Chronicling Iraq: The War Tapes

I went down to Tribeca to screen The War Tapes last Saturday, a ridiculously sunny blue-sky day, the kind of day where it hurts not to wear sunglasses. But the technicolor ended abruptly, giving way to a dark and utterly disturbing documentary brimming with searing...

New York Trilogy: A Guide to Romantic Festival Flicks

I may have overdosed on romance after screening three romantic TFF movies. Perhaps it was screening them in quick succession that did it, or the languorous pace, or maybe it’s just that the films featured some of the more conventional, formulaic characteristics...

Pashas and Pistachios in The Yacoubian Building

Lucky for us, the Tribeca Film Festival is an incredible showcase for world cinema, screening films from all over the globe, large and small. One of the most highly touted of the group was The Yacoubian Building, an Egyptian film directed by Marwan Hamed, who,...