September 7, 2014 2:34 PM

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By Day 3 it's become clear that the Toronto film fest 2014 is above all about the year of the actor, male and female. As I toggle between one theater and the next, I discover yet another film that raises the bar on the art of screen performance. And I haven't even seen yet the touted turns of Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything;" Benedict Cumberland as Alan Turing in "The Imitation Game;" Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duval in fest opener, "The Judge." They're all Oscar fodder, from what I could pick up last night emerging from the premiere of "The Drop," as a thunder and lightning show demo'd global warming in action and drenched cinephiles on their way to after-parties or yet another movie.

Directed by Belgian Michael Roskam, "The Drop" must be seen by anybody who thrills to great acting for the revelation that is Tom Hardy. The Brit thesp goes deep Brooklyn as Bob Saginowski, a bartender caught between the cops and a pod of Chechen gangsters. He works at Cousin Marv's, a neighborhood ...

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