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 ...


Viewer Guide: Sense and Sensibility and The Maiden Heist

February 7, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | SENSE AND SENSIBILITY This week’s classic is Sense and Sensibility from 1995, a delightful adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved first novel scripted by Emma Thompson and directed by Ang Lee. Emma Thompson co-stars with Kate Winslet as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, devoted yet very different sisters who find ...


Viewer Guide: Gattaca and Breakable You

January 24, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | GATTACA This week’s classic is Gattaca, a 1997 a science fiction drama directed by Andrew Niccol. Set in the unspecified future, Ethan Hawke plays Vincent Freeman, smart and ambitious, yet also seriously underemployed, working as a janitor at the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation, a space travel conglomerate launching missions ...


Viewer Guide: In the Heat of the Night and Glassland

January 17, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT This week’s classic is In the Heat of the Night, the 1967 crime drama murder mystery directed by Norman Jewison. Flanked by the release of To Sir, With Love and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, In the Heat of the Night was ...



January 10, 2020 | Katelin Levy

France’s selection for the 2020 Academy Award® for Best International Feature Film, and a sensation at the Cannes International Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize, LES MISÉRABLES opened today at Angelika Film Center. Inspired by the 2005 riots in Paris, LES MISÉRABLES follows Stéphane (Damien Bonnard), a recent transplant ...


Viewer Guide: The China Syndrome and The Ides of March

January 10, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE CHINA SYNDROME This week’s classic is The China Syndrome, the 1979 dramatic thriller directed by James Bridges. America’s simmering post-war anxiety over the safety of nuclear power reached a boiling point with this unexpectedly prescient “what if” scenario. In an Oscar-nominated performance, Jane Fonda stars in one ...


Viewer Guide: A River Runs Through It and The Other Boleyn Girl

December 27, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT This week’s classic is A River Runs Through It, a 1992 drama directed by Robert Redford. Adapted from the 1976 autobiographical novella by Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It stars Craig Sheffer as Maclean, with Brad Pitt in an early career breakout ...


Viewer Guide: Love Story and Reign Over Me

December 20, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | LOVE STORY This week’s classic is Love Story, the 1970 romantic drama written by Erich Segal and directed by Arthur Hiller. Released in late 1970, in its own subtle way Love Story signaled the beginnings of a cultural shift from the turbulent 60s into the start of an ...


Viewer Guide: Angel on My Shoulder and This Must Be the Place

December 13, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | ANGEL ON MY SHOULDER The classic this week is the fantasy drama Angel on My Shoulder from 1946 starring Paul Muni as a gangster who is killed and whose spirit in then placed by the devil, played by Claude Rains, in the body of a lookalike – ...


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