Hey there reader, been to the movies lately? If the box office reports are any indication, I’m guessing not — and who can blame you? We’re currently in the weird dead zone between the tentpole blockbusters of the summer and the prestige, Oscar-friendly pictures (and, increasingly, tentpole blockbusters) of the fall. But relief will be here soon enough, so in the interest of helping you mark up your movie-going calendar, we’re looking ahead to the fall films we’re anticipating most.
The Drop (September 12)
The final film appearance of the late, great James Gandolfini is reason enough for this crime drama to top our fall viewing list. But there’s plenty more going for this one besides Gandolfini’s posthumous supporting turn: a screenplay by Dennis Lahane (adapting his short story “Animal Rescue”), direction by Michaël R. Roskam (who helmed the terrific, and underseen, Bullhead), and Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in the leading roles.