Picks and Pans Review: Tribeca Film Festival

UPDATED 04/28/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/28/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

• The Manhattan festival will unspool 122 movies starting April 23. Here's the skinny on some of the most anticipated:

SPEED RACER Tribeca always tries to land a couple of high-profile Hollywood films to glam up its roster, and while this year's titles don't match the wattage of last year's Spider-Man 3, plenty of fans will still want an early peek at Speed Racer. It's brothers Andy and Larry Wachowski's (The Matrix) reworking of the Japanese animated TV show about a young race car driver. Emile Hirsch and Christina Ricci star.

I AM BECAUSE WE ARE Madonna turns activist, serving as narrator, writer and producer of a documentary about the plight of orphans in Malawi, the African nation where she adopted her son David, now 2.

WAR, INC. John Cusack wrote and stars in a satire about war, corporate greed and the Middle East. Hilary Duff (below, with scorpion) costars.

SAVAGE GRACE Julianne Moore (right) pulls out all the stops as a monstrous mother in a film about '60s socialite Barbara Baekeland.

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