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2014, Open Road Films, 115 min, USA, Dir: Jon Favreau

Writer-director Jon Favreau stars in this delicious comedy as chef Carl Casper, whose efforts to launch a restaurant in Los Angeles crash and burn. Returning to his native Miami, Carl hopes to bury the hatchet with his ex-wife (Sofía Vergara) and reclaim his spatula as proprietor of El Jefe Cubanos - a food truck he is determined to drive back to L.A. Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman and John Leguizamo are among the all-star cast.

1993, Sony Repertory, 114 min, USA, Dir: David Anspaugh

Short and slight, with middling grades and little money, Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger (Sean Astin) nonetheless dreams of leaving his working-class community and playing for the University of Notre Dame football team. Tragedy strikes at the steel mill in Rudy’s hometown, prompting the pint-size young man to move to South Bend. After clocking hours at a nearby community college, befriending the socially awkward Notre Dame grad student D-Bob (Jon Favreau, in his film debut) and getting his grades up, Rudy is admitted to the university and convinces Coach Parseghian (Jason Miller) to let him play on the football team’s practice squad. When Coach Parseghian’s promise of Rudy suiting up for one home game is thwarted by the arrival of skeptical new coach Dan Devine (Chelcie Ross), Rudy’s unflinching perseverance to achieve his dream makes for one of the most beloved and inspiring American sports movies ever made. With Ned Beatty as Rudy’s father and Christopher Reed as Rudy’s ill-fated best friend, Pete.

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