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This moody hit from 2011 stars Ryan Gosling whose day job as a Hollywood stunt driver allows him to moonlight as a less savory professional—namely a getaway man. AllMovie’s Jason Buchanan gave the cast (which includes Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, and Inside Llewyn Davis’ Oscar Isaac), and director Nicolas Refn a glowing review that calls the film, “a slick urban fairy tale punctuated by shocking bursts of graphic violence, and distinguished by its stylized, yet uncompromisingly classical approach to material.”
This harrowing, based-on-a-true-story film is up for six Academy Awards, including nods for Best Picture, lead actor Matthew McConaughey, and supporting actor Jared Leto, both of whom turn in astonishing performances as AIDS patients searching desperately for treatment at the dawn of the crisis. It’s not exactly a happy film, but it’s beautifully shot, tenderly acted, and never flinches from the ugly truth of its subject material.