The route of ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ is great to good.
Thriller Phil Bacharach The Place Beyond the Pines is two-thirds of a great movie. Director Derek Cianfrance’s follow-up to 2010’s Oscar-nominated Blue Valentine
is a tense, powerful crime thriller with some weighty stuff on its
mind. It speaks to the filmmaker’s know-how that not even a crazily
contrived third act can damper its haunting power.
Thriller Rod Lott
Despite how Warner Archive has branded it, 1963’s FBI Code 98 is not — repeat: not
— film noir. All film noir is crime, but not all crime is film noir.
That vaulted subgenre requires darkness, whereas this feature is so
light and breezy, it’s practically a recruiting tool for the federal
agency. It even has its own marching music.