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Jonah Hill straightens up

The Superbad star has embraced his inner math geek for his role in Moneyball, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis's best-selling book on Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, who turned the baseball world on its head in 2002 when he cast aside his sc
Money man
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  September 23, 2011
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Review: Moneyball

Adapting Michael Lewis's bestseller of the same title, director Bennett Miller and screenwriters Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian take up Beane's story in 2002, when the A's, fresh from the previous season's playoff loss to the Yankees, try to rebuild af
The game's plays are numbered
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 23, 2011
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Shafted

American Gangster , Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Mark Jacobson’s New York magazine article about ’70s Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas, is as generic as the title.
Ridley Scott packages American Gangster
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 31, 2007

Feel-bad cinema

This critic's been carping for decades about feel-good cinema, how lousy it makes me feel, and this year I got the misery I begged for.
Gerald Peary's year in movies
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 21, 2006
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Stark realization

Zaillian gives a workout to the elements that make this book such a favorite with high-school English teachers: the neat symbolism, the themes of good and evil, guilt and innocence. But the ideas remain abstract. Watch the trailer for All the King's M
Steve Zaillian can’t put All the King’s Men together again
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 22, 2006
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King maker

Anybody who’s read Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men at the very least that it was set in the ’30s during the Depression. But if you watch Steve Zaillian’s adaptation and look closely at the license plates, you’ll notice the date: 1954. Stark r
The director on the campaign trail
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 20, 2006


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Fall back

If you cannot remember the past, so Santayana said, you’re condemned to repeat it. Watch trailers for this fall's new releases.
This season, Hollywood lives in the past
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006