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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/23/2011

New movies: ‘Moneyball,’ ‘Dolphin Tale’

Brad Pitt stars in the drama "Moneyball." (Melinda Sue Gordon - © 2011 Columbia TriStar Marketing Group, Inc. All rights reserved.)
In this week’s new movies, Brad Pitt and Johah Hill make the perfect odd couple in “Moneyball” and Morgan Freeman stars in the delightfully corny “Dolphin Tale.” Here’s what the Post critics had to say:

MoneyBall” (PG-13) “Like a cold beer under a bluebird sky; like a flawless line drive on a warm summer's day; like a long, languorous seventh-inning stretch - ‘Moneyball’ satisfies.” — Ann Hornaday

Dolphin Tale” (PG) “You should have no trouble plugging into the film's relaxed and enjoyably unhurried pace because [filmmaker Charles Martin] Smith has delivered such a heartwarmingly hokey and accessible production.” — Sean O’Connell

Restless” (PG-13) “‘Restless,’ which opens today, is not this era's ‘Love Story,’ despite its most ingratiating efforts to find meaning, laughter and romance by way of a too-young protagonist battling cancer.” — Ann Hornaday

Killer Elite” (R) “Moral ambiguity - if not the decline of civilization - may be the point, to the extent that there is one, in this bloody and needlessly complicated exercise in adrenal fatigue.” — Michael O’Sullivan

My Afternoons With Margueritte” (Unrated) “Tenderly acted, ‘My Afternoons With Margueritte’ has a pleasant message about the spark of learning, and it moves at a clip, up until its preposterous conclusion. But it is a predictable, undernourished love story.” — Adam Bernstein

Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure” (Unrated) “At its core, ‘Shut Up Little Man!’ is about youthful hopes, frayed dreams and friendship - at its most irrational, deep-seated and sustaining. ” — Ann Hornaday

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame” (PG-13) “the movie's rollicking vibe targets the genre's die-hard fans - moviegoers who don't need to be sold on a new action epic set in seventh-century China...” — John DeFore

Happy Happy (Sykt lykkelig)” (Unrated) “First-time director Anne Sewitsky may intend ‘Happy, Happy’ as a Chekhovian chamber piece or romantic bagatelle, but her smugness about racism - and her glib symbolic resolution of the conflicts she raises - suggests an ambition that far outstrips her ability, at least for now.” — Ann Hornaday

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