Weekend Movies: “42” and “Disconnect” open to good reviews, “Trance” and “Place in the Pines” go wider

“The trades” both panned the Jackie Robinson bio-pic “42.” Not fans of the genre, by my read. Fine. Critics are, by definition, not the biggest sports biopic fans. Too many of us were the last kids picked for team dodgeball.

But it’s an earnest, well-mounted film with more good casting calls (Harrison Ford ACTING, wow) than weak ones. And it gets the history pretty near perfect, near as I can tell, and I’ve read up on this and just re-watched Ken Burns’ “Baseball” and “The JAckie Robinson Story.”

I liked it, and that seems to be the consensus. Not bad, no big screwups.

“Disconnect,” a sort of “Crash-lite,” is earning even better notices. Liked that one, too.

And Danny Boyle’s “Trance” opens wide, as does “The Place in the Pines.” I liked Boyle’s potboiler-hypnotism heist picture rather more than the 4 act version of a decent 3 act movie that Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Refn-Winding delivered.

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