“Gangster Squad” hits theaters September 7th *Update Release Date Pushed*

It’s safe to say the first half of 2012 has been a relatively slow year for movies. Mediocre releases, with modest returns at the box office has created immese pressure for a strong second half in the industry. I can hear Clint Eastwood’s “it’s halftime America,” commercial already…. “It’s halftime movie industry, now how do we salvage this?”

Thanks to The Avengers which grossed over 600 million dollars, and Hunger Games which bagged over 400 million dollars, the industry found a saving grace. Box office numbers aside, the movies haven’t given us anything significantly memorable so far. The movie of the year currently is “Moonrise Kingdom” by a landslide. If you don’t believe me, just go and watch two time Oscar nominated director Wes Anderson’s masterpiece in the theaters.

All disappointments aside, Hollywood is poised to make a strong finish. A slew of interesting movies with big time casts are in the works, and one that caught my eye was “Gangster Squad.”

“Gangster Squad” focuses on the LAPD’s battle to keep Mafia types in check during the 1940’s and 50’s.

“Gangster Squad” is directed by Ruben Fleischer, who you may know from “Zombieland,” a successful comedy/horror that Fleischer knocked out of the park. Fleischer aslo directed “30 Minutes or Less,” which really should have ended at the 30 minute mark… but this is by far the biggest cast Fleischer has had the responsibility of directing.

The cast includes Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, Michael Peña, Bryan Cranston, and Nick Nolte. Impressive isn’t it?

Stone and Gosling team up again after the successful chemistry they showcased in “Crazy Stupid Love.” Both are surging in Hollywood, and have hugely successful futures ahead.  Sean Penn’s work speaks for itself. Penn has been nominated five times by the Academy, and has won best actor twice, for “Mystic River” and “Milk.” Josh Brolin is another huge name, and continues to be involved in multiple movie projects. The supporting cast is also solid, and if this massive cast can create some believable chemistry, the sky’s the limit.

Th only way “Gangster Squad” can fail is if the script falls flat, and the cliche conclusion occurs. You know the one I am talking about right? The one where the movie gets bashed by critics, but the silver lining is the cast… ya let’s hope that’s not the case. A good example is from the 2008 film “Righteous Kill,” which featured two of the greatest actors to ever grace the screen. Robert De Niro, and Al Pacino did a fantastic job in this weakly written story, but when your third lead is “50 cent” you have a major problem. (Sorry “Fiddy”)

“Gangster Squad” is all set for a September 7th release! Hopefully this film will be one of many that revives a slow year in movies. While we wait on this one, big time releases like The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Bourne Legacy will have to hold the fort.

Check out the “Gangster Squad” trailer below!

***Update***

Warner Bros, has decided to push back the release date of “Gangster Squad” from September 7, to January 11, 2013. The delay has to do with a scene in which a group of gangsters shoot up a movie theater from behind the screen. This done as an act of respect to the tragic Aurora shooting that took place July 20th.

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