“American Gangster,” review by Lisa Kennedy

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Blame it on David Chase that it’s become harder to make a resonant mob movie. The creator of “The Sopranos” didn’t just understand the neuroses of the gangster. He consistently grasped our gangster love and walloped us on our heads for it. “American Gangster,” rich with ’70s atmospherics (hampered by a score more “Baretta” than “Superfly”) owes us similar complexity, but never strikes as tense a chord. Read more

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