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TIFF Review: ‘The Drop’ Starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace & James Gandolfini

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 5, 2014 8:16 PM
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The Drop, Tom Hardy
If the imagined stereotype of modern-day Brooklyn is bearded hipsters buying vinyl in Williamsburg, casually pushing Bugaboos down the street and attending trendy brunches, then those tourists have never been to the Brooklyn of "The Drop," a tucked-away corner of the five boroughs where everything but the cell phones seem out of date. It's an insular working-class community that’s very real in Brooklyn's outer regions, but strains to feel authentic because the characters within are either overly-familiar streetwise caricatures or imitations that would get laughed off the block should they dare a stroll. Heavily indebted to the films of Sidney Lumet, “The Drop” badly wants to be a gritty, old school ‘70s classic crime drama (with some shades of modern “Sopranos”), but the stress of such want creates a lot of internal confusion. It’s Sidney Lumet, with a little David Chase, as constructed on a flawed foundational slope; just off the mark enough to tip by the time it’s all over.

Watch: Two New Clips From ‘The Drop’ Starring Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini & Noomi Rapace

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 3, 2014 6:15 PM
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The Drop
OK, the reasons to be excited for "The Drop" are fairly obvious: the films features Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini and Matthias Schoenaerts (“Rust & Bone”). The director is Michaël R. Roskam, the filmmaker behind the Foreign Language Oscar nominee “Bullhead,” and the movie’s written by Dennis Lehane (“Gone Baby Gone,” “Mystic River”).

Watch: This Clip From 'The Drop' Has Tom Hardy And Noomi Rapace And A Puppy And That's All You Need To Know

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2014 2:01 PM
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The Drop
"The Tom Hardy Puppy Party" aka "The Drop" is coming to theatres next month, and it fills two crucial Playlist criteria for highlighting movies: it stars Tom Hardy and it has puppies. Nothing else matters. We'll watch it. Today, a new clip from the film arrived, providing, you guessed it, another look at Tom Hardy and puppies.

So, None Of The Awards? ‘Child 44’ With Gary Oldman & Tom Hardy Gets A Spring 2015 Release

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 15, 2014 3:30 PM
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Child 44 Gary Oldman Tom Hardy
Reader reports, audience reviews… meh. Sure you can keep tabs on that “coverage,” but posting about that stuff specifically can be hurtful or irresponsible to a film if the “reviews” are early and especially if they’re negative (hell, on the Internet they’re pretty easy to fabricate in either direction too). Finding out “early buzz” on a movie through test screenings isn’t hard if you’re looking for it. So that said, we’d been hearing a few whispers about “Child 44” and perhaps today’s news jibes with it.

Watch: New Trailer, Poster & Images For 'The Drop' Starring Tom Hardy & James Gandolfini

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2014 8:15 AM
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The Drop
The only thing you probably need to know about this movie is that is has Tom Hardy and a puppy. Okay, it also has the late James Gandolfini in one of his final roles, the always compelling Noomi Rapace, and the rock solid Matthias Schoenaerts, but we'd suggest to Fox Searchlight that there's still time to change the name of "The Drop" to "Tom Hardy Puppy Party." Just sayin'...

Anthony Mackie To Play 'Jimi' Hendrix, Robert De Niro Drives 'Bus 757' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 19, 2014 12:33 PM
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
At one point a few years ago, Paul Greengrass was looking to make a biopic on legendary rocker Jimi Hendrix with Anthony Mackie in the lead. But when the Hendrix estate wouldn't sign off on the project, it fell apart and everyone moved on. But now, things are moving again. Mackie is back to play the axeman, with Ol Parker ("Now Is Good") at the helm of the movie "which chronicles the last nine days of Hendrix's life."

Noomi Rapace Sees 'Brilliance' In Will Smith, Anthony Mackie Teams With Seth Rogen For Christmas Comedy & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2014 4:20 PM
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It's hard to pin down Noomi Rapace. The former girl with the dragon tattoo has been doing everything from big blockbusters ("Prometheus") to cheap genre fare ("Dead Man Down"). And now in another unexpected move, she's going to make a movie with Will Smith.

Adèle Exarchopoulos Says She Has A Role In Sean Penn's Next Directorial Effort & More Casting News

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2014 2:06 PM
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After her luminous performance in "Blue Is The Warmest Color," we're a bit surprised Hollywood isn't breaking down the door of Adèle Exarchapoulos, but it seems Sean Penn knows talent when he sees it. It would seem he's gearing up a new movie to direct this summer—it's certainly the first we're hearing about it—and Exarchapoulos not only reveals that she has a role in it, she spilled a few details on what it's all about (apologies in advance for wobbly Google Translate).

Watch: First Trailer For 'The Drop' Starring Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace & Matthias Schoenaerts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2014 2:42 PM
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The Drop
"Tom was intensely inquisitive," screenwriter Dennis Lehane told USA Today about Tom Hardy's turn. "He mined every single piece of marrow out of that character." And those are encouraging words to hear about "The Drop," the forthcoming film that brings together a helluva ensemble for a tale rich with possibility.

Ridley Scott’s 2016 Mystery Project Is Revealed As ‘Prometheus 2’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 24, 2014 7:45 PM
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Prometheus
Well, that didn’t last too long. 20th Century Fox announced a rash of future dates last year going as far as 2018. The big eye-grabber was a trio of super hero films, “The Wolverine 2,” a sequel to “The Fantastic Four” that hasn’t even begun shooting yet and an Untitled Marvel Mystery movie for summer 2018, which has still not been revealed.

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