The Must-See Films Debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival

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April 24th, 2014

The Tribeca Film Festival is the best place to see all of the hottest independent movies. Although there are many great films to see at this year's festival, there are several highly anticipated movies that are better than the rest. From "Miss Meadows," a dark drama, to the hilarious "Intramural" comedy, there is a must-see film for every movie fan.

"Third Person" is a romantic comedy directed and written by Paul Haggins. The film tells the complicated love stories of Michael, Julia and Sean who are connected by their troubled romantic relationships. As the title indicates, each relationship is deeply affected by a third person. "Third Person" features a star-studded cast, including James Franco, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde, Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody, Kim Basinger and Casey Affleck.

"Miss Meadows" stars Katie Holmes as a seemingly innocuous substitute teacher. However, a dark, tragic childhood has led her to roam the streets at night, ridding her community of crime. When Meadows finds herself on the other side of the law, she meets someone who turns her life around. With a heavy dose of satire to balance out the darkness, "Miss Meadows" is a powerful drama.

"Just Before I Go" is the directorial-debut of Courtney Cox. In this dark drama, Sean William Scott plays a man who has decided to take his own life. After much consideration, he decides to do things right for once in his life. He travels to his hometown to make amends with former friends and family members. Along the way, he learns that he is not the only one struggling. As he rekindles old relationships, he finds there is more than one way to live his life.

"Boulevard" stars Robin Williams as Nolan, a man whose life is unraveling. After remaining in an unhappy marriage for years and working at an unfulfilling job, Nolan is left questioning his own existence. One night, as he mindlessly drives, he runs into a troubled young man. When Nolan opens up to the man about secrets he has been hiding from everyone close to him, he is finally able to confront the reality of his situation.

Directed by Chris Messina, "Alex of Venice" is a drama about life and loss. When Alex's husband suddenly leaves her with no explanation, her entire world turns upside down. Unable to rely on her husband for the first time in years, Alex is forced to take control over her life. After making many mistakes, Alex struggles to find a way to repair her broken marriage. "Alex of Venice" puts a unique spin on the typical relationship drama by focusing on the personal transformation that takes place after a breakup.

When master chef Carl Casper receives a poor review in "Chef" from a food critic, his life begins to crumble. He is fired from his job and the stress takes a toll on his relationship with his family. Forced to start over with nothing, Carlos learns what is truly important in life. "Chef" features a cast of veteran actors, including Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sofía Vergara, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale.

"Begin Again" is a highly anticipated film starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. Ruffalo plays a down-on-his-luck record executive looking for the next big artist to save his career. He stumbles upon a singer, played by Knightley, who is also experiencing a lull in her career. Although she is not the next big singing sensation, both characters find what they are looking for in each other.

"Intramural" is a witty comedy that focuses on the antics of a flag football team. When Caleb Fuller realizes he is on the verge of adulthood—facing graduation and his impending first job—he reassembles his old friends for one more summer of fun. Along the way, Caleb learns how to face his future. The film features Saturday Night Live stars Beck Bennett and Kate McKinnon.

"The One I Love" is a romantic drama featuring Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass as a couple on the verge of divorce. After their therapist recommends a retreat to a secluded cabin, the couple takes a trip to reinvigorate their relationship. However, strange things begin to happen shortly after they arrive. Although they barely make it out of the cabin alive, the trip proves to be just what their marriage needed.

The lineup at this year's Tribeca Film Festival features everything from obscure comedies to complicated relationship dramas. Each film on this list features a great script, superior acting and a compelling plot. With all of the elements of a major hit, these movies are sure to take top honors at this year's festival.