This Week’s movie releases

This Week’s movie releases

FILM: THE DROP
CAST: TOM HARDY, NOOMI RAPACE, JAMES GANDOLFINI, MATTHIAS SCHOENAERTS, JOHN ORTIZ, ANN DOWD, MICHAEL ARONOV, JAMES FRECHEVILLE, ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ, TOBIAS SEGAL, MICHAEL ESPER
DIRECTOR: MICHAËL R. ROSKAM

The discovery of an abandoned and abused puppy leads a lonely bartender out of his constricted world in ‘The Drop’, a riveting journey through a rarely seen side of working-class Brooklyn. The first film written by best-selling author Dennis Lehane, ‘The Drop’ sets an unusual love story against the volatile backdrop of organized crime’s unbreakable grip on the small pubs and taverns used as money-laundering “drops.”

Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) slings drinks in his Cousin Marv’s (James Gandolfini in his final performance) bar and looks the other way whenever Brooklyn crime bosses use the place as a temporary bank for their ill-gotten gains. He keeps to himself, attending Mass daily at the old neighbourhood parish church, but never taking Communion.
Bob’s simple life becomes much more complicated when he discovers a battered pit bull puppy in a trash can. Turning to his neighbor Nadia (Noomi Rapace) for help, he nurses the puppy back to health, as their mutual concern for the dog sparks an unexpected attraction between them.

But when Eric Deeds (Matthias Schoenaerts), the dog’s original owner and Nadia’s abusive ex-boyfriend, tries to reclaim both of them, and a robbery at the bar puts Bob in the crosshairs of the Chechen crime boss who owns it, Bob is forced to face the shocking truth about the people he thinks he knows best—including himself.
The name Dennis Lehane has become synonymous with high-quality crime stories set in low-class places, including the award-winning ‘Gone Baby Gone’ and ‘Mystic River’. Lehane, already a best-selling novelist and acclaimed television writer, adds screenwriter to his credits with ‘The Drop’, a tense mob mystery based on his short story ‘Animal Rescue’.
“The original story is about a guy who discovers an abused pit bull in a trash can,” says producer Mike Larocca. “By saving that dog, he sets in motion a series of complications that change his life. In the end, it’s not as much about a man rescuing a dog, as it is about a dog rescuing a man.”

Lehane initially set out to write a novel, but he never got past the first chapter, which became a short story. He was somewhat surprised when Chernin Entertainment approached him about making the tale into a movie. In fact, he was already been considering adapting it into his first screenplay.
“It was the only book I’ve ever started that kicked out on me,” he says. “I put it in a drawer and never went back to it, but I kept thinking about Bob, the puppy he rescues and the woman he meets.
I think it stuck with me all this time because I was fascinated by the idea of loneliness. We almost never speak about how devastating it can be. I’m of the belief that it kills more people than cancer. So I started from the idea of one guy, Bob, who is exceptionally lonely.”
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Chloe-Moretz-and-Keira-KnigFILM: LAGGIES
CAST: Keira Knightley, Chloe Moretz, Sam Rockwell, Mark Webber
DIRECTOR: Lynn Shelton

It’s been ten years since her high school graduation and Megan Burch (Keira Knightley) still hasn’t found her calling in life.  She’s still hanging out with the same circle of friends in her native Seattle, working as a fill in ‘sign twirler’ advertising her father’s (Jeff Garlin) accounting firm, and living with Anthony Milton (Mark Webber), the boyfriend she first dated in high school.
But it’s an unexpected marriage proposal from Anthony that sends Megan into a panic about her future. Postponing their elopement to attend an out of town self-improvement seminar – or so she tells her unsuspecting fiancé – we instead find Megan hanging out with her new, 16-year-old friend Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz) and her high school buddies who she meets in a chance encounter before eventually taking refuge in Annika’s home.
When Megan’s relationship with Annika’s father (Sam Rockwell) extends beyond its initial platonic boundaries, however, Megan must finally take control of her life and for the first time navigate her own future. A bittersweet coming of age story, Laggies explores an idiosyncratic if all too familiar world in which you’re never too old to grow up.

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A-scene-from-'Tarzan'FILM: TARZAN (3D)
CAST: Kellan Lutz, Anton Zetterholm, Spencer Locke, Trevor St. John, Brian Huskey, Mark Deklin, Jaime Ray Newman, Les Bubb, Peter Elliott
DIRECTOR: Reinhard Klooss

Edgar Rice Burroughs’ ‘Tarzan’ – one of the most classic and revered stories of all time – returns to the big screen, completely reimagined for a new generation.
It is now present day. On an expedition in the remote African jungle, John Greystoke and his wife are killed in a helicopter crash while investigating a mysterious meteorite site.
Only their young son J.J., nicknamed Tarzan, survives. A group of gorillas discovers the boy in the wreckage and takes him in as their own. Tarzan grows up learning the harsh laws of the jungle for nearly a decade until he encounters another human being – the courageous and beautiful young Jane Porter. It is love at first sight.
But things get dangerous when William Clayton, who travels to Africa with Jane under false pretence, reveals his true – and greedy – intentions. Tarzan, now a man like no other, must use all his jungle instincts and intellect to protect his home and defend the woman he loves.