Full list of 2017 Golden Globe nominations

Best Motion Picture – Drama: “Hacksaw Ridge” “Hell Or High Water” “Lion” “Manchester By The Sea” “Moonlight” Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: “20th Century Women” “Deadpool” “La La Land” “Florence Foster Jenkins” “Sing Street” Best Performance by an … Read more

‘Only God Forgives’ can be forgiven, given the director’s other great films

"Julian" (Ryan Gosling) and "Mai" (Ratha Phongam) in Julian's boxing club in a scene from 'Only God Forgives'
“Julian” (Ryan Gosling) and “Mai” (Ratha Phongam) in Julian’s boxing club in a scene from ‘Only God Forgives’

 

If you think the fact that Only God Forgives brings writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling together again will make it anywhere near as good as Drive, think again.  There’s a good idea in there somewhere, but it got lost in the execution.  Maybe because there are several executions juxtaposed with scenes of cops singing karaoke.

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‘Gangster Squad’ looks great, but lacks substance

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in a scene from 'Gangster Squad'
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in a scene from ‘Gangster Squad’

The old TV shows Dragnet always ended with the narrator saying “the story you’ve just seen is true.  The names were changed to protect the innocent.”  When it comes to Gangster Squad, parts of the story are true.  There really was a Gangster Squad in Los Angeles in the late 1940s, there really was a mobster named Mickey Cohen, and there were LAPD sergeants named Jack O’Mara and Jerry Wooters.

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