THE KILL ROOM (2023) Reviews of dark comedy thriller with Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman – 2nd trailer

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‘Crime is an art form’
The Kill Room is a 2023 American dark comedy thriller film about a hitman, his boss, an art dealer and a money-laundering scheme that accidentally turns the assassin into an overnight avant-garde sensation and one that forces her to play the art world against the underworld.

Directed and co-produced by Nicol Paone (Friendsgiving) from a screenplay by Jonathan Jacobson. Also produced by Jordan Yale Levine, Jordan Beckerman, Anne Clements, William Rosenfeld, Bill Kenwright, Dannielle Thomas, Jason Weinberg and Uma Thurman.

The movie stars Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman (both previously in Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction), Joe Manganiello, Debi Mazar, Maya Hawke, Dree Hemingway, Amy Keum, Candy Buckley, Larry Pine, Jennifer Kim and Alexander Sokovikov.

Patrice Capullo (Uma Thurman) has a big problem: her art gallery isn’t making money. Gordon (Samuel L. Jackson) has an even bigger problem, while arranging hits for the mob is lucrative, he and his ”colleague” Reggie (Joe Manganiello) need a better way to launder their money.


A chance introduction from Patrices’s drug dealer has the art world meet the underworld, and a plan is hatched. The one hitch: Patrice needs something to sell. With that, Reggie taps into his inner artist and makes a painting which immediately “sells” for an incredibly high price. When the noteworthy price for this new mystery artist accidentally leaks, the art career of “The Bagman” is born, attracting attention and press, something his superiors in the underworld are very unhappy with…

In the US, Shout! Studios will release The Kill Room theatrically nationwide on September 29, 2023.


The Kill Room is strangely under-heralded, considering it stars Thurman and Jackson, but it is probably funnier than Velvet Buzzsaw. It still can’t beat Roger Corman’s subversive satire Bucket of Blood, but that was a true classic. Recommended for viewers who enjoy seeing hipsters taken down a peg or two…” J.B. Spins

“Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson give lively performances and have some fun in their roles, but the screenplay doesn’t give them enough material to let their comedic skills shine […] There’s nothing exceptional about the production values to elevate the film above mediocrity […] The Kill Room is a mildly engaging, but often limp dark comedy that’s only sporadically funny with too little wit.” The NYC Movie Guru

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“Getting to make The Kill Room — an already incredible script — with Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson is beyond my wildest dreams,” commented director Nicol Paone. “Every moment they’re onscreen, they are both enviable and eye-catching. I am eternally grateful to both of them for saying yes, and I am thrilled to bring this to life alongside Anne Clements and Yale Productions.”

“The combination of Uma and Sam for this project is a dream come true,” added producers Jordan Yale Levine and Jordan Beckerman of Yale Productions. “We are certain that Nicol is going to deliver a special film and one that strikes the perfect balance between dark humour and edge-of-your-seat thrills.”

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