Killing Them Softly
Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins
It’s taken him a long time, but Pitt is, finally, just existing on-screen—not “acting”—and the results are magnetic. His naturalistic performance in Moneyball was a turning point, and Pitt now places himself in the hands of Andrew Dominik, a director he’s worked with before (on The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), for a relaxed, comic crime caper about a weary, cost conscious mob player gone rogue. Word is the film is heavy on amusing dialogue and is more about character than action. With the lines being delivered by Liotta, James Gandolfini, and the expert Jenkins, the screenwriter has nothing to worry about.