The Place Beyond the Pines
2013, Focus, R, $30; Blu-ray, $35
Motorcycle stuntman-turned-bank robber Luke (Ryan Gosling) is shot to death after a heist by an ambitious rookie cop, Avery (Bradley Cooper). Fifteen years later, their sons, Jason and AJ - unaware of their fathers' shared history - become friends and start getting into trouble together. Jason's mother (Eva Mendes) never told him about his biological father, and once he learns the truth, everyone has to deal with the consequences.
USA TODAY's Claudia Puig says: * * * ½ out of four. "This gorgeously photographed, wisely crafted and somber drama proceeds in unexpected directions, which makes it all the more engrossing. It's one of the best and most ambitious films of the year."
2013, Universal, PG-13, $30; Blu-ray, $35
On post-apocalyptic Earth, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is one of the last surviving drone repairmen. It's his belief that he is protecting a power source for a human colony living on Titan after Earth was devastated by an alien invasion 60 years earlier. But an encounter with a woman from his past changes everything, and all that he knows could be a lie. Puig: * * ½
2012, Roadside Attractions, PG-13, $20; Blu-ray, $25
Two boys find a man called Mud (Matthew McConaughey) hiding on an island in the Mississippi. They are skeptical of his tale of being a Texas killer who wants to hook up with a girlfriend (Reese Witherspoon) and skip town before the bounty hunters get him. As it turns out, he's telling the truth. Puig: * * *
2013, The Weinstein Co., PG-13, $27; Blu-ray, $31
In this Australian musical comedy, Chris O'Dowd stars as a talent scout who discovers a quartet of Aboriginal women, who form a soul group and travel to Vietnam in 1968 to sing for the troops. War, romance and infighting ensure that the trip is not a smooth one. Puig: * * *