Ron Howard’s “Apollo 13” a Chronicle of Bravery

Director Ron Howard chronicles the night the lights went out in orbit in Apollo 13 (B+), a powerful drama about a NASA disaster with a strong cast including Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton as astronauts in trouble and Gary Sinese and Ed Harris back in command center. The James Horner music is strong, with haunting vocals by Annie Lennox. Although character development could have been tighter, it is exciting and authentic and proves Howard has the right stuff.