50/50

(R) ★★★☆☆

Although it’s a cancer film, the tender and funny 50/50 addresses its subject with a refreshing lack of melodrama, making it transcend the usual. Based on the true story of Will Reiser, a comedy writer and friend of Seth Rogen’s, the movie follows Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who gets diagnosed with the C-word. The film follows how Adam and his best friend, among others, get on with life. “Help me help you get laid!” Rogen’s character says. The grace notes make this film memorable.

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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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