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New Release Tuesday – 1/10/12

09 Jan

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 – 4 Stars

This is a movie for everyone. If you are a baseball lover like myself, you will watch Moneyball repeatedly. If you don’t care for baseball, maybe you will after you watch the intricacies of running a professional sports team. You will want to jump off the couch and cheer. Billy Beane should be running my Boston Red Sox. Let’s see what this guy can do with a real budget.

Steve’s Take

Surprisingly enough, I did not get an opportunity to see this movie. Be sure that I will take the appropriate measures to ensure that I will see this movie ASAP and get back to you on my thoughts.

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 – Not reviewed

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of the Jason Statham machine that turns out movies like Crank, Blitz, and The Mechanic. Give this guy a decent script like The Bank Job and lets stay away from the unrealistic, eye rolling action. I haven’t seen Killer Elite, but I will begrudgingly watch it this week. If anyone has seen Elite, let me know what I”m getting myself into!

Steve’s Take

Everything that Scott said and more. I never had any interest in seeing this movie. As opposed to Scott, I will not be watching this one.

Next Week

That’s all for this week. Next week we Have Clooney and Gosling in The Ides of March and Team Jacob in Abduction. Have a great week!

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