GUNG-HO reporter Tintin (Jamie Bell) buys a model ship and is plunged into a centuries-old mystery involving Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine (Daniel Craig).
GUNG-HO reporter Tintin (Jamie Bell) buys a model ship and is plunged into a centuries-old mystery involving Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine (Daniel Craig). Ivan asks Tintin to name his price for the boat but the reporter refuses to sell, sensing the wooden vessel is far more valuable than it first appears. Sure enough, a cryptic conundrum lies within, revealing that "only a true Haddock will discover the secret of The Unicorn".
Assisted by trusty pooch Snowy, Tintin searches for more clues, meeting booze-sodden Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), whose family history holds the key to the mystery of a cursed shipwreck. Herge's iconic hero enters the 21st century in The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn, which employs state-of-the-art motion capture to translate actors' movements into the performances of incredibly detailed digital characters. Steven Spielberg's film is a breathlessly entertaining spectacle, littered with eye-popping action set pieces. The script, co-written by Peter Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, delivers some big laughs, such as when Captain Haddock reveals that one of his crew has no eyelids. "Aye, it was a card game to remember!" growls the salty sea dog. One version of the Blu-ray includes the film in 3D.
BILLY Beane (Brad Pitt), general manager of Oakland Athletics baseball team, goes cap in hand to the team's owner for more funds after bigger teams pilfered three of his star players. The request is denied so Billy turns to Yale-educated economist Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), who believes crucial decisions should be based on statistics and data. Together, Billy and Peter compile a list of the most undervalued players in the league and bring together this band of misfits as the new squad. Gruff team manager Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman) scoffs at the plan, as do members of the old guard. The season begins with a series of crushing defeats, heaping pressure on Billy and Peter, until the tide turns and the A's embark on the longest winning streak in the sport's history.
Based on an incredible true story,
Moneyball is a classic tale of triumph against adversity but the script, co-written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, doesn't lazily regurgitate cliches of the genre. The film might set up a classic feel-good resolution but Bennett Miller's drama is smarter than that. Pitt impresses as a family man bucking the trend, while Hill foregoes his usual comedy shtick to demonstrate his dramatic range as the expert number cruncher. Both men deserved their Oscar nominations.