This week, Brad Pitt makes a pitch for Oscar gold in "Moneyball," Jason Statham teams up with Robert De Niro and Clive Owen in the action flick "Killer Elite," Anna Faris revisits her exes to see if any of them are worth another go in "What's Your Number?" and the heartwarming "Billy Elliot" dances on Blu-ray for the first time.
Box Office: $75 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 95% Fresh
Storyline: Based on a true story, this biographical sports drama is about how Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) and his assistant GM (Jonah Hill) took a non-traditional sabermetric approach to scouting players and scored big time by winning 20 consecutive games during the 2002 season. The award-nominated film is adapted from the 2003 book by Michael Lewis and is helmed by Oscar-nominated "Capote" director Bennett Miller.
Extras! Get a sense of the actual people behind the story with "Billy Beane: Re-Inventing the Game," a 16-minute featurette with the real Beane and some of the men behind the film. For a little levity, check out the three-minute blooper "Brad Loses It" to see Angelina Jolie's better half in the middle of an extreme giggle fit.
We Say: There's no other movie about cold, hard statistics that's imbued with as much passion as Pitt and Hill bring to their roles. You don't have to know the first thing about statistics or baseball to enjoy "Moneyball" because it's a classic underdog story with a game-changing performance by Pitt that he knocks out of the ballpark.
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Box Office: $25 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 25% Rotten
Storyline: An ex-special ops agent (Jason Statham) is lured out of retirement to rescue his mentor (Robert De Niro) but must first get through three ruthless assassins and their leader (Clive Owen).
Extras! If you need more of Statham, Owen and De Niro together, both the DVD and Blu-ray contain deleted and extended scenes.
We Say: There is plenty of rat-a-tat action in "Killer Elite," but it's nothing novel and gets repetitive fast. It's a shame that with fine actors like De Niro and Owen on set, director Gary McKendry couldn't find something more memorable for them to do besides playing backup in a rather rote Statham star vehicle.
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'What's Your Number?'
Box Office: $14 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 24% Rotten
Storyline: After reading an article suggesting that a woman who has slept with more than 20 men has already missed Mr. Right, marketing executive Ally Darling (Anna Faris) teams up with her beefcake neighbor (Chris Evans) to track down her exes and search for true love.
Extras! Check out the extended "Flashback Dates" on the DVD and Blu-ray that shows the full sequences of Ally's original dates with her exes, which are the funniest snippets in this otherwise flat chick flick.
We Say: There is no question that Faris is one of the most talented funny ladies out there, but her incredible comic timing is wasted in this by-the-numbers rom-com, in which you know she is going to hook up with Evans as soon as he first appears on-screen naked but for a strategically placed towel.
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'Billy Elliot' (Blu-ray)
Box Office: $22 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 85% Fresh
Storyline: The titular 11-year-old boy (Jamie Bell) trades in boxing lessons for his new passion, ballet, much to chagrin of his working-class father in this 2000 British drama that was later adapted into a Broadway musical.
Extras! The 21-minute featurette "'Billy Elliot': Breaking Free" has lots of background info as well as interview snippets with the cast and crew.
We Say: This timeless story about ambition and dreams triumphing over socioeconomic restrictions and parental disapproval is as inspirational today as it was 11 years ago. The difference now is that it looks and sounds better than it ever has with this Blu-ray debut.
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