Viewer Guide: The Handmaid’s Tale and The Dynamiter

March 27, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE HANDMAID'S TALE This week’s classic is The Handmaid's Tale, the original 1990 film adaptation of the dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, directed by Volker Schlöndorff. Margaret Atwood preferred to call her 1985 novel a work of “speculative fiction” rather than one of science fiction—implying that all the ...


Viewer Guide: Hollow Triumph and This Must Be the Place

March 20, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | HOLLOW TRIUMPH This week’s classic is Hollow Triumph, the 1948 film noir directed by Steve Sekely. After his back to back successes in 1942 with Now, Voyager and Casablanca, Austrian-born actor Paul Henreid found himself boxed in by the Hollywood studio system, eager to find more challenging roles ...


Viewer Guide: Legally Blonde and Ladies in Black

March 13, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | LEGALLY BLONDE This week’s classic is Legally Blonde, the 2001 romantic comedy directed by Robert Luketic. Starring Reese Witherspoon in one of her career signature roles, Legally Blonde also gives Hollywood’s obsession with quote/unquote “dumb blonde” a refreshing update with a welcome feminist spin. Witherspoon plays Elle Woods, ...


New York International Children’s Film Festival 2020

March 10, 2020 | Katelin Levy

New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF), North America’s largest film festival for children and teens, continues its 23rd edition through March 15, 2020. This year’s slate includes new animated, live action, and documentary features, alongside short film collections. During March 14-15 several movie theatres -- SVA Theatre, IFC Center, and the ...


Kelly Reichardt’s FIRST COW Opens March 6th

March 6, 2020 | Elana Marcus

First Cow, the new A24 film from minimalist director Kelly Reichardt, will open on March 6th at the Angelika Film Center and AMC Lincoln Square. Q&A sessions with Reichardt will follow certain screenings at both locations on March 6th and 7th. Set in rural Oregon (like many of Reichardt’s previous ...


Kantemir Balagov’s BEANPOLE at BAM through March 11

March 2, 2020 | Katelin Levy

The acclaimed Russian post-WWII drama Beanpole, directed by 28-year-old Kantemir Balagov — who won Un Certain Regard’s Best Director prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival for this “richly burnished, occasionally harrowing rendering of the persistent scars of war” — is still screening at the Film Forum in Manhattan through ...


Viewer Guide: The Guns of Navarone and The Carer

February 28, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE GUNS OF NAVARONE This week’s classic is The Guns of Navarone, the 1961 World War 2 action adventure drama directed by J. Lee Thompson. Although a work of fiction, The Guns of Navarone was inspired by the actual wartime conflict in the Aegean Sea, and opens with ...


Viewer Guide: And Justice For All and The Calling

February 21, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | AND JUSTICE FOR ALL This week’s classic is And Justice For All, a 1979 drama directed by Norman Jewison. In one of his most memorable, signature roles, Al Pacino stars as Arthur Kirkland, a passionate Baltimore defense lawyer who, despite the corruption and chaos swirling around him, is ...


Viewer Guide: Love Affair and Before Midnight

February 14, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | LOVE AFFAIR This week’s classic is Love Affair, the 1994 romantic drama directed by Glenn Gordon Caron. Beginning with its retro-style opening credits and cabaret star Bobby Short’s jaunty rendition of a 1920s pop tune, Love Affair seems like a glossy studio picture from an earlier time; that’s ...


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