Integrity and Fatherhood Beyond the Pines

Review of The Place Beyond the Pines, Directed by Derek CianfranceLuke Glanton (Ryan Gosling) and Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper) have parallel lives, though on the surface Luke is a criminal and Avery a policeman. Luke and Avery both have a woman and child, their mother-in-law lives with them, and they both are absent fathers. But the audience favors Luke over Avery because the former knows and accepts that he’s a criminal, while the latter lives the life of a hypocrite. The Place Beyond the P … [Read more...]