Moneyball

(PG-13) ★★★★☆

This is the best sports movie in a long time and honestly inspirational. It’s based on the true story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt). Beane bucked the norm and employed a new statistical way of analyzing players called “sabermetrics,” winding up in the playoffs with the second-lowest payroll in baseball. With support from Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and an adept script, the filmmakers knock this out of the park.

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Drive

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Drive

By Tribune Media Services

Drive begins extremely well and ends in a muddle of ultra-violence, hypocrisy and stylistic preening, which won’t be any sort of deterrent for those who like its looks. Director Nicolas Winding Refn’s avenging-angel thriller premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where Refn won the directing prize, and every supersaturated image is designed for hushed adoration. If the movie were a movie star, it’d be looking just past you to see if someone cooler had recently come in.

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