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The Place Beyond the Pines

2012 (Derek Cianfrance) 14A, 140 minutes

Bradley Cooper; Ryan Gosling; Ray Liotta; Eva Mendes

Gosling plays Luke, a stunt motorcycle rider, a two-bit carny Evel Knievel. As the tattooed, towheaded Luke passes through Schenectady, N.Y., he makes an effort to reconnect with Romina (Eva Mendes), a waitress with whom he had a fling. He learns that in his absence, she gave birth to their infant son, Jason. He decides to give up his itinerant existence, settle nearby and provide for his son, influenced by his own experience with an absentee dad.

Luke lands a low-paying job as a mechanic. After some convincing from his shady boss (Ben Mendelsohn),he agrees to take part in a scheme to rob local banks, with his adrenaline-fueled ability to race off on his motorcycle being a key component.

Things inevitably go awry. A thrilling pursuit leads to Luke's life intersecting dramatically with that of Avery (Bradley Cooper), a rookie police officer. Each character derails the other in strikingly different ways. 

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