“Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.” Bob Feller
A new game is starting this weekend at the movies, one in which a baseball legend takes on a big-time movie star. Can the starry success built upon the Jackie Robinson biopic, “42” send Tom Cruise into that great, big movie-style “Oblivion?” Will “The Croods” cruise past the Cruise (who’s contending with the consequences of a long-ago alien attack) on their way to a long, happy life at the box office? And just where do the “Evil Dead” fit into all this lively action? Do the producers of the failing “Scary Movie 5” have more to fear (beside bad reviews and tepid ticket sales?) Then there’s “G.I. Joe,” who is clearly too busy for “Retaliation” thanks to his booming toy, comic and media franchises. Are his days among the Box Office Top 5 numbered?
America’s favorite pastime or abject alienation? How about artistic animation? Is there time for frightful franchises or the devious dead when there’s so much to live for cinematically?
From seaside days to starry nights, the movie landscape continues to look legendary and bright…