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I hadn't seen David Fincher's Gone Girl before creating this list. I felt I'd let his latest film simmer for a bit before attempting to figure out where exactly it fit within a filmography that now spans 22 years. I must also confess to being a David Fincher fanboy. It was Fincher's films before any other that got me to start looking at the way movies were made and who was making them rather than simply consuming one after the other. His leaning toward dark and brooding material is as much about his taste in the movies he makes and his approach to movie making. Even with films such as The Social Network, looking at the fellas behind the creation of Facebook, Fincher delivers a dark, moody and atmospheric piece of cinema. But let's not spoil the conversation of each film before getting to the list. What follows is »
- Brad Brevet
The Drop is a movie comprised of “almost” moments. It is almost a compelling gangster thriller. It is almost a beautifully realized love story. And, it is almost great.
Cousin Marv (James Gandolfini in his last role before his death) used to run a bar in his prime. He is now relegated to operating an establishment where gangsters make weekly drops in an attempt to launder money. Marv’s right hand man is Bob (the wonderfully understated Tom Hardy). Bob is aware of what is going on, yet turns a blind eye and facilitates the illegal activity. One night, a pair of masked hoodlums hold up the joint and steal the gangster’s money. This event brings about a load of trouble for all involved. The gangsters want their money back without getting the cops involved and they also would like to exact gruesome revenge on those responsible. In the midst of all this chaos, »
- Matt Santia
5th Update, Monday, 3:18 Pm: Screen Gems’ thriller No Good Deed fell right in line with other distribs’ estimates over the weekend to end the three-day at $24.2M, while Warner Bros./Alcon Entertainment’s Dolphin Tale 2 just fell short of $16M to gross a total cume of $15.8M; it was a softer-than-hoped-for opening for the sequel to the 2011 family film, which bowed to $19M on its way for a $95M worldwide haul). Chernin Entertainment’s crime drama The Drop ended the weekend at No. 6 for a $4.1M take or a respectable $5,000+ per screen for Fox Searchlight; it is James Gandolfini’s last film in release. The Identical dropped like a bomb in its second weekend (-75%) falling out of the Top 20 after a dismal opening. In fact, it’s even behind Woody Allen’s Magic In The Moonlight which is its eighth week of release. It was a very soft box office weekend overall, »
- Anita Busch
Now playing in theaters is director Michaël R. Roskam’s (Bullhead) The Drop. In the film Tom Hardy plays Bob, a former criminal and current bartender working at a bar that serves as a money “drop” for local gangsters. The story kicks into gear when Hardy’s character rescues a pit bull puppy only to become the target of the dog’s abusive and mentally unstable former owner. At the same time, Bob and his cousin/employer Marv (played by James Gandolfini) find themselves in the crosshairs of an investigation and the criminal underworld. Mystic River and Shutter Island author Dennis Lehane penned the screenplay. The impressive cast also includes Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz, Ann Dowd, and James Frecheville. Last week at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview withTom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. They talked about why they wanted to play these characters, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
"No Good Deed" thriller, starring Idris Elba and Taraji P Henson, took first place at the domestic box office this weekend with over $24 million, which is almost double its $13 million budget. It has a lousy 14% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Meanwhile, "Dolphin Tale 2" settled for second place with $16.6 million, coming short of the $19.2 million opening of the first film in September of 2011. The sequel cost $36 million to make and has a decent 72% fresh rating. The other new release was "The Drop," which is James Gandolfini's last film. It co-stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, and made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last weekend. The movie has released in only 809 theaters, grossing $4.2 million, good enough for sixth place. It has an 88% fresh rating. »
At the eleventh hour, Screen Gems cancelled all press screenings for No Good Deed, suggesting the film was a dud and they didn't want critics spoiling any chance for the film to make some money at this weekend's box office. I have no idea if the tactic had a direct effect on the box office, but with $24.5 million the Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson thriller took #1 at this weekend's box office with ease and with a "B+" Cinema it seems people enjoyed it on some level. The weekend's other new release, Dolphin Tale 2 (aka The Sequel You Were All Asking For), brought in $16.5 million and I can't tell if that's good or bad. Clearly it's a worse opening than the original, which opened with $19.1 million in 2011. The budget is only $36 million, which is actually one million less than the original, but the original only brought in $95.4 million worldwide »
- Brad Brevet
‘No Good Deed’ movie going unpunished to top weekend box office? (photo: Idris Elba in ‘No Good Deed’) Apologies for the bad wordplay above, but if Friday estimates are a reliable indicator, No Good Deed should indeed go unpunished to the top of the domestic box office this weekend, September 12-14, 2014. But why "unpunished"? Well, so far the Sam Miller-directed thriller starring four-time Emmy nominee Idris Elba (Luther) and Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) has a downright putrid 10% score and 2.6/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics. Sony Pictures, whose subsidiary ScreenGems is distributing No Good Deed, reportedly opted to skip late Thursday screenings to ensure that the film’s plot twist would be kept under wraps. More likely, however, it was the critics’ derisive remarks that Sony wanted under wraps. For instance: "The final plot twist is about as »
- Zac Gille
There’s a new “guardian” of the box office.
