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6. "The Place Beyond the Pines" (Derek Cianfrance)
Audacious in its triptych structure, compelling in its thematic resonance, Derek Cianfrance's follow-up to 2010's "Blue Valentine" is a rich study of legacy. You can feel the fear of a father in its flourishes, the pent-up terror at what one leaves to one's children. One of the year's finest casts has been assembled, highlighted by a mercurial Ryan Gosling whose work casts a shadow over the entire enterprise. Mike Patton's foreboding score adds to the overall tone of Greek tragedy that permeates the piece, while Cianfrance's delicacy of craft offers a light touch where heavy-handedness would surely have been tempting.