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Pocket guide to ten must-see movies at the Tribeca Film Festival

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Founded in 2002 to revitalize the section of lower Manhattan struggling in the wake of 9/11, the Tribeca Film Festival—the brainchild of Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff—is now one of the country’s preeminent cinema showcases along with Sundance and Telluride. It’s probably physically impossible to see every film screening at the festival—in 2014, nearly 200 films will be shown—so BookTrib has created a pocket guide to the festival. So grab your program, your plane ticket to the Big Apple (if you’re not there already), and get ready to hunker down for some fascinating flicks. What to watch if you love Catcher in the Rye: GABRIEL   In Lou Howe’s feature-length debut, Rory Culkin—yes, Macaulay’s younger brother—plays the…

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James Franco Memoir Is Full Of Snapshots, Sketches, Art, Poems and Stories

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Post a comment below to enter to win a copy.   In A California Childhood he plays with the concept of memoir through personal snapshots, sketches, paintings, poems, and stories. “I was born in 1978 at Stanford Hospital and spent my first eighteen years in a single house at the end of a cul-de-sac in Palo Alto,” Franco writes in his introduction. Steve Jobs’s daughter and the grandson of one of the Hewlett-Packard founders may have both been in his graduating class, but just across the freeway from his home turf lay East Palo Alto, which in 1992 had the highest murder rate per capita in the country. For Franco, the terrain of his upbringing is fraught with the complication…

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