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“Enough Said” (2013) is a fascinating little movie. It starts out a smartly written romantic comedy that isn’t chatty despite tons of dialogue. It suddenly turns into an episode of “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and gets a little painful to watch (not always for the right reasons) before a satisfying ending. It was so nice to see James Gandolfini play a character that doesn’t have to whack anyone. I’ve always had a crush on Julia Louis-Dreyfus. On TV, she can be kinda schticky. But on the big screen, her nonstop facial expressions are a treat, not a distraction.

A lot of “Sopranos” fans will enjoy David Chase’s 2012 film, “Not Fade Away.” Unless you hated the way the TV series ended and/or have a general aversion to quirky endings. In that case, don’t watch it. It’s a New Jersey movie co-starring James Gandolfini, but it’s not a mob movie. It’s a coming-of-age period piece that traces the 1960s rock-and-roll revolution. It’s kinda like if Bryan Adams’ song “Summer of ’69,” unfolded over several years. Gandolfini is good as a dad staring into the generation gap. There are times you want to smack John Magaro, who plays his son.

Organized crime isn’t all spaghetti and pole dancers. “Killing Them Softly” (2012) takes a look at the darker side (addiction, revenge, murder), sometimes in vivid, slow-motion sequences that are either grotesquely tedious or stylishly, um, stylish. Apparently, there’s some kind of metaphor going on, too. It has something to do with the Wall Street meltdown and the 2008 presidential election. Brad Pitt explains it all at the end. The fact that he has to explain it all is not a ringing endorsement of the movie’s first 96 minutes. But if you’re in the mood for a mob flick, it’ll do.