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Viewer Guide: “The Imitation Game” and “The Peanut Butter Falcon”

February 10, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | THE IMITATION GAME  This week’s double feature begins with The Imitation Game, the 2014 biographical drama directed by Morten Tyldum.  The Imitation Game offers a fictionalized account of Alan Turing, the British mathematician whose secret work to decipher the Nazi’s “Enigma” encryption machine proved to be instrumental ...


Viewer Guide: “Girl with a Pearl Earring” and “Once Upon A River”

January 25, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING This week’s double feature begins with Girl with a Pearl Earring, a 2003 historical romantic drama directed by Peter Webber.  Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Tracy Chevalier, Girl with a Pearl Earring time travels back to the Dutch city of ...


Viewer Guide: “The Artist” and “The Vessel”

January 19, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | THE ARTIST This week’s double feature begins with The Artist, a 2011 silent film comedy-drama, written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius.  Set in 1927, The Artist recounts a fable-like tale of the waning days of Hollywood’s silent era, produced in the style and with the technology of the period. With plot elements ...


Viewer Guide: “Singin’ in the Rain” and “My Week with Marilyn”

January 12, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN  This week’s double feature starts with Singin’ in the Rain, the beloved 1952 MGM musical spoof of Hollywood’s silent era, written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and co-directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen.  Set in 1927 during the waning days of “the roaring ...


Viewer Guide: “Anchors Aweigh” and “Lapsis”

January 5, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | ANCHORS AWEIGH This week’s double feature begins with Anchors Aweigh, the 1945 MGM musical directed by George Sidney, featuring special animation sequences by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.  Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra star as Joe Brady and Clarence “Brooklyn” Doolittle, a pair of World War II sailors ...


Viewer Guide: “The Misfits” and “The Impossible”

December 15, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE MISFITS This week’s classic is The Misfits, the 1961 drama directed by John Huston.  With a screenplay by playwright Arthur Miller, written to provide a dramatic showcase role for his then-wife Marilyn Monroe, The Misfits unexpectedly marked the final completed film of both Monroe and her co-star Clark Gable—and further ...


Viewer Guide: “Tender Mercies” and “Winter’s Bone”

December 8, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | TENDER MERCIES Tonight’s classic is Tender Mercies, the 1983 drama from a screenplay by Horton Foote, and directed by Bruce Beresford.  In his first Oscar-winning performance—after three prior nominations—Robert Duvall stars as Mac Sledge, a man who seems to be in the final stage of losing his battle ...


Viewer Guide: “Fiddler on the Roof” and “The Lincoln Lawyer”

November 17, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | FIDDLER ON THE ROOF This week’s classic is Fiddler on the Roof, the 1971 adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical based on the stories of Sholem Aleichem, adapted for the screen by Joseph Stein with a tuneful score of audience favorites by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, directed by Norman Jewison.  An ...


Viewer Guide: “Empire of the Sun” and “Big Eyes”

November 10, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | EMPIRE OF THE SUN This week’s classic is Empire of the Sun, the World War II epic adapted from J.G. Ballard’s autobiographical novel, directed by Steven Spielberg.  With a screenplay by Tom Stoppard, Empire of the Sun stars a 13-year-old Christian Bale in a career-making performance. Bale plays Jamie Graham, the ...


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