Brad Pitt’s crime thriller “Killing Them Softly” may be the movie on most theater-goers’ agendas Friday, but another new release, “The Waiting Room,” received four stars from Post movie critic Ann Hornaday. The healthcare documentary is the latest in a recent string of four-star movies leading up to Oscar season in February.
Here’s what the Post critics had to say about “Killing Them Softly,” “The Waiting Room,” and the rest of this week’s new releases:
“Killing Them Softly” (R) “Anchored by a terrific lead performance from Brad Pitt, this alternately bitterly funny and labored gangland parable might have felt bracingly new in an era before Quentin Tarantino and successors like David Chase and Martin McDonagh conferred their profane blessing on the marriage of brutal screen violence and operatic, self-aware dialogue.” — Ann Hornaday
“The Waiting Room” (Unrated) “If I could choose one film to play in the White House screening room this year, it would be ‘The Waiting Room,’ Peter Nicks’s magnificent documentary portrait of a hospital emergency room that eloquently portrays the faults and limitations of the American health care system, even as it punctures some of the most toxic stereotypes surrounding it.” — Ann Hornaday
“Back to 1942” (Unrated) “‘Back to 1942’ shows the director’s mastery of chaotic spectacle, massed human motion and elegant camera movements... Starvation and subtlety may be an unlikely pairing, but Feng’s historical horror show would actually be more moving if it were less openly emotional.” — Mark Jenkins
“The Collection” (R) “The movie, a sequel to 2009’s gorenographic ‘The Collector,’ about a psychopathic kidnapper with a fondness for bondage hoods and booby traps, is notably dull and repetitive, even by the standards of an already repetitive genre.” — Michael O’Sullivan