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Gangster Squad

Rated R 110 minutes 2013

This noirish mob actioner from Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) originally included a scene of gangsters firing from behind a silver screen into a movie audience; after the multiplex massacre in Aurora, Colorado, that scene was deleted, so you'll have to settle for the opening one, in which a hood with his limbs tied to two different cars is torn in half onscreen. Apart from the gore—and there's plenty—this is basically L.A. Confidential without the script: an upright police detective in 1949 (Josh Brolin) rounds up some like-minded renegades on the force (Ryan Gosling, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick) to wage war on real-life gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). Fleischer and screenwriter Will Beall adapted a nonfiction book by Paul Lieberman, turning it into a cartoon. With Emma Stone and Nick Nolte.

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Director: Ruben Fleischer

Producer: Dan Lin, Kevin McCormick, Michael Tadross, Paul Lieberman, Ruben Fleischer and Bruce Berman

Cast: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Robert Patrick, Michael Peña, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Emma Stone, Sean Penn, John Aylward, Josh Pence, De'aundre Bonds, Jon Polito, Wade Williams, Mick Betancourt, Jack McGee, Mireille Enos and Troy Garity


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