The Place Beyond the Pines

Opens Friday, April 5
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2hr 20mins // directed by:Derek Cianfrance // featuring:Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta

Critically acclaimed director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) returns with his potent second feature about a small group of people whose lives intersect for one brief moment in time, and how a split-second decision can condemn two families. Featuring a powerhouse cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper, and Ray Liotta.

Luke (Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling) is a high-wire motorcycle stunt performer who travels with the carnival from town to town. While passing through Schenectady in upstate New York, he tries to reconnect with a former lover, Romina (Eva Mendes), only to learn that she has given birth to their son Jason in his absence. Luke decides to give up life on the road to try and provide for his newfound family by taking a job as a car mechanic. Noticing Luke’s ambition and talents, his employer Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) proposes to partner with Luke in a string of spectacular bank robberies, which will place Luke on the radar of ambitious rookie cop Avery Cross (Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper).

Avery, who has to navigate a local police department ruled by the menacing and corrupt detective Deluca (Ray Liotta), is also struggling to balance his professional life with his family life, which includes his wife Jennifer (Rose Byrne) and their infant son AJ. The consequences of Avery's confrontation with Luke will reverberate into the next generation. It is then that the two sons, Jason (Dane DeHaan) and AJ (Emory Cohen), must face their fateful, shared legacy.

USA TODAY

A riveting crime thriller. - Claudia Puig 

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