Don’t be duped by the generic title, because on the heels of his sophomore-slump comedy 30 Minutes or Less
director Ruben Fleischer is back in top form with Gangster Squad
, a pulpy action throwback that effortlessly achieves its goal to entertain thanks to a top-shelf cast, dazzling direction, and a fast-paced screenplay chock-full of snappy 1940s-style patter. Although it arguably lacks the prestige and dramatic impact of its most obvious predecessor, Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables
, Fleischer’s third feature rarely stops to reload while bending every crime-flick cliche imaginable into a relentlessly thrilling tale of cops v...