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'Moneyball' -- 4 stars

PG-13; 2:13 running time Director Bennett Miller¿s "Moneyball" is the perfect sports movie for these cash-strapped times of efficiency maximization. It's also the best sports movie in a long time, period, as well as honestly inspirational -- even though nobody knocks one into the lights, causing showers of sparks to blend in the night sky with the fireworks. This is not that film. It¿s better than that film. The focus on facts, figures, sabermetrics and cold, hard stats never competes with the human beings batting those stats around in their heads. "Moneyball," which took years and several false starts to come to fruition, fixes on the story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt in a performance sharp enough to match the stealthy marvel of the film supporting that performance. -- Michael PhillipsRead the full "Moneyball" review
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