This week sees the release of Andrew Dominik‘s “Killing Them Softly,” a gripping little crime movie than threatens to be one of The Playlist’s highlights of 2012. And among its many pleasures is the chance to see some character actor favorites like James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, and newer up-and-comers like Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn given substantial roles to chew on. Best of all is a major role for the incomparably great Richard Jenkins.
Jenkins is one of those actors who’s never anything less than wonderful, stealing the show in countless films, able to turn on a sixpence between comedy and drama, and elevating everything he’s in. And yet, even though Jenkins won a much-deserved Oscar nomination a few years back for “The Visitor” and averages four or five movies a year, it still feels like he’s chronically undervalued in Hollywood.