Well folks, the NCAA season has come to a close and March Madness – which now extends into almost mid-April – is officially behind us. The University of Connecticut had what you might call a big week. First the men’s team beat Kentucky 60-54 this past Monday (our bracket was busted well before this) and then the women’s team took home their own trophy as they beat Notre Dame 79-58.
We’re not done with basketball quite yet, though. So we’ve put together some of our favorite movies about the sport, ranging from comedies to dramas to true-life stories. And of course there’s plenty of His Airness, Michael Jordan, both in a documentary about his career and in his starring turn opposite some animated supporting players who aren’t Dennis Rodman.
Between Will Ferrell as Jackie Moon, Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes trying to out-hustle (on and off the court) and Trey Parker and Matt Stone doing…whatever it is they’re doing, there are plenty of laughs here.
These movies feature some powerhouse performances from Nick Nolte, Denzel Washington and others as they examine the game and its impact on life, love and the integrity of the college basketball system.
Featuring the stirring stories of Texas Western coach, Don Haskins and his 1966 team, and the way Ken Carter inspired his 1999 Richmond, CA high school team to excel. These movies will bring out the emotions.
Whether you think he retired in 1999 or 2003 (both options are right, but one is more right) Jordan brought the game to a whole other level. That and he also saved the Looney Tunes from the evil plans of the Monstars.
Calling all knuckleheads! From the fiercely funny Farrelly Brothers (There’s Something About Mary) comes this contemporary take on the world’s most beloved classic comedy trio…The Three Stooges! Find the movie inNew Releases this week. This remake certainly brings the same great classic humor with a modern new twist.
In Movies, watch Will Ferrell in his first Spanish-language debut in Casa de mi Padre. Will Ferrell plays the son of a Mexican rancher who must save the family homestead from financial woes. In typical fashion, Farrell’s character takes things from bad to worse and is soon caught up in an ugly war with Mexico’s most feared drug lord. Oh and did we mention the whole movie is in Spanish with English subtitles?
In Collections & Sales, get more $5 movies in Own $5 Films featuring Thriller this week. There’s no better way to spend the evening than cowering beneath your blanket while watching Hell Night or The Girl Next Door.
The Gangster Squad: If anyone was wondering what 1987’s The Untouchables would look like if it were made today, The Gangster Squad just might be the answer. Instead of chasing Al Capone on the streets of 1920s Chicago, though, these cops are after Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) in the city of Los Angeles during the 40s and 50s. This first trailer shows a lot of Ryan Gosling, who reunites with his Crazy, Stupid Love romantic interest, Emma Stone, and nicely sets up the story of a police unit that has to go outside the law to bring down the crooks.
On the Video Unlimited service check out: The Untouchables, American Gangster