THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
2013, Focus Features, 141 min, USA, Dir: Derek Cianfrance

When motorcycle stunt rider Luke (Ryan Gosling) discovers he’s become a father, he looks for a more lucrative line of work than the carnival circuit - and finds it in bank robbery. His crimes provide officer Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper) with the opportunity to rise above a corruption-riddled police force - but Cross has a son as well, and the two boys forge a fateful connection. Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta costar in this ambitious multi-generational crime drama. “A sprawling, engaging study in fathers, sons and sins.” - Mary Pols, Time Magazine


SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
2012, The Weinstein Company, 122 min, USA, Dir: David O. Russell

The latest film from writer-director David O. Russell stars Bradley Cooper as Pat Solitano, a teacher trying to put his life back together after a meltdown derailed his job and marriage. He is living with his Philadelphia Eagles-obsessed parents (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver) when the mysterious Tiffany (Golden Globe winner Jennifer Lawrence) enters his life. The young woman could be the key to reconciliation between Pat and his wife - but she wants something in return. Adapted from a novel by Matthew Quick, this quirky romantic dramedy earned 8 Academy Awards nominations, including all four acting categories. With Julia Stiles and Chris Tucker.


HIT AND RUN
2012, Open Road Films, 95 min, USA, Dir: Dax Shepard, David Palmer

Charlie Bronson (Dax Shepard, here also directing), a nice guy with a questionable past, busts out of the witness-protection program to drive his fiancée (Kristen Bell) from their small hometown to Los Angeles so that she can land the job of a lifetime. But their road trip gets complicated when they realize they’re being chased by the feds (led by Tom Arnold), and becomes increasingly dangerous when Charlie’s former gangster pals (led by Bradley Cooper) enter the fray.


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