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In the midst of March Madness and with the Kentucky Derby around the corner, the first pitch of baseball season is almost here.
A quote from Field Of Dreams best describes America’s national pastime, “The one constant throughout the years has been baseball.”
To mark the start of the 2016 season, here’s our list of the Best Baseball movies.
Considered by some to be the best baseball movie ever, the film celebrates its 40th anniversary this month (April 7, 1976). In an article from the NY Daily News, one line reads, “It is a movie that someone like the late Philip Seymour Hoffman called his favorite, and one which resonates on many levels today, with all different generations.”
Who are we to argue with greatness?
- Movie Geeks
Stars: Bruce Willis, Kellan Lutz, Gina Carano, D.B. Sweeney, Joshua Mikel, Steve Coulter, Dan Bilzerian, Heather Johansen, Roman Mitichyan, Christopher Rob Bowen, Rob Steinberg, Lydia Hull, Tyler Jon Olson | Written by Max Adams, Umair Aleem | Directed by Steven C. Miller
I have a love/hate relationship with Bruce Willis these days. On the one hand he stars in films I love such as the Red, G.I. Joe and The Expendables; and on the other he appears in direct to market dross like The Prince, Set-Up and Vice. Now don’t get me wrong, some of the direct to DVD titles Willis has appeared in are pretty good, Fire With Fire for example, but he’s been batting way below average on the Dtv front recently.
- Phil Wheat
Amazon Studios’ first original movie, “Chi-Raq” from Spike Lee, is now available for streaming to Prime members at no extra cost. And so far, the film has generated a polarizing response from Amazon users.
The movie, about endemic violence in inner-city Chicago, currently has a 2.7 out of 5 rating on Amazon, with 44% of users giving it one star. On the other hand, 30% of reviewers gave “Chi-Raq” five stars, including one who called the film “a blisteringly urgent modern masterpiece.”
Variety‘s Justin Chang called the movie “blunt, didactic and stronger on conceptual audacity than dramatic coherence,” adding that it “is still the most vital, lived-in work in some time” from Spike Lee. “Chi-Raq” has an 82% critics’ rating and 54% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Amazon gave “Chi-Raq” a limited theatrical release Dec. 4, in order to qualify for Academy Awards consideration. But the movie — with a cast of prominent African-American actors — did not earn any Oscar nods. »
- Todd Spangler
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Jack Black plays author R.L. Stine in this monster family hit, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD January 26. The "spook-tacular" special features include an alternate opening and ending, deleted scenes, a blooper reel, and a casting gallery. There are also two new featurettes -- "Beginners Guide to Surviving a Goosebumps Creature" and "Strange Things are Happening...On-Set" -- with actors Dylan Minette and Ryan Lee. Blu-ray exclusives include "All About Slappy" and a "Creaturefied!" featurette with makeup FX artist Steve Prouty demonstrating how to become your favorite Goosebumps creature.
Spike Lee's clever modern-day adaptation of the Greek play "Lysistrata" comes out on DVD »
- Gina Carbone
4 items from 2016
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