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You might have missed it, but last month, Warren Beatty's underrated and colorfully over-the-top "Dick Tracy" made its bow on Blu-ray. So why are we bringing up that 20-plus-year-old movie? Because watching these six clips from "Gangster Squad," we're getting a similar vibe of a scenery chewing, visually audacious approach, though the results don't quite look as compelling. There's no doubt this thing is packed with star power: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Nick Nolte....damn. But as these glimpses at the movie bear out, it seems a bit tonally all over the place. It looks as if the movie both wants to be larger than life and push the stereotypes a bit over the edge (see Gosling's squeaky, affected voice) but also be viciously violent, and yet a piece of popcorn entertainment. Somehow, it doesn't seem to quite come together, but we hope we're wrong. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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