AUSTIN (KXAN) - There are a lot of new movies to choose from this weekend, from comedies to dramas, even one about baseball's Oakland A's.
As Major League baseball heads into the final week of the regular season, the Oakland A's find themselves near the bottom of their division. It's a familiar position for a team that annually ranks near the bottom of baseball's payroll. The cash-starved team hasn't always had lean years on the field and it's about to get the Hollywood treatment.
Brad Pitt is a Major League executive with a Minor League payroll in "Moneyball." He plays real-life Oakland A's General Manager Billy Beane, a former player who changes the way teams find talent. He hires an Ivy League number cruncher, played by Jonah Hill, and zeroes in on cold statistical analysis rather than relying on scouts' hunches. "Moneyball" is rated PG-13.
A boy befriends a disabled dolphin in "Dolphin Tale." This true story depicts the struggles of "Winter," a perky porpoise who loses her tail to a crab trap. Without a tail, she can't swim and faces a grim future. But the boy who finds "Winter" washed-up on the beach pursues a solution, that leads to a fake fin and a miracle. "Dolphin Tale" is rated PG.
Jason Statham makes good on Robert DeNiro's promise in "Killer Elite." This one is also based on a true story in which Statham plays a former special ops agent trying to track down his mentor. Robert DeNiro has been kidnapped by assassins led by Clive Owen, which leads the retired agent on a global goose chase to find him. "Killer Elite" is rated R.
Twilight star Taylor Lautner tries to find himself in "Abduction." Discovering his own picture on a missing persons website is just the first piece of this puzzle. Not only are his parents not really his parents, they're targeted by trained killers looking for Lautner. But a mysterious protector may help. "Abduction" is rated PG-13.
With no sci-fi or horror movies coming out this week, you can get your fix during the Alamo Drafthouse's "Fantastic Fest," which is going on right now. The annual genre film festival runs through Thursday. Tickets for each movie are $10.
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