Get Caught Up in a Robbery Gone Bad When “The Drop” Hits Blu-ray and DVD January 20!

The Drop A phenomenal cast, including Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini, lead this gritty thriller about Bartender Bob Saginowski (Hardy) and his hardened employer Uncle Marv (Gandolfini) who must choose between survival and loyalty when they find themselves caught in a robbery gone bad, and on the hook for a mob debt they can’t repay. […]

Film Review: The Drop (★★★)

I think at this point, you know when something comes from the world of writer Dennis LeHane. With The Drop, not only has it been adapted from one of his stories, it was actually written by LeHane himself. Featuring an incredible atmosphere and mood as well as a top-notch performance by Tom Hardy, not to […]

Oscar Predictions

OSCARS or NOT: Top 50 Films You Need to See for the Fall

This week we have the official kick off to awards season with the Telluride Film Festival starting for critics everywhere.  Films will be “secretly” screened, buzz will reach a fever pitch for certain films, and some films will fall on their face.  It’s the nature of the game.  The entire staff of AwardsCircuit.com has put […]

New Images and Clips from ‘The Drop’ with Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini

Check out Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace & James Gandolfini in new clips & images fromAcademy Award nominated director Michaël R. Roskam’s THE DROP! The official 2014 Toronto International Film Festival selection from writer Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone) opens in theaters on September 12th. THE DROP is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award […]

New Images Released for Michael R. Roskam’s ‘The Drop’ with James Gandolfini

Film fans are highly anticipating the upcoming movie The Drop, formerly called “Animal Rescue.”  This will mark the final film appearance for the late James Gandolfini, who was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award last year for Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his work in Nicole Holofcener’s Enough […]

Title Change! Michaël R. Roskam’s ‘Animal Rescue’ Becomes ‘The Drop’

Looking ahead to the 2014-2015 awards season, one of the film’s that many have anticipated is Michaël R. Roskam‘s Animal Rescue written by Dennis Lehane.  According to the film’s iMDB’s page, the title has been changed from the interesting “Animal Rescue” to now the generic sounding The Drop. The movie marks the final film appearance […]

15 Best Screenwriters of 2013

Everyone has their favorite performances and their favorite films of the year but no one really gives their proper due to the writers of our beloved films that we’ve seen.  In a year where films exceeded many of our expectations, the screenwriters came through in a big way.  As AMPAS voters have their ballots and […]

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 76: Globes, SAG, and The In-Between

Welcome to another edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast diving deep into all things film, television, and entertainment. Another week and more revelations on how we know absolutely nothing about how the season can play out.  The first thing that we dive into is the shortlist for Makeup and Hairstyling and the […]

First Awards Screenings for ‘American Hustle’ Scheduled, Gandolfini Goes Lead at the Globes

After having some technical difficulties showing its first six minutes at the AFI Festival last night, David O. Russell‘s highly anticipated American Hustle has finally set its first AMPAS and guilds showings.  Screening in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, the first official showing will be on November 30, the Saturday after […]

Enough Said (★★½)

Nicole Holofcener’s Enough Said goes down easy but is ultimately unremarkable, unmemorable, and at best a lower tier episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. It does, however, provide a nice distraction from all the hustle, bustle and muscle showcased this past summer at the movies. Which is why it’ll probably lull enough critics and moviegoers into […]

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 60: Movie Trailers, Early Screeners, and The Pulled-In Performances

Welcome to another edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast diving deep into all things film, television, and entertainment. After a big week that included trailers dropping for many Oscar hopefuls, the staff and I talk about the first look at the following films: Showtime’s “Homeland” Season 3 Stephen Frears’ Philomena with […]

First Trailer for ‘Enough Said’ Starring James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the first trailer for Nicole Holofcener’s Enough Said, via Apple. The film, which arrives September 20, stars the late James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, Eve Hewson, Tavi Gevinson, and Tracey Fairaway. Have a look at the official trailer, poster, and synopsis for Enough Said below. The film looks cute, makes […]

Images and Poster for ‘Enough Said’ Starring the Late James Gandolfini

With the unexpected passing of character actor James Gandolfini, future projects he was working on are still in post-production.  One of them is Nicole Holofcener’s upcoming Enough Said that pairs Gandolfini with Emmy-winner, and current nominee, Julia Louis-Dreyfus.  The first official image and poster were released today. The film also stars Academy Award nominees Toni […]

Posthumous Performers – 5 Actors Remembered

With the recent passing of the talented character actor James Gandolfini, the staff and I discussed on this week’s Power Hour, some of the great posthumous performances from many actors that went too soon.  With many of us put on the spot, it was hard to think of some prime occurrences.  I’ve taken to task […]

