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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Every son lives in the legacy of his father. That is the central theme of David Cianfrance’s new film “The Place Beyond the Pines”. His third feature is a follow-up to his indie breakout hit, “Blue Valentine”, and shows true growth as a filmmaker as he tackles on a film that can truly be described as an epic. He films the wooded rural area of Schenectady, New York like the way George Stevens filmed the sprawling Texas landscape in “Giant”.

The film is told in three acts as it follows three different story arcs. The first is of Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling) discovering that he has a one year old child and his desperate attempts to care for that child. The second act follows Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper) as an idealistic new cop with a one year old child with both his wife and district »

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