BIG FISH
2003, Sony Pictures, 120 min, Dir: Tim Burton

In the heartwarming BIG FISH, director Tim Burton brings his inimitable imagination on a journey that delves deep into a fabled relationship between a father and his son. Edward Bloom (Albert Finney) has always been a teller of tall-tales about his oversized life as a young man (Ewan McGregor), when his wanderlust led him on an unlikely journey from a small-town in Alabama, around the world and back again. His mythic exploits dart from the delightful to the delirious as he weaves epic tales about giants, blizzards, a witch and conjoined-twin lounge singers. With his larger-than-life stories, Bloom charms almost everyone he encounters except his estranged son, Will (Billy Crudup). When his mother (Jessica Lange) tries to reunite them, Will must learn how to separate fact from fiction as he comes to terms with his father's great feats and great failings.


THE IMPOSSIBLE
LO IMPOSIBLE
2012, Lionsgate, 114 min, Spain/USA, Dir: J.A. Bayona

Just after Christmas in 2004, a tsunami swept across the Indian Ocean killing more than 200,000 people; this riveting drama brings a personal focus to one of the deadliest natural disasters in history. Henry (Ewan McGregor) and Maria Bennett (Naomi Watts, in an Oscar-nominated performance) are vacationing in Thailand with their three kids when the tidal wave separates them; as oldest son Lucas (Tom Holland in a terrific debut) struggles to get his severely injured mother to a hospital, Henry scours the devastated area in a desperate search for them.


BLACK HAWK DOWN
2001, Sony Repertory, 143 min, USA, Dir: Ridley Scott

This true story of the Battle of Mogadishu, the longest sustained ground battle involving American soldiers since the Vietnam War, earned Oscars for Best Editing and Sound. An elite force of 120 American Delta units and Ranger infantry were dropped into Mogadishu on October 3, 1993, to abduct two lieutenants of the Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. Instead, two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters were shot down, resulting in a 15-hour battle that left 19 Americans and hundreds of Somalis dead. With Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor and Tom Sizemore.


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