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Viewer Guide: “Dirty Dancing” and “Emperor”

April 20, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | DIRTY DANCING This week’s double feature begins with Dirty Dancing, the coming-of-age romantic drama directed by Emile Ardolino.  An enormous sleeper hit of 1987, Dirty Dancing takes a nostalgic trip back to the summer of 1963, before the seismic events of the decade would finally end the ...

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Viewer Guide: “Cabaret” and “Big Eyes”

April 13, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | CABARET This week’s double feature begins with Cabaret, the 1972 musical drama, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.   A groundbreaking classic in the evolution of the movie musical, Cabaret was adapted from the 1966 Broadway show with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, which ...

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Viewer Guide “Woman in Gold” and “Away from Her”

April 8, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | WOMAN IN GOLD Tonight’s double feature begins with Woman in Gold, the 2015 biographical drama directed by Simon Curtis.   The “woman in gold” referred to in the title is Gustav Klimt’s 1907 portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, a painting that became known as “Austria’s Mona Lisa.” However, the ...

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Viewer Guide: “Judy” and “The Founder”

March 23, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | JUDY This week’s double feature begins with Judy, the 2019 biopic of Judy Garland in her late career, directed by Rupert Goold.  With 2022 marking Judy Garland’s centennial year, Garland’s star still shines brightly in Hollywood’s pantheon of “golden age” icons, with a film legacy and life ...

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Viewer Guide: “The Impossible” and “Chronic”

March 15, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | THE IMPOSSIBLE This week’s double feature starts with the 2012 disaster drama The Impossible, a Spanish co-production directed by Juan Antonio Bayona.    Inspired by actual events, The Impossible offers a riveting account of one family’s harrowing experience during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which claimed the lives of nearly 228,000 people ...

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Viewer Guide: “The Outsiders” and “Rosie Plays Julie”

March 8, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | THE OUTSIDERS This week’s double feature begins with The Outsiders, a 1983 drama directed by Francis Ford Coppola.  Based on author S.E. Hinton’s groundbreaking young adult novel of the same name, The Outsiders is one of the seminal “brat pack” movies of the 1980s, featuring a cast ...

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Viewer Guide: “The Iron Lady” and “Hector”

February 22, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | THE IRON LADY This week’s double feature begins with The Iron Lady, the 2011 biographical drama on the life of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, directed by Phyllida Lloyd.  In her third Oscar-winning performance, Meryl Streep stars as Thatcher, one of the most polarizing figures of 20th ...

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Viewer Guide: “Casablanca” and “All Good Things”

February 22, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | CASABLANCA This week’s double feature begins with perhaps the most beloved American film of all time: Casablanca (1942). The screenplay, principally by Howard Koch and the uncredited Casey Robinson, was based on an unproduced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick’s by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison.  Alfred ...

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