Director: Bennett Miller
Stars: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Pratt
Release Date: September 23
Why we’re excited: Here’s a brain-buster: Name the last truly great baseball movie. If you’ve just said 2008’s Sugar to yourself...congratulations, you’re correct! You’re also one of about 200 or so people who’ve actually seen that independent drama about a Dominican pitcher struggling to assimilate in an American minor league. Unfortunately, America’s pastime hasn’t received the best on-screen treatment from Hollywood over the years—who can forget Ed, for example?

Which is why baseball fans should be chomping at the bit to see Moneyball, easily the best-looking mainstream film centered on the sport since 1989’s Field Of Dreams. Based on Michael Lewis’ 2003 non-fiction best-seller of the same name, director Bennett Miller’s (Capote) pic focuses on Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt), who reinvented the way organizations assembles rosters by embracing a statistically driven new system that ignored players’ notoriety. Beane’s revolutionary tactics came largely from the mind of a socially awkward A’s executive, a role that will allow funnyman Jonah Hill to flex his dramatic muscle, even more than he did in last year’s underrated Cyrus.

Rumblings within the critic’ circuit place Pitt in the running for Best Actor nods and posit Moneyball as a potential Best Picture nominee. Even if such early proclamations turn out to be unfounded, one thing’s for sure: It’ll be better than The Benchwarmers. And Fever Pitch. And Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch. And…. You get the idea.