Kill Your Darlings (2013)

A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. (IMDb)
The initial drug-fueled literary rebellion premise here feels contrived; edgy editing and intense performances make it interesting but fail to give it weight. It’s only as it is put aside in favour of developing the fascinating characters and their twisted relationships that the film gains any traction, with deep-seeded obsession, murder, love, and lust anchoring the film’s passionate first act. Radcliffe is only mediocre but DeHaan’s incredible turn yanks him along in this startling drama.
7.5/10 (Really Good)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective. (IMDb)
A gripping three-part crime drama that deftly follows a multi-generational set of characters through their respective lives as they connect in startling and moving ways. Morality, family, and revenge are just a few of the complex themes expertly explored in the rich script that’s phenomenally acted out by a stacked cast. Add in a wonderfully-crafted soundtrack and beautiful cinematography and you have an amazing and epic film that gives the cops and robbers premise astonishing emotional depth.
9/10 (Amazing)