The Place Beyond the Pines
One of the best films of the year, "The Place Beyond the Pines" is an intimate story spanning two generations. Directed by Derek Cianfrance ("Blue Valentine"), it stars Ryan Gosling as a bank robber trying to do right by his girlfriend (Eva Mendes) and infant son. The film also tells the story of a cop (Bradley Cooper) whose actions during a call to duty haunt him long after the incident. And, finally, the film navigates the teenage sons of these two men and how the sins of their fathers reverberate through the decades to affect them.
The directing by Cianfrance is gritty and raw, but at the same time is beautiful. Gosling is affecting as usual, and Cooper gives one of his better performances. Eva Mendes loses the sexy glam to create an affecting portrait of a woman whose life hasn't gone the way she had planned. The biggest surprise is from Emory Cohen as Cooper's son AJ, whose performance is reminiscent of early Brando.
The Blu-ray transfer is crisp and gorgeous, and while the special features are slim, the main selling point here is the film, which will hopefully get some Oscar attention.
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"The Place Beyond the Pines"