‘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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Jack Nicholson and Michael Caine are electric in ‘Blood and Wine’

Jack Nicholson and Michael Caine in 'Blood and Wine'
Jack Nicholson and Michael Caine in ‘Blood and Wine’

[rating=2]Starring: Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine, Judy Davis, Stephen Dorff, Jennifer Lopez, Harold Perrineau
Director(s): Bob Rafelson
Writer(s): Nick Villiers and Bob Rafelson

Sometimes an actor can save a weakly-made film. In Bob Rafelson’s 1996 dud Blood and Wine, though, two of the greatest actors of all time, Michael Caine and Jack Nicholson, are left to work overtime. And the results still disappoint.

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