AV Brew- The Way Back

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The Way Back isn’t really the basketball movie the trailers make it out to be. On its surface the trailers create the the expectation is that this prototypical sports film. The standard sports movie formula with the down on his luck coach, who against his will ends up coaching a team desperate for help and guidance, and both the team and the coach ultimately grow and heal through their time together. The Way Back avoids the pitfalls of that formula and produces a film that is flawed and imperfect, but succeeds in creating a emotionally gripping film that any traditional sports film would struggle to achieve.

Ben Affleck plays Jack Cunningham, a former high school basketball star that has fallen into alcohol addiction due to several personal tragedies. This is Affleck’s best performance in years stands out because he makes sure you always that Jack Cunningham is more than his…

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