What is it: Based on the events of the Apollo 13 lunar mission, astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) find everything going according to plan after leaving Earth's orbit. However, when an oxygen tank explodes, the scheduled moon landing is called off. Subsequent tensions within the crew and numerous technical problems threaten both the astronauts' survival and their safe return to Earth.
Why I should watch it: Whether you are familiar with the events of the Apollo 13 mission or not, "Apollo 13" tells an important story in history. This is arguably Ron Howard's best drama, and the entire cast is phenomenal.
What's in it: PG for language and emotional intensity, "Apollo 13" is OK for ages 12+. The language in this movie is very heavy for a PG rating, with a handful of strong curse words and mild profanity throughout the whole movie. Aside from the language, this movie is based on the true story of the Apollo 13 mission and the peril these men faced is portrayed on screen with such intensity that some might be frightened.
Fun tidbit: Ron Howard liked to refer to his stars as "actronauts" on the shoot.
What reviewers say: "What makes "Apollo 13" such a remarkable film, however, is that it relates in intricate detail the ingenuity of this teamwork without sacrificing the human side of the story. It also manages to re-create the period quite satisfactorily while never really feeling dated. Hanks is terrific as Lovell but the film is very much an ensemble effort, and Paxton, Bacon and Gary Sinise as fellow astronaut Ken Mattingly, who was scrubbed from the mission but became a key player in the rescue, are equally fine." - ChrisHicks
Where can I find it: "Apollo 13" is available to rent or own from Amazon Instant Video and iTunes.