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Movie Review: The Drop

11 hours ago | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

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

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Box Office Final: ‘No Good Deed’ $24.2M; ‘Dolphin Tale 2′ $15.8M As ‘Guardians’ Passes $300M

17 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

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

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Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace Talk The Drop, Why They Wanted to Play These Characters, How They Like to Prepare for Roles, and More

15 September 2014 8:24 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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 RapaceMatthias SchoenaertsJohn OrtizAnn 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

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Box Office Report - No Good Dolphin Tale

15 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Margaret here, back to report on another quiet weekend at the box office. Powered by the considerable force of charisma that Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson supply, home-invasion thriller No Good Deed topped the box office with close to 25 million. In second place is the family film Dolphin Tale 2, which took in decent dollars despite an aggressively bland marketing campaign and the fact that the first one was barely a hit. Guardians of the Galaxy dropped only 22% to third place, and is now the first movie since Frozen to pass $300 million domestically. The Year of Chris Pratt continues.

Weekend Box Office

01 No Good Deed $24.5 *new*

02 Dolphin Tale 2 $16.6 *new*

03 Guardians Of The Galaxy $8.0 (cum. $305.9)  Review

04 ...Ninja Turtles $4.8 (cum. $181.0) remember the animated one?

05 Let's Be Cops $4.3 (cum. $72.9)

06 The Drop $4.2 *new*

The stealth success story here is Let's Be Cops, which, despite abysmal reviews and release in one of the »

- Margaret de Larios

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Why Tom Hardy Will Probably Never Make Another Romantic Comedy

14 September 2014 12:52 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Tom Hardy is best known for his serious work, be it turning up the drama in features like Warrior and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or just turning into a full-blown monster, as seen in movies like Bronson and The Dark Knight Rises. That said, two years ago he decided to branch out with a bit of lighter fare and tried doing a romantic comedy. What's unfortunate is that the experience has sworn him off the genre for the foreseeable future. This bit of knowledge was dropped by Tom Hardy in a recent interview with USA Today during the Toronto International Film Festival, where the actor was promoting his new movie The Drop, based on the novel and adapted by Dennis Lehane. During the conversation, Hardy revealed that he likes challenging himself by taking on projects unlike those he's tried before, but that his experiment doing the 2012 McG film This Means »

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Why Tom Hardy Will Probably Never Make Another Romantic Comedy Again

14 September 2014 12:52 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Tom Hardy is best known for his serious work, be it turning up the drama in features like Warrior and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or just turning into a full-blown monster, as seen in movies like Bronson and The Dark Knight Rises. That said, two years ago he decided to branch out with a bit of lighter fare and tried doing a romantic comedy. What's unfortunate is that the experience has sworn him off the genre for the foreseeable future. This bit of knowledge was dropped by Tom Hardy in a recent interview with USA Today during the Toronto International Film Festival, where the actor was promoting his new movie The Drop, based on the novel and adapted by Dennis Lehane. During the conversation, Hardy revealed that he likes challenging himself by taking on projects unlike those he's tried before, but that his experiment doing the 2012 McG film This Means »

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Box office report: 'No Good Deed' is No. 1, 'Guardians' passes $300 million

14 September 2014 9:19 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

They might be enemies in No Good Deed, but the combined star power of Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson helped the thriller take control of the box office this weekend. No Good Deed opened in first place with an impressive $24.5 million from 2,175 locations.

Even though mid-week tracking predicted a mid-teens opening for the $13 million pic, this debut wasn’t exactly a surprise for Screen Gems. “We really felt we were going to win. We felt we were in the zone and had a film that people were really going to like,” Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of worldwide distribution, »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Box Office: ‘No Good Deed’ Tops ‘Dolphin Tale 2′ With $24.5 Million

14 September 2014 8:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

No Good Deed” topped the box office this weekend and helped reinvigorate a floundering domestic movie business.

The Sony/Screen Gems thriller took in $24.5 million from 2,175 theaters, easily beating expectations. Going into the weekend, analysts expected the home invasion thriller to hover around $20 million. Females made up the bulk of the audience, taking up 60% of the seats in theaters, and 41% of ticket-buyers were under 30 years old.

“It’s not a full reversal of the weakness at the box office, but it’s a step in the right direction,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “It’s good to see new films enter the marketplace and do all right.”

No Good Deed’s” success is a feather in the cap of stars Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, both of whom actively hawked the film on social media.

“They absolutely elevated it,” said Rory Bruer, Sony Pictures’ president of worldwide distribution. »

- Brent Lang

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Box office update: 'No Good Deed' outpaces 'Dolphin Tale 2'

13 September 2014 9:34 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

A heartfelt tale about a dolphin and the humans who cared for it proved no match for Idris Elba at the box office Friday—even if he’s playing a psychotic escaped con out to terrorize Taraji P. Henson. Of course, No Good Deed and Dolphin Tale 2 aren’t even remotely in competition for the same audience. But in the box office world, for once, adults seem to be forking out more money for their own viewing pleasure.

