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Viewer Guide: “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “Chronic”

October 20, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK This week’s classic is Good Night, and Good Luck, the 2005 docudrama directed by George Clooney.  Taking its title from the signature broadcast sign-off of pioneering journalist Edward R. Murrow, Good Night, and Good Luck opens at a 1958 TV & Radio news association dinner where Murrow gave his famous “wires and ...

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Viewer Guide: “Ghosts of Mississippi” and “Once Upon a River”

October 15, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI  This week’s classic is Ghosts of Mississippi, the 1996 docudrama directed by Rob Reiner.  Dramatizing events during the three decade, on-and-off investigation of the assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, Ghosts of Mississippi opens with Evers’ 1963 shooting in Jackson, Mississippi, by white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith, played by James ...

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Viewer Guide: “Mystic Pizza” and “Styx”

October 6, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | MYSTIC PIZZA This week’s classic is the 1988 romantic comedy-drama Mystic Pizza, marking the feature film directorial debut of Donald Petrie.  With its female coming of age tale set in the fishing village of Mystic, Connecticut, Mystic Pizza shifted the film careers of its three then relatively unknown leading ladies into ...

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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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