A newcomer, Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson’s “No Good Deed,” has finally pushed “Guardians of the Galaxy” off its throne. The Sony thriller opened to $8.8 million Stateside on Friday and is headed for a $24 to $25 million launch that will provide a much-needed boost to the historically low U.S. box office earnings.
“No Good Deed” stars Elba as an escaped convict who terrorizes Henson (a Da-turned-stay-at-home) and her two children in their own house.
The film, which carries a modest $13 million production budget, stands to benefit from targeting under-served African American audiences. It reunites Elba with his “Luther” TV show director, Sam Miller, and “Obsessed” producer, Will Packer, who »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Tom Hardy makes an unlikely best friend and some grim discoveries in new clips released from “The Drop,” the crime thriller from Michaël R. Roskam which stars James Gandolfini in one of his last roles. Matthias Schoenaerts and Noomi Rapace co-star in the film, based on a novel by “Mystic River” author Dennis Lehane, about a group of bad guys who decide to rob the wrong bar, which doubles as a drop point for money exchanging between even more bad guys. Also read: ‘The Drop’ Review: Tom Hardy Steals This Sluggish Dennis Lehane Crime Tale The new clips feature Hardy's character discovering bloody. »
- Linda Ge
The late James Gandolfini's final movie, “The Drop,” opens Friday, the latest in a sadly long list of movies with stars who died before their films opened. Some have scored big at the box office, like “The Dark Knight” with Heath Ledger. Others, like John Candy's Western spoof “Wagons East!,” tanked spectacularly. Chernin Entertainment's “The Drop” is directed by Michael Roskam and co-stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in a crime drama about mob money laundering in New York bars. Distributor Fox Searchlight has the film, which has a solid 76 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, in roughly 500 theaters. »
- Todd Cunningham
The Drop is a crime drama starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and the late James Gandolfini in what might very well be his last role on the big screen. With the movie out now, I’d wager this is probably the last trailer we’ll be seeing for The Drop. Marv (James Gandolfini) just doesn’t want to […]
Read New Trailer, Clip and Behind the Scenes of The Drop on Filmonic.
Set in a gritty Brooklyn neighborhood during a cold, gray January, The Drop is a twisty crime drama that glooms along at a measured pace. The somber experience is elevated by the skillful performances of the lead actors, and it must be said, by the presence of a pit bull puppy who helps drive the action and counterbalance the moral decay around him.
Don't worry, director Michael R. Roskam (Bullhead) hasn't turned sentimental on us. The world he shows us here is a mean one. Justice comes in the form of bad things happening to bad people, but since nothing good really happens to anyone, these moments are hollow victories.
In his last film performance, James Gandolfini plays Cousin Marv, a bar manager bullied into misery by Chechen crime bosses. Tom Hardy is Bob, a stoic bartender, and Noomi Rapace is Nadia, a down-on-her-luck waitress. Life is far from ideal »
- Caitlin Moore
Whether it’s fighting prison guards butt naked in Bronson or engaging in a phone conversation for an entire 90 minutes in Stephen Knight’s atypical thriller, Locke, it’s fair to say that Tom Hardy’s acting resume is as diverse as they come. However, looking to the future, it seems as though the British actor’s time in the romantic comedy genre are irrefutably over.
After his role in McG’s critically-derided This Means War — which pitted Hardy against fellow spy Chris Pine for the attention of Reese Witherspoon…yes, really — it appears his involvement in the 2012 flop was his first and last flirtation with the romcom in general.
Speaking with USA Today, the versatile actor spoke candidly about his mindset going forward:
“I love to do things I hadn’t done before,” said Hardy, before describing his experience making “This Means War.” “I didn’t understand how you »
- Michael Briers
The Drop is ultimately a solid mood piece, with strong performances that help elevate it above its derivative story elements.
