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Hit man story is stylish but its message gets tedious

Brad Pitt stars as Jackie Cogan in "Killing Them Softly."
Photographer: Melinda Sue Gordon/The Weinstein Co.
Brad Pitt stars as Jackie Cogan in "Killing Them Softly."
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Writer-director Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly” is an incredibly stylish genre exercise set in the world of mobsters, junkies and lowlifes, but it’s also trying incredibly hard to be About Something. Not content merely to be profane, abrasive and occasionally darkly amusing, it also wants to be relevant. And so Dominik has taken the 1974 crime novel “Cogan’s Trade” by George V. Higgins and set it in the days before the 2008 presidential election, just ...

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