Now faring well on the film award circuit, director Bennett Miller's fact-based drama boasts a terrific performance by Brad Pitt as Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, who redefined the evaluation of on-field talent. He literally went by the numbers, with the help of a math whiz (Jonah Hill), in assembling an affordable yet effective team.
Oscar winners Steven Zaillian ("Schindler's List") and Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network") wrote the screenplay that also provides good roles to Philip Seymour Hoffman - directed to an Oscar himself by Miller in "Capote" - and Robin Wright. DVD extras: two "making-of" documentaries; deleted scenes, outtake. *** (PG-13: P) (Also on Blu-ray and Movies on Demand)Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun