Here we are, deep in the Here we are, deep in the dog days of another summer. School is out, vacation days are being cashed in, and picnic baskets are being packed. Barbecues are firing, pools are splashing, and ice cream trucks are rolling. Meanwhile, thousands, yea millions, are taking to the great American highway.
"42” is far from the first movie to explore racial tensions in sports. We’ve seen this subject depicted in other good films like “Remember the Titans” and “Glory Road.” There are plenty of recognizable figures on display here, such as the underdog nobody believed in, the one man willing to take a chance on that underdog, and the ignorant antagonists that wish to see that underdog fail. Familiarity aside, though, “42” executes just about everything wonderfully. This is a good-hearted picture, carried by sincere performances and passionate direction. Not only is it an inspiring story about overcoming prejudice, but an all around rousing baseball movie too.
Eight of the top wheelchair rugby teams from around the country will travel to the Valley of the Sun this weekend to compete in the 2013 Phoenix Rugby Rave at the Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for People with Disabilities (SpoFit), 5031 E. Washington St. in Phoenix. Admission to attend the Phoenix Rugby Rave is free.
"Hit & Run” sets out to be an offbeat farce and succeeds in accomplishing just that. It customarily resembles the formula of a Coen Brother’s comedy with smartly written incompetent criminals and some of the most fun chases since “Raising Arizona.” The film doesn’t reach the same heights of the Coen’s best work like “Fargo” or “The Big Lebowski.” But the fact that it merits any comparison at all should be a huge compliment to Dax Shepard, the director, co-writer, and star of “Hit & Run.”
Ryan Novis, 13, of Tempe (left) and Lita Vorseth, 7, of Mesa (right), are among 24 finalists participating in Major League Baseball’s national Pitch, Hit and Run competition at Chase Field on Sunday. The competition is part of the pre-All-Star Game festivities leading up to the 82nd Annual All-Star Game on Tuesday.
The Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge 5K Race will be on Nov. 2 at Salt River Fields. It is inspired by the television show, “Wipeout,” where contestants have to go through crazy obstacles, as runners will encounter the world’s largest water slide, a wrecking ball, the world’s largest moon bounce, Tarzan swing, and more.
The Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge 5K Race will be Nov. 2 at Salt River Fields. It is inspired by the television show, “Wipeout,” where contestants have to go through crazy obstacles, as runners will encounter the world’s largest water slide, a wrecking ball, the world’s largest moon bounce, Tarzan swing, and more.