Brad Pitt's 'Killing Them Softly' Moves Release Date Again, Hopes to Grab Oscar's Attention
As we head into the final quarter of the cinematic year, films with Oscar hopes begin jostling around the release-date calendar in hopes of maximizing their attraction to Academy voters (or, in the cast of a film like Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, exiting the annual Oscar race altogether).
After a successful bow at the Cannes Film Festival, Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly – with Brad Pitt in the leading role – was scheduled for a U.S. release Sept. 21. That shifted once The Master moved its release date. Now it sounds like Softly's release date is changing once again.
American audiences now are going to have to wait until Nov. 30, according to Deadline. As the site points out, the move is made with Oscar in mind, putting it closer to the end of the year (when prestige pics tend to open) and taking advantage of a post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas slot that might not yet be overwhelmed with competition.
This is a bit of good-news/bad-news. Yes, it means that we’ll have to wait longer to see what Pitt and Dominik have in store for the follow up to their revisionist Western, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
At the same time, the move to late November suggests a vote of confidence in the film from The Weinstein Company (who know more than a thing or two about successful Oscar campaigns), and everything that we are hearing about Killing Them Softly ahead of its release indicate that the crime thriller will be worth the wait.
What do you think? Does Killing Them Softly have high Oscar hopes? Will it be a welcome return to the crime genre for Pitt? Share your opinions on the film, and its release date shift, below.
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.