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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Isn’t it refreshing when a movie trailer doesn’t give everything away? Along that bent, it’s safe to say that The Place Beyond the Pines might not be what many viewers are expecting; in fact, it’s a lot better – an ambitious, deceptively small-scale drama painted on a huge, sprawling canvas. Expertly acted and constructed with a workmanlike level of dedication, this is one drama about inter-connected lives that doesn’t strain for cosmic significance, instead grasping at something a lot more honest, and considerably more affecting as a result.

Ryan Gosling takes on the familiar role of a stuntman (trading his car for a motorcycle this time) named Luke, who turns bank robber when he finds out he has fathered a son with former lover Romina (Eva Mendes). However, Luke’s increasing desperation, even hubris, means it’s not long before an enthusiastic »

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