BEGGARS OF LIFE
1928, Kino Lorber, 100 min, USA, Dir: William A. Wellman

Rough-and-tumble writer Jim Tully’s autobiography served as the basis for what many consider Louise Brooks’ best American film. She plays a young woman who kills her abusive stepfather and hits the road (in the company of Richard Arlen) hoping to make it to safety in Canada. Wallace Beery delivers a memorable performance as hobo Oklahoma Red in this beautifully shot silent.


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.


TWISTER
1996, Warner Bros., 113 min, USA, Dir: Jan de Bont

Though on the brink of divorce, husband-and-wife meteorologists Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt work together to test a new storm-warning system, braving some of the most destructive tornados in movie history as they try to stay a step ahead of rival storm chaser Cary Elwes. Oscar-nominated special effects send cows flying through the air and buildings tumbling to the ground in this blockbuster helmed by action specialist Jan de Bont and co-written by Michael Crichton.


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