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When I recall “Apollo 13” (1995), I envision a scene where Cmdr. Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks) gazes out the window of his space capsule at a lunar surface he longs to touch but can’t due to his wounded ship. When I go back and re-watch the film, the scene is shorter and less poignant. As a filmmaker, Ron Howard has a way of taking things that happened and making them seem more like we want to remember (or imagine). It’s a gift and a curse, because Howard is snickered at by some who live a more ironic life. Pity them.

Hey, Frank Sinatra made World War II movies – why not Jon Bon Jovi? The younger New Jersey pop star plays a supporting role in “U-571” (2000), in which a group of American submarine sailors carry out a secret mission against the Germans. The Yanks – and the movie, for that matter – are led by untested skipper Matthew McConaughey. Not to worry, because Harvey Keitel, David Keith and Bill Paxton are there to lend ballast to the neophyte leading man. The film is boilerplate war movie stuff – ragtag bunch faces adversity, yada, yada – and (spoiler alert) we all know how WWII ends.

It’s been 21 years since “Twister” (1996) came out and it is amazing how dated the special effects are. With all the computer-generated crap flying at the screen, it is like watching one of today’s bad 3-D movies. And I really liked this movie when it came out. It’s a big sloppy mess of a tornado-chasing action flick, with added bonuses of Helen Hunt in a tank top, Van Halen on the soundtrack and Philip Seymour Hoffman in a scenery-chewing supporting role. And I am a big fan of master storm hunter Bill Paxton (he doesn’t make a bad movie).