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Based on the children's book of the same name that Schirripa co-wrote with Charles Fleming, Nicky Deuce is about an overprotected teen (iCarly's Noah Munck) who ends up spending the summer in Brooklyn with the uncle (Schirripa) he never knew he had. Viewers can expect fun cameos from Sopranos alums James Gandolfini, Michael Imperioli, Vincent Curatola and Tony Sirico.
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- Robyn Ross
It's a "Sopranos" reunion, courtesy of ... Nickelodeon?
The movie, which is based on the children's book written by Schirripa and Charles Fleming, centers on Nicholas Borelli II, a.k.a. Nicky Deuce (Munck), a nerdy teen who finds himself in Brooklyn with a mobster uncle (Schirripa) he never knew he had after his plans to attend math camp go awry.
Schirripa (a.k.a. Bobby Bacala) tapped many of his former "Sopranos" co-stars to make appearances in the kids mob movie, which is sure to have fewer f-bombs and trips to the Bada Bing than "The Sopranos" did. Look for James Gandolfini, Michael Imperioli, Vincent Curatola and Tony Sirico in The Huffington Post's exclusive "Nicky Deuce" trailer above.
- Chris Harnick
Chicago – Andrew Dominik delivered one of the best movies of the ’00s the last time he worked with Brad Pitt when the two made “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” And so there was intense anticipation for their follow-up collaboration, “Killing Them Softly,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD. Call it a sophomore slump but “Kts” is a film with tons of style and some interesting ideas that nonetheless feels like a dirge and plays like a film twice as long as its running time.
Based on “Cogan’s Trade” by George V. Higgins (the name change is the first thing to raise eyebrows), “Killing Them Softly” attempts to graft a commentary on our increasingly dire economic times with a thriller about a mob hitman with a trio of assignments. Pitt plays the guy brought in to clean things up when a couple of numbskulls (Scoot McNairy & Ben Mendelsohn, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Although it didn't take off at the box office like I had hoped it would, director Andrew Dominik's brilliant Killing Them Softly was one of my Top 10 movies of 2012. Chocked full of brilliant performances from Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, and Scoot McNairy, this adaptation of George V. Higgins centers on the fallout from a high stakes poker game robbery, set against the backdrop of the 2008 Presidential elections. I recently had the chance to speak with Andrew Dominik about his fascinating drama, which debuts on Blu-ray and DVD March 26. Here's what he had to say.
I'm not normally a huge fan of deleted scenes, even in movies I love, but I really enjoyed these deleted scenes. Are these the ones you were trying to fit in and you just didn't have room for? »
Director Andrew Dominik is obviously upset about the current political climate in the Us. His latest, Killing Them Softly, unsubtly comments on the empty Cspan chatter of the 2008 presidential campaign by bluntly displaying an America deaf to the bureaucratic business of national politics, one of underground, not-so-legal activity. Though the perpetual motion machine of small time crime is certainly nothing new to the world of cinema, the film takes pains to avoid genre tropes by curiously composing its A-list cast of characters as crooked archetypes. The criminal cutouts are allowed guttural dimension, all but drenching them in the blood baths of botched circumvention and the cash-driven enunciation of hired hit men.
As if to show his irreverence of the figureheads running our country, the opening credits sound of Obama being cut off by the opening title cards and bracingly set against an ominously humming ambiance. It’s a harrowing beginning »
- Jordan M. Smith
This week: Steven Spielberg directs Daniel Day-Lewis in his Oscar-winning role in "Lincoln" as the 16th President of the United States who spent the last few months of his life making changes that would affect generations of Americans.
Also new this week is the crime drama "Killing Them Softly" with Brad Pitt, the horror sequel "The Collection," the family comedy "Parental Guidance" and Stuart Gordon's cult favorite "From Beyond" on Blu-ray for the first time.
Box Office: $182 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 89% Fresh
Storyline: Steven Spielberg directs this revealing historical drama about the final months of Abraham Lincoln's presidency. In a country torn apart by the Civil War, the 16th President of the United States ((Daniel Day-Lewis) pursues a course of action that will end the conflict and abolish slavery. On board for the history lesson are Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, Joseph Gordon-Levitt »
- Robert DeSalvo
Anchor Bay Entertainment has chosen March 26, 2013 to release the crime thriller Killing Them Softly starring Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Vincent Curatola, Max Casella, Trevor Long, Slaine and Sam Shepard on Blu-ray and DVD.
Killing Them Softly stars Pitt as an enforcer for the mob who must restore balance to the "criminal economy" after a card game is held up by inexperienced thieves. The film was released theatrically on November 30, 2012 and has earned $15 million to date, the exact estimated production costs.
The Blu-ray edition of Killing Them Softly comes with DVD and digital copy versions of the film. It will be presented in 2.4:1 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. Bonus features include Deleted Scenes and The Making of Killing Them Softly.
Click here to pre-order Killing Them Softly on Blu-ray for $29.99 at Amazon.com, 25% off the $39.99 list price.
Mark your calendars for your chance to pick up Killing Them Softly. A worthwhile effort, and great turn by Brad Pitt (I don’t say that often), this is one that didn’t get enough attention in theaters.
I’m actually curious to see how the special features turn out, and, given the lack of information, what they turn out to be. A Making Of is bound to be of some interest, but I’d love a commentary track here.
If you missed our podcast review of Killing Them Softly, check it out here.
Available on DVD and Blu-ray(Tm) Combo Pack on March 26, 2013
- Marc Eastman
Two petty criminals – who think they have a no-risk plan – are recruited to rob a high stakes, Mob-protected poker game causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays Jackie Cogan, the enforcer hired to track down the culprits and restore order, in his own unique way.
Killing Them Softly also features Richard Jenkins, (The Visitor), James Gandolfini (The Sopranos), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), Scoot McNairy (Monsters), Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom) and Vincent Curatola (The Sopranos). Killing Them Softly is written for the screen and directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford), and is based on George V. Higgins novel, Cogan’S Trade.
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