THE PLACE BE­YOND THE PINES

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES -

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.

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