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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of October 31 - November 6

Harley Lond - wrote on 10/31/17 at 12:24 AM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:
There's two lackluster thrillers due this week: "The Dark Tower," based on the best-selling book series by Stephen King. The last Gunslinger, Roland (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds...

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Weekend Box Office: Jigsaw Tops Slow Halloween Period with Few Treats to Be Found

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/29/17 at 07:04 PM CT

While the Halloween spirit was in full effect - three out of the top five films at the box office are horror-themed, it was still not quite reason to celebrate as two new films struggled to find an audience, leading to a weekend that was down $18 million compared to last year. Blame Stranger Things season 2 for keeping people at home or just blame Hollywood for their timing but this weekend is on...

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New in Theaters October 27: Jigsaw, Suburbicon, Thank You for Your Service

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/26/17 at 06:44 AM CT

With October winding down, it seems every week brought us way too many movies, leading to an over-stuffed box office where nothing really flourished. This last weekend isn't quite as crowded, bringing us the latest in a long-standing horror franchise, a dark comedy from George Clooney that explores the dark side of suburbia and a patriotic-leaning drama that shows once the war is over, the real b...

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Daddy's Home 2, Greatest Showman, Phantom Thread and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/25/17 at 10:29 AM CT

Whether you're a fan of crowd-pleasing humor, family-friendly showmen or dramas with a personal touch, this week has ratings for everyone. We also bid a final farewell (supposedly) to one of the greatest actors of this generation. All in all, a nice, meaty update before Halloween hits - no tricks here, just treats and I have to hope the ratings board has just as much fun in store next week, befor...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of October 24 - October 30

Harley Lond - wrote on 10/23/17 at 07:45 PM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:
"War for the Planet of the Apes" is an anomaly in rebooted movie franchises -- it ups the Summer blockbuster ante by combining a strong storyline, fine acting and great special effects. This is more than an ape vs man action-adventure, it's kind of a dissertation on what it means to be human, with plenty of allusions to the bible, the Civil Rights movement, and...

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Weekend Box Office: Boo 2 Another Tyler Perry Hit as Rest of Newcomers Struggle

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/22/17 at 05:54 PM CT

It was a pretty dismal weekend at the box office as, aside from Boo 2! every other major wide release suffered from disastrous numbers. After a strong September (where It reigned supreme), none of the October offerings have managed to match it. This weekend was off $30 million compared to last year, and October thus far is lagging 13% behind 2016. Unless Halloween can scare up some big numbers (a...

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New in Theaters Oct. 20: Geostorm, Boo 2, Only the Brave, The Snowman, Same Kind of Different as Me

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/19/17 at 06:44 AM CT

October is going to deliver another fully packed weekend with another five movies premiering, making an already-crowded box office even more dense. While horror film Happy Death Day will remain strong, the competition is going to heat up with Tyler Perry's Boo 2 looking to scare up another win and the apocalyptic Geostorm should serve up good competition as well. There will also be the true story...

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Justice League, Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle, Soldado and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/18/17 at 09:56 AM CT

The late fall - winter season is gearing up to be even busier than the summer as far as I'm concerned. Two of the bigger films coming up are lucky enough to earn their ratings. That would be Justice League - which looks a lot better thanks to the outstanding performance of Wonder Woman and the updated Jumanji film that just looks like plain fun. If you're the kind of person who likes looking fur...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of October 17 - October 23

Harley Lond - wrote on 10/16/17 at 05:47 PM CT

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"Spider-Man: Homecoming" is not so much a reboot of the franchise as an integration of the character into the new Marvel Comics/Cinematic Universe ... and, unlike its predecessors, this "Spider-Man" forgoes back-story and, instead of concentrating on "Spider-Man" the crime-fighter (though, of course, there is a evil new villain, the Vulture, played byb Michael ...

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Weekend Box Office: Happy Death Day Another Horror Hit, The Foreigner Opens Strong

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/15/17 at 08:15 PM CT

It was good news for horror fans over the weekend as Happy Death Day became the latest Blumhouse production to open in the top spot while It continued its strong run as well. Jackie Chan's The Foreigner beat expectations while Blade Runner 2049 took a big hit, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women was a disaster and Marshall debuted as expected. Overall, while October is still struggling, this w...

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New in Theaters October 13: Happy Death Day, The Foreigner, Marshall, Professor Marton

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/12/17 at 06:41 AM CT

It's a shame that Blade Runner 2049 failed to have much of an impact at the box office because, truthfully, there don't seem to be many other movies that will be able to boost October the way It boosted September. It's not for lack of trying as this week brings another four movies into the fray including the Groundhog Day-meets-horror Happy Death Day, the action-packed Foreigner and two biographi...

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Thor: Ragnarok