27. Killing Them Softly
Release Year: 2012
Directed By: Andrew Dominik
Starring: Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Sam Shepard, Vincent Curatola, Max Casella, Trevor Long, Slaine, Linara Washington
Release Date: Friday, March 27
It’s amazing that over 30 years into his career, Brad Pitt is still on top. After becoming a tabloid target for his high-profile relationships, the actor and producer finally landed an Academy Award for his acting this year when he won Best Supporting Actor for Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood. He’s never been more on fire, and we’re not just talking about all those jokes he told in his awards season acceptance speeches. Following his big win, it’s the perfect time to check out some of his best roles, like in Killing Them Softly, one of this month’s most promising Netflix new releases.
Based on the 1974 novel Cogan’s Trade by George V. Higgins, Brad Pitt stars in Killing Them Softly as hitman Jackie Cogan, who’s hired by the bosses of mob lackey Markie (Ray Liotta) to settle the score on a trade gone wrong. When crook Johnny Amato (Vincent Curatola) devises a plan to rob Markie’s card game, he hires the incompetent duo of Frankie (Scoot McNairy) and Russell (Ben Mendelsohn) to pull off the job. However, they manage to swipe the mob’s money and ruffle a lot of feathers.
Killing Them Softly comes from director Andrew Dominik, who also helmed the films Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, One More Time with Feeling and the upcoming Blonde. The film earned mostly positive reviews from critics and holds a respectable 74% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Killing Them Softly performed modestly at the box office, with a worldwide gross of $37.9 million against a budget of $15 million, but competed for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Check out the underrated Brad Pitt film when it streams this March.