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Is Focus Features trying to tell us something about Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond the Pines"? While Ryan Gosling is credited as the lead, the film has a lot of twists and turns, and Bradley Cooper is featured in most of these new images. This is one that will surprise you. Our review from the Toronto International Film Festival was glowing. We described Cianfrance's follow-up to his devastating relationship drama "Blue Valentine" as something completely different; "a searing tale of fathers, sons and the legacy of sins," in our A-grade review.  Maybe even hyperbolically, our man on the ground added, "Cianfrance has now placed himself in the canon of great, contemporary American filmmakers like Paul Thomas AndersonJames Gray, and the Coen Brothers." That's not light praise, but the recent trailer has really impressed as well. Here's the extended synopsis: A mysterious and mythical motorcycle racer, »

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