New DVDs due for release Jan. 10

January 5th, 2012

Jan. 5, 2012

Due Out Tuesday

(Sony) Is it a baseball film with Brad Pitt in it, or a Brad Pitt film about baseball? Bennett Miller’s drama, based on Michael Lewis’ bestselling book, splits the difference successfully, exploits Pitt’s regular-guy likability without sacrificing the procedural elements or dumbing down the baseball. In telling the story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s attempts to rewrite the rules of putting together a winning ballclub, Miller weaves together flashbacks, vintage and re-created footage of players and games, and Pitt’s sympathetic performance to create a sense of the continuum Beane disrupted and was a part of. (PG-13; strong language) *** 1/2

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