Watch This: Laurence Fishburne made his electrifying debut in this big-city snapshot

Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: With March Madness in full swing, and a Criterion Blu-ray upgrade of Hoop Dreams dropping in a week, we highlight some of the best movies about basketball.

Cornbread, Earl And Me (1975)

After winning two national championships at UCLA, and before going on to win rookie of the year and four NBA titles, Jamaal Wilkes—going by his birth-name, Keith—brought his skills and charisma to the big-screen in 1975’s Cornbread, Earl And Me, the story of a basketball prodigy that transforms into a drama about racial and socio-economic injustice. Dribbling his ball at all hours of the day and night in his run-down apartment-building home, Cornbread (Wilkes) is primed to play in college. Early sequences capture the character’s cheery disposition as he pals around with his proud parents (Stack …

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