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.


MOULIN ROUGE!
2001, 20th Century Fox, 127 min, USA, Dir: Baz Luhrmann

Director Baz Luhrmann’s phantasmagorical musical has been hailed as one of the most visually inventive and wildly kinetic films in recent memory for its mixture of turn-of-the-century Parisian nightlife, late-20th-century pop music (beautifully performed in the film by lovers Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor) and astonishingly ornate production and costume design, courtesy of Oscar winner Catherine Martin. With John Leguizamo as pint-sized painter Toulouse-Lautrec.


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