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Viewer Guide: “Shine” and “Hector”

September 20, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | SHINE This week’s classic is Shine, the 1996 biographical drama based on the life of Australian concert pianist David Helfgott, directed by Scott Hicks. Opening on a rainy night in Perth, Australia, sometime in the late 1970s, a semi-incoherent man pleads to be admitted into a restaurant afterhours. ...

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Viewer Guide: “Hoosiers” and “Lapsis”

September 8, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | HOOSIERS This week’s classic is Hoosiers, the 1986 sports drama directed by David Anspaugh. It’s September of 1951, and Norman Dale is rushing to start work as an emergency replacement teacher at Hickory High School in rural Indiana. Played by Gene Hackman, Norman has been hired by the ...

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Viewer Guide: “12 Angry Men” and “Rose Plays Julie”

September 3, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | 12 ANGRY MEN This week’s classic is 12 Angry Men, the 1957 courtroom drama starring Henry Fonda that marked Sidney Lumet’s theatrical feature film directorial debut. Adapted by screenwriter Reginald Rose from his Emmy Award-winning teleplay, 12 Angry Men dramatizes the deliberations of 12 jurors—known only by their ...

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Viewer Guide: “Crimes of the Heart” and “The Lucky Ones”

August 6, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | CRIMES OF THE HEART This week’s classic is Crimes of the Heart, the 1986 Southern Gothic comedy drama directed by Bruce Beresford. Adapted by Beth Henley from her own Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Crimes of the Heart stars Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek as the Magrath sisters ...

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Viewer Guide: “No Way Out” and “Styx”

July 30, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | NO WAY OUT This week’s classic is No Way Out, the 1987 political thriller directed by Roger Donaldson. Set in Washington, D.C. during the waning years of the Cold War, No Way Out stars Kevin Costner in one of the breakout roles of his early career. Costner plays ...

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Viewer Guide: “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Vessel”

July 16, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN This week’s classic is The Magnificent Seven, the 1960 action-adventure Western directed by John Sturges. An adaptation of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 art house hit Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven transplants the story’s setting from Japan to a Mexican village not far from the ...

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Viewer Guide: The Man in the White Suit and Rabbit Hole

June 15, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT This week’s classic is The Man in the White Suit, the 1951 film noir satire directed by Alexander Mackendrick. The Man in the White Suit takes its inspiration from the postwar era’s boom in scientific invention, as the vast gains made from wartime ...

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Viewer Guide: The Good German and Carol

June 9, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE GOOD GERMAN This week’s classic is The Good German, the World War II romantic drama from 2006 based on the novel by Joseph Kanon directed by Steven Soderbergh. Both an homage and an update on World War II genre classics like Casablanca and The Third Man, The Good ...

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