Sport films

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Whatever happened to the baseball movie?
Despite an uptick in sports movies, the days of Bull Durham, The Natural and Moneyball are long behind us

Noah Gittell

29, Mar, 2023 @2:19 PM

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Champions review – uplifting hoop dreams with Woody Harrelson and co
Bobby Farrelly’s redemptive crowdpleaser casts Harrelson as an irascible minor league basketball coach ​tasked with training ​a team with learning disabilities

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

12, Mar, 2023 @8:00 AM

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Screen play: our writers pick their favourite sports movies
To celebrate the release of Creed III, Guardian writers have made the case for why their favourite sports movie should also be yours

Scott Tobias, Adrian Horton, Bryan Armen Graham, Benjamin Lee, Lisa Wong Macabasco, Andrew Lawrence, Lauren Mechling, Radheyan Simonpillai, Veronica Esposito, Andrew Pulver and Charles Bramesco

04, Mar, 2023 @7:16 AM

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‘There’s a curiosity about what’s behind the curtain’: the rise and rise of TV sports reality shows
From surfing and tennis to Formula One and football, TV hopes to lure a younger audience with behind-the-scenes series

Andrew Anthony

04, Feb, 2023 @5:00 PM

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‘Nobody gave us a hope in hell’: 83, the feelgood film about India’s underdog cricket team
Director Kabir Khan shares his memories of India’s surprise World Cup win, and imbuing his unconventional biopic with generational weight

Siddhant Adlakha

16, Aug, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Streaming: The Phantom of the Open and the best underdog sports films
Mark Rylance’s pitch-perfect turn as the worst golfer in the Open’s history follows in the slipstream of valiant loser dramas, from Rocky and Slap Shot to Cool Runnings

Guy Lodge

23, Jul, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Tigers review – gripping true-life tale of a troubled Swedish football prodigy
Erik Enge excels as Inter Milan wunderkind Martin Bengtsson in Ronnie Sandahl’s impressively knotty look at the psychology of top-tier sport

Wendy Ide

03, Jul, 2022 @10:00 AM

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I Am Zlatan review – Ibrahimović biopic misses an open goal
The Swede’s journey from troubled kid to football phenomenon fuels a formulaic drama that only a fan could love

Wendy Ide

05, Jun, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Hustle review – Adam Sandler scores in rags to riches tale
A jaded basketball scout rediscovers his love for the game after spotting a prodigy hustling on the street

Wendy Ide

05, Jun, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Olga review – political gymnastics drama sets the bar high
Gymnast Anastasiia Budiashkina gives an impressive performance as a rising star whose world is flipped upside down by the 2014 Ukrainian revolution

Wendy Ide

05, Jun, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Gazza: story of a footballer mercilessly used and abused by tabloid press | Barry Glendenning
A new documentary chronicles Paul Gascoigne’s turbulent life from early days as a gifted teenage midfielder to his admission to the Priory

Barry Glendenning

08, Apr, 2022 @11:01 PM

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The Novice review – stunning debut passes the university challenge
Lauren Hadaway’s intriguing film plays with the texture of sound as it follows an ambitious student trying out for the college rowing team

Wendy Ide

02, Apr, 2022 @2:00 PM

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