Amy Adams delights in ‘Trouble With the Curve’

Amy Adams and Clint Eastwood are daughter and father in 'Trouble with the Curve'
Amy Adams and Clint Eastwood are daughter and father in ‘Trouble with the Curve’

[rating=3]Starring:  Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Matthew Lillard and Joe Massingill
Director(s):  George Lorenz
Writer(s):  Randy Brown

Any serious baseball fan knows the names Ferguson Jenkins and Mike Schmidt, both members of the Hall of Fame.  Few if any know the name of Tony Lucadello, but without him, they’d have never heard of Jenkins or Schmidt.  He was the baseball scout who signed both players to their first contract.

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Clint Eastwood’s ‘Mystic River’ is richly performed, beautifully executed

Kevin Bacon in 'Mystic River'
Kevin Bacon in ‘Mystic River’

[rating=3]Starring: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney
Director(s): Clint Eastwood
Writer(s): Screenplay by Brian Helgeland; Based upon the novel by Dennis Lehane

Deeply nuanced performances breathe reality into the film’s somewhat tried plot devices, and ultimately overshadow a director’s visible manipulation and a studio’s heavy handed marketing to deliver an intensely satisfying film.

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