REEL 13 BLOG

Viewer Guide: Fail-Safe and Men Go to Battle

April 17, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | FAIL-SAFE This week’s classic is Fail-Safe, the 1964 “what if” dramatic thriller directed by Sidney Lumet. With the Cold War between America and the Soviet Union well into a deep freeze by the early 60s, national anxiety about the uncontrolled proliferation of nuclear weapons reached a fever pitch ...

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Viewer Guide: A Man for All Seasons and Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

April 10, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS  This week’s classic is A Man for All Seasons, the 1966 historical drama directed by Fred Zinnemann. Adapted by screenwriter Robert Bolt from his own acclaimed 1960 play, A Man for All Seasons famously recounts the legendary battle of wills between King Henry ...

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Bulletin Board: The Whistlers and Breakdown

April 9, 2020 | Harris Pacey

The Whistlers https://www.thewhistlersfilm.com/tickets/ Indie film lovers can continue to rent movies from home and support indie theaters during the pandemic. Corneliu Prumboiu, the Romanian New Wave director known for his droll comedies like When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism and The Treasure that probe daily Romanian life after the fall of ...

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Bulletin Board: Never Rarely Sometimes Always and Jane Fonda in Five Acts

April 3, 2020 | Harris Pacey

Never Rarely Sometimes Always https://www.focusfeatures.com/never-rarely-sometimes-always After having its theatrical run cut short, Eliza Hittman’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always can now be rented at home. The director of indie films It Felt Like Love and Beach Rats, critically acclaimed for their naturalism and delicacy in their depiction of young adults, Hittman’s film is ...

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Bulletin Board: Bacurau, In Transit, Joel Calls Indie Film Type Dudes

March 27, 2020 | Harris Pacey

Bacurau https://www.kinolorber.com/film/view/id/3721 With all New York area theaters closed due to COVID, the movie theaters are now coming to you. Bacurau, the critically-acclaimed Brazilian film from directors Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles, was scheduled to be released this month, but distributor Kino Lorber decided to launch Kino Marquee to allow viewers ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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