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New in Theaters May 31: After Earth, Now You See Me

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/30/13 at 03:58 PM CT

Memorial weekend was a big win for Hollywood with Fast Six, Epic and even the disappointing Hangover III opening to big numbers. The momentum is there and this week two films will try to make their mark at the box office: a sci-fi actioner and crime thriller with a magic angle. The only issue is the box office is getting quite crowded - so with so many different choices, it's going to be tougher ...

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Memorial Weekend Box Office: Fast 6 Speeds to Record Opening, Hangover III, Epic Hold Their Ground

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/27/13 at 09:46 PM CT

It was a weekend of reflection and Hollywood reflected on a record weekend as well. With summer in full swing, Memorial Day weekend is one of the benchmarks to gauge the summer season and if this year is any indication, all signs point to an exceptional summer. While Iron Man 3 and Star Trek have managed to get off to an impressive start, three newcomers proved that they have what it takes to mak...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of May 28 -- June 3

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/27/13 at 07:16 PM CT

THIS WEEK'S MOVIE RELEASES:


Australian director Cate Shortland's second feature, "Lore," takes a grueling journey with a young German girl as she struggles to survive the punishing conditions of post-World War II Germany, "paying" for her Nazi parents' support of Hitler and his war. Newcomer Saskia Rosendahl stars as Lore, a 14-year-old girl who is left to fend for herself after ...

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New in Theaters May 24: Fast and Furious 6, Hangover III, Epic

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/23/13 at 01:14 PM CT

It's Memorial Day weekend and that means an extra day to enjoy all the new films coming out - or catch up on a few you still need to see. And it's a good thing, too, because Hollywood isn't slowing down for the holiday - in fact, they're ramping things up. Whereas Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness were given an entire weekend to themselves, that is not the case this weekend. In fact, all thr...

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Mind-Bending Thrillers That Deserve a Second (or Third or Fourth) Look

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/22/13 at 12:25 PM CT

I'm a big fan of movies that mess with my head. Some people don't like films that take multiple viewings to fully grasp, but I say, if you watch a movie and then immediately want to go back and watch that movie again to catch all the hints and clues you missed the first time around - that means the film succeeded. When I recently watched Steven Soderbergh's latest film, Side Effects, it reminded ...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of May 21 -- May 27

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/21/13 at 06:32 PM CT

THIS WEEK'S MOVIE RELEASES:


There's four surprisingly good thrillers hitting the shelves this week, headed up by the sleeper "Side Effects," directed by the prolific Steven Soderbergh. The film starts out as a prosaic psychological thriller about a young woman, Emily (Rooney Mara), who begins suffering from terrifying anxiety attacks and bouts of sleepwalking after her husband (C...

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Weekend Box Office: Star Trek Opens On Top, But Not Quite Boldly as Expected

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/19/13 at 11:44 PM CT

It was a good weekend for the box office in total, with the weekend running about 15% ahead of the same frame last year. Even with that bit of good news, one has to be a bit disappointed that another blockbuster fell short of expectations. It can't be called a failure by any means, just a bit of a miss compared to the early predictions.

1) STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

It was pretty much a...

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New in Theaters May 17: Star Trek Into Darkness

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/16/13 at 01:35 PM CT

It's going to be another blockbuster weekend (or so J.J. Abrams hopes) as once again there is only one film opening in wide release. And much like a couple weeks ago, when Iron Man 3 completely dominated the top 10, I'm guessing folks are going to be lined up for the next installment of Star Trek. I have a feeling it's not going to be the massive opening that we saw from Marvel's A-list hero, but...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of May 14 -- May 20

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/13/13 at 07:51 PM CT

THIS WEEK'S MOVIE RELEASES:


"Texas Chainsaw 3D": Some things are better left alone -- to wit, here we have another Texas Chainsaw Massacre, around the seventh in a long line of sequels-redos-remakes since the original "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" in 1974. This one -- a recap and sequel all at once -- should have been left on the cutting-room floor (so to speak). The premise -- ...

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Weekend Box Office: Gatsby Is Great, but Can't Outshine Ironman 3

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/12/13 at 09:06 PM CT

It runs out the rather ho-hum response from critics wasn't going to detract audiences from another Baz Luhrmann ultra-stylistic romance/drama. Of course, it probably helped that it was Mother's Day weekend and that there is no direct female competition at the box office. Still, it was Iron Man's weekend once again as the super hero continued pummeling opponents on screen and at the box office. Bu...

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New in Theaters May 10: The Great Gatsby, Peeples

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/09/13 at 05:50 PM CT

One week after Iron Man 3 dominated the box office in near-record fashion, this week sees two films trying to take away some thunder. A comedy looking to attract an urban audience and a stylish adaptation of a literary classic are our two contenders. Something tells me that neither are going to have enough oomph to dislodge Tony Stark and co. from the top spot for a second week (a week I predict ...

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In Honor of Ray Harryhausen, My Favorite Stop-Motion Films

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/08/13 at 12:42 PM CT

On Tuesday, May 07, 2013, we lost one of the great special-effects pioneers of our time, Ray Harryhausen. The 92-year-old was known for his stop-motion work, including work on The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Clash of the Titans, Jason and the Argonauts and One Million Years B.C. He influenced such filmakers as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron. Here is my humble tribute...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of May 7 -- May 13

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/06/13 at 06:54 PM CT

THIS WEEK'S MOVIE RELEASES:


"Jack Reacher": Fans of Lee Child's wildly popular series of novels about ex-military investigator-turned avenging angel Jack Reacher blanched when they heard that Tom Cruise was going to play the lead in the film adaptation of the author's "One Shot." Reacher, after all, is a 6-foot 5-inch 250 pound blond haired bruiser; Cruise is 5-foot 7-inches, dar...

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Weekend Box Office: Iron Man 3 Opens to Truly Heroic Numbers

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/05/13 at 10:42 PM CT

Without much in the way of competition, and fresh off the heels of last year's record-breaking Avengers film, all eyes were on Iron Man 3 this weekend. Well, maybe not all eyes, but 82% of the top 12 films total grosses came from that one movie and, with foreign totals continuing to bring in big money, it shouldn't take it too long to become the first $1 billion film of 2013. It bodes well for th...

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New in Theaters May 03: Iron Man 3

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/02/13 at 01:02 PM CT

This weekend will mark the official start of the 2013 summer movie season. Which is funny, because as I write this, it's freakin' snowing outside my window. It probably won't stick around too long, but still... snow in May, that's just wrong. But, thinking warmer thoughts - what better movie to usher in the blockbuster season than a blockbuster super hero. Can you believe it has already been five...

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Evolution of the Zombie Movie Genre - From Someone Who Is Completely Obsessed

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/01/13 at 04:42 PM CT

If you don't know, I kind of have a thing for zombies. Movies, books, games - I will devour anything to do with the living dead. Am I a bit obsessed? Maybe. But I'm not quite to the "Doomsday Prepper" level of insanity (if I had unlimited funds however... nah - best not to dwell on that too much). Anyway, for someone as interested in this phenomena as I am, here's a handy history for anyone who w...

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