Angels in the Outfield
8 10 12
Angels in the Outfield tells the story of the down-on-their-luck California Angels baseball team, which gets a little help from above after a kid who wants to be closer to his father prays for the team to play better. Next thing you know, angels begin helping the players perform spectacular feats on the diamond. There’s also a recent football version of this movie: It’s called Tebow in the Backfield: The Story of the Denver Broncos’ 2011–12 season. Fun Fact: the film features appearances from several future stars, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Matthew McConaughey, and Adrien Brody.
7:30 10 12:30
You might think that a movie about a baseball team’s general manager wouldn’t be very entertaining, but you’d be wrong. Brad Pitt is at his finest as Billy Beane, the man behind the curtain for the Oakland Athletics. Beane’s trailblazing tenure has revolutionized the way Major League Baseball teams, analysts, and scouts look at statistics; he also introduced the word “sabermetrics” into every baseball fan’s vocabulary. Since the original book was published, the Oakland Athletics have made one trip to the playoffs and have three winning records in eight seasons. Way to let everyone in on your secret formula for success, Beane.
8 10 12
For those of you at all interested in sports, this was likely one of the first movies you ever saw. The Sandlot is a classic tale about a group of young boys growing up in 1962 who play baseball every day during the summer at a local sandlot. Things start to go awry when a baseball signed by the “Colossus of Clout” himself is lost to “the beast” and the boys resolve to get it back. The movie features so many memorable quotes and scenes – they couldn’t possibly all be listed here. Darth Vader is in this movie though, and that alone should be reason enough to see it.
Field of Dreams
8 10 12
“If you show it, they will come.” That must have been what the Activities Board was thinking when it made Field of Dreams the Sunday feature film. This 1989 fantasy-drama film is one of the all-time classic pieces of American cinema. Kevin Costner stars as Ray Kinsella, a farmer who hears a disembodied voice telling him to build a baseball diamond in his cornfield. A fantastic and well-told tale involving a reclusive author and the Chicago Black Sox scandal unfolds over the next 90 minutes of this heartwarming story. A must-see for every movie buff. Fun Fact: The real-life “Field” was sold for over $5 million in 2011.