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'Killing Them Softly' -- 3 stars

R; 1:37 running time In an ugly economy, murder becomes the last beautiful act. That's the state of the nation in "Killing Them Softly," a harsh and stimulating black comedy set in the recent past, starring Brad Pitt as a hit man hired to eliminate, in his own inimitable style, some underworld thieves in post-Katrina New Orleans. -- Michael PhillipsRead the full "Killing Them Softly" movie review