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On the Silver Screen

Today kicks off the TriBeCa Film Festival. Here are the top movies and critically acclaimed films to watch.

About Alex. After Alex suffers from an emotional breakdown, his circle of college friends (Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield and Jason Ritter) reunite for emotional support—only to realize how little they really know each other. Poignantly timed with the proliferation of Facebook and Twitter, About Alex is a commentary on the evolving nature of adult relationships and how digital interactions cannot substitute real life contact.

Beneath the Harvest Sky. Yearning for a life beyond their bucolic Maine hometown, best friends Dominic and Casper begin working to save money for their big move to Boston where their lives will finally begin. While Dominic harvests potatoes, Casper slips into a seedy family business, trafficking drugs to Canada. Although it began with the same goal, the two glaringly different means mark a decisive change in their relationship.

Just Before I Go. Actress Courtney Cox makes her full-length directorial debut with the dramatic comedy Just Before I Go, written by Desperate Housewives writer David Flebotte. In an unexpected casting move, Seann Williams Scott, best known for his uproarious and vulgar characters in American Pie and Dude, Where’s My Car?, proves himself as a serious actor (with impeccable comedic timing) in his role as Ted Morgan, a suicidal man who returns to his hometown to make amends.

Love is Strange. After decades of coupledom, Ben and George (John Lithgow and Alfred Molina) are finally wed. The strength of their relationship and love undergoes a series of tests after Ben is fired from his choir director job and the pair is forced to move in separately with family members. Directed and written by Ira Sachs, Love is Strange is a profound look at the resilience of love.

Night Moves. Having already received critical acclaim on the movie festival circuit, the suspenseful and dramatic Night Moves stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard as three radical environmentalists who plot to blow up a damn.  When their master plan goes awry, the group abandons their morality as they scramble to deal with the fall out.