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Posts Tagged ‘ crime drama ’

The Place Beyond the Pines Shows Good Movies Can Be Forgettable


pines 1From the first trailer for The Place Beyond the Pines, it was clear the marketing team decided to utilize Ryan Gosling’s star power as a main attraction. And really, who can blame them? At that point in 2012, Gosling was riding high after a string of high profile performances in Blue Valentine (review here), Drive, Crazy, Stupid, Love and The Ides of March (review here). The problem, however, is that Ryan Gosling is hardly in Pines. Continue reading

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The Town


Just because you are raised in a tough neighborhood where crime is broken down to a science instead of frowned upon, does that mean you are destined to that lifestyle forever? Charlestown, Massachusetts is infamous for its consistent crop of armed bank robbers and thieves. Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) is one of them, but as we learn in The Town, robbing banks isn’t necessarily all that defines him. Continue reading

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