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  • Love Story ▶ Yes please
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For Love of the Game (1999)

I love Sam Raimi and I love baseball, but I was surprised to discover that Raimi's For Love of the Game (1999) is more of a weepy melodrama than a sports film, more "love" than "game." Kevin Costner stars as veteran Detroit Tigers pitcher Billy Chapel, now forty and considering the news that owner Gary Wheeler (Brian Cox) is selling the team; Billy's contract will likely not be renewed under the new owners, so perhaps it's time to retire? At the same time, his girlfriend Jane (Kelly Preston) stood him up for a date and has informed him that she's moving away. So the story is centered on the mound, in a game against the Yankees, while Billy ponders all this. He flashes back to his first meeting with Jane, their growing relationship, meeting her daughter (a striking young Jena Malone), and his own celebrity. Slowly, over the course of several innings, it becomes apparent that Billy is pitching a perfect game. For baseball fans, this stuff is exciting, especially given Billy's special relationship with sad-sack catcher Gus Sinski (John C. Reilly); he talks to himself and chooses each pitch as if it were an epic poem. But this is a long film (2 hours and 18 minutes), and most of it is dedicated to the goopy relationship stuff, which is absolutely routine and static, showing nothing of Raimi's usually kinetic style of filmmaking. Even a career-threatening accident — Billy getting his pitching hand caught in a bandsaw! — is tastefully sidestepped. (Only a small role by Raimi's brother Ted indicates that he's behind the camera at all.) Yet as it finished up, I found that the movie crossed home plate and won me over. Legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully appears as himself. read more...
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For Love of the Game (1999)

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  • With: Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly, Jena Malone, Brian Cox, Vin Scully, Steve Lyons, J.K. Simmons, Michael Papajohn, William Newman, Bill E. Rogers, Bob Sheppard, Daniel Dae Kim, Greer Barnes, Larry Joshua, Ted Raimi
  • Written by: Dana Stevens, based on a novel by Michael Shaara
  • Directed by: Sam Raimi
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexuality
  • Running Time: 137 minutes
  • Release Date: 06/12/2018
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The High Note (2020)

Director Nisha Ganatra's follow up to her Late Night (2019) contains a similar dynamic — the female relationship between a newcomer and an established professional in the entertainment industry — suggesting an interesting pattern. But The High Note is no carbon copy; Ganatra's style allows for an easy, lightweight entertainment while still focusing on organic, three-dimensional characters. Moreover, the film's portrayal of the music biz feels authentic, which is rarer in these kinds of films than one might imagine. Dakota Johnson stars as Maggie, the harried assistant to pop diva Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross), fetching her power drinks and personal things from the pharmacy. Maggie dreams of being a producer, while Grace wishes to do some new material, rather than the greatest-hits shows she has been doing. Meanwhile, her manager, Jack (Ice Cube, in a hilarious role-reversal), pushes her to take a long-term Las Vegas residence. And Maggie discovers the silken-voiced David (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) and begins working with him, not telling Grace about her extracurricular activities. Of course, it all comes to a head, but in a smooth, respectful way. The best part is that neither woman has to be knocked down to size, as in movies like The Devil Wears Prada, but rather, they wind up supporting each other. Bill Pullman co-stars, great in a lovely sequence, but Zoe Chao plays a fairly typical "best friend" character, whose only concern is Maggie's happiness. Star Ross is actually the daughter of Diana, and she makes her singing debut here, with a pretty catchy song, "Love Myself." read more...
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The High Note (2020)

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  • With: Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Zoe Chao, Ice Cube, June Diane Raphael, Deniz Akdeniz, Bill Pullman, Eddie Izzard, Diplo, Eugene Cordero, Marc Evan Jackson
  • Written by: Flora Greeson
  • Directed by: Nisha Ganatra
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some strong language, and suggestive references
  • Running Time: 113 minutes
  • Release Date: 05/29/2020
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Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

Star Trek fans know the secret code: even-numbered movies are good and odd-numbered movies are bad. Some fans will argue that Star Trek: The Motion Picture holds up extremely well as a surprisingly thoughtful and imaginative film, or that Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is inseparable from the beloved Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. But overall, the code holds true. Indeed, the new film and number 10 in the series, Star Trek: Nemesis, far surpasses its predecessor, the incredibly stupid Star Trek: Insurrection. On the other hand, the new film also bucks the code with its oddly unengaging presentation. read more...
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Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

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  • With: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden, Tom Hardy, Ron Perlman
  • Written by: John Logan, from a story by Logan, Rick Berman and Brent Spiner
  • Directed by: Stuart Baird
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and peril and a scene of sexual content
  • Running Time: 116 minutes
  • Release Date: 12/08/2002
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Sabrina (1954)

Sabrina is something of a conundrum for me. It's not a totally successful movie by any means. Writer-director Billy Wilder was unable to reasonably solve the love triangle between Hepburn and her two much older suitors (Humphrey Bogart and William Holden), neither of which was any prize to begin with. Yet, it's a perfect Audrey Hepburn vehicle, with her role as a chauffeur's daughter living over the garage of a huge mansion, and dreamily gazing at its opulent backyard parties. She knows -- and we know -- that she really belongs in one of them, twirling away in some fantastic dress. She sends the customers away with a warm, satisfied feeling. read more...
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Sabrina (1954)

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  • With: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Walter Hampden, John Williams, Martha Hyer, Joan Vohs, Marcel Dalio, Marcel Hillaire, Nella Walker, Francis X. Bushman, Ellen Corby
  • Written by: Billy Wilder, Samuel A. Taylor, Ernest Lehman, based on a play by Samuel A. Taylor
  • Directed by: Billy Wilder
  • MPAA Rating: Not Rated
  • Running Time: 113 minutes
  • Release Date: 09/08/1954
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Canyon Passage (1946)

After making his mark with three black-and-white horror masterworks under producer Val Lewton at RKO, director Jacques Tourneur went over to Universal to make this full-color Western, and the results are not quite what I expected. Canyon Passage isn't exactly dynamic, but it is at least rich in mood and texture. While it contains very few traditional Western sequences, the total of its parts still feels quite satisfying. It's based on a novel by Ernest Haycox — whose short story also provided the basis for Stagecoach — and Tourneur and screenwriter Ernest Pascal do a fine job of compressing the story's nuances into its cinematic tapestry. read more...
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Canyon Passage (1946)

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  • With: Dana Andrews, Brian Donlevy, Susan Hayward, Patricia Roc, Ward Bond, Hoagy Carmichael, Fay Holden, Stanley Ridges, Lloyd Bridges, Andy Devine, Victor Cutler, Rose Hobart, Halliwell Hobbes, James Cardwell, Onslow Stevens
  • Written by: Ernest Pascal, based on a novel by Ernest Haycox
  • Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 92 minutes
  • Release Date: 07/17/1946
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