, honesty is the best policy when it comes to modern relationships. One of the funniest movies of the year. – Melissa

 

This film may appear to be formulaic at first glance, but I assure you, you have no idea what you’re in for. One of the best and most honest pieces of dialogue since This is 40, Sudeikis and Brie kill it with the funny as two people with some serious intimacy issues. -Liz


Favorite Dramas

ANESTHESIA_Press_2 TribecaAnesthesia

On a snowy night in New York City, a Columbia professor is brutally mugged on the doorsteps of an apartment building. Director Tim Blake Nelson’s haunting meditation of city life traces the chain of events that precipitate the attack, examining the inextricable and unforeseen forces that bring a group of disparate individuals together. Featuring a star-studded ensemble including Sam Waterston, Kristen Stewart, Glenn Close, and Cory Stoll.

Make sure you pay attention and get ready for dialogue that is a hyper-intellectual mental workout. It’s heavy but hopeful and filled with brilliant performances.- Melissa

 

This film’s multiple narrative style is something reminiscent of Traffic or Third Person. Beautifully based on philosophical notions, the audience is treated to a peak inside the lives of a handful of New Yorkers. With a jam packed cast of superb talent, Tim Blake Nelson brings everything to the table and succeeds, wildly. – Liz

Bare_Press_1 TribecaBare

Sarah’s (Dianna Agron) mundane life in a Nevada desert town is turned upside down with the arrival of Pepper (Paz de la Huerta), a mysterious female drifter, who leads her into a life of seedy strip clubs and illicit drugs. Their passion inspires Sarah to break free of her past and seek out a new life of her own.

It’s a story that could be told of any small town. It never attempts to explain anything, which actually gives it much more credibility.  – Melissa

 

In Agron’s first truly adult role, she shines as a small town girl trying to find her escape. Big dreams and little self esteem lead to a complex script and a stellar performance.   -Liz

The Driftless AreaThe Driftless Area

Pierre Hunter (Anton Yelchin), a bartender with unyielding optimism, returns to his tiny hometown after his parents’ death. When he falls for the enigmatic Stella (Zooey Deschanel), Pierre is unknowingly pulled into a cat-and-mouse game that involves a duffel bag full of cash, a haphazard yet determined criminal (John Hawkes), and a mystery that will determine all of their fates. With Alia Shawkat, Frank Langella, Aubrey Plaza, and Ciarán Hinds.

To say that The Driftless Area is cryptic is an understatement. I’m still not quite sure what happened, but the characters are so complex and interwoven that even though you’re confused, you can’t wait to see what happens next. – Melissa (read full review here)

Meadowland_Press_1 TribecaMeadowland

Sarah and Phil’s son goes missing, shattering their life together and forcing each to find their own way to cope. Cinematographer-turned-director Reed Morano presents a masterfully crafted contemplation on a relationship strained to the breaking point. Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson capture the unraveling emotions with remarkable power, alongside Kevin Corrigan, John Leguizamo, Elisabeth Moss, Giovanni Ribisi, Juno Temple, and Merritt Wever.

This emotionally heavy story will kick you in the gut. How does one cope after the loss of a child? Do marriages survive? Can we be saved? These are all questions in an intense script lead by a masterful performance from Wilde. Following up her insane roller coaster role in Third Person, Wilde proves once again that she’s way more than a pretty face. Cast her in all the things, immediately! – Liz

Tumbledown_Press_1 TribecaTumbledown

Years after the accidental death of her folk-singer husband, Hannah (Rebecca Hall) has yet to fully accept her small-town life without him. Then she is approached by a charming New York writer (Jason Sudeikis) intent on penning a biography of her late husband’s life, and Hannah finds herself opening up again. Also featuring performances by Dianna Agron, Blythe Danner, Griffin Dunne, Joe Manganiello, and Richard Masur.

This was a film near and dear to my heart, based on plot and circumstance. The filmmakers and cast hit the nail on the head when it came to recreating a small New England town in Maine and the effect a death has upon it’s entire population. Loss and grief are combined with super smart writing. Sudeikis and Hall own these roles. – Liz

(read full review & podcast of interviews here)

Virgin Mountain TribecaVirgin Mountain

Fúsi is a mammoth of a man who at 43-years-old is still living at home with his mother. Shy and awkward, he hasn’t quite learned how to socialize with others, leaving him as an untouchable inexperienced virgin. That is until his family pushes him to join a dance class, where he meets the equally innocent but playful Sjöfn.

