“American Gangster,” review by Carrie Rickey

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At its best, American Gangster is an absorbing character study distinguished by textured performances and gritty cinematography in the run-and-gun ’70s style of The French Connection. But it lacks momentum, and thus the propulsion required to rocket it into the movie mythosphere. Read more

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Carrie Rickey

Carrie Rickey has been The Philadelphia Inquirer's film critic for 21 years and writes the newspaper's Flickgrrl blog. She has reviewed films as diverse as "Water" and "The Waterboy," profiled celebrities from Lillian Gish to Will Smith, and reported on technological beakthroughs from the video revolution to the rise of movies on demand. Her reviews are syndicated nationwide and she is a regular contributor to Entertainment Weekly, MSNBC and NPR. Rickey's essays appear in numerous anthologies, including "The Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll," "The American Century," and the Library of America's "American Movie Critics."