Mr. Moviefone reviews 'Moneyball,' 'Dolphin Tale,' 'Abduction' and 'Killer Elite'
This week at the movies, Taylor Lautner may be in the twilight of his career, it's Flipper without a flipper, and Brad Pitt is throwing baseball a curve with "Moneyball."
Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the real-life general manager of the Oakland A's, who astonished the nation when he turned a losing team into winners, using clever statistics and dirt-cheap players. The movie also stars Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The Reel Deal: Thanks to a strong cast and the writing of Aaron Sorkin, "Moneyball" isn't a home run, but it's a stand-up triple. I'm in.
A dolphin who defied the odds is giving hope in "Dolphin Tale." It's the true story of a dolphin named Winter, whose tail fin was amputated after getting caught in a trap. Her chances for survival were slim, until a team of animal lovers and a brilliant doctor gave her a prosthetic tail, and a new lease on life.
The Reel Deal: It's the stuff Hallmark TV movies are made of but it's well done and the kids are going to love it. I'm in.
Taylor Lautner is having an identity crisis in "Abduction." Lautner's suspicions that his life isn't quite right are confirmed when he finds his photo on a missing persons website. That's when all hell breaks loose. His fake parents are killed, and Lautner realizes his true identity has put him in extreme danger.
The Reel Deal: Lautner is on the run from killer assassins in "Abduction." Other than "Twilight," looks like you'll be on the run from Taylor Lautner. I'm out.
Jason Statham is a man with a mission in "Killer Elite." Based on a true story, Statham plays a retired special ops agent who comes back for one more assignment to rescue his mentor (played by Robert De Niro) and take out the leader of a secret military society (played by Clive Owen).
The Reel Deal: A wasted opportunity with Statham, Owen and De Niro, unless you're a fan of fast cut noisy action crap, "Killer Elite" is not a killer thriller. I'm out.
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