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10 Undervalued Actors Who Deserve To Get More Work

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 28, 2012 2:26 PM
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This week sees the release of Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly," a gripping little crime movie than threatens to be one of The Playlist's highlights of 2012. And among its many pleasures is the chance to see some character actor favorites like James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, and newer up-and-comers like Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn given substantial roles to chew on. Best of all is a major role for the incomparably great Richard Jenkins.

Review: Brilliant & Angry 'Killing Them Softly' Is The Anti-Thriller For Our Times

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2012 12:03 PM
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"What is that American promise? It's a promise that says each of us has the freedom to make of our own lives what we will, but that we also have obligations to treat each other with dignity and respect," Barack Obama said at the Democratic National Convention in 2008. And that section of the speech opens Andrew Dominik's seething "Killing Them Softly," as he cuts the audio between white noise and the silent black title screen, signifying the blind emptiness of Obama's statement and the thematic current he'll be taking for the film. We are not a changed nation. We are not a nation of equals. The government are a bunch of children who need to be led by the hand into any decision-making process and Americans at both the top and bottom rungs of the ladder all have their share of the blame to take. Uncompromising and uncommercial, divisive and brave, "Killing Them Softly" bitterly boils at the state of the nation.

Watch: Featurette & New Clip From Andrew Dominik's 'Killing Them Softly' Starring Brad Pitt

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 28, 2012 10:37 AM
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Though UK audiences were able to see the film months ago, Andrew Dominik’s third feature, “Killing Them Softly,” is finally landing in North America this Friday (read our review from Cannes here). And the studio has released a short behind-the-scenes video along with a brief clip from the film to drum up excitement.

Andrew Dominik Talks The Anger Of 'Killing Them Softly', Downplays The "Mythical" Long Version of 'Jesse James'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 27, 2012 12:30 PM
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When Australian director Andrew Dominik and ultra-handsome super-star Brad Pitt last teamed up, it was for "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," a brilliant, elliptical ode to the old west and one of the very best movies of the past decade. Five very long years later, the pair have reteamed for "Killing Them Softly," which opens this weekend and, as it turns out, is just as brilliant as their previous collaboration.

Watch: Brad Pitt Orders Around James Gandolfini In Clip From 'Killing Them Softly'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 26, 2012 1:38 PM
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Jackie Cogan needs to hire a couple of guys to take down some low-lives who robbed a high stakes poker game controlled by the mob, but there's a problem. The economy is in the toilet and the squeeze is on, so he's only given the cash to contract one person, and Mickey is the guy for the job. Though he might not be in the best shape to pull it off.

Marky Did It: Check Out A Bit More Footage In New Trailer For 'Killing Them Softly'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2012 5:14 PM
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In Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly," loose lips sink ships, and that's something veteran hitman Jackie Cogan, played by Brad Pitt, understands, though why no one else gets it baffles him. And as this new trailer for the film underlines, boasts can come to haunt you in the future.

Patriotic, Minimalist & Kubrick-Esque Posters For 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Killing Them Softly' & 'Simon Killer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2012 2:50 PM
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Here's some artwork for your afternoon, with three upcoming movies getting some pretty decent one sheet treatment. Read on.....

The 10 Best Films To See In November

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 7, 2012 10:59 AM
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If September and October can still be considered the fallow season after blockbusters like "Taken 2" and "Argo," and critically acclaimed films like "The Master," that fallow season is certainly over; the box office saw a huge upswing last weekend with "Wreck-It Ralph" and "Flight," and that's set to continue through Christmas, with tentpoles and awards hopefuls arriving ever single week. To help you sort the wheat from the chaff, we've put together a list of the 10 best films to see over the rest of November. Check it out below, and let us know what you're looking forward to most.

3 More Posters For 'Killing Them Softly' Link Violence, Capitalism & America

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2012 11:23 AM
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Posters, posters, posters, posters, posters and now even more posters. If there has been one distinct thread through The Weinstein Company's marketing campaign for "Killing Them Softly," it has been an array of terrifically stylized one sheets for the movie. But whether that translates into audience interest or box office success remains to be seen.

Watch: New International Trailer For 'Killing Them Softly,' Brad Pitt Says It's "A Call For Responsible Capitalism"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2012 9:44 AM
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When the squeeze is on, everyone suffers. That is just one of the overarching themes of Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly," a hard-boiled crime tale that has bigger thematic ambitions. Brad Pitt stars as Jackie Cogan, a hitman and enforcer who subcontracts out a kill and watches as the events around the heist of a high stakes card game has repercussions both up and down the criminal chain of command. As we noted at Cannes, it's a brilliant movie, and Pitt recently discussed how Dominik chose to approach the film.

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