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'Sports Is Hell' Narrows the Field to Identity Politics

Ben Passmore's Sports Is Hell is an apocalyptic parody of racism in US sports and politics.

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Owls, Aliens, and Others

Essayist Brian Phillips is no staunch empiricist, nor does he want to shatter delusions or expose machinations. In Impossible Owls, he is content to remain in a wide-eyed and owl-ier place.

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NYFF 2018: 'Diamantino' Beautifully Satirizes Ugly Politics from the Ethers

Diamantino's astounding surrealistic introduction soon unfolds into an ethereal genre-mashup.

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Tribeca 2018: 'When She Runs' Is a Breakthrough in Sports Cinema

When She Runs is a portrait of a typical suburban day which has built-in mechanisms to potentially slow Kristin down a few milliseconds -- more than enough time to end her Olympic dreams.

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'Ali: A Life' Chronicles a Rhyming, Jabbing, Heroic Contradiction

In the first-ever unauthorized biography of Muhammad Ali, Jonathan Eig captures the icon's triumphant, tragic, and quintessentially American arc with exquisite detail and original analysis.

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‘The Best American Sports Writing 2017’: The Power of the Pen in a Year of Unquiet Americans

"We sometimes project our problems onto sports," Louisa Thomas notes. "But sports can also be ... where we start to work them out."

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'I, Tonya': Sympathy for a Tabloid Villain

This biopic about ice skater Tonya Harding is a slashing, kickass comedy about class warfare, media manipulation, and one of history's stupidest criminal conspiracies.

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The Moving Pixels Podcast Plays 'Pyre'

This week, Nick and Eric discuss the religious fantasy basketball of Pyre.

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Fufanu: Sports

The foreground of Fufanu's Sports lingers like a bad feeling, one that could have been more frightening by pulling closer more elements within the background.

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Like Its Titular Character, 'The Phenom' Is an Uneven Film, But Holds Promise

The Phenom is at once remarkable for both its transfixing cinematography and Johnny Simmons's tightly coiled performance, but it's mired by its over reliance on exposition.

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"Southpaw's" Punches Are Too Predictable

Jake Gyllenhaal's performance is the only shining light in a film that relies too heavily on clichés.

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In Defense of Totally Being Over the Winter Olympics

An institution once associated with athletic superiority and, of course, proud patriotism, has been deduced to yet another pawn in the ongoing game of international passive-aggression.

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In Defense of Keith Olbermann and His 12-Round Boxing Match With Politics, Sports and Viewers

In light of his recent feud with WFAN radio personalities, it's time to realize why Keith Olbermann works so well in the sports-broadcasting world.

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Strategy, Tactics, and Turnovers

After a weekend of football and board games, I'm finding that video games have more in common with the former.

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The Bad News Statisticians: 'Moneyball'

There’s an ugly and unromantic truth behind Bennett Miller’s baseball stats semi-comedy Moneyball that it acknowledges and then dances away from.

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Of Writing Men: David Remnick’s 'King of the World'

Last year, David Remnick received huge attention for The Bridge, his biography of Barack Obama. Eschewing the conventions of the form, the New Yorker editor focussed not on Obama’s private life but his public rise to senator and eventually president of the United States. It is a trick he also employed in 1998’s King of the World, a biography of another African-American icon, Muhammad Ali.

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ESPN: Changing the Way Americans Think About Sports

ESPN changed the course of American sports culture by providing access to national and international events 24 hours per day and cultivating the entertainment potential of sporting events and personalities.

Alex Suskind
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LeBron James and the Beat Book

If beat reporters keep churning out books on 'Bron, why aren't we learning anything? These books represent the current state of the beat book -- and indicate it may be in serious trouble.

Craig Fehrman
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Major League Baseball 2K8

MLB 2K8 has gone the innovation route, overhauling many standards of the baseball sim, making it an interesting experiment in what baseball games can be.

Jason Cook
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Smash Court Tennis 3

Smash Court Tennis 3 lies in the murky middle ground between Wii Sports' tennis and Virtua Tennis, neither excelling in any particular area nor really doing that much wrong.

Azmol Meah
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Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis

Although the Wii version of Table Tennis offers players three separate control schemes, none seem to take full advantage of the Wii remote.

Arun Subramanian
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NBA 08

The biggest complaint is not with gameplay, but with the fact that there are players missing from rosters.

Darwin Hang
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Scoring from Second by Philip F. Deaver [Editor]

Even the very best baseball players convert only three or four of every ten at bats into base hits. Perhaps Deaver can find some sort of poetic consolation in that statistic.

Neal Hayes
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Cliff Lee
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Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich by Mark Kriegel

Mark Kriegel makes a convincing case that the free-form, imagination-driven game played today started with Pistol Pete.

Dan McGrath
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Melk: Sports

Straight outta Comp--er, Copenhagen? Danish hip-hoppers bring the heat.

Mike Schiller
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