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MONEYBALL ½

(Encore on Comcast) A tersely hilarious baseball drama set in the front office. Adapting Michael Lewis’s book about the 2002 season of the Oakland A’s, director Bennett Miller shows where love of numbers connects with love of the game, and Brad Pitt does his best and sneakiest work yet as general manager Billy Beane. Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman costar. (PG-13; runs through March 30)

THE GUARD ½

(Encore on Comcast) A post-Tarantino salt-and-pepper cop yarn transposed to the middle of nowhere, Ireland. The wickedly smart script (by director John Michael McDonagh) keeps you on your toes, and Brendan Gleeson gives a star performance of almost cruelly funny mastery. More profane enjoyment than a body should have in the dog days of August. With Don Cheadle. (R; runs through April 1)

LAWLESS ½

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(Comcast Movie Collections: Just In) In southern Virginia, three bootlegging brothers clash during Prohibition with a sadistic cop imported from Chicago. The movie, which is quite bloody, is very handsomely mounted, but studiedly so. Tom Hardy has serious throw weight as the chief brother. Shia LeBeouf, as the youngest, is kind of twerpy. Guy Pearce preens as the cop. Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska, as love interests, are sadly superfluous. (R; runs through April 28)

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