Around the Circuit: June 15 – June 21

  Link(s) of the week: The big news of the week, sadly, was the untimely death of actor James Gandolfini. Many sites (including ours) paid respects to the Sopranos star, including Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna at Thompson on Hollywood, who did a great job collecting thoughts from those in the movie/television industry that worked […]

Circuit 3 Special Edition: James Gandolfini

By now you’ve probably heard the sad news about the death of James Gandolfini. The star of the HBO series The Sopranos died at the age of 51 from an apparent heart attack while in Rome. Gandolfini will likely be remembered best for playing mob boss Tony Soprano, a role that earned him a Golden Globe, three […]

R.I.P. James Gandolfini

Sleep well sir.  Thanks for Tony Soprano and the countless other roles you gave the cinematic and television world. This is a big loss for the community.  Our condolences go out to his family and friends. Let’s celebrate the man…What is your favorite James Gandolfini performance? An obscure choice, I love him in the underrated […]

Violet & Daisy (**)

I can definitely see what Oscar winning screenwriter turned filmmaker Geoffrey Fletcher was shooting for (no pun intended) with his directorial debut Violet & Daisy. He was aiming to take a well worn path like the hit man sub genre and give it a real different spin and take the road less traveled. Fletcher was […]

Killing Them Softly: A Future Appreciation

Last year I saw a number of great films that never got the attention that they deserved. Chief among them was Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly, and with the flick coming to Blu-Ray/DVD next week I decided to take this opportunity to re-visit it and talk a little more about why this is going to […]

Not Fade Away (***1/2)

No matter what David Chase chose to do with his feature debut, it was always going to be judged against the work he did on HBO with ‘The Sopranos’. Had he made a gangster movie, it would have been setting himself up for disaster. Instead, Chase has written and directed the coming of age story […]

Zero Dark Thirty (***½)

Among the many successful elements of Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s new film ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, the thing I feel they should be most proud of is the fact that this movie lingers in your mind the way a good documentary does. Yes, there’s elements of action and thriller moments, but this is more than […]

Killing Them Softly (***½)

As angry as any film you’ll see this year, but also probably as entertaining at the same time, ‘Killing Them Softly’ is a movie that works on multiple levels. Some might only see an effective and enjoyable mob tale, and some filmmakers might have been content to stop there, but others will no doubt notice […]

The hunt for Osama bin Laden continues in a new Trailer for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’!

Now that I’ve seen the likes of ‘Argo’, ‘Lincoln’, and ‘The Sessions’, the film I’m most anticipating now is ‘Zero Dark Thirty’. The new film from Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal would have my interest no matter what the topic, but considering it’s a movie about the hunt for and eventual killing of terrorist leader […]

NYFF: ‘Not Fade Away’ disappoints, ‘Amour’ shines as the best of the festival!

Not Fade Away (★★) David Chase’s anticipated Not Fade Away not only jumbles itself into an indulgent story, constantly keeping the audience at an arm’s length but it’s overly stretched and uneven not utilizing the strong talents in the film like James Gandolfini, Jack Huston, and John Magaro. A natural comparison to Almost Famous (2000), […]

“Mud” moves to 2013, “Not Fade Away” gets NY Film Fest Premiere

I spoke briefly this week about Matthew McConaughey and his chances for Oscar attention in the Supporting Actor category for Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike.  With a great showing in Cannes, Jeff Nichols’ film Mud was looking for a distributor and McConaughey is believed to deliver one of his best turns yet.  It’s been announced that Lionsgate has […]

TIFF Golden Moments Part 2

Patricia Clarkson, James Gandolfini, Anthony Hopkins, Kate Winslet, Mark Ruffalo, and Sean Penn stood on the stage of the Roy Thomanson Hall with director Steve Zaillian before the Gala screening of their film All the King’s Men (2006). Each had been greeted with enormous applause from the appreciative Toronto audience, Gandolfini and Penn drawing the […]

Trailer for ‘Killing Them Softly’

Last night, a Trailer we’ve been waiting a while for finally dropped into our laps. Andrew Dominik made a gem the last time out with ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’ and now he’s back with the Brad Pitt crime flick ‘Killing Them Softly’. The Trailer can be seen after the […]

Awards Profile: Killing Them Softly

Directed by: Andrew Dominik Written by: Andrew Dominik Cast: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Sam Shepard, Garret Dillahunt, and Slaine Synopsis (from Coming Soon): Adapted from George V. Higgins novel and set in New Orleans, “Cogan’s Trade” (now entitled Killing Them Softly) follows professional enforcer, Jackie Cogan (Brad […]