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A Week In Film #544: Americana

Space Cowboys title screenSpace Cowboys
Low effort, unchallenging comedy-drama about a quartet of ageing ex-military test pilots (Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner) who narrowly missed out of becoming astronauts in the 60s, who are dragged out of retirement to perform an implausible rescue mission in space because, well, reasons.

Gangster Squad title screen
Gangster Squad
Slick, unsatisfying, shallow and deeply inaccurate portrayal of the LAPD’s fight against organised crime from back East in the 1940s. Strong cast – Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Robert Patrick, Michael Peña and Sean Penn – under-utilised by director Ruben Fleischer.

Detroit title screen
Kathryn Bigelow tackles the 1967 12th Street Riot, in which redneck racist cops convince themselves a group of black men they encounter socialising with some white women in a Michigan motel were responsible for sniping at police from the top of the building. This obviously necessitates torturing them into confessing, and when that doesn’t work, killing them. Excellent work from a British-led cast (John Boyega, Will Poulter) and some grimly painted scenes.