Tribeca Film Festival: How to buy your tickets early

Tickets won't officially go on sale until Monday, but if you have an American Express card, you can start buying now

Love Is Strange

Love Is Strange

The Tribeca Film Festival, NYC's most improved spring showcase, begins on Thursday, April 17, and will run through Sunday, April 27. Here's the official schedule and list of films. And next Tuesday, Time Out will have its ten picks to see, right here.

Buying tickets is often frustrating, because the demand is huge. But have hope: As of 11am, purchasing is open for those using American Express (founding partner of the festival). That's a full week before tickets are available to the general public at 11am on Monday, April 14.

So flash some green (of the plastic variety) if you want the edge. What to see? In advance of next week's roundup, here are three picks we've already checked out and love:

Love Is Strange
Writing from this year's Sundance, Film editor Joshua Rothkopf called this heartbreaker—about an elderly gay couple forced to leave their apartment—"a total triumph for [director Ira] Sachs and his co-leads, John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, who, despite lengthy filmographies, turn in career-topping work."

Venus in Fur
"Gloriously unhinged" is what our staff critic Keith Uhlich called Roman Polanski's latest, a film he saw at Cannes. After a slow build (charting an uneasy audition between Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigner, playing a director and actor), "the movie goes full-on Polanski in a deliciously grotesque finale that shows there is still plenty of life left in the gender-bending kinkiness the director has obsessively scrutinized.”

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
Former Wayne's World host Mike Myers is directing documentaries now—and good ones, says Rothkopf. From last year's Toronto International Film Festival, he called this profile of a legendary Hollywood agent "viciously funny and vibrating with larky archival clips…with an unusually distinctive style for a first-time filmmaker."

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