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Film review

Cliché-ridden tale a real crime as gang of cops fires blanks

From left, Ryan Gosling portrays Sgt. Jerry Wooters, Michael Peña plays Officer Navidad Ramirez and Robert Patrick is Officer Max Kennard in “Gangster Squad.”
Photographer: Warner Bros.
From left, Ryan Gosling portrays Sgt. Jerry Wooters, Michael Peña plays Officer Navidad Ramirez and Robert Patrick is Officer Max Kennard in “Gangster Squad.”
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“Gangster Squad” may be loosely based on truth — the takedown of notorious Los Angeles crime lord Mickey Cohen 60 years ago — but it feels about as real as a mob-themed costume party. At least there’s a certain sport in counting how many neo-noir clichés director Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland,” “30 Minutes or Less”) can get his all-star cast to engage in over the course of nearly two hours. Sean Penn, trapped underneath a layer ...

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