Heartbreaking, yet hopeful, this Jury award winner for narrative and lead performance will grab ahold of you and squeeze. – Melissa

 

This was one of the most endearing films I’ve seen lately. The “I think I can” attitude and transformation of the lead is so compelling from the very beginning. You cannot help but root for this character. -Liz

When I Live My Life Over Again-00002 TribecaWhen I Live My Life Over Again

Jude (Amber Heard) is a would-be singer-songwriter still struggling to make her mark. Cash-strapped and homeless, she begrudgingly returns to the Hamptons home of her father (Christopher Walken), an over-the-hill crooner desperately charting his musical comeback, in this spunky, soulful dramedy about the personal costs of artistic ambition and the bonds that carry us through.

Christopher Walken is charming and tragic. The dialogue is so subtle and natural, you’d think you were watching a documentary. The dining table scene alone is worth the price of admission. – Melissa

 

The tremendously organic dialogue in this film is top notch. It’s an honest portrait of family dynamics we can all relate to on some inherent level. Walken is a gem, as always, and I was blown away by Heard’s level of comfort behind a guitar and piano. Color me impressed.- Liz


Favorite Scary

Backtrack_Press_2 TribecaBacktrack – acquired by Saban Films

In this spine-tingling supernatural thriller, troubled psychotherapist Peter Bowers (Adrien Brody) is suffering from nightmares and eerie visions. When he uncovers a horrifying secret that all of his patients share, he is put on a course that takes him back to the small hometown he fled years ago. There he confronts his demons and unravels a mystery 20 years in the making.

I liked this film as the credits rolled. Speaking of credits, the opening sequence is one of the most beautiful and creative I’ve seen in some time. As I hashed out all the little moments in the script, the makeup, the music, I adored this film. Very smart writing and some really nicely timed jump scares. File this film under paranormal- thriller. -Liz

Hungry Hearts_0341Hungry Hearts – releasing June 5th

After a chance meeting and a whirlwind romance in New York City, Jude (Adam Driver) and Mina (Alba Rohrwacher) become pregnant. Convinced their child will be harmed by the pollutions in the outside world, Mina becomes consumed by protecting her baby, forcing Jude to recognize a terrible truth about why his son’s life could be in danger.

Told like a 70s horror flick, this is a Rosemary’s Baby kind of scary. Crazy camera angles and eerie music make this a very unsettling story that will leave you shivering. – Melissa


Favorite Documentaries

Birth of Sake_Press_2The Birth of Sake

Traditional and labor-intensive, the production of Saké has changed very little over the centuries. Erik Shirai’s love song to the artisans who have dedicated their lives to carrying on this increasingly rare artform follows the round-the-clock process for six straight months, offering a rare glimpse into a family-run brewery that’s been operating for over 100 years.

The gorgeous imagery is enhanced by slowmotion and a calming score. Whether you’re a lover of saké or not, you’ll appreciate the amount of work that goes into its creation. – Melissa (3 docs you must see)

 

Visually breathtaking  with a whole lot of heart, this doc was so enjoyable  for me to watch. It is  akin to a work of art and could easily (and should be) shown on a constant loop in museums. -Liz

Code_web_02CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap

At a time in the United States when the tech sector outpaces the overall growth of the employment market, CODE asks the important question: Where are all the women?

Instead of focusing on one aspect of the gender gap in coding, this film really shows that everyone has something to give. The field of information technology is only getting bigger and we need all hands on deck. The more diverse the people building the future technologies are, the better the world is for it. – Melissa (3 docs you must see)

Crocodile Gennadiy imageCrocodile Gennadiy

Crocodile Gennadiy, real-life, self-appointed savior, who works tirelessly to rescue homeless, drug-addicted youth from the streets of Mariupol, Ukraine. At the same time, he challenges dealers and abusers. Despite criticism, Gennadiy is determined to continue his work. Sundance Award-winning director Steve Hoover’s second feature is a bold portrait of a man on a mission.

Doing what’s right is the main point of this extraordinary documentary. Saving the lives of innocent children that are being taken advantage of by a broken system mired in poverty, Gennodiy is the perfect example of what religion should look like. – Liz  (read interview here)

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In the wake of Robert Mugabe’s highly criticized 2008 presidential win, a constitutional committee was created in an effort to transition Zimbabwe away from authoritarian leadership. With unprecedented access to the two political rivals overseeing the committee, this riveting, firsthand account of a country’s fraught first steps towards democracy plays at once like an intimate political thriller and unlikely buddy film.

