BLOW OUT
1981, Park Circus/MGM, 107 min, Dir: Brian De Palma

John Travolta gives one of his best performances as Jack Terry, a sound-effects man in the wrong place at the wrong time, who accidentally records a fatal car crash that might be a hushed-up political assassination. Combining forces with escort Sally (Nancy Allen) - an eyewitness with an, er, intimate knowledge of the crash - Jack begins piecing together the whitewashed incident, even as his and Sally’s lives become increasingly endangered. A brashly stylish reflection on the corruption of American patriotism and politics from director Brian De Palma. With John Lithgow.


HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS
1987, Universal, 110 min, USA, Dir: William Dear

For decades, people have scoured the Pacific Northwest in search of Bigfoot and come up empty-handed…until George Henderson (John Lithgow) accidentally hits one of the creatures with his car. Discovering that “Harry” is a gentle giant, George tries to return him to the wilderness before a hunter (David Suchet) can get to him. An Oscar winner for Rick Baker’s makeup work, this amusing family fantasy spun off a syndicated TV sitcom. With Melinda Dillon, Don Ameche and M. Emmet Walsh.


INTERSTELLAR
2014, Paramount, 169 min, USA, Dir: Christopher Nolan

In the not-too-distant future, life on Earth can no longer sustain itself. It’s up to pilot-turned farmer-turned-astronaut Matthew McConaughey (with an assist from scientist Anne Hathaway) to head into space to look for new worlds to inhabit. Combining family drama with eye-popping visuals and mind-expanding philosophical inquiry, Nolan’s sci-fi epic is one of the few films that not only invites but earns comparison with 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.


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