Street Kings ★★½

A by the numbers Ellroy yarn about police corruption, inside information, attempts at redemption and a mire of cover ups. The big question is how does an already bad cop take part in the cover up if he's missing the information that will keep him safe and out of harm's way? Answer: become a good cop and take down them all down, of course. (Not that it makes much sense for the sudden change in personality.) With much bloodletting, moral quandries, and misplaced dramatic music, it tries too hard to be a tame episode of The Shield. If nothing else, see it for the unintentionally hilarious scene between Hugh Laurie and Forest Whitaker as they bark administrative cop cliches at each other.