5 Tribeca Films We Want to See in Theaters This Year

by Stacy Lambe 9:15 AM PDT, April 24, 2015
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As the Tribeca Film Festival nears its end, it’s time to look back on the slate of films looking for distribution. The New York-based festival is a time for many filmmakers to present work they hope is worthy of a larger audience, going beyond the festival circuit. This year proved to be no different with several standouts -- and for us, there are five particular films we hope everyone gets a chance to see in theaters.

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A Ballerina’s Tale
Starring: Misty Copeland (pictured above)

This Kickstarter-funded documentary directed by journalist Nelson George goes inside the world of Misty Copeland, a teen prodigy who has been dubbed “the Jackie Robinson of classical ballet.” The film defines inspiration as it looks hardships and injuries Copeland has faced as she fights to be ranked among the American Ballet Theatre’s best.

Starring: Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, and Emma Roberts 

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The unlikely buddy comedy is more than “this year’s St. Vincent.” The film pairs Wolff -- an actor on the verge of stardom -- with Rourke, who is enjoying a late-in-career rebirth following The Wrestler. This film doesn’t go anywhere as deep as the 2008 film, but it doesn’t need to. Wolff is the star here as an awkward teen who grows more confident the longer he spends time with the ex CIA assassin.

Starring: Sarah Bolger

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When a couple’s regular babysitter is unavailable, Sarah Bolger -- last seen wearing rib-crushing corsets on Once Upon a Time and The Tudors -- steps in a seemingly perfect replacement. Once left alone with the kids, the night slowly unravels as the substitute babysitter becomes more unhinged. This B-movie thriller packs enough creep into the story to make it worth a midnight screening. Sadly it doesn’t go full-on grind-core, but there’s enough here to make audiences uneasy.

Starring: Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss, Juno Temple, and Giovanni Ribisi 

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With an A-list cast, there’s no reason this film shouldn’t get the attention of studios. The film takes a stark look at what becomes of a husband and wife (Wilson and Wilde) after their son’s disappearance. Their world unravels as Wilde delivers a raw performance that will surely have audiences talking. This film will challenge expectations the way Cake did for Jennifer Aniston.

The Survivalist 
Starring: Martin McCann and Mia Goth 

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This post-apocalyptic drama tells the story of two starving women who come upon a man living in isolation on his farm. Seeking shelter and food, the women interrupt his seclusion and push the limits of self-preservation and survival in a dystopian world. The film has already secured international rights, meaning that it could become a buzzy hit overseas before making its way here. 

One of the big stories to come out of the Tribeca Film Festival was Courtney Love's appearance at the premiere of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the new documentary about the late Nirvana singer's life. During a panel, Love became visibly emotional and even talked about the sex tape featured in the film. Watch the video below: