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The upcoming weekend boasts an onslaught of new Specialty titles vying for audiences. In all likelihood, however, many will have a short big screen life as the fall’s awards contenders ramp up and crowd others out. Five of this week’s dozen-plus newcomers are spotlighted here with Fox Searchlight’s The Drop edging on a wide release. The feature starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini will bow in over 800 theaters. TWC’s The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby also joins the fray with a platform release. The film also has two accompanying titles told from the perspective of its two main characters, which will be released in more limited runs in October. Magnolia will open its thriller Honeymoon in a day and date release while Dada Films’ Swearnet: The Movie breaks a movie record with the most F-bombs ever. And Cohen Media Group’s My Old Lady bowed Wednesday in limited release. »
- Brian Brooks
. Like an adorable puppy that turns out to boast an extremely sharp set of teeth, Hardy’s skillfully restrained performance as a mild-mannered Brooklyn bartender who finds himself an unwitting pawn in all manner of crooked schemes isn’t just the film’s strongest element; it’s the reason this serviceably constructed thriller remains as absorbing as it does, despite a succession of ham-fisted plot turns and goombah stereotypes. Dennis Lehane’s first adaptation of his own work feels minor compared with “Mystic River,” “Gone Baby Gone” and “Shutter Island,” but it’s not without its low-key pleasures, including a sturdy final screen performance from the late James Gandolfini. Fox Searchlight should expect some decent dough from this Sept. 12 release.
Fans of Lehane’s pungent Boston crime fiction may be a bit surprised that the scribe has relocated his Dorchester-set short story “Animal Rescue” (the film’s original title) to »
- Justin Chang
Last night, Wednesday, July 2, at 9pm Et/Pt, Bet Networks premiered the original movie, "Gun Hill," staring Larenz Tate, and directed by Reggie "Rock" Bythewood ("Biker Boyz"). In the film, Tate portrayed twin brothers, Trane and Bird, on opposite sides of the law: Trane, a cop, and Bird, a con. On one fateful night in New York City, Trane is killed. Bird assumes his identity and begins his own search for redemption. The film also featured Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michael Aronov, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Tawny Cypress and Aisha Hinds. Consider it a backdoor »
- Tambay A. Obenson
A Brooklyn bartender gets caught up in a robbery investigation that threatens to expose his neighborhood's secrets in a new international trailer for The Drop, following the domestic trailer released in April.
The plot, which author Dennis Lehane adapted from his own short story Animal Rescue, follows Brooklyn bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy), who works for Cousin Marv, played by James Gandolfini in his final performance. Aside from slinging drinks, Bob also leaves money drops for local gangsters, although when his bar is robbed, the investigation threatens to expose the neighborhood's hidden secrets. In addition, we also have a new poster and photos for director Michael R. Roskam's crime thriller, co-starring Noomi Rapace, James Frecheville and Matthias Schoenaerts, arriving in theaters September 19.
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The Drop is a new crime drama from Michael R. Roskam, the Academy Award-nominated director of Bullhead. Based on »
Bet Networks has announced a premiere date for the original movie, "Gun Hill," which stars Larenz Tate - a project we've been following since its initial unveiling 2 years ago, and which I've received numerous emails about from readers asking when it will eventually debut on the network. Well folks, wait no longer, as Bet has announced that 'Gun Hill' will premiere on Wednesday, July 2, at 9pm Et/Pt. Directed by Reggie "Rock" Bythewood ("Biker Boyz"), Gun Hill stars Larenz Tate portraying twin brothers, Trane and Bird, on opposite sides of the law: Trane, a cop, and Bird, a con. On one fateful night in New York City, Trane is killed. Bird assumes his identity and begins his own search for redemption. The film also stars Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michael Aronov, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Tawny Cypress and Aisha Hinds. For more information, go to bet.com/gunhill. Viewers...
- Tambay A. Obenson
James Gandolfini's final performance is put on display for the first time in the trailer for The Drop, formerly known as Animal Rescue. The late actor, who passed away in June shortly after wrapping on this crime drame, plays Marv, the employer and cousin of Boston bartender Bob Sacinowski (Tom Hardy), who gets caught in the middle of a robbery gone bad and the investigation that follows which uncovers secrets from the neighborhood's past. Noomi Rapace co-stars in director Michael R. Roskam's adaptation of Dennis Lehane's short story, arriving in theaters September 19.
The Drop is a new crime drama from Michael R. Roskam, the Academy Award-nominated director of Bullhead. Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters - "money drops" - in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. »
6 items from 2014
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