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Toronto – In 2010, Derek Cianfrance seduced the independent film community with his stellar debut, “Blue Valentine.”  The heartbreaking drama contrasted the beginning and end of a young couple’s marriage through Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams’ stellar performances.  It became a staple on year-end critic's top 10 lists and landed Williams her second Oscar nomination.  One of the reasons the picture resonated with so many moviegoers and critics was Cianfrance’s remarkable skill at creating honest and intimate moments with his actors.  Unfortunately, It’s with sincere regret that I report Cianfrance’s latest endeavor, “The Place Beyond the Pines,” doesn’t measure up to »


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