A year of fantastic cast performances deserves a spotlight
"The Place Beyond the Pines"
Best in show: Ryan Gosling
Other stand-outs: Ben Mendelsohn, Emory Cohen, Dane DeHaan
Thoughts: You could literally mention every member of this cast and still feel like you left something out. Gosling's first act hovers like a shadow over the rest of the film, though there is brilliant work to be found from the rest, particularly young third-act stars Cohen and DeHaan and the increasingly great Mendelsohn. Ray Liotta gets to send shivers opposite Bradley Cooper, though, and Eva Mendes is an unsung highlight as well.