Excerpt: Director Michaël R. Roskam (‘Bullhead’) burrows into the neighborhood nexus of crime and the church with a familiarity that recalls Scorsese’s ‘Mean Streets,’ as does the picture’s ear for the music of scrappy, half-heard bar conversations. Roskam’s instincts occasionally fail him — I’m not sure what the hell accent Rapace is doing — but his direction (assisted, in no small part, by Marco Beltrami’s hypnotic score) conveys a sense of unnerving, slowly accumulating dread.
Excerpt: Michael R. Roskam’s follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Belgian crime drama Bullhead is a double threat: not only is it a sharp, intelligent, and beautifully acted tale of complex, shady morality, but it also includes multiple scenes of the impossibly studly Tom Hardy playing with a cute widdle puppy. I guess Hollywood really has been reading my letters.
Excerpt: The dominant performance in this darkly funny, slyly creepy tale comes from Tom Hardy, the British actor who made a stunning impression as the sole occupant of the screen in this year’s alone-in-a-car drama, Locke.
Excerpt: May be remembered primarily as the last film featuring the late James Gandolfini, but it possesses a good many virtues beyond his stellar performance.
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Excerpt: Each drop is a moment fraught with danger; it takes a sleight of hand, an unspoken code, a combination of trust and threat. The Drop works on a similar level; Dennis Lahane’s script leaves the viewer stranded in a mire of teased narratives and vague allegiances.