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Viewer Guide: “Gaslight” and “Miss Stevens”

August 17, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | GASLIGHT This week’s double feature begins with Gaslight, the 1944 psychological thriller directed by George Cukor.  Gaslight stars Ingrid Bergman in her first Oscar-winning performance as Paula Alquist, a troubled young woman struggling to recover from the shock of discovering the body of her aunt, a famous ...

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Viewer Guide: “All The President’s Men” and “The Hero”

August 3, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN This week’s double feature begins with All the President’s Men, the 1976 political thriller directed by Alan J. Pakula.  With June 2022 having marked the 50th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, and now in the midst of the January 6th hearings, it’s perhaps ...

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Viewer Guide: “Christmas in Connecticut” and “The Pier”

July 27, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT  This week it’s Christmas in July on Reel 13, with the 1945 romantic comedy Christmas in Connecticut, directed by Peter Godfrey.  Barbara Stanwyck stars as Elizabeth Lane, a food writer whose column in “Smart Housekeeping” magazine has her legion of readers salivating for her ...

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Viewer Guide: “A Star is Born” and “Once Upon a River”

July 19, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | A STAR IS BORN This week’s double feature begins with A Star is Born, the 1954 musical drama directed by George Cukor.  Produced by Judy Garland’s third husband Sid Luft, A Star is Born was conceived as Garland’s high profile comeback vehicle after her four year absence ...

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Viewer Guide: “Ocean’s 11” and “Made in Belfast”

July 13, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | OCEAN'S 11 This week’s double feature begins with Oceans 11, the original comic crime caper directed by Lewis Milestone.  By the time of Oceans 11’s release in 1960, Frank Sinatra was very much the embodiment of his nickname, “The Chairman of the Board,” the true kingpin of ...

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Viewer Guide: “Akeelah and the Bee” and “The Immigrant”

July 6, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | AKEELAH AND THE BEE  This week’s double feature begins with Akeelah and the Bee, a 2006 coming of age drama written and directed by Doug Atchison.  In a breakout performance, Keke Palmer stars as Akeelah Anderson, an 11-year-old living in South Central Los Angeles, whose poor school ...

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Viewer Guide: “The Ladykillers” and “Rose Plays Julie”

June 14, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR This week’s double feature begins with The Ladykillers, the classic 1955 black comedy from London’s Ealing Studios, directed by Alexander Mackendrick.  The “lady” in peril of the film’s title is Mrs. Louisa Wilberforce, a kindly but obstinate widow portrayed in a delightful performance ...

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Viewer Guide: “The Thomas Crown Affair” and “Jack Goes Boating”

May 16, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR This week’s double feature begins with The Thomas Crown Affair, the 1968 crime caper directed by Norman Jewison.  Steve McQueen stars in the title role as a suave but bored multi-millionaire with a daredevil streak, whose restlessness leads him to dabble in the ...

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Viewer Guide: “Father of the Bride” and “Lion”

May 9, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | FATHER OF THE BRIDE This week’s double feature begins with Father of the Bride, the 1950 comedy directed by Vincente Minnelli.  In one of the great comic roles of his late MGM career, Spencer Tracy stars as Stanley Banks, a lawyer living in midcentury suburban tranquility with ...

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