The Critic’s Guide to Tribeca at Home: ‘The English Teacher’

Julianne Moore in 'The English Teacher' (Photo: Tribeca)

From April 17-28, celebrate the world-famous Tribeca Film Festival as editor David Onda helps you plan your own festival at home, featuring past and present Tribeca movies now available with XFINITY On Demand.

It’s not every day you get to see a movie before the rest of the world. And that’s the beauty of film festivals — bragging rights. In a single week, you might watch several films the rest of your friends will be clamoring to see when they hit theaters in six months. Sometimes, you’ll watch a movie that will never see a silver screen beyond the one you’re looking at.

I once saw a Russian claymation version of “The Ugly Duckling” set to the music of “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker.” Did you? Bragging rights.

At this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, which kicks off 12 days of movies today in New York City, Julianne Moore’s upcoming dramedy “The English Teacher” will make its world premiere on April 26, followed by a theatrical release in May. But guess where it’s available right now? XFINITY On Demand.

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“The English Teacher” stars Moore as a high school English teacher leading a simple life in small town Pennyslvania. But life begins to change when a former student, played by former “Will & Grace” actor Michael Angarano, returns to town after failing as a playwright. And while the teacher hires her ex-pupil to produce the school play, it is not only his talents on the stage that tempt her.

The film co-stars Greg Kinnear (“As Good As It Gets”), Nathan Lane (“The Birdcage”), Lilly Collins (“Mirror Mirror”) and Nikki Blonsky (“Hairspray”), and is the feature film debut of director Craig Zisk, who previously produced “Weeds,” “United States of Tara” and “The Larry Sanders Show.”

Click below to watch ‘The English Teacher’ trailer:

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From “A Single Man” to “The Kids Are Alright,” Moore has embraced the world of independent filmmaking and has made some of the best movies of her 20-year career in just the last five. She’s an actress who appreciates good storytelling and doesn’t choose her films by throwing darts. With comedic relief from Lane and the energy of up-and-comer Collins (Phil’s daughter), this is destined to be a festival favorite.

Check out more than 20 Tribeca films available with XFINITY On Demand

So, what are the critics saying about “The English Teacher”? Nothing… yet, because the film isn’t out. But you can be the first one to post your thoughts on Twitter (tweet your reviews to @XFINITY_TV and @david_onda) and Facebook just like all us stuffy movie intellectuals. Bragging rights. “The English Teacher” is not for the 14 and under demographic (some sexual content and such), but it’s sure to be fun for you and your own high-schooler to reflect on young love and long-forgotten lessons on “The Great Gatsby.”

It’s time to kick off the festival, so grab your refreshments — something light, because we’ve got a long way to go — and choose your favorite spot on the couch. Start your very own Tribeca Film Festival at home tonight with “The English Teacher.”

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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