'Killing Them Softly' Review: The Pros And Cons Of Brad Pitt's New Movie

In 2007, Australian director Andrew Dominik (who had risen to prominence based on his terrific debut film “Chopper”) and mega-watt star Brad Pitt teamed up for the existential western “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” One of the year's best films (in a year positively stuffed with them, from “No Country for Old Men” to “There Will Be Blood” to “Zodiac”), it was more or less ignored and died a dog's death at the box office. Thankfully, Dominik and Pitt didn't let the inglorious demise of “Jesse James” get to them, and the duo are now returning this weekend with the pitch-black crime saga “Killing Them Softly.” Adapted from a novel by George V. Higgins, the thriller has a dynamite cast that includes Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, and (briefly) Sam Shepherd, as well as a lean, mean story that is all killer,
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