1. Trouble With the Curve (2012) ★★ ½
Director: Robert Lorenz
Actors: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Robert Patrick, Matthew Lillard
An aging Atlanta Braves baseball scout named Gus Lobel (Eastwood) is given one last assignment to prove his worth to the organization, who sees him as unable to adapt to changes in the business. His boss and friend Pete (Goodman), who does not want to see him let go, asks Gus's daughter Mickey (Adams) to join him on the trip to make sure he's okay, against Gus's wishes. Together they scout a top new prospect in North Carolina, where Mickey begins to take an active role in her father's work to make up for his failing vision, which he has hidden from his bosses. Along the way Gus reconnects with Johnny (Timberlake), a rival team's scout who has a friendly history with Gus, as Gus was the man who scouted him when he was a baseball player, and who also takes an interest in Mickey
Everybody probably knows I'm a big Braves fan, so it was cool to see Turner Field and a fake Braves front office. Amy Adams is outstanding as always, while Eastwood plays the 'cranky old guy' that we've come to know and love. I think Timberlake was seriously miscast. He just didn't seem like an MLB player. I can't put my finger on it. The script isn't great, but it didn't cause me to lose interest either. With a little suspension of disbelief, this is a good movie for baseball or Eastwood fans. It makes for an interesting counterpoint to Moneyball.
2. Sleepwalk With Me ★★★★
Director: Mike Birbiglia
Actors: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, Carol Kane, James Rebhorn
A burgeoning stand-up comedian struggles with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.
I've been trying to get a hold of this film for a while after seeing somebody famous recommend it on Twitter. I can't even remember who it was. It's genuinely laugh-out-loud funny. It's very well directed and acted. The script is really strong and never drags. It reminds me a little bit of Louie, so I think if you like that show or comedies in general you would really enjoy this.