October Sky (***) - October Sky is the kind of movie that the more of yourself you identify with the main character, the more you’ll enjoy it. Which is not to say that there’s not a lot to like in this movie - but it is a rather conventional one with all the requisite plot twists that anyone who habitually sees movie will see coming like an acquittal in the Senate.But I digress. Just like this young year’s Varsity Blues and She’s All That, we’ve seen this movie before or at least a variation of it. Small town boy with big dreams but overcome the standards of the town he lives in and his own family to breakout and realize his passion…yadda…yadda…yadda. Varsity Blues came up just a little short for me and She’s All That had a lot of good humor and heart and so does October Sky. All the performances are well handled and there are wise choices in handling the boy’s father. I think I actually learned more about coal mining than I did rockets and wish there was a little more information about some of their accomplishments, but the rocket scenes do take on a simple pleasure, bringing the viewer back perhaps to their own childhood with their sense of wonder.October Sky certainly isn’t a great movie, but a pleasant one, and one I can recommend - which, so far, in 1999, is a wonder in itself.