Overly one-note in its singular p.o.v., the pic nevertheless offers a welcome variation on the conquering frat boy or Ferris Bueller-type adolescent, and could graduate from fest to arthouse play.
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Michael Sladek's "BAM150" is a celebration of/advertisement for the Brooklyn Academy of Music on the occasion of its sesquicentennial, but runs out of storyline long before it runs out of footage.
Intermittently appealing but overly familiar, reality TV-style docu "Fame High" follows a quartet of talented students at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.
"Ballroom Dancer" follows onetime World Latin Dance champion Slavik Kryklyvyy as he tries to recapture his former glory.
"Glee" thesp Chris Colfer plays another precociously creative and snark-slinging high schooler in "Struck by Lightning," a mediocre coming-of-age indie.
A touching cameo turn by Tippi Hedren is the sole benefit of "Free Samples," a pathetically inept comedy-drama about a hungover law-school dropout's humiliating stint in a Los Angeles ice-cream truck.
The film does all it can to maintain an objective perspective on the Texas textbook battle, but always stays one unsteady step away from hysteria.
Inevitably best suited to fans, docu follows two of the last Major League Baseball pitchers who, at the time the pic was shot, continued to throw from their fingertips.
"Future Weather" integrates a green message into an emotional drama about intergenerational female conflict.
Drama "Any Day Now" and doc "Burn" scored the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival's audience awards, announced at the fest's wrap party on Saturday, April 28
"Portrait of Wally" isn't just about stolen art: It's about cultural skulduggery, political sleaze, institutional hypocrisy and the virtues of persistence.