Movie Reviews: Oscar Nominated Zero Dark Thirty, Gangster Squad, The Impossible, Promised Land

Movie reviews and movie times for theaters across St. Louis. Movie include Gangster Squad, Zero Dark Thirty, The Impossible and Promised Land among others.

Editor's Note: All reviews and information aggregated from Moviefone.

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Zero Dark Thirty

  • Running Time: 157 mins.
  • Starring: Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Edgar Ramirez
  • Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Review from Patch blogger Mark Glass: Movie Review: Zero Dark Thirty

The Guardian: "Telling a nearly three-hour story with an ending everyone knows, Bigelow and Boal have managed to craft one of the most intense and intellectually challenging films of the year." Full Review

Alison Willmore of Movieline: "Zero Dark Thirty makes you feel every step of Maya's journey, but it's her impressive achievement and that of the film itself that we're left contemplating, not her humanity - a stunningly well-realized whole with few soft spots to latch onto." Full Review

Andrew O'Hehir of Salon.com: "A sweeping and magnificent work of cinematic craft, by far the best film of Bigelow's career." Full Review

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Gangster Squad

  • Run Time: 113 mins.
  • Starring: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin
  • Director: Ruben Fleischer

Review from Patch blogger Mark Glass: Movie Review: Gangster Squad

Austin Chronicle: "Despite the unrelenting action and the terrific cast, Gangster Squad comes up more scattered than successful." Austin Chronicle. Full Review

A.O. Scott of The New York Times: "His (Fleischer) first feature, "Zombieland," was a half-witty genre parody. This one might be described as genre zombie-ism: the hysterical, brainless animation of dead clichés reduced to purposeless, compulsive killing. Too self-serious to succeed as pastiche, it has no reason for being beyond the parasitic urge to feed on the memories of other, better movies." Full Review

Ann Hornaday of Washington Post: "Slick, sick, self-consciously stylish and defiantly shallow, Gangster Squad is one of those movies you can't talk about without invoking other (often better) movies. A lot of movies." Full Review

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The Impossible

  • Run Time: 114min.
  • Starring: Ewan McGregor , Naomi Watts
  • Director: Juan Antonio Bayona

"The Impossible is one of the most emotionally realistic disaster movies in recent memory -- and certainly one of the most frightening in its epic re-creation of the catastrophic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami." The Hollywood Reporter. Full Review

"Put a staggering accomplishment called The Impossible, from Spanish director J. A. Bayona, at the top of the season's must-see list." Rex Reed of New York Observer. Full Review

"Here is a searing film of human tragedy." Roger Ebert from of Chicago Sun-Times. Full Review

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Promised Land

  • Running Time: 140 mins.
  • Starring: Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand

Review from Patch blogger Mark Glass: Movie Review: Promised Land

A.O. Scott of The New York Times: "An earnest attempt, sometimes effective, sometimes clumsy, to dramatize the central arguments about fracking and its impact." Full Review

Ann Hornaday of Washington Post: "Despite their Everyman appeal, Damon and Krasinski don't create much by way of emotional investment, instead becoming mirror images of their most mild-mannered, white-bread selves." Full Review

Claudia Puig of USA Today: "Promised Land is an involving and timely tale that explores the changing nature and complex challenges of rural life." Full Review


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