Few sports-related stories cry out to be told repeatedly like the story of Jackie Robinson, the baseball player who broke down the sport’s race barrier. While it’s a bit old-fashioned, 42 is an above-average film that acknowledges the struggle of Robinson’s historic acts. The film works in large part to newcomer Chadwick Bozeman, who manages to play Robinson with enough fire to squelch questions about why anyone would deal with the atrocities Robinson faced from disapproving audiences. Also making the film work: Harrison Ford, nearly unrecognizable behind the bushy eyebrows as Dodgers GM Branch Rickey, as well as a solid supporting cast.

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