The Drop Review by Gregmo Roberts

RIP Tony Soprano!

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It’s hard to believe that it has been over a year since we lost actor James Gandolfini.  The head of the Soprano’s family on the hit HBO series, Gandolfini was beginning to show his range away from his New Jersey mafia persona with critically acclaimed films such as Enough Said and Zero Dark Thirty.

In death (Gandolfini died of a heart attack on June 19, 2013), his presence is as strong as ever and is showcased in the new drama/thriller, The Drop which gets its World Premiere here at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Gandolfini plays Marv, a former big deal in the Brooklyn crime world who has lost most of his power and allure to the younger more violent successors.  Marv now runs a bar and employs  his nephew Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) as a barkeeper.  We learn early that the Chechen mob uses random bars as drop establishments…

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Fargo, the TV show?

Ended up winning Emmy’s…..Nice!

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FX has a new TV show on that is…well…interestingly good.  We sat to watch the first episode last week of “FARGO” and have to admit it has us hooked!  Once you get past the fact that the movie “Fargo” was so good you are left wondering, what can they do with a similar story on the small screen?  Well, there are many similarities, which happen to work.  In the film, Jerry Lundegaard (played by William H. Macy) is a car salesman desperate for cash.  In the show, Lester Nygaard (played by Martin Freeman) is an insurance salesman desperate to forget his lack of accomplishment.  The two characters are immediately recognizable as the same person, only in different situations, stuck in Minnesota.

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There is dark humor and plenty of quirky bloodshed.  Billy Bob Thornton, as Malvo, provides the cool darkness of a systematic Robin Hood killer.  He is the spark that…

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“We live in a cynical world.”

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This was a good news/terrible news kind of week for Tom Cruise. On the plus side, he got some of his best reviews in ages for the new science fiction action movie, Edge of Tomorrow. The film, which many expected would put the onetime superstar back on top, then met with disappointing results at the box office.
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The alien-fighting movie, with a reported price tag of $175 million, took in just $29 million in its debut weekend and lost by a mile to teenage tearjerker The Fault in Our Stars, which sold some $48 million in tickets. Cruise’s blockbuster even lagged behind Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent in the battle for second place.

Edge’s $10.7 million opening day was worse than the $13.3 million drawn by Cruise’s last sci-fi flick, Oblivion, which wasn’t particularly well-liked by critics and grossed only $89 million in the U.S. Indeed, to find the last Cruise vehicle…

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