An Epic That Stumbles. The Place Beyond The Pines, Reviewed.

Director Derek Cianfrance's last film, Blue Valentine, was a crushing study of a couple (played by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams) falling apart. It was beautifully made and well acted—I loved it—but the rawness of the emotions and the ambition of the structure (cycling between the present and the past, as we see… » 3/27/13 6:15pm 3/27/13 6:15pm

Shooting Blanks: Gangster Squad, Reviewed.

If a group of 12-year-old boys wanted to make a movie in their backyard, there's a good chance it might end up something like Gangster Squad. Sure, it wouldn't have the flashy production design and big names, but it would definitely share the same adolescent mindset. With its tough talk and bang-bang violence and… » 1/11/13 4:00pm 1/11/13 4:00pm