It's been a while since we've seen a true gangster flick. After Denzel's stint as a drug overlord in Ridley Scott's mediocre American Gangster, Hollywood hoodlums seemed to have thrown in the towel. However, in 2012 we'll be treated to two particularly intriguing crime epics. One is Warner Bros. Gangster Squad, directed by Ruben Fleischer and starring Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin. The other, almost certainly smaller and grittier picture, is The Weinstein Company's Cogan's Trade, a film directed by The Assassination of Jesse James' Andrew Dominik. It reunites him with his own personal James, Brad Pitt (also a producer on the project) and co-stars veteran big screen criminals Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins and Vincent Curatola.
Source: The Film Stage