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Review: The Movie On Top of the Game—Steven Soderbergh's "High Flying Bird"

Photo: NetflixTeam sports don’t get more movie-ready than basketball. The triple drama of the team, the player, and the ball; movement in the horizontal and vertical; sweat and surface; the sound of paddling thwacks and clipped squeaks of shoe rubber on sugar maple. So it takes a mindset like Steven Soderbergh’s to make a film about the pro basketball in which the sport itself is never played. Sure, the same basic description applies to What Men Want—which, oddly, also features the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns. But Soderbergh’s interest has always been in the game within the game—the backroom play, the heist at the casino, fraud in business and finance—and the way money changes hands, whether it’s in the cash room or the board room. He has mastered the art of turning the movement of multi-million-dollar sums into metaphors. Still, High Flying Bird, the

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