Davis: Writers take Moneyball beyond genre

Three out of four movies this weekend are based on true stories, although one of the three’s truthfulness is in question.

Three out of four movies this weekend are based on true stories, although one of the three’s truthfulness is in question—the story behind Moneyball is already well known by baseball fans.

Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of the 2002 Oakland A’s who had to rebuild the team on a tight budget.

The one-time 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.

Although it features stars like Pitt and Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright, I think the real stars are screenwriters Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List) and Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) making this a baseball movie that will appeal to not just baseball fans but to those who do not like the sport.

I have a feeling it will be a classic, like Major League, Field of Dreams, Bull Durham and The Natural and I hope it finds an audience.

Rated PG with a warning of coarse language.

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Dolphin Tale is inspired by the remarkable true story of a courageous dolphin named Winter and the compassionate people who banded together to save her life.

After she loses her tail in a crab trap, a young boy befriends Winter and motivates everyone around him to help save her by creating a prosthetic appendage.

Starring Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Morgan Freeman and Winter as herself, early reviews are strong for this G-rated family movie.

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Although it claims to be based on a true story, Killer Elite is based upon Ranulph Fiennes’ The Feather Men which has caused controversy.

The author claims that The Feather Men are a group of vigilante British Special Air Service soldiers who protected members of their regiment from assassins. However, it has been refuted by the British Ministry of Defence and even the author has admitted that the book is a blend of fact and fiction.

In the movie, Jason Statham plays an ex-special ops agent who is lured out of retirement to rescue his mentor (Robert De Niro). To make the rescue, he must complete a near-impossible mission of killing three tough-as-nails assassins with a cunning leader (Clive Owen).

Killer Elite is rated 14A with a warning of violence and coarse language.

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Not based on a true story, Abduction stars Taylor Lautner as a teenager who discovers that his entire childhood has been built on a vast conspiracy of lies. After he finds out that the people who raised him are not his real parents, he is forced to run for his life while a vast conspiracy unravels.

Also starring Alfred Molina and Sigourney Weaver, Abduction is directed by John Singleton, whose career is highlighted by Boyz N The Hood, Poetic Justice and Four Brothers.

Rated PG with a warning of violence and coarse language.

 

 

Rick Davis is the manager of the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna.

 

capitol_wes@

landmarkcinemas.ca

 

 

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