APOLLO 13
1995, Universal, 140 min, USA, Dir: Ron Howard

“Houston, we have a problem.” An oxygen tank explosion turns what was expected to be a routine lunar mission in 1970 into a race for survival in this acclaimed real-life drama. Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton play astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise, who narrowly averted disaster with assistance from NASA’s Mission Control Center. With meticulous attention to detail, APOLLO 13 earned nine Oscar nominations, with wins for Best Film Editing and Best Sound. Gary Sinise, Ed Harris and Kathleen Quinlan costar.


BOWFINGER
1999, Universal, 97 min, USA, Dir: Frank Oz

Muppet master Frank Oz teams Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy in this hilarious look at movie-biz bottom-feeders. Bobby Bowfinger (Martin) is one of those, a wannabe producer convinced his sci-fi script would be a smash if only famed actor Kit Ramsey (Murphy) was in it. The solution to his problem: Shoot the film around the action star without his knowledge. With Heather Graham.


PELÉ: BIRTH OF A LEGEND
2016, IFC Films, 107 min, Dir: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist

An icon in his native Brazil, Pelé is widely considered the greatest soccer player of all time, and this exciting biopic traces his rise from childhood poverty in São Paulo to the beginning of his career with the Santos team and first World Cup victory in 1958. Newcomers Leonardo Lima Carvalho and Kevin de Paula play the pre-teen and teenage Pelé, respectively, with Vincent D’Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro and Diego Boneta costarring.


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