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Gangster Squad

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.



  • Ruben Fleischer


  • 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
  • Troy Garity


  • Dan Lin
  • Kevin McCormick
  • Michael Tadross
  • Paul Lieberman
  • Ruben Fleischer
  • Bruce Berman

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