(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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There are about as many ghost-hunting shows on TV these days as there are spooks in Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, and the genre’s format is about as predictable as the ride: knock around in dark, creepy places with a night-vision camera and act frightened/surprised occasionally. So it’s good to know that our homegrown contribution to the genre—Zak Bagans and his Ghost Adventures crew—is at least bringing some Las Vegas swagger to the mix.