Opera House Cinema Series To Screen ‘Million Dollar Arm’

FREDONIA – The next feature film in the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series is the true-story baseball drama “Million Dollar Arm.” It will be screened on Saturday and Tuesday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m.

“Million Dollar Arm” stars Jon Hamm as sports agent JB Bernstein, who concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “Million Dollar Arm.”

With the help of a cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout played by Alan Arkin, he discovers Dinesh (Madhur Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Rinku (Suraj Sharma from “Life of Pi”), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train.

While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India – the boys, who have never left their rural villages – are equally challenged when they come to the states. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball – JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell) – learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.

Colin Colvert, in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, calls the film “a baseball movie that pulls off a smooth triple play.” Michael Rechtshaffen, in the Hollywood Reporter, calls it “a home run.” Ann Hornaday, in the Washington Post, says “it obeys every convention of the genre. But it does so with understatement, style and an exceptional group of actors who bring just the right balance of humor and restraint to their roles.” Rated PG for mild language and some suggestive content, “Million Dollar Arm” runs 124 minutes.

The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and Opera House members, and $5 for students the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at fredopera.org. or more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891.