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New reasons to catch this ‘Curve’

Who’d have thought that the cinematically challenged subject of baseball scouting — specifically, traditional talent evaluation versus newfangled stats-crunching — would feature in not one movie, but two? And in the space of a year? Following the unlikely lead of “Moneyball,” Clint Eastwood delivers “Trouble With the Curve” (2012), about a curmudgeonly Atlanta Braves scout fighting changing times and failing health with some reluctant help from his borderline-estranged daughter (Amy Adams). (Don’t know if the latter project’s development had much to do with the former, but even the release strategy is the same: a curious theatrical run at the end of baseball season, followed by a wintertime bow on disc.) Justin Timberlake (above right, with Eastwood) costars as a former Sox prospect (!) good-naturedly trying to get Adams to lighten up, and John Goodman is the longtime front-office pal looking out for Eastwood even when Adams won’t. The film’s relationship dynamics and inside-baseball credibility are inconsistent, but there’s a nice moment in which Adams eases Eastwood’s “Gran Torino” scowling with a girlish bit of goofing around on the ballfield — the game’s bonding power evoked with unabashed sentimentality. And how can you not like a movie that bats around Bernie Carbo trivia? Extras: Quick featurettes include a spotlight on rookie director Robert Lorenz, an Eastwood protégé. A fresher “extra” is the throw-in trailer for next spring’s Jackie Robinson biopic, “42,” with Harrison Ford also trying to work some crusty baseball mojo as pioneering Dodgers exec Branch Rickey. (Warner, $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99)


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