No Good Deed is on track to beat expectations by at least $7 million. The tense, PG-13 rated thriller from sometimes Luther »

- Lindsey Bahr

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'The Forger': Toronto Review

12 September 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The opening shot in The Forger is of a haggard John Travolta sitting in a prison cell, and the despair etched into his face suggests the actor might already be contemplating how wrong he is for this role. There are some solid elements here, but neither believability nor cohesion is among them in a contrived thriller that wraps a gritty Boston milieu redolent of a Dennis Lehane story around a sentimental heart, with a high-stakes art heist that belongs in a more robustly plotted Hollywood studio picture. Despite a problematic script, British television veteran Philip Martin’s first feature is directed

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- David Rooney

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James Gandolfini Netflix Guide: Films To Stream This Weekend

12 September 2014 5:00 PM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

James Gandolfini‘s final film opens this weekend. Written by Dennis Lehane, The Drop, is a crime drama starring Tom Hardy and multiple pitbulls, and has been getting strong reviews after premiering at the Toronto Film Festival. After the actor’s sudden death in 2013 we’ve spent the past year celebrating the abundance of memorable film and television roles he left us with — many of which you can watch by simply logging into your Netflix account.

Below are eight films you can stream from the comfort of your home, office, or park bench (bearing said park has WiFi) this weekend. And why not? The weather’s probably going to be crummy anyway.

Not Fade Away (2012)

Written and directed by Sopranos creator David Chase, Gandolfini plays the conservative New Jersey father to a creatively driven son who’s discovering rock and roll during the ’60s. (This one gets extra points for its killer soundtrack. »

- Emily Exton

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Tom Hardy Stars With James Gandolfini and a Very Cute Puppy in ‘The Drop’ Clips (Video)

12 September 2014 2:28 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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‘No Good Deed’ Surges to Possible $25 Million Opening at Box Office

12 September 2014 2:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson are pushing the U.S. box office out of its post-summer doldrums, with early Friday estimates for Sony’s “No Good Deed” pointing to an opening weekend that could go as high as $25 million.

Warner Bros.’ family sequel “Dolphin Tale 2″ looked lively with Friday forecasts indicating a $20 million launch frame — in line with recent tracking.

No Good Deed,” with Elba portraying an escaped convict, was dominating business on Friday with an estimated $9 million at 2,171 locations —  even though Sony eschewed late Thursday screenings in order to keep a key plot twist under wraps, meaning reviews didn’t hit until Friday. That would put “Deed” on track to finish the weekend in the low to mid-20s.

See Also: 7 Reasons ‘No Good Deed’ Could Be a Late-Summer Sleeper

Given its modest $13 million production cost, “Deed” already appears to be a profitable performer for the studio. »

- Dave McNary

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Review: Tom Hardy Makes 'The Drop' a Slow, Dark Ride Worth Taking

12 September 2014 9:29 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Tom Hardy tackles yet another awkwardly-spoken eccentric (with something of a dark edge) in The Drop, and, once again he hits the role hard. That is to say, he owns it, and the crime drama elevates to something endlessly watchable with every line he speaks and every twitch his eye gives. With a screenplay from novelist Dennis Lehane and execution in guile from director Michaël R. Roskam, The Drop delivers a powderkeg of subtle intensity, suspenseful in all that it does and doesn't do. Though Hardy shines past every distinct aspect the film brings, the solid drama sprinkled with a dusting of violence makes for a fine thriller. Hardy plays Bob Saginowski, a bartender as meek as his vanilla first name would imply. The bar where Bob works, Cousin Marv's - the late James Gandolfini plays the Marv after which this particular bar is named - is the local drop »

- Jeremy Kirk

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Film Review: Animal Psychology Charges Rugged Thug Tale ‘The Drop’

12 September 2014 9:17 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

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.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

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 »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The Drop – The Review

11 September 2014 8:51 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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

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Specialty Box Office Preview: James Gandolfini’s ‘The Drop’, ‘The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Them’, More

11 September 2014 4:45 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

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

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The Drop Review: A Tense Throwback To Crime Films of the Past

11 September 2014 2:21 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

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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‘The Drop’ Review: A Tense Throwback To Crime Films Of The Past

11 September 2014 2:21 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

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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The Drop Review [Tiff 2014]

11 September 2014 12:27 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The stories of novelist Dennis Lehane are noted for their specificity, rooted in a place – often, seedy, blue-collar Boston neighborhoods – and a time, usually the aftermath of a harsh, violent event. Several of his crackling stories of lurid crime and behavior have been memorably adapted to the screen – Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone – and kept the author’s pulpy dialogue and pulsating plots intact in the transition.

The Drop, which Lehane adapts to the screen from his short story Animal Rescue, is a different beast. It is a drama so low-key and plodding in comparison to his other works, that it is hard to understand why he chose to translate this minor tale in the first place. Here, he ditches Boston for Brooklyn, although the rusty storefronts, abandoned lots and grey skies present here sometimes make it hard to tell the difference.

The focus in this adaptation is on Bob »

- Jordan Adler

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