Gosling Gets Punchy in Refn’s “Only God Forgives”

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The two best movies of Ryan Gosling’s career, in this critic’s humble opinion, are 2010’s “Blue Valentine” and 2011’s “Drive.” Fans of “The Notebook” may disagree, but I digress.

In the spring of 2013, Gosling will reunite for new films with the directors of both. “The Place Beyond the Pines,” a drama from ‘Valentine'”s Derek Cianfrance, comes out in March. That month will also see the release of “Only God Forgives,” Gosling’s reunion with “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn.

‘Only God’ trades “Drive”‘s L.A. for Bangkok, Thailand, with Gosling playing the head of a boxing club which is run as a front for organized crime.  The boxing part of the part is a presumable explanation for why Gosling looks, on the poster, like he’s just gone 12 rounds. Kristin Scott Thomas, of all people, plays his mother.

Gosling will also appear in “The Gangster Squad,” the crime film that was delayed due to the Aurora shooting, which comes out in January.

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