Tribeca Film Festival 2008 Mini-Preview

<a href="">Baby Mama</a>: The Tribeca Film Festival opens on April 23rd with the premiere of Baby Mama. "Successful and single businesswoman Kate Holbrook (Tina Fey) has long put her career ahead of a personal life. Now 37, she’s finally determined to have a kid on her own. But her plan is thrown a curve ball after she discovers she has only a million-to-one chance of getting pregnant. Undaunted, the driven Kate allows South Philly working girl Angie Ostrowiski (Amy Poehler) to become her unlikely surrogate."

<a href="">Speed Racer</a>: Written and directed by the Wachowski brothers, and starring Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman and Susan Sarandon, the premiere of Speed Racer will close the Tribeca Film Festival on May 3rd.

<a href="">Redbelt</a>: Directed by David Mamet, Redbelt “tells the story of Mike Terry (Chiwetel Ejiofor), the chief instructor at the Southside Jiu-jitsu Academy. Although a talented fighter, he refuses to compete in professional bouts: ‘Competition weakens the fighter.’ Instead, he trains dedicated students in the art of self-defense: bodyguards, cops, and soldiers. At his brother-in-law’s club one evening, Mike saves famous action star Chet Frank (Tim Allen) from a severe beating. His defense of Frank leads to a job in the film industry, but other events conspire to force Mike to participate in a prize fight.”

<a href="">Yonkers Joe</a>: Chazz Palminteri stars in this story of an aging card shark and dice hustler who tries to bond with his mentally challenged son as he searches for the perfect scam.

<a href="">Mister Lonely</a>: Harmony Korine’s first feature since 1999’s Julien Donkey-Boy follows "a lonely Michael Jackson impersonator (Diego Luna) who is invited by a beautiful Marilyn Monroe (Samantha Morton) to a commune full of other impersonators including the Queen of England, Madonna, Sammy Davis Junior and James Dean, in the Scottish Highlands. In a parallel story line, the incomparable Werner Herzog plays a Latin American priest who learns his missionary of nuns can literally fly."

<a href="">Confessions of a Ex-Doofus-Itchy Footed Mutha</a>: “Melvin Van Peebles, still our most playfully inventive filmmaker after nearly 50 years, returns with a boisterous adventure that ranges from Harlem to the high seas, following the exploits of an unforgettable character (MVP, natch) who’s always on the move—but keeps ending up back in New York.”

<a href="">The Wackness</a>: “Summer of 1994. The streets of New York are pulsing with hip-hop and wafting with marijuana, and Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck) is spending his last summer before college selling dope, trading it with his shrink (Ben Kingsley) for therapy, and crushing on his stepdaughter (Olivia Thirlby).” With cameos by Mary-Kate Olsen and Method Man!

<a href="">Lake City</a>: “When her family is threatened by violent criminals, a mother and son must reconcile the past in order to save their home. Powerful performances by Sissy Spacek and Troy Garity highlight this potent drama, also featuring Dave Matthews and Rebecca Romijn.”

<a href="">Killer Movie</a>: “A reality TV director copes with a spoiled celebutante and a show gone haywire when a masked killer starts bumping off the crew in this slasher-movie satire from a director who did time working on The Simple Life and The Real World/Road Rules Challenge.”

<a href="">57,000 Kilometers Between Us</a>: "A provocative yet charming take on digital communication from France, this North American debut follows a teenager caught between her stepdad (who records and posts the family’s supposedly perfect life online), her real father (now a transsexual), and the refuge of her own online life as she searches for meaningful connections with others." French with English subtitles.

<a href="">Paraiso Travel</a>: "In this recent hit at the Colombian box office, a lovesick young man (Aldemar Correa) follows his seductive girlfriend as they illegally travel from Medellín to New York. When they are separated in Queens, he begins a desperate search to find her. Featuring John Leguizamo and Ana de la Reguera (Nacho Libre)."

<a href="">Three Kingdoms</a>: “Based on 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms' a vast 600-year-old novel by Luo Guangzhong that ranks as one of China’s four most important pieces of literature, and also provided source material for John Woo’s upcoming Battle of Red Cliff.” Starring Maggie Q., Andy Lau, Sammo Hung, and directed by Daniel Lee.

<a href="">From Within</a>: This suspenseful thriller directed by Phedon Papamichael starts when the "small, serene community of Grovetown is shaken by the dual suicide of a young couple. When more suicides quickly follow, people in the evangelical town turn a blind eye and cling firmly to their deep-seated beliefs. Lindsay (Elizabeth Rice), a local student and girlfriend of the pastor's son, is not so dismissive. She begins to prod deeper into the mystery and befriends Aidan (Thomas Dekker), a non-believer whose family has stirred controversy before. "

<a href="">WAR, INC.</a>: "A political satire set in Turaqistan, a country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former US Vice-President (Dan Akroyd). In an effort to monopolize the opportunities the war-torn nation offers, the corporation's CEO hires a troubled hit man, played by John Cusack, to kill a Middle East oil minister. Now, struggling with his own growing demons, the assassin must pose as the corporation's Trade Show Producer in order to pull off this latest hit, while maintaining his cover by organizing the high-profile wedding of Yonica Babyyeah (Hilary Duff) an outrageous Middle Eastern pop star, and keeping a sexy left wing reporter (Marisa Tomei) in check."