Blockbuster, Oscar bait or something else?
Action, with a little comedy thrown in
The Weinstein Company doesn't sign on to make trash, and "Killing Them Softly" is no exception to the rule. Andrew Dominik's bleak depiction of the mafia's economic structure was well received at Cannes. A purported satire of American capitalism, Brad Pitt stars as a brute enforcer, alongside mob movie usuals James Gandolfini and Ray Liotta. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be glad you're not on Brad Pitt's bad side.
-- Molly Chance