If you're old enough to remember the murder of Johnny Stompanato by Lana Turner's daughter, then you probably remember Mickey Cohen, the crime boss of Los Angeles. It's hard to imagine that LA was ever a crime town, but corruption in the Los Angeles Police Department was endemic in the 40's and early 50's, and Mickey Cohen was the paymaster. I hope that this movie explores some of this amazing history, even though it looks a little like an LA version of The Untouchables (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Untouchables_(law_enforcement)). Whatever...take a look at the terrific trailer (http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/gangstersquad/), and the truly amazing cast, and see what you think...
Tickets are available from Arclight's website (https://www.arclightcinemas.com/ticketing/purchase-options/?lid=1001&bid=202558) for the 5 PM show in the Dome. I'm in M22.
Dinner after the movie in the Arclight Cafe. (http://www.yelp.com/biz/arclight-hollywood-cafe-bar-hollywood)
Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and--if he has his way--every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It's enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop... except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen's world apart.