THE WANDERERS
1979, Kino Lorber, 117 min, USA, Dir: Philip Kaufman

Director Philip Kaufman does a remarkable job of transferring Richard Price’s novel to the big screen, spotlighting the antics of an Italian-American teen gang in the Bronx in 1963. THE WANDERERS has evolved into a cult favorite over the years since its original release, with warm and funny performances from a fine ensemble cast including Ken Wahl, Karen Allen, John Friedrich and Linda Manz. A delight from beginning to end.


THE SANDLOT
1993, 20th Century Fox, 101 min, USA, Dir: David Mickey Evans

Like THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION and A CHRISTMAS STORY, this is a great film, largely ignored upon release, that found life on television and DVD. Here’s your chance to see it on the big screen the way it was meant to be seen. David Mickey Evans (RADIO FLYER) directs his first feature film and knocks it out of the park. It’s sandlot baseball set in the summer of 1962, with Babe Ruth-autographed baseballs, best buddies and giant demon dogs named the Beast that live beyond the rickety home run fence. Geeky kid Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) moves to the San Fernando Valley with his parents and is unable to make friends until sandlot baseball hero Benny Rodriguez adds him to the team. Made up of all the magic little moments of childhood, when scary things really were over the fence and crazy drawn-in-the-dirt battle plans actually worked. Patrick Renna ("Ham") stands out in one of the best kid casts since THE BAD NEWS BEARS. "You're killing me, Smalls!" has become a catch phrase to many since. Also stars James Earl Jones.


SHOOT THE MOON
1982, Warner Bros., 124 min, USA, Dir: Alan Parker

Alan Parker (MISSISSIPPI BURNING) helms this drama by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Bo Goldman (ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST) about the deterioration of a dysfunctional couple and the emotional toll the separation has on their four daughters. Finney gives a devastating performance as George Dunlap, successful writer and adulterous husband to Faith (Diane Keaton). Karen Allen and Peter Weller costar. "SHOOT THE MOON contains a raw emotional power of the sort we rarely see in domestic dramas.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.


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