The Place Beyond the Pines

The Place Beyond the Pines ★★★½

a little too in love with its own plotting, especially in the third act, but damn does Dane Dehaan sell the shit out of it. seriously, can we all just agree to put him in everything from now on? 

oh, and Ryan Gosling hits Peak Hot playing a tattooed Ryan Gosling so there's that

if Cianfrance had focussed more on actual character and not his overly-calculated payoffs, he'd have a masterwork on his hands. as it stands, not bad at all, but still not what he wants you to think it is.