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Since Out­liers is a big movie fan, we’ll also share news of an­other new movie with a health­care an­gle. In­vestors in a Cal­i­for­nia health­care fi­nance com­pany may be thrilled by Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert’s re­cent re­view of “The Per­fect Game,” a movie re­leased in April about the 1957 Lit­tle League World Se­ries.

That’s be­cause Med­i­cal Cap­i­tal Hold­ings poured $22 mil­lion into the film and re­lated en­ter­tain­ment com­pany. The Tustin, Calif.-based fi­nance com­pany, along with a sub­sidiary and two ex­ec­u­tives, is fac­ing fraud charges by the Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion. (The ex­ec­u­tives de­nied the al­le­ga­tions in an April court fil­ing).

Med­i­cal Cap­i­tal has been un­der con­trol of a court-ap­pointed re­ceiver since last Au­gust. And the re­ceiver took the op­por­tu­nity to plug “The Per­fect Game” in e-mails and on his web­site, where he posted links to re­views and a list of the­aters show­ing the film. “It is a heart­warm­ing movie that grand­par­ents and their grand­chil­dren can en­joy to­gether,” he said.

Other crit­ics were unim­pressed. The New York Times dis­missed the movie as “so over­whelmed by its own based-on-ac­tual-events tale that it can’t find the tone to tell it ef­fec­tively.”

But the Bos­ton Globe’s Tom Russo notes the team’s tale is not widely known in the U.S. “Amer­i­cans don’t know their story, not the way we know that, say, Yan­kees pitcher Don Larsen tossed a per­fect game—no hits, no walks, no er­rors—in the 1956 World Se­ries. But the movie makes it all seem just as big.” As for Ebert: “You sort of know how these un­der­dog sports movies turn out,” he wrote. “Doesn’t mat­ter.”

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