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On this week's midsummer classic weekly Independent comics page: The K Chronicles pays tribute to Jackie Robinson; This Modern World hears from the invisible hand of the free market; Jen Sorenson goes camping; Red Meat plays a new video game; and Apoca Clips covers the meeting between Trumpy and Putin.

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1. Oblivion* (Universal)

2. Olympus Has Fallen (Sony)

3. The Place Beyond the Pines* (Universal)

4. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Paramount)

5. The Big Wedding (Lionsgate)

6. 42: The Jackie Robinson Story (Warner Bros.)

7. Mud (Lionsgate)

8. Snitch (Summit)

9. The Company You Keep (Sony)

10. Dead Man Down (Sony)

* Available for rental before Redbox and Netflix

Published in Video Top 10

1. Oblivion* (Universal)

2. The Place Beyond the Pines* (Universal)

3. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Paramount)

4. Mud (Lionsgate)

5. 42: The Jackie Robinson Story (Warner Bros.)

6. The Call (Sony)

7. Snitch (Summit)

8. Dead Man Down (Sony)

9. Black Rock (Lionsgate)

10. To the Wonder (Magnolia)

* Available for rental before Redbox and Netflix

Published in Video Top 10

1. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Paramount)

2. 42: The Jackie Robinson Story* (Warner Bros.)

3. Evil Dead (Sony)

4. Dead Man Down (Sony)

5. Filly Brown (Indomina)

6. Trance* (20th Century Fox)

7. The Host (Universal)

8. Admission (Universal)

9. Black Rock (Lionsgate)

10. Identity Thief (Universal)

* Available for rental before Redbox and Netflix

Published in Video Top 10

1. 42: The Jackie Robinson Story* (Warner Bros.)

2. The Call (Sony)

3. Trance* (20th Century Fox)

4. Bullet to the Head* (Warner Bros.)

5. Evil Dead (Sony)

6. Identity Thief (Universal)

7. Admission (Universal)

8. Tyler Perry's Temptation (Lionsgate)

9. Snitch (Summit)

10. Welcome to the Punch (MPI)

* Available for rental before available on Redbox and Netflix

Published in Video Top 10

1. 42: The Jackie Robinson Story (Warner Bros.)

2. Dead Man Down (Sony)

3. Evil Dead (Sony)

4. Bullet to the Head (Warner Bros.)

5. The Call (Sony)

6. Tyler Perry's Temptation (Lionsgate)

7. Admission (Universal)

8. Identity Thief (Universal)

9. The Host (Universal)

10. Snitch (Summit)

Published in Video Top 10

Spike Lee tried for many years to get a movie about American sports hero Jackie Robinson, starring Denzel Washington, off the ground. However, he couldn’t make it happen. That’s too bad; I get a feeling that Lee, who made one of the great biopics with Malcolm X, would’ve done something really special.

Instead, we got 42, from director Brian Helgeland (Payback). While it’s really good at times, it gets awfully hokey at other times, and as a result, the film is just OK.

Chadwick Boseman is a great pick to play Robinson, as is Lucas Black to play Pee Wee Reese. Harrison Ford also delivers big-time as Branch Rickey, the man who brought Robinson to the majors. Christopher Meloni leaves the movie too soon as Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher. (Durocher was suspended the year Robinson made his debut.)

Boseman, who looks a lot like Robinson, shines even when the movie doesn’t, and it’s a lot of fun to see Ford do something this different. However, I just can’t buy some of the fictional moments created for this movie, including an all-too-sweet moment between Robinson and Rickey just beyond the dugout stairs. (I am pretty sure that Rickey never put his head on Robinson’s shoulder.)

Also: Robinson went through major hell, and the movie only scratches the surface. A movie that really showed what he went through would have trouble getting a box-office-friendly a PG-13 rating, and wouldn’t offer fake moments of relief. Still, this film offers a decent representation of the sport, so perhaps it’s good that kids can go see this movie and get an idea of what Robinson did for civil rights.

Special Features: The Blu-ray package offers a few looks behind the making of the movie and Robinson’s legacy.

Published in DVDs/Home Viewing

Spike Lee tried to get a movie with Denzel Washington playing Jackie Robinson off the ground for many years, but couldn’t make it happen. I get a feeling that Lee, who made one of the great biopics with Malcolm X, would’ve done something really special with this story.

Meanwhile, this effort from director Brian Helgeland (Payback) is OK, and even really good at times, but gets awfully hokey.

Chadwick Boseman is a great pick to play Robinson, as is Lucas Black as Pee Wee Reese. Harrison Ford delivers big-time as Branch Rickey, the man who brought Robinson to the majors, and Christopher Meloni leaves the movie all too soon as Dodgers manager Leo Durocher. (Durocher was suspended in 1947, the year Robinson made his debut.) Boseman shines even when the movie doesn’t, and it’s a lot of fun to see Ford do something this craggy and different.

This film is good, but it should’ve been great. 

42 is playing at theaters across the valley.

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