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New in Theaters September 30: Deepwater Horizon, Miss Peregrine's Home, Masterminds, Queen of Katwe

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/29/16 at 06:43 AM CT

The Magnificent Seven easily rode off with last weekend's win but September continued to be an overall disappointing month as the top 12 still couldn't turn around the significant drop at the box office compared to last year. Once again we're looking at a robust group of contenders for the upcoming weekend, led by the true-life drama Deepwater Horizion as well as the latest from Tim Burton, a muc...

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Friend Request and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/28/16 at 10:21 AM CT

Well, those hoping for a rip-roaring update packed with big, new films are in for a treat... in some other week. I guess today is the famine and another week will be the feast. There is just a single wide-release film getting its ratings due this week - a late-season horror film that is once again using social media as its main focus. Otherwise, it's slim pickings for you gentle folk. Once again,...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of September 27-October 3

Harley Lond - wrote on 09/27/16 at 01:55 AM CT

THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS:


There's rich viewing bounty this week, ranging from the serious and sublime to the frivolous and fun. From the Criterion Collection comes the impressive "Dekalog" (1988 - Poland) Krzysztof Kieslowski's masterwork of visual storytelling. Originally made for Polish television, "Dekalog" focuses on the residents of a housing complex in late-Communist Poland w...

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Weekend Box Office: Magnificent Seven Lives Up to Its Name, Storks Grounded

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/25/16 at 07:34 PM CT

While the weekend itself didn't quite turn around the September doldrums the box office has been going through, but at least there was a silver lining as the top film distinguished itself. Overall, the box office was off 25% compared to the same weekend last year and the top 12 couldn't crack $100 million total for the fifth weekend in a row now. So, yeah, the numbers continue to be pretty bad fo...

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New in Theaters September 23: The Magnificent Seven, Storks

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/22/16 at 06:44 AM CT

Is this going to be the week Hollywood turns things around? Following several disappointing openings of late, hopefully the box office will be re-invigorated with a western remake featuring a knock-out cast along with an animated film looking to spark interest with the family crowd. Certainly the recipe looks ripe for success, but that has been the case seemingly for the past two weeks - two week...

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Doctor Stranger, Cure for Wellness and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/21/16 at 10:57 AM CT

Why, hello again! It's that time of week when we get to see what crumbs the MPAA has thrown at us and in this case we get a treat - Marvel's NEXT BIG THING that doesn't look anything like a Marvel movie as well as a secretive horror film not coming out until next year. Otherwise, it's all leftovers and delivery - it will fill you up, but leave you feeling a bit empty. Anyway, at least we have a c...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of September 20-September 26

Harley Lond - wrote on 09/20/16 at 04:38 AM CT

THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS:
The film vaults will open this week with three terrific classics being retooled for the home video market. First up is Disney's long-on-demand and out-of-print "Beauty and the Beast" (1991), arguably one of the greatest animated films of all time and instrumental in Disney's late-20th century renaissance. The film features the voices of Robby Benson, Angela ...

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Weekend Box Office: Sully Stays the Course as Blair Witch, Bridget Jones and Snowden All Underwhelm

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/18/16 at 06:51 PM CT

Sully was flying high once again this weekend - and not in a flying-high-like-Denzel Washington-in-Flight kind of way - but rather a conquering-the-box-office-once-again kind of way. It turns out the long wait between Blair Witch and Bridget Jones films didn't help as both stumbled out of the gate to lower-than-expected openings while Snowden opened about on target but still didn't produce much h...

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New in Theaters September 16: Blair Witch, Snowden, Bridget Jones' Baby, Hillsong: Let Hope Rise

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/15/16 at 07:00 AM CT

With Sully leading the charge, September got off to a decent start for Hollywood. As we continue this week brings us some familiar faces (welcome back Bridget Jones and the Blair Witch), a documentary on one of the most inspirational church groups in the world and Oliver Stone's biopic on one of the most controversial men (and events) in our age. Conventional says Blair Witch has the edge - but a...

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Moana, MIss Sloane, Max Steel and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/14/16 at 10:30 AM CT

After last week's sudden departure from any major films getting their ratings released, we're once again back on track with several high-profile films receiving their verdicts. We have the latest from Disney animation - a tale featuring a new kind of princess in this Polynisian-inspired story, a cut-throat Jessica Chastain explores the dark side of politics, a thriller about isolation and a new b...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of September 13-September 19

Harley Lond - wrote on 09/13/16 at 04:14 AM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:
I've never been a fan of comic book heroes on the big screen and the latest outing from the folks at Marvel/Disney, "Captain America: Civil War," is just another masturbatory exercise in excess -- and a great excuse to keep a lot of computer animators working. There's just about every superhero imaginable fighting one another over accountability (remember "Batm...

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Weekend Box Office: Sully Flies High as Bough Breaks Opens Strong, Disappointments Room Dies

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/11/16 at 07:53 PM CT

It was going to be a winning combination, having director Clint Eastwood team up with legendary actor Tom Hanks, but it was an even bigger win than expected. Thanks to Sully and When the Bough Breaks both opening strong, the weekend managed to beat the same weekend from 2015 with Sully capturing some records (and near-records too). While The Disappointments Room more than lived up to its name and...

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New in Theaters September 09: Sully, Disappointments Room, When the Bough Breaks, Wild Life

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/08/16 at 06:50 AM CT

Now that summer is officially in the rear-view mirror, we can usher in the fall and the start of the award season. Things are getting off to a strong start because how can you go wrong with Tom Hanks? Anyways, Oscar season aside we have a long-delayed horror film, another thriller and an animated film all vying for attention. I'm guessing that Don't Breathe is going to have enough competition to ...

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Raw, Red Turtle and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/07/16 at 09:42 AM CT

Well, for the first time since I started this blog covering the weekly MPAA Ratings Bulletin, there is not a single wide-release film getting a rating. I could just shrug it off and go with the standard list, but where is the fun in that? This gives me an opportunity to cover some films that might not get into major theaters, but that, in my mind, should be given some extra coverage none-the-less...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of September 6-September 12

Harley Lond - wrote on 09/06/16 at 04:45 AM CT

THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS:
Patrick Swayze's unfortunately short career was highlighted by several films in which he took very different lead roles: a sexy dance instructor in "Dirty Dancing" (1987), a gentle husband in "Ghost" (1990), a thrill-seeking robber in "Point Break" (1991), and a drag queen in "To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" (1995). One of his most memorable roles ...

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Labor Day Weekend Box Office: Don't Breathe Rare Horror Repeat as Light Fades and Morgan Breaks Down

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/05/16 at 06:33 PM CT

Many were calling for a quiet Labor Day Weekend at the box office and they were right. The overall weekend was down 24% compared to a slow previous week and down 13% compared to last year's Labor Day box office. Neither of the new films contributed much as one could barely crack the top 10 while the other was beaten by the re-release of an animated film 12 weeks old and the limited release of a S...

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New in Theaters September 02: The Light Between Oceans, Morgan

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/01/16 at 06:40 AM CT

Now that we can officially put a nail in the coffin of the summer movie season, we can look forward to September. It's no longer the official dumping ground of unwanted films as there are quite a few big films on the horizon. This weekend isn't likely going to be one of the more memorable of the year. This week brings us a sci-fi A.I. thriller that seems to be inspired by Ex-Machina. And, the sta...

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