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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Alan Arkin
For a sports movie with no real action, "Million Dollar Arm" manages to be captivating, in a cornball kind of way. Not that sentimentality is a drawback in a baseball movie.
“Million Dollar Arm” won’t knock “The Natural” or “Field of Dreams” off the top of anyone’s all-time favorite baseball movies list, but it’s a family-friendly picture with a big heart.
Alan Arkin is Steve Carell's idol, in reality and in their new movie.
Watching "Stand Up Guys" feels akin to seeing an old, favorite rock band getting back together for one last gig after decades apart. They're not as energetic as they once were, their vocals aren't as powerful, but an obvious camaraderie still exists as well as a touch of rebellion.
Carell cracked up when Arkin explained why he refused to learn any tricks for his role as elderly magician Rance Holloway, whose at-home magic kit inspires the young Wonderstone to learn the art of illusion.
"It's crucial that the audience feels that sense that you did something together," Arkin said. "That's why, whenever I see a flash mob, I start sobbing. It's art that's just done for the sheer joy of it. There's nothing to gain from it. It's just to have fun. It's deeply healing."