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This Week In Cinemas.... It's Gangster's Galore with BRAD PITT and TAYLOR KITSCH

Friday, 21 September 2012

Back as always this week with all the latest cinema releases and the run down of what's worth your time going to see this weekend. Gangster movies are something which are always hotly debated in the film world, do they make them as good as they used too? That's the question everyone asks. Gangster movies are expected to live up to a certain standard these days but as yet there are not many in the modern day which have managed to live up to the reputations set by classics like The Godfather Part II (1974), Scarface (1983), Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995). There are a couple of new movies coming out this week with "Gangsta" type themes and one in particular which looks likely to join the few which have rivalled the classics we all love so much.

So, first I'll go to the release which comes with the unofficial tag line of "Yes, they still make em like they used too". Killing Them Softly stars Brad Pitt in what looks like it's going to be one his finest performances since 1999's Fight Club, like that movie Killing Them Softly also has rules, don't interrupt a Mob protected game of Poker or Jackie Cogan (Pitt) will be sent to "whack" you, in the softest way possible of course. Jackie is a Mob enforcer who is sent to investigate after a poker game which has been organised by the mob gets held up and a heist takes place leaving them 100k out of pocket. Also starring along side Brad is Scott Mcnairy, Ben Mandelshon, then some gangster credentials for you, Vincent Curatola who starred in The Sopranos and also played a gangster in the first season of Person of Interest (episode, Flesh and Blood). Even more credentials follow that with Tony Soprano himself, James Gandolfini starring along with the man who portrayed Henry Hill in 1990's Goodfellas, Ray Liotta, check out the trailer and let me know what you think.

I think this looks really good, I don't think I will be down the cinema this weekend or anything like that but Killing Them Softly will definitely be joining my Blu-ray collection when released in the next couple of months.

Next up this week, more gangsters, this time though there not Italian, there a Mexican drug cartel. Savages is the new movie brought to us by Director Oliver Stone and it stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, John Travolta and Benicio Del Toro. Savages follows the story of Chon (Kitsch) and Ben (Johnson), two pot dealers who share a rather attractive girlfriend, far from Harold and Kumar things go rather tits up for Ben and Chon when their shared girlfriend is kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel as they want a share of their very lucrative cannabis production business. Ben and Chon team up with a dirty DEA Agent and they wage an all out battle of wills against the cartel, one thing the cartel don't bargain for is the skills of Chon, who just happens to be a former Navy Seal. Take a look at the trailer and let me know what you think.

I actually think this looks a little more kick ass than Killing Them Softly, there certainly seems to be a lot more in the way of explosions, so, that's two movies which have just been added to my watch list this week, how about you?

There are of course a host of other movies out this week which I'll quickly run through for you now. First off, Now Is Good a drama which stars a now very grown up Dakota Fanning, you also have an new romantic comedy starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancey named Hysteria. Horror movie The House at the End of the Street also sees it's cinema release this week as well. That's all for this week, I'll be back next Friday with more. 
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