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iVillage: Holiday Movies 2012

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'Killing Them Softly'

Release Date: Nov. 30

The Plot: Brad Pitt and his "Assassination of Jesse James" director, Andrew Dominik, throw their weight behind this adaptation of the novel "Cogan’s Trade." Pitt plays an enforcer who teams with a friend (James Gandolfini) to hunt down the cons who robbed a Mob-sponsored poker game.

The Buzz: Oscar-savvy producer Harvey Weinstein pushed the movie’s release date to better position it for Academy Award attention, after it made big splashes on this year’s festival circuit for being a crime drama with a bigger message. "What Andrew wanted to do with this film was interesting," Pitt told Interview, in explaining why he took the role. "He wanted to talk about America -- and America as a business -- but he wanted to hide it within this low-end crime drama."

(CREDIT: Melinda Sue Gordon/Cogan's Productions LLC.)
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