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Mr. Moviefone: "Gangster Squad” is a waste of talent

  • Mr. Moviefone reviews two different movie choices.
  • He takes a closer look at “Zero Dark Thirty" and “Gangster Squad."

It's been a busy week in Hollywood with the Golden Globes and Oscar nominations out. If the awards season has you hankering for a movie and popcorn—Russ Leatherman, Mr. Moviefone, knows if the newest movies are buzz worthy or a flop!

Director Kathryn Bigelow is the producer behind the R-rated "Zero Dark Thirty." Although the film has been in limited release for weeks now, Leatherman says it’ll finally debut nationwide so it can be considered for an Oscar. The movie chronicles the decade-long search for Osama Bin Laden. Leatherman calls the movie one of the best of the year and an absolute must-see. "You always know you have a great movie when you know exactly what's supposed to happen, yet you're riveted the entire way through the movie," Leatherman explains.  The film is a contender for five Oscars, including best picture.

If you're looking for a flick with a star-studded casts, you may be curious about how "Gangster Squad" stacks up. So what's the verdict? Leatherman-- a self-proclaimed fan of mobster flicks-- says the R-rated film sadly left him wanting more. The film follows a gangster (played by Sean Penn) who is plotting to take over Los Angeles as a group of five LAPD cops try to bring him down. Leatherman says the film's atrocious dialouge and cartoon-like action wasted the talent of the well known cast (Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Nick Nolte). Although it may early in the year, Leatherman called the film the biggest disappointment of the year so far.  "The movie can't decide if it wants to be 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' or 'Goodfellas,'" he says.

Got six seconds? Get fast-forwarded reviews on these movies and everything else at the theater this weekend on Mr. Moviefone's site,

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