Killing Them Softly
Starring: Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Sam Shepard, Vincent Curatola
Directed by: Andrew Dominik
The plot: Low level crook Johnny Amato learns that mob man Markie Trattman staged a robbery at one of his own card games. So Amato hatches a cunning plan to rob another card game and point the finger of suspicion at Markie. He hires Frankie to pull off the heist, and he in turn foolishly recruits unreliable junkie Russell as a second gun man. Against the odds, Frankie and Russell pull off the theft. Mob go-between Driver calls in hit man Jackie Cogan to identify the perpetrators and make them pay.
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"A good, efficient crime thriller, let down by clunky social commentary but lifted by excellent performances, including perhaps Brad Pitt's recent best."
"It pulls off the clever trick of operating as a gangster movie - featuring characters with missions to complete and people to kill - while at the same time sarkily undermining these same folk, attributing them with a heavy dose of incompetence."
"It is outstandingly watchable, superbly and casually pessimistic, a world of slot-mouthed professional and semi-professional criminals always complaining about cleaning up the mess made by other screwups."