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Viewer Guide: Awakenings and This Must Be the Place

May 1, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | AWAKENINGS This week’s classic is Awakenings, the 1990 adaptation of neurologist Oliver Sacks’ memoir of the same name, directed by Penny Marshall. Set in 1969, Awakenings offers a fictionalized account of Oliver Sacks’ early career, and his breakthrough treatment of patients still suffering from the devastating effects of ...


Viewer Guide: The China Syndrome and Sucker

April 24, 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 of ...


Bulletin Board: The Hottest August & Open to the World

April 23, 2020 | Harris Pacey

The Hottest August In Brett Story’s silently harrowing The Hottest August, the documentarian goes to all five New York City  boroughs in August 2017 and interviews people about the summer heat and climate change. Eschewing the didacticism of other documentaries about climate change that are more interested in possible solutions, the ...


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 ...


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 ...


Bulletin Board: The Whistlers and Breakdown

April 9, 2020 | Harris Pacey

The Whistlers 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 ...


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

April 3, 2020 | Harris Pacey

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 ...


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

March 27, 2020 | Harris Pacey

Bacurau 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 ...


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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