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Soccer-based movie opens at Tacoma's Grand

One of my favorite places in Tacoma is the Grand Cinema, and this week that merges with something else I'm rather fond of: soccer.

Here's the Grand's description of a movie opening there today:

"At some point after watching THE DAMNED UNITED - maybe on the drive home, maybe days later - it will occur to you how few actual soccer scenes there are in the movie. This is a sports movie with very little sports, a biopic with a flawed hero and a triumph of human spirit where the setbacks greatly outnumber the victories. And yet it stands out as one of the best films of the genre, on the strength of the storytelling and wonderful performances. Like a tense World Cup match, there's a lack of scoring, but it is still riveting. Movies like REMEMBER THE TITANS are fine entertainment, but they belong in a different category than THE DAMNED UNITED, where the focus is always on the individual more than the narrative. That individual is Brian Clough, (Michael Sheen) a British coaching legend known for his dizzying lows almost as much as his historic highs." -- Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle

The enigma of Brian Clough has long fascinated British fans. The Dammed United offers no easy explanation, but plunges into the mysteries of the personality. -- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Quite enjoyable, even for those of us who don't follow British "football." -- David Edelstein, New York Magazine

What vaults the film above the standard sports movie is the stellar performance by Michael Sheen. -- Claudia Puig, USA Today Fri, Nov 13: (2:30), (4:45), 7:05, 9:10Sat/Sun, Nov 14/15: (12:15), (2:30), *4:45, 7:05, 9:10Mon-Wed, Nov 16-18: (4:45), 7:05, 9:10Thurs, Nov 19: (2:30), (4:45), 7:05, 9:10* A discussion will follow Saturday's 4:45pm showing

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