New movies this week
You may have heard a little bit about this one, which is about a secret government experiment to fit a dolphin with a headset that translated brain waves into words so the mammal could speak to humans and help it defend a naval vessel. Wait, no, that was Darwin from seaQuest DSV. This one is about Winter, the Clearwater celeb with the prosthetic tail. Read more about it on Pages 40-41.
The gist: Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the GM for the Oakland Athletics who gets all sorts of credit for building great teams on hardly any money, despite the fact he's never won an American League title (though they did lose four straight League Division Series and then an ALCS a little later). Hey, Hollywood, forget those losers and come on down here to the Trop and make a movie about the Rays. PG-13
The cast: Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, Stephen Bishop and Chris Pratt.
The buzz: A pretty good translation of an interesting book. "Like the A's themselves at this time, Moneyball has enough unlikely pieces that do work — and it generates enough underdog goodwill — to make you want to stick around for the final out," the AP says.
The gist: A testosterone-charged throwdown about a special-ops guy and his mentor taking on the head of an underground army. Supposed to be based on a true story, but it sounds like an episode of G.I. Joe. R
The cast: Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro, Yvonne Strahovski, Dominic Purcell and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
The buzz: Not the best movie ever, but that's kind of the point, right? "A macho, adrenaline-fix suspenser that plays like the big-screen equivalent of those pulpy spy novels that once clogged grocery-store checkouts," Variety says.
The gist: The werewolf from Twilight realizes he was taken from his home as a child and raised by strangers in Pittsburgh, so he has to go all Bourne Identity for an hour and 46 minutes.
The cast: Taylor Lautner, Alfred Molina, Antonique Smith, Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs and Lily Collins.
The buzz: There are no reviews available for this one yet. Aw c'mon, guys, Pittsburgh is really a charming city!
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org