Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) is having a financial crisis. The professional baseball team left in his charge, the Oakland A’s, don’t have the money to keep up with other teams in the MLB. Bennett Miller’s Moneyball brilliantly dramatizes Billy’s struggles, focusing on a near-championship season in the early 2000s when Beane and company triumphed over adversity to go from laughing-stock of the professional sports world to championship contenders thanks to the analysis of Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), a chubby recent university graduate with a background in statistical analysis who finds the financial trend that will help build a franchise. The performances are top-notch, the writing (by Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian), razor-sharp. In a lesser year, this would be in my top ten no question.

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