The Best Old Movies to See This Week

04/10/2013 9:00 AM |

A League of Their Own Penny Marshall

A League of Their Own (1992)
Directed by Penny Marshall
This broads-playing-baseball dramedy is plenty broad, too: jokes about the homely one, the promiscuous one, and the rest of an underdeveloped ensemble comprising the WWII-era Rockford Peaches. But it’s anchored by two perfect star performances: Geena Davis, sensible and no-nonsense as the gifted catcher locked in an unwanted rivalry with her hotheaded sister, and Tom Hanks, doing career-recalibrating work as the girls’ washed-up coach. With Davis, Hanks, and a light touch from director Marshall, League approximates the crisp charm of movies from the era it depicts. In other words, it’s a great choice for 90s rep even if you’ve seen it countless times on HBO. Jesse Hassenger (Apr 13-14 at Nitehawk)