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Film Review: Gangster Squad
Film Review: Gangster Squad
01/15/13 at 10:06 PM by Jonathan Bautts
Itís no secret I have been looking forward to Gangster Squad for some time. It boasts a fantastic cast, with one of my favorite actors (Gosling) and actresses (Stone), while Iím a huge sucker for period gangster-noir films. L.A. Confidential and Chinatown are two of my all-time faves, and I was hoping Gangster Squad could be this decadeís updated version. But when the reviews began trickling in, they were less than kind, to say the least, and frankly I donít quite understand why all the hate.

Yes, itís derivate of several much greater films and unoriginal, but the same can be said for a good chunk of what Hollywood churns out these days. Plus, donít forget back in the 30s there was a new gangster flick released literally every week, so originality isnít exactly this...[read more]
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06:05 PM on 01/17/13
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I searched for the movie and came across this. Good review. I would definitely agree with most of what you said. Like you, I read a bunch of reviews before I saw the movie and came into it with low expectations. I thought it was fine for what it was, if you weren't looking for a deeper message, because while I'm sure it had at least a few, I didn't get much from it. It was a good action movie. For all its faults and successes, it had Ryan Gosling, and I love me some Ryan Gosling. Got damn.
08:45 PM on 01/21/13
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I searched for the movie and came across this. Good review. I would definitely agree with most of what you said. Like you, I read a bunch of reviews before I saw the movie and came into it with low expectations. I thought it was fine for what it was, if you weren't looking for a deeper message, because while I'm sure it had at least a few, I didn't get much from it. It was a good action movie. For all its faults and successes, it had Ryan Gosling, and I love me some Ryan Gosling. Got damn.
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