If someone had told me just two months ago that one of the most engrossing and adrenaline-pinching new films would center around a pair of sneakers, I simply wouldn’t have believed you. But then Air—the latest directorial endeavor from Ben Affleck, who emerges every once in a while to helm an unexpected masterpiece like The Town, Gone Baby Gone or Argo—came along and proved me wrong.
Air chronicles the true story of sports marketer Sonny Vaccaro (Matt Damon), and his bid to convince an 18-year-old Jordan to wear a pair of Nikes on the basketball court. Vaccaro’s idea initially sounds conceivable enough–that is, until we learn that Nike was something of a laughingstock in the sneaker community at the time, and that Jordan was already dead-set on signing with the infinitely cooler Adidas. Thus commences a deft, nail-biting look into one of biggest deals in sports history.
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If you thought news of Robert Pattinson stepping up as the new Batman was just one of his saucy pranks, or that it was simply too good to be true, it’s time to snap out of it and start believing it. The official trailer for The Batman came out over the weekend, and it showcases RPatz in all of his superhero glory. And, yes, those are some big wings to fill: Christian Bale was iconic as the vigilante in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, as was Ben Affleck in Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman. And do we even have to mention Michael Keaton?
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