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New in Theaters – 9/23/11

22 Sep

Moneyball

Based on a true story, Moneyball is a movie for anybody who has ever dreamed of taking on the system. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s and the guy who assembles the team, who has an epiphany: all of baseball’s conventional wisdom is wrong. Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane will have to outsmart the richer clubs. The onetime jock teams with Ivy League grad Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) in an unlikely partnership, recruiting bargain players that the scouts call flawed, but all of whom have an ability to get on base, score runs, and win games. It’s more than baseball, it’s a revolution – one that challenges old school traditions and puts Beane in the crosshairs of those who say he’s tearing out the heart and soul of the game. — (C) Sony Pictures

Scott’s Take

I’m hoping I can get new daddy Steve out of the house to see a story all of us baseball fans are well versed upon.  Billy Beane is regarded around Major League Baseball as the best General Manager in the game.  What this guy does with far less is nothing less than astounding.  I can’t wait to check out Moneyball.

Steve’s Take

This has been on my radar for a very long time. Baseball is one of my passions and this movie looks great. I had the opportunity to see an advanced screening of Moneyball, but it just so happened to be on the birthday of my wonderful wife. I had to make a judgement call and it took me HOURS, but I decided on my wife. Can’t wait to see it!

Killer Elite

A match-up made in tough-guy heaven — Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro star in Killer Elite. Based on a shocking true story, Killer Elite pits two of the world’s most elite operatives – Danny, an ex-special ops agent (Jason Statham) and Hunter, his longtime mentor (Robert De Niro) – against the cunning leader of a secret military society (Clive Owen). Covering the globe from Australia to Paris, London and the Middle East, Danny and Hunter are plunged into a highly dangerous game of cat and mouse – where the predators become the prey. — (C) Open Road Films

Scott’s Take

EHHHH. I’m starting to tire of Jason Statham. I just feel that we keep seeing the same movie out of him over and over. Whether it’s Crank, Blitz, or The Expendables, he is recycling the same material.  Clive Owen? What happened to this guy? He had a promising career after Croupier and then he made the HORRENDOUS Shoot Em Up.  Let me know how this one turns out.

Steve’s Take

I’m a sucker for any De Niro movie so not seeing this will be a difficult proposition for me. Call me crazy.

Abduction

For as long as he can remember, Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner) has had the uneasy feeling that he’s living someone else’s life. When he stumbles upon an image of himself as a little boy on a missing persons website, all of Nathan’s darkest fears come true: he realizes his parents are not his own and his life is a lie, carefully fabricated to hide something more mysterious and dangerous than he could have ever imagined. Just as he begins to piece together his true identity, Nathan is targeted by a team of trained killers, forcing him on the run with the only person he can trust, his neighbor, Karen (Lily Collins). Every second counts as Nathan and Karen race to evade an army of assassins and federal operatives. But as his opponents close in, Nathan realizes that the only way he’ll survive and solve the mystery of his elusive biological father is to stop running and take matters into his own hands. — (C) Lionsgate

Scott’s Take

COME ON MAN!!  Watch this trailer without laughing.  I dare you!

Steve’s Take

This movie looks absurd! Don’t do it to yourself!

Dolphin Tale

Dolphin Tale is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life. Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun. Without a tail, Winter’s prognosis is dire. It will take the expertise of a dedicated marine biologist, the ingenuity of a brilliant prosthetics doctor, and the unwavering devotion of a young boy to bring about a groundbreaking miracle-a miracle that might not only save Winter but could also help scores of people around the world. — (C) Warner Bros

Scott’s Take

Take the true story out of this supposed true story and I’m not the slightest bit interested.  Now, slap it with a “based on a true story” and color me intrigued.  I’m in!!

Steve’s Take

I am so TIRED of seeing this preview. At this point I have absolutely NO interest in seeing it.

Next Week

That’s all for this week.  Next week we have the potentially depressing 50/50 and Dream House starring Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, and Rachel Weisz.

 

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