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Screen Play: Keepin’ It Gangsta

They didn’t choose the thug life; it chose them

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Brad Pitt finesses his crack shot in Killing Them Softly, director Andrew Dominik’s must-see Jesse James follow-up. We know you’ve been dying to see it — even when it was Cogan’s Trade. Get your white knuckles to the theater today.

Rather pop a cap at home? Call up Babyface and let one of these criminals entertain you. They’re all streaming on Netflix right now.

Al Pacino, Donnie Brasco
Nickname: Benjamin “Lefty” Ruggiero
Why we love him: He’s into stationery (he buys the boss a “from one friend to another” card).

Scott Speedman, Citizen Gangster
Nickname: Edwin “Eddie” Boyd
Why we love him: Because he’s mastered the cat eye.

Brad Pitt, Snatch
Nickname: Mickey the Pikey
Why we love him: So he’s not Brick Top, but he does lead a campsite of pikeys, calls dogs “dags,” and takes out Gorgeous George with a single punch. Gangsta.

Michael Madsen, Reservoir Dogs
Nickname: Mr. Blonde
Why we love him: What do you think of when you hear “Stuck in the Middle with You,” by Stealers Wheel?

Bobby Milk Robert De Niro, Analyze This
Nickname: Boss Paul Vitti
Why we love him: He’s a mobster in a meltdown.

Ice Cube, Boyz n the hood
Nickname: Doughboy
Why we love him: Because Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood wasn’t streaming.

Winona Ryder, Heathers
Nickname: Veronica Sawyer
Why we love her: Because her teenage angst now has a body count (and a TV show in the works).

Find showtimes for Killing Them Softly at fandango.com. Then watch Brad talk murder with Richard Jenkins below. Stream all of the above on netflix.com. For more movie inspiration, click through November’s must-see movies, our GoWatchIt channels, or Roundup.

Photo: Courtesy of The Weinstein Company