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Screen: Special Showings

The Sandlot

When: Fri., July 1, 6 p.m. 2016


My enduring affection for the 1993 PG comedy The Sandlot has never had much to do with its ostensible subject, baseball. It hit multiplexes when I was thirteen years old, in the process of sharply pivoting out of my childhood, and I was feeling a keen new nostalgia for the long summer days of sandlot ball and swimming-pool shenanigans the movie already depicted with a rosy tint. The year is 1962, and a new kid in the San Fernando Valley learns baseball from a prodigy on a neighborhood pickup team, which is vying with a stuck-up rival team for turf and glory. The plot is mainly driven by the effort to evade a terrifying dog and retrieve a Babe Ruth-signed baseball from behind the fence of a spooky neighbor's yard. Though I now have to close my eyes during the amusement-park puking scene, The Sandlot's childish charm still shines, however murkily, through three layers of nostalgia. Let it take you back in the PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series. —Brian Howe

6 p.m., free,

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