This column took last week off partly out of forgetfulness, but if we're being honest with ourselves, also partly out of frustration. The end of summer was not kind to wide releases, and new offerings on Netflix and On Demand were grim as well. But it's our duty to recommend movies to you, no matter how grim things may be. Away we go!
As always, let's take a look at the Rotten Tomatoes ratings for this week's movies, and ... oh. Why, that's a lot of tomatoes. Well, those must all be limited releases, right? Look at No Good Deed, the Idris Elba/Taraji P. Henson thriller hitting over 2,000 screens, for instance. At 17% for the critics who have even seen it – critics' screening were cancelled at the last minute – it's clearly not worth your time or money. But there's two other wide releases this week. The first is Dolphin Tale 2, a sequel you probably didn't realize you wanted or needed. But like the first, it's apparently refreshing and lovely. Good if you need something to do with the kids this weekend.
But the minor surprise of the week is Tom Hardy's new family crime drama The Drop, which received fairly glowing notices. It's also got a posthumous performance from James Gandolfini – the last film he completed before his passing last year.