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Moneyball (2011)

3. Moneyball (2011)

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Bennett Miller’s follow-up to Capote was another true story that followed Billy Beane’s (Brad Pitt in an Oscar-nominated performance) method of taking a small-market 2002 Oakland Athletics team and making them competitive with large-market teams like the Yankees and Boston Red Sox.  What makes this film special among all the cold hard facts that Beane produces is his relationship with his daughter and his protégé played by Jonah Hill in his first Oscar-nominated performance.  This is a baseball film that finds sentimentality in spite of spitting in the face of the sentimentality surrounding baseball.

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