Scott McNairy as Frankie
  • Scott McNairy as Frankie

You’ll need to get a move on if you want to see Killing Them Softly, Brad Pitt and Andrew Dominik’s follow-up to their well-regarded western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2006). The new movie opened on Friday and, according to the mighty Box Office Mojo, “bombed with just $6.8 million, which is one of Brad Pitt’s worst openings ever. . . . The movie received a terrible ‘F’ CinemaScore, and should fade from theaters very quickly in the next few weeks.” That isn’t much of a surprise, actually, given the disparity between the rascally, fast-moving film promised by the trailers and TV commercials and the one Dominik actually made—a melancholy marathon of one-on-one conversations punctuated by brutal, unnervingly visceral beatings and executions.