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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Viewer Guide: The Man in the White Suit and Rabbit Hole

June 15, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT This week’s classic is The Man in the White Suit, the 1951 film noir satire directed by Alexander Mackendrick. The Man in the White Suit takes its inspiration from the postwar era’s boom in scientific invention, as the vast gains made from wartime ...


Viewer Guide: The Good German and Carol

June 9, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE GOOD GERMAN This week’s classic is The Good German, the World War II romantic drama from 2006 based on the novel by Joseph Kanon directed by Steven Soderbergh. Both an homage and an update on World War II genre classics like Casablanca and The Third Man, The Good ...


Viewer Guide: The Last Picture Show and Love & Mercy

May 26, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE LAST PICTURE SHOW       Tonight’s classic is The Last Picture Show, from 1971, directed by Peter Bogdanovich. Set in the early 1950s in Texas, the film was based on Larry McMurtry’s semi-autobiographical 1966 novel. McMurtry and Bogdanovich adapted the story for the screen. The film follows a group ...


Viewer Guide: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Brothers Bloom

May 19, 2021 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS This week’s classic is Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the 1988 crime caper comedy directed by Frank Oz. In the most charming role of his mid-career, Michael Caine stars as Lawrence Jamieson, a self-described widowed prince living in glamorous exile on the French Riviera, yet still secretly helping ...


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