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TriBeCa Film Festival

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in a still from “Before Midnight”

Since the TriBeCa Film Festival began in 2002, 1,300 films and 80 countries have participated in this cinematic celebration. This year, the craze sets in from April 17 to 28 at various downtown locations. Here’s a list of the top 10 events not to miss.

Before Midnight

Already a festival favorite, this film is the last of a trilogy starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Romance, the streets of Greece—what more could you ask for?

Monday, April 22, 6p.m.; Wednesday, April 24, 6:45p.m. Various Locations. Watch the trailer.

Adult World

Ever since she hit the Nickelodeon scene, Emma Roberts has been expected to do big things. This might just be one of them. Here she plays Amy, a wannabe-poet working at the local sex shop, who ends up under the tutelage of writer Rat Billings (John Cusack).

Thursday, April 18, 6p.m.; Saturday, April 20, 2:30p.m.; Friday, April 26, 9:30p.m. Various locations.

The Pretty One

Laurel (Zoe Kazan) has always wanted to be more like her stylish twin sister. When the latter dies, she gets her chance. What ensues is part absurd, part poignant.

Saturday, April 20, 9:30p.m., Monday, April 22, 3p.m.; Thursday, April 25, 9p.m. Various locations.

Zoe Kazan and Jake Johnson in a still from “The Pretty One”

How To Make Money Selling Drugs

Director Matthew Cooke sold 50 Cent, Eminem, Susan Sarandon, and Woody Harrelson, among others, on this documentary project. Those names combined with that title—need we say more?

Thursday, April 25, 6p.m., School of the Visual Arts, 333 West 23rd Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. Watch the trailer.

Prince Avalanche

Funnyman Paul Rudd co-stars with Emile Hirsch in this road-movie-comedy based off a 2011 film from Iceland.

Tuesday, April 23, 9:30p.m.; Friday, April 26, 5:30p.m.; Sunday, April 28, 6:30p.m. Various locations.

King of Comedy

This restored version of Martin Scorsese’s 1983 comedy-thriller, starring Jerry Lewis and Robert DeNiro, will close the festival. Watch it for the first time, or watch it again—either way, you’re bound to laugh.

Saturday, April 27. BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street, between West and Greenwich. Watch the trailer.

Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch in a still from “Prince Avalanche”

The Birds

Dig into a vintage California far before Rebecca’s time with the fiftieth anniversary “drive-in” showing of this romance-turned-thriller classic.

Thursday, April 18, 8:15 p.m. Outdoor screening at Brookfield Place (World Financial Center Plaza). Tickets: Free. Watch the trailer.

In God We Trust

For anyone still holding a grudge against the Madoff events of 2008, this is the film for you. Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson’s documentary tells the story of Eleanor Squillari, the secretary of Bernie Madoff, who is hungry for justice.

Friday, April 19, 9:30p.m.; Sunday, April 21, 9:45p.m.; Thursday, April 25, 3p.m. Various locations. Watch the trailer.

TriBeCa Talks Directors Series: Clint Eastwood with Darren Aronofsky

It promises to be just as entertaining but more, er, relevant than Eastwood’s appearance at the Republican Convention.

Saturday, April 27, 2:30 p.m. BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street, between West and Greenwich. Tickets: $25

Sandy Storyline

Though Sandy may not be something you exactly want to revisit, this collaborative documentary is a testament to the way New Yorkers can still get together to tell stories.

Thursday, April 18, 7:30p.m.; Friday, April 19, 1:00p.m.; Saturday, April 20, 12:00p.m.; Sunday, April 21, 9:00p.m. Bombay Sapphire House of Imagination. Walk-ins only.

Tickets and ticket packages are available online at tribecafilm.com and by phone 646.502.5296.

By Allison Malecha