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Screen: Special Showings

The Sandlot

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

FRIDAY, JULY 1 THE SANDLOT

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

RALEIGH CITY PLAZA, RALEIGH
6 p.m., free, www.downtownraleighmovieseries.com

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