"The Sisters Brothers" spins a unique Western yarn                "Colette" is another period piece showcase for Kiera Knightley                John C. Reilly looks like a late breaking Academy Award player in the Trailer for "Stan & Ollie"                Brie Larson saves the day in the First Trailer for "Captain Marvel"                The Toronto International Film Festival boosts "Green Book" with its Top Prize                Updated Academy Award predictions for early September                "White Boy Rick" is a compelling character study and period piece                Taking a look at potential Best Supporting Actress contenders                Shane Black gives "The Predator" his signature clever spin                Venice Film Festival award winners include "The Favourite" and "Roma"                Taking a look at potential Best Supporting Actor contenders                Watch out for Ben Foster in Best Supporting Actor for "Leave No Trace"                "The Favourite" releases a new Trailer to build off of its positive festival buzz                "All About Nina" and "Fahrenheit 11/9": Films to look forward to in September                Trailer for "The Front Runner" and Buzz from Telluride suggest another Oscar player for Jason Reitman        

Brad Pitt’s “Killing Them Softly” Trailer

HollywoodNews.com: This is a terrific trailer for what is allegedly a terrific little crime drama. . I’d argue that it’s a net positive in this case. I’ve long argued that I’d rather see certain movies go completely without women that shoe-horn a random pretty girl (often played by an actress who should be getting better roles) in order to provide a token romantic subplot and/or an easy way to make one low-life more sympathetic than another (Ryan Gosling has a crush on Cary Mulligan in Drive, which makes him the ‘hero’ by default).

Obviously the best case scenario would be actually having well-written female characters that aren’t love interests, even in macho crime pictures like this (why not give James Gandolfini’s part to Melissa Leo?). But barring that, I’d much prefer to see a ‘strictly business’ sausage fest versus something like (random example) The Killer Elite which wastes a good twenty minutes of an already overlong movie attempting to shoe-horn in Jason Statham’s ultimately pointless relationship with Yvonne Strahovski (who on TV’s Chuck was a lead rather than ‘the girl’). Anyway, Killing Them Softly opens on October 19th, 2012. As always, we’ll see.

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