The Drop revolves around Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy), a soft-spoken bartender who works at his cousin Marv’s (James Gandolfini) bar, which is one of many Brooklyn bars that serve as “drop spots” for local criminals to funnel their cash through. One night, while walking home from work, Bob discovers a battered pit bull puppy in a garbage bin and, with help from a woman who lives nearby named Nadia (Noomi Rapace), decides to care for the dog.
A short time later, Marv’s bar is robbed and he and Bob are left being held responsible by the bar’s true owners – a group of Chechnyan gangsters – for recovering the stolen money. However, in addition to that, Bob must fend ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Chicago – For a film adapted from “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone” author Dennis Lehane, there are no children in danger in “The Drop,” but there is a pit bull puppy named Rocco. The dog’s involvement in the story, an animal who gets as many closeups this side of a Charles Martin Smith film, invites the uncharacteristically blunt metaphor of how creatures fight for power, or even just the impression of power.
Dogs bark; thugs try to stand tall.
“The Drop” tells of a neighborhood watering hole in Brooklyn owned by a guy nicknamed Cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), while his low-key cousin Bob (Tom Hardy) meekly tends the bar. Their lives are a microcosm of American small business in a 1% society, with Marv’s bar now owned by a Chechen gang. They use his place primarily as a “drop” to house their ever-exchanging bookkeep money. Even the church »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
It was a night of mixed emotions at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of The Drop. The film, which marks the final performance by the late James Gandolfini, was feted at the festival by his co-stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and Matthias Schoenaerts, director Michael R. Roskam, and Tiff organizers.
The event marked a proud, yet bittersweet moment for Gandolfini’s teenage son Michael, who walked the red carpet and spoke to journalists about his father’s legacy.
Gandolfini was no stranger to Tiff, in recent years having appeared in Tiff films Violet & Daisy and last year’sEnough Said. In The Drop, which held its premiere at Tiff before opening wide in theatres September 12, features Gandolfini as Marv, a former crime boss who is now under the thumb of the Chechen mob. Tom Hardy stars as Bob, a Brooklyn bartender whose local watering hole (run by Marv) just happens to be a “drop” bar, »
- Rachel West
That's never more apparent than in "The Drop," a gangster crime thriller starring the two intense young actors, as well as the late James Gandolfini (his last film). Rapace and Hardy ooze chemistry on-screen, and apparently it translates into real life as well.
Moviefone Canada spoke to them at the Toronto Film Festival, where they revealed that they actually look for movies starring each other. Hardy also talked about working with Gandolfini, and the two buddies reminisced about being on-set of "The Drop" together.
(Hardy was a bit late to the party -- but he showed up about 10 minutes into the interview.)
Moviefone Canada: Let's talk about that blonde hair. Is that for a movie role? [Noomi's hair is platinum blonde with pink streaks]
- Chris Jancelewicz
Smoky bars and rundown, vacant buildings are surrounded by cheap shacks that barely pass for homes… and I haven’t even begun to describe the people. But I think you can imagine the occupants in this universe. The film-noir genre has taken a journey into even seedier territory over the years. Gone are the days where you have fast-talking detectives and two-timing gals. Now we are treated to a world of cops and crime that is caked in a thick layer or dirt, grime, and blood. Films like Gone Baby Gone, Eastern Promises, The Town, Out Of The Furnace, and Killing Them Softly, all have recently focused on crime and corruption on the working-class level of society. Is “poor-noir” an apt description? What about “working-class noir?” At any rate, this is a trend that Belgian director Michael Roskam also explores with his new film The Drop. Roskam previously garnered a »
- Michael Haffner
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
Dennis Lehane is no stranger to taut, gripping crime-styled storytelling. He wrote the books that the films Mystic River, Shutter Island, and Gone, Baby, Gone were based on. In the new film, The Drop, Lehane tackles writing a screenplay, based on a short story he wrote called Animal Rescue and the results are nothing less than powerful.
The Drop centers around a bartender named Bob (Tom Hardy), who pushes drinks at a seedy Brooklyn bar called Cousin Marv's. Bob is a loner, who exists solely to pour drinks and go to Catholic Mass--though he never takes communion. One night, Bob stumbles across a pit bull pup in a garbage can that has been severely abused and he saves the poor animal. The owner of the garbage can is a single waitress named Nadia (Noomi Rapace), who helps Bob fix up the animal and then she forces him to take pup. »
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