The Weinstein Company has made some changes to its upcoming release schedule today, moving up Paul Thomas Anderson’s Scientology-tinged drama, ‘The Master,’ from October 12th to September 14th, while pushing back Andrew Dominik’s Brad Pitt-starring crime flick, ‘Killing Them Softly,’ from September 21st to October 19th. ‘The Master’ centres on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as “the Master” (Philip Seymour Hoffman) whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young alcholic drifter (Joaquin Phoenix) who becomes his right-hand man only to begin questioning his manipulative mentor. “The Master” creates the faith-based organization after witnessing the horrors of WWII, in an attempt to rediscover who he is in post-war America. Laura Dern, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons, Lena Endre and David Warshofsky also star in the film. ‘The Master’ marks the fifth collaboration between Paul Thomas Anderson and Philip Seymour Hoffman, following ‘Hard Eight,’ ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Magnolia,’ and ‘Punch Drunk Love.’

Andrew Dominik is the man behind one of my favourite movies of the last decade, ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.’ ‘Killing Them Softly’ re-teams Dominik with his Jesse James lead star Brad Pitt as a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that takes place during a high stakes poker game under protection of the mob. Other cast members include Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ben Mendelsohn, Scoot McNairy, Bella Heathcote, Max Casella, Slaine, and Sam Shepard….pretty stellar! ‘Killing Them Softly’ tracks Jackie Cogan’s (Pitt) career in a gangland version of law and order. For Cogan is an enforcer; and when the Mob’s rules get broken, he gets hired to ply his trade – murder. Based on George V. Higgins 1974 national best-seller, Cogan is called in when a high-stake card game under the protection of the Mob is heisted. Expertly, with a ruthless businessman’s efficiency, a shrewd sense of other people’s weaknesses, and a style as cold as his stare, Cogan moves with reliable precision to restore the status quo as ill-conceived capers and double-dealing shenanigans erupt into high-voltage violence. Check out my interview with Brad Pitt for ‘Killing Them Softly here.