The bravery of these people to be on film, speaking in the manners they do is enough to cheer for. Getting an honest look inside a corrupted political system outside our own is astonishing. Take note America.- Liz  (read review here)

DREAM KILLER_Press_1 TribecaDream/Killer

In the fall of 2005, 21-year-old Ryan Ferguson received a 40-year prison sentence for a murder that he did not commit. Over the next ten years, his father Bill engages in a tireless crusade to prove Ryan’s innocence. Interspersed with footage from the Ferguson family archive, Andrew Jenks’ film looks at the personal consequences of a wrongful conviction.

One of the most frustrating docs to watch, you learn just how lost our justice system can be. Unexpected and shocking, the combination of footage, audio, and interviews makes for one hell of a story. -Liz  (read review & interview here)

Exclusive Closing Night "Monty Python Live (Mostly)"Monty Python: The Meaning of Live

While perhaps best known for its eminently quotable films, Monty Python has performed its signature, surreal humor in live shows since the group’s earliest days. Dive into the history of Python’s stage work and the genesis of some of its most well-known pieces as they prepare for their last-ever live show. Monty Python: the Meaning of Life is a hilarious and illuminating survey of the process behind the Python.

I saw my first Monty Python films at the age of 13. Why it took me that long, I’ll never know. I have my theater friends to thank for introducing me into a world of absolute insanity and brilliance. This is an awesome look inside  the relationships between some of your most memorable laughs and the men behind them. -Liz

Orion is his iconic eagle suit. Photo credit Sun Records

Orion is his iconic eagle suit. Photo credit Sun Records

Orion: The Man Who Would Be King

Millions of Americans clung to the hope that Elvis Presley faked his death. For the executives at Sun Records that fantasy became an opportunity in the form of Orion, a mysterious masked performer with the voice of The King. But who was the man behind the mask? In this stranger-than-fiction true story, Jeanie Finlay explores a life led in service to those who couldn’t let Elvis go.

Everyone has heard of Elvis, but only a fraction have heard of Orion aka Jimmy Ellis. When Jimmy Ellis sang, he sounded like the legendary Elvis. His talent was brought to new heights when Elvis died and people didn’t want to let go. Never an impersonator, Jimmy did capitalize on this coincidence and attempt stardom on his own. – Melissa (read review here)

Artwork from "That Dragon, Cancer".Credit: That Dragon, Cancer

Artwork from “That Dragon, Cancer”.Credit: That Dragon, Cancer

Thank You For Playing

For the past two years, Ryan and Amy Green have been working on That Dragon, Cancer, a videogame about their son Joel’s fight against that disease. Following the family through the creation of the game and the day-to-day realities of Joel’s treatment, David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worrall create a moving testament to the joy and heartbreak of raising a terminally ill child.

Fair warning: bring an entire box of tissues with you to this truly important and thoughtfully crafted film. If most of us are being honest, usually when we see commercials for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital we change the channel, but in this instance we come to know and love the members of the Green family. Understanding “That Dragon Cancer ” is the only way to help save lives and support those  on their journey. Using art as an outlet for grief is a transformative way to share an experience, good or bad. – Liz

Wolfpack_Press_1 TribecaThe Wolfpack – releasing June 19th

Everything the Angulo brothers know about the outside world they learned from obsessively watching movies. Shut away from bustling New York City by their overprotective father, they cope with their isolation by diligently re-enacting their favorite films. When one of the brothers escapes, the world as they know it will be transformed.

Something about this film grabbed my heart and held it for it’s entirety. These kids are among us here in NYC, but you’d never know since they’ve been essentially held captive their entire lives. The intense detail  in which these brothers re-create their favorite films is unreal. Their passion and intelligence should be on view for all the world to see and enjoy.- Liz

Tribeca Film Festival review: ‘Man Up’ with Simon Pegg & Lake Bell will renew your faith in the rom-com

Jack (Simon Pegg) and Nancy (Lake Bell) in Ben Palmer’s Man UpMan Up – rush tickets available

Mistaken identity in a romantic comedy is far from new, but Man Up takes you on a different path with unbelievable chemistry and clever writing. Lake Bell (who you should know from her movie In A World on Netflix, WATCH NOW) plays a brit opposite Simon Pegg and from their very first meeting, you’re absolutely hooked.

Nancy (Lake Bell) in Ben Palmer’s Man Up

Nancy (Lake Bell) is inadvertently mistaken for Jack’s (Simon Pegg) blind date, and before she can even speak, she’s smitten (and so are we) and decides to see where it goes. The two go bowling and the rest, shall we say, is history.

Jack (Simon Pegg) and Nancy (Lake Bell) in Ben Palmer’s Man UpMy first hurdle was getting over Lake Bell with a british accent, but only because I know her as an American. Very soon that melted away and I couldn’t wait to see what this couple was up to next.

Luckily for everyone the movie releases to theaters May 29th.@@