In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Gangster Squad,' 'The Baytown Outlaws,' 'Struck by Lightning' and More

 

There are a few gangsters heading to the theaters this weekend.

Josh Brolin, Ryan GoslingSean Penn and Emma Stone star in the violent melodrama Gangster Squad, one of the films opening Friday. Set in the jazz era of the late '40s, director Ruben Fleischer tells the story of a group of LAPD officers going up against a big mob boss in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Barry Battles' The Baytown Outlaws features Billy Bob Thornton, a wannabe gangster who has kidnapped a wheelchair-confined teenager named Rob. Eva Longoria, who plays Thornton's ex-wife, hires three outlaws to try and rescue the boy.

PHOTOS: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin Bring Hollywood Glamour to 'Gangster Squad' Premiere

Read what The Hollywood Reporter's film critics have to say about all the films opening this weekend and find out how they are expected to perform at the box office.

Gangster Squad
L.A. mobsters and cops clash in Ruben Fleischer's violent melodrama starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, and Emma Stone. Read Todd McCarthy’s review here.

The Baytown Outlaws
A barrage of unbelievable stereotypes try to kill each other in Barry Battles's dispiriting exploitation flick. Read John DeFore’s review here.

Struck by Lightning
Glee's Chris Colfer wrote and stars in this teen comedy about a high school misfit. Read Frank Scheck’s review here.

STORY: Chris Colfer Celebrates 'Struck By Lightning' Premiere With Friends, Family and 'Glee' Co-Stars

High Tech, Low Life
Stephen Maing's doc follows two journalists who pursue stories that the official Chinese media doesn't want to cover. Read John DeFore’s review here.

Let My People Go!
French director Mikael Buch's light, briskly paced rom-com fuses Jewish and gay culture in Finland and Paris with humorous results. Read John DeFore’s review here.

Quartet
Dustin Hoffman makes his directorial debut in a film about aging musicians, starring: Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins and Michael Gambon. Read Deborah Young’s review here.

Storage 24
A quintet of twentysomethings battle a beastly alien in a London self-storage facility. Read Frank Scheck’s review here.

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Uprising
Fredrik Stanton compiles first-hand video with eyewitness testimony to document the Egyptian Revolution. Read John DeFore’s review here.

My Best Enemy
Trying to be amusing and respectfully serious at the same time, Austrian director Wolfgang Murnberger’s film remains in limbo, saddled with an over-worked story, characters and setting. Read Deborah Young’s review here.

Clandestine Childhood
Benjamín Ávila's debut is the latest in a seemingly endless run of features about innocent children coping with the horrors of South American political oppression in the 1970s. Read Neil Young’s review here.

Fairhaven
Chris Messina, Tom O'Brien, Rich Sommer and Sarah Paulson star in writer-director O'Brien's first feature, set in a quiet Southern Massachusetts fishing village. Read David Rooney’s review here.

Review of A Haunted House, which also opens Friday, will be posted over the weekend at THR.com.

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