Our critic's selections

Posted: October 01, 2011

50/50 It sounds icky, but it's not: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a twentysomething Seattlite diagnosed with cancer, and given even odds of surviving - or not. There's a little too much deja vu in Seth Rogen's role as best pal (he was sidekick to Adam Sandler's seriously sick movie star in Funny People), but there's honesty, and honestly funny stuff, here. With Bryce Dallas Howard as the girlfriend who can't cut it, Anjelica Huston as the amusingly overbearing mom, and Anna Kendrick as the hospital therapist just out of grad school.  R

Love Crime Office politics turn murderous in this tricky French thriller, starring Kristen Scott Thomas as a cutthroat corporate exec and Ludivine Sagnier as the mentor she betrays. Hitchcockian, bien sur. No MPAA rating

Moneyball Brad Pitt is Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, thinking up a whole new way of playing baseball in this smart and snappy - and surprisingly poignant - real-life sports pic. Even if you don't know an ERA from an IRA, see it. Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Robin Wright all get at-bats. PG-13

 

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