'Miracle' gets job doneSteve Svekis
Kurt Russell's performance as 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks in "Miracle" vaults the 2004 film to the top of the list, edging 2000's "Remember the Titans."
It faced the daunting challenge of telling a story in which most viewers knew most of the details. Russell, though, with his steely expressions and dead-on Minnesota accent, brings the hard-edged Brooks to life as the centerpiece of a cast that, not unlike the team it portrayed, was made up of little-known players.
The action scenes don't smack of the amateurism Hollywood usually slaps on celluloid when sports are involved....