THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
THIS archly ambitious drama is also very much a three- card trick of a movie. The fi rst two narrative sleights- of- hand are handled exclusively by actors Ryan Gosling ( as an outlaw motorbiker) and Bradley Cooper ( the rookie cop in pursuit). Each gets a self- enclosed act of the picture to themselves and rise to the occasion. But when it comes to the grand fi nale, not everyone will be blown away. It is skilfully directed by Derek Cianfrance and co- stars Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn and Rose Byrne. IN THE mood for yet another wacky nuptial knees- up? Best wait around for the next one because this one ain’t so hot. Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton are ex- spouses pretending they’re still married so their son’s wedding will go off without a hitch. Meanwhile, De Niro’s current girlfriend, Susan Sarandon, fumes in the background, and Katherine Heigl carries on as only she can. As joyless, witless and hopeless as a movie of this type can possibly get – even with Robin Williams playing the priest.