New On Demand This Week: Gangster Squad, The Impossible

by | April 25, 2013 at 10:33 PM | General

'Gangster Squad' (Warner Bros.)

Gangster Squad

It’s a war for Los Angeles in ‘Gangster Squad.’ A stylish retelling of true events, ‘Gangster Squad’ follows a team of cops as they band together to bring down a ruthless mob boss— by any means necessary. ‘Gangster Squad’ stars Oscar nominees Josh Brolin (“Milk,” “True Grit”) and Ryan Gosling (“Half Nelson,” “Drive”), and Academy Award winner Sean Penn (“Milk,” “Mystic River”) as Mickey Cohen. The film also stars Oscar nominee Nick Nolte (“Warrior,” “Affliction”), Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña, Robert Patrick and Mireille Enos. The screenplay was written by Will Beall and is based on the book Gangster Squad by Paul Lieberman. The film is produced by Dan Lin, Kevin McCormick and Michael Tadross. Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and—if he has his way—every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians he has under his thumb. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop…except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart.

The Impossible

A family faces unbelievable odds in the celebrated drama ‘The Impossible,’ starring two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts, Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) and newcomer Tom Holland. Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage) and based on the harrowing real-life experience of one family during the Indian Ocean tsunami, the film is now available with Video On Demand. Garnering Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Broadcast Film Critics Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for her powerful performance, Watts portrays Maria, a mother fighting to reunite her family after one of the largest disasters in recent history. Tom Holland, in his astonishing film debut, also earned a Broadcast Film Critics Award for his performance in the daring drama as her eldest son. ‘The Impossible’ Blu-ray and DVD bonus features include deleted scenes, two behind-the-scenes featurettes and an audio commentary with the director, writer and producers of the film along with María Belón, the woman whose family experience is the story on which the film is based.