New Movies: Snow Job

Sports would seem to be an ideal subject for movies. They are fast, colorful, suspenseful and sometimes violent. Yet they generally come out looking forced and fake, because they are used as a background for some trite melodrama. Football players lose their power on the field because their wives are frigid (Number One); drivers louse up on the racing track because their women are fickle (Winning); fighters sell out under the influence of booze, dames and the mob (Golden Boy).

Downhill Racer, a sober and straight-forward story about an aggressive young skier on the international circuit, attempts to carom past...

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