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Gangster Squad starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, Sean Penn and Anthony Mackie, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Home Video. If you don't already own the 1949 version of the battle for Los Angeles, we've got three copies of the Blu-ray and DVD combo pack that are up for grabs in this contest.
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Los Angeles 1949. Ruthless Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs the guns the prostitutes and-if he has his way-every wire bet placed west of Chicago. »
The 1920s come roaring back to life with Gangster Squad, debuting on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and DVD April 23. Ruben Fleischer directs this drama based on the true story of an elite L.A.P.D. unit lead by John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who are tasked with taking down infamous gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). To celebrate this new release, we have a contest lined up where fans can take home the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Continue reading to find out how you can win.
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This week: Director J.A. Bayona's gut-wrenching "The Impossible" starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts in her Oscar-nominated role tells the true story of one family's struggle for survival after the 2004 tsunami that devastated Thailand and much of the surrounding region.
Also new this week is the troubled "Gangster Squad" with Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling; Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land" with Matt Damon and John Krasinski; and the Blu-ray 3D debut of the original "Jurassic Park."
Box Office: $19 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 81% Fresh
Storyline: Based on the true story of what befell one family during the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, "The Impossible" follows a married couple, Henry and Maria (Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts), and their three young sons who are staying at a Thai resort over the Christmas holidays. When the deadly wave abruptly hits their hotel complex, Maria and son Lucas (Tom Holland »
- Robert DeSalvo
Think for a few seconds, if you will, about your grandparents. Chances are you have some memories from when you were a child, perhaps of your grandfather bouncing you on his knee or your grandmother baking you a pie. Good memories. Now imagine for a moment that someone in Hollywood has decided to make a balls-out action movie with your beloved grandparent at the center of it, guns blazing.
That would be totally bizarre, right? Well, now you have an idea how the granddaughter of real life "Gangster Squad" leader John O'Mara is feeling right now — and she's decided to share those feelings in a brand new blog.
Titled "A Silver Screen Version of an 85mm Life," the new post from blogger sierramargaret details how her family was interviewed about the life of her grandfather and how those interviews were then incorporated into a series of articles for the Los Angeles Times called "L. »
- Scott Harris
Gangster Squad, 2013.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer.
A 1940s crime tale about the rise and fall of gangster Mickey Cohen.
Let me start by saying that I enjoyed Gangster Squad, but it is far from spectacular. It's not even 'great', it's just... enjoyable.
One of the problems that stuck out to me the most was how nothing was ever given time to develop. Not a single character, nor plot point, is given room to breathe and develop any substance. Everything is a shallow caricature of something which should have more substance; Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) is a hardened war veteran, Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) is a vicious man - it's all told and shown to us in quick glimpses, nothing is ever given any depth.
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The Movie: Gangster Squad (2013) Studio: Warner Bros. Director: Ruben Fleischer Starring: Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen, Josh Brolin as Sgt. John O'Mara, Ryan Gosling as Sgt. Jerry Wooters, Emma Stone as Grace Faraday, Mireille Enos as Connie O'Mara, Nick Nolte as Chief Parker, Robert Patrick as Officer Max Kennard, Giovanni Ribisi as Officer Conway Keeler and Michael Pena as Officer Navidad Ramirez Screenwriters: Will Beall based on the seven-part, 2008 Los Angeles Times feature "Tales From the Gangster Squad" by Paul Lieberman RottenTomatoes: 34% MetaCritic: 40/100 Snippet from My Review: (read my full review here) Gangster Squad is a paint-by-numbers attempt at a gangster film. Gritty is assumed because it begins with a gnarly bit of violence, has plenty of bullets flying around and a lot of bloodshed and shouting. But in the end it has the appearance of a poser, unsure of itself and decreasing in entertainment value as it boom, boom, »
- Brad Brevet
New Gangster Squad movie delivered great action,major violence & more. Warner Bros. Pictures released their new action/drama flick "Gangster Squad" into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out,and thought it was pretty entertaining as it served up a ton of action-filled,outrageously violent,graphic scenes,coupled with major drama, The movie stars: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Robert Patrick, Michael Peña, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Emma Stone,and Sean Penn. In the new flick, gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) has become the most powerful figure in the criminal underworld, and intends to continue to expand his criminal enterprise. The police have not been able to stop Cohen's ruthless rise, as witnesses are afraid to testify, and Cohen has bribed many cops and influential political figures to maintain his control. Chief Bill Parker (Nick Nolte), the head of the Los Angeles Police Department, is determined to stop Mickey, »
Director Ruben Fleischer is already well known for his hits Zombieland and Thirty Minutes or Less, but his latest movie, Gangster Squad is absolutely nothing like those features. That is to say, the gritty true-crime tale based on Paul Lieberman's seven-part La Times-published "Tales from the Gangster Squad" series is a full 180 degrees from Fleischer's comedic work. Somewhere in the middle between The Untouchables and Dick Tracy, Gangster Squad is an exceedingly bloody, bloodthirsty historical account of extensively-researched events from the early 20th century.
The film opens with an account of Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn), a mad-dog ex-boxer mob boss who violently disposes of any competitors. Penn plays Cohen so over-the-top it's impossible not to compare him to a Dick Tracy villain brought to life, a role he appears to relish. At times, his performance almost reaches Nicolas Cage levels of crazy.
Counter to this is Josh Brolin in »
- Mike Saulters
Gangster Squad hits theaters today, and we've got one more great extended trailer for you to watch before you go out and see the movie! I haven't seen it yet myself, but I'm looking forward to seeing it as soon as I get a chance!
The Ruben Fleischer-directed film stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi, and Anthony Mackie. If you've already hit up a screening of it, let us know what you thought of it!
Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and--if he has his way--every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It's enough to intimidate even the bravest, »
- Joey Paur
It's too bad Gangster Squad is rated R, because the audience it most deserves won't be able to purchase a ticket. This is Dick Tracy-meets-The Untouchables filled with cartoon caricatures that create a tonal hodgepodge that left me wondering "Is this supposed to be funny?" Then again, funny or not, it certainly isn't any good. Set in 1949, and inspired by (but not nearly a true story) Paul Lieberman's seven-part, 2008 Los Angeles Times feature "Tales From the Gangster Squad", the film started coming together back in 2011 with an impressive list of names attached. Sean Penn plays East Coast mob boss Mickey Coen whose about to find his organization under attack by Josh Brolin's all-rules-are-off band of cops. Brolin plays Sgt. John O'Mara and of the others that join him, Ryan Gosling's Jerry Wooters gets the most screen time while Michael Pena, Robert Patrick, Anthony Mackie and Giovanni Ribisi »
- Brad Brevet
"Gangster Squad" is a film that fails to fire ... or inspire.Set in 1940s Los Angeles, "Gangster Squad" follows a team of vigilante police officers lead by Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin), who are tasked with ridding the city of boxer-turned-mob boss Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn).Brolin and Penn have played adversaries before, earning Oscar nominations (and a win in Penn's case) for the brilliant film "Milk." Sadly, their characters in "Gangster Squad" lack the same depth. The cast also includes Emma Stone, who plays Mickey's girlfriend, and Ryan Gosling as the cop who tries to steal her away from her mob beau.The problems lie less in the acting and more in the totally predictable plot. Unlike "L.A. Confidential," which "Gangster Squad" will invariably be compared to, there are no twists and turns. It's the basic good versus evil story, with lots of guns (and smoking). And while the production design is nice, »
- tooFab Staff
This all-star action thriller set in 1940s Los Angeles, featuring Sean Penn under some heavy prosthetics, is slick but shallow
Ruben Fleischer, famous for his wisecracking comedies Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less, has now made his career step up to a bigger, meatier picture. Gangster Squad is an all-star action thriller based on a true story and set in 1940s Los Angeles, all about a secret crew of incorruptible cops taking on a Brooklyn mobster, the sadistic and creepy Mickey Cohen. Mickey is hammily played by Sean Penn under heavy prosthetics, behind which those unmistakable hooded eyes glower from further back than usual. The movie is slick but shallow, pretty watchable, very violent. It's not quite in the cynical tradition of James Ellroy: the emphasis is on the good guys in uniform. Chief among them is lantern-jawed Sergeant John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) whose pregnant wife is at first worried about her man's dangerous work, »
- Peter Bradshaw
It's a bit disappointing that Ruben Fleischer's Gangster Squad can live in such a rich setting and still feel so light. As seen through a grand tradition of films dating back over 70 years, post-war Los Angeles was boozy, hedonistic, dangerous, and dark. Gangster Squad waters down this colorful world, and simply coasts on being an amusing, frivolous action film. There's nothing wrong with that, and with a strong cast at his disposal, Fleischer finds a nice blend between the style he brought to Zombieland and the spirit of the time period. Unfortunately, a thin plot and even thinner characters make Gangster Squad as intense as a drive-by shooting and just as fleeting. Brutal gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) is turning Los Angeles into a war zone. His bloodthirsty ambition to seize power from rival factions is getting innocent citizens caught in the crossfire, and Police Chief Parker (Nick Nolte) wants to fight back. »
- Matt Goldberg
With the film set to hit theaters tomorrow, a final extended trailer for director Ruben Fleischer’s crime drama Gangster Squad has been released online. It looks to be mostly made up of footage that we’ve seen before, but this is the most comprehensive look at the film we’ve been given thus far. If you missed any of our recent coverage, be sure to check out Steve’s extended interview with star Josh Brolin and Christina’s coverage of the press conference that included Fleischer, Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone. Look for more interviews over the next few days. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, Robert Patrick and Mireille Enos. Gangster Squad opens on January 11th. Via Machinima. Here’s the official synopsis for Gangster Squad: Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born »
- Adam Chitwood
An extended trailer for Ruben Fleischer's Gangster Squad is now online. Check it out in the player below, courtesy of Machinima . Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and--if he has his way--every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It's enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop...except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of Lapd outsiders led by Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen's world apart. "Gangster Squad" is »
Plot: In post WW2-l.A, a tough but honest cop, John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) is tasked by Lapd chief Parker (Nick Nolte) to assemble a unit devoted to wiping out gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). Review: Gangster Squad starts with the oft-used phrase "inspired by true events". In this case, the true events are that Mickey Cohen was a real gangster, and that the Lapd did indeed try to shut him down, but everything else is pure fiction. Cohen- while a powerful thug in his day, was »
- Chris Bumbray
Los Angeles — "Gangster Squad" director Ruben Fleischer was stepping out of the shower on the night of July 20 last year when he received a chilling phone call from a studio executive at Warner Bros. There had been a deadly shooting at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colo. The studio was pulling the trailer for its "Gangster Squad" movie.
The problem was that the preview, which had been scheduled to debut before some showings of the latest Batman film that weekend, featured a peek at a pivotal moment in the 1940s true-crime romp when Los Angeles mobsters ruthlessly shoot into a movie theater audience.
Thus began an arduous odyssey to the screen of a film loosely based on violence 60 years ago impacted by the real-life violence of today – from the Colorado massacre that forced the reshooting of a key scene, through the country's mourning following the »
There's something off about "Gangster Squad" even before the title hits the screen. Los Angeles crime boss Mickey Cohen (a cartoonish Sean Penn) shows off his skills from his days as a prize fighter under a high contrast, heavily stylized lighting that emphasizes his strained veins. As he pummels a punching bag with ferocious intensity, the voiceover of Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin), the officer eventually tasked with taking Cohen down, explains the criminal's menacing grip on 1940's-era Los Angeles as if the cop were narrating a trailer for the real deal. From the very start, the movie presents itself as a cheap, over-stylized imitation of better crime sagas from several eras, landing somewhere between "Public Enemy" and "L.A. Confidential" without the same gravitas or consistency. There's a strange tension here between director and material, given that Ruben Fleisher's two previous efforts, the enjoyable »
- Eric Kohn
They met back in 2007 on the set of Milk, in which Penn played San Francisco's Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California. Brolin played Dan White, the disturbed city supervisor who assassinated Milk, and served only five years in prison after invoking the infamous "Twinkie defence," which claimed he was under the influence of a junk-food binge.
The two were literally mortal enemies on screen. But when they met on set Penn chose to break the ice by publicly kissing Brolin full on the lips. After vowing to find another project to do together, years later the two friends are back at each other's throats, as real-life gangster »
- Jim Slotek, Cineplex Magazine
In "Gangster Squad," a motley crew of cops join forces to take down mobster Mickey Cohen. They're led by war veteran John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) who thinks with his fists, a street-smart cop who's handy with a knife (Anthony Mackie), a quick-draw cowboy (Robert Patrick), the cynical cop who's out for vengeance (Ryan Gosling) and the techie (Giovanni Ribisi) who sets up critical wiretaps under Cohen's own nose. The film draws on a long line of mission movies, from "The Magnificent Seven" to "The Untouchables," which inspired us to assemble a list of our favorite "men on a mission" movies. Of course, in any mission -- whether the goal is take down a gangster or a villain from another planet -- you've got to have a team of experts. Usually, you need brains, brawn, gadgets galore and guys who are handy with guns, knives, explosives or (depending on the situation) bow-and-arrow. »
- Sharon Knolle
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