'The Gangster Squad'

Director Ruben Fleischer has a hit ("Zombieland") and a miss ("30 Minutes or Less") under his belt, so his next one is a toss-up. On the plus side, it's a complete change of pace for the man known for comedy. In addition to all the period L.A. beauty, there's a raft of Oscar-caliber actors in this one, including Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. The film chronicles the LAPD's battles with the mafia in postwar Los Angeles.
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