Matthew Lickona 1 p.m., July 22
Million Dollar Arm
- Rated PG | 2 hours, 4 minutes
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Jon Hamm stars in this worked-over true story about a puffed-up, on-the-skids sports agent whose humbling necessitates giving birth to a Susan Boyle-inspired talent hunt for an Indian cricket bowler able to transition into an MLB pitcher. As live-action Disney sports comedies go, this makes for amenable if predictable summertime family fluff. (Think Cool Runnings meets The World’s Greatest Athlete.) Director Craig Gillispie (Lars and the Real Girl) keeps things moving, adding just enough local (and saturated) color to bolster screenwriter Thomas McCarthy’s conclusion that India is a “study in extremes.” Lord Alan Arkin apportions more belly laughs catnapping through the first third of his pithy performance than you’re likely to find in most feature-length comedies. The fine supporting cast features Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi), Lake Bell as Hamm’s compulsory love interest, and never enough Bill Paxton. 2014.