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Impressive intentions yield less-than-impressive results

Apr 29, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 31 • By JOHN PODHORETZ
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Cianfrance deserves credit for his ambition and his intelligence; if you are a frequent moviegoer, The Place Beyond the Pines is worth seeing. It tries to do things most American movies no longer even bother to attempt. But trying and succeeding are very different things.

John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, is The Weekly Standard’s movie critic.

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