Thursday, January 3, 2013

At the Movies – January 2013 – Part 3: Most Anticipated Films

Must-See of the Month:

Gangster Squad (Ruben Fleischer) – Action Crime Drama – Jan 11
Summary: As Los Angeles began to grow as a major metropolitan area, East Coast mafia interests started to take control of the city, led by Mickey Cohen. To fight back, the LAPD put together a violent squad to take the mobsters head on. Filmmakers: Director Ruben Fleischer is back with his third film, following the well-received Zombieland (though I am not as enamored with it as most) and (the fairly terrible) 30 Minutes or Less. Making a stylized crime drama does not seem like the logical next step for Fleischer (who also wanted to make a G.I. Joe film), but after seemingly playing out his hand in comedy why not try something new. He is working with composer Steve Jablonsky (Battleship), brilliant cinematographer Dion Beebe (Green Lantern), and production designer Maher Ahmad (worked on all Fleischer’s films). Cast: The film stars Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling (the two of whom had great chemistry in Crazy, Stupid Love.), Josh Brolin, and Sean Penn. The supporting cast features Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Nick Nolte, Frank Grillo, Mireille Enos, and Troy Garity. Expectations: Gangster Squad looks like a fun gangster film, and has a fantastic cast. It is easily the most anticipated film of January (which is otherwise a very weak month). Originally, it was slated to come out in September 2012, but due to it containing a scene involving a shoot-out in a movie theatre (and its relevance to the tragedy in Colorado) it was delayed so the scene could be re-shot or replaced (or if it was ultimately kept in unchanged after all, delayed enough to not get everyone up in an uproar over sensitivity). Thus, this is a much better movie than what is typically scheduled for January. Fans of gangster films definitely want to check this out (though, merely renting it is probably fine). Trailer: Here.

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