If you are like me, you woke Friday morning (and again on Saturday) in a caloric fog, with gravy stains splattered across your cardigan, little clumps of hardened mashed potato stuck to your shoes and cranberry sauce in places I dare not mention. I had a Thanksgiving food-induced blackout, which is all to say: man I love that holiday. But it’s time to get back to business. This week we’re killing them softly and working on our collections.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

Killing Them Softly
It’s not hard to spot a gangster movie from a distance when a number of clues present themselves just in the trailer. Dead giveaway number one: Ray Liotta. Dead number two: Tony Soprano. Number three: poker game. Number four: heavy use of town cars and luxury sedans. And so on. And so on. Easy to spot.

And while Killing Them Softly has all the surface level hallmarks of your standard mafia fare, director Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford-75%) appears to have created something a bit more layered and timely than the typical “Yo Vinnie, you’s got the money?” kind of stuff so easy to throw on screen at a moment's notice. Adapting George V. Higgins’ book Cogan’s Trade, Dominik’s turned a mafia-robbery-gone-wrong flick into a critique of our modern economic system and a referendum on the state of our once-collapsing financial sector. This all through what happens when a pair of bumbling petty thieves crush the mafia’s infrastructure by just knocking off a fairly high stakes poker game. And the SEC regulator (mafia hitman) sent to clean up the mess? A well-coifed Brad Pitt of course.

I don’t typically concern myself too much with the on screen talent, as it isn’t too great of an indicator of critical success. But a few people can’t be ignored. The recent incarnation of Pitt is one of them. Moneyball (95%), Tree of Life (84%), Inglourious Basterds (88%), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (72%) mean a solid seven year run for the dude. Go all the way back to 2005’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith at 58% (and I love this movie as a guilty pleasure) to find something less than 70% for Mr. Angeline Jolie.

More than enough reviews are in for the flick already that I can’t in good conscience (and I have very little of it) count it on the resume. Critics love it, sitting in the nineties with over sixty reviews in. That’s basically crushing it and adds to the list of quality movies coming out in the last quarter of this year. Got to love on screen gangsters right? The Rotten Watch for Killing Them Softly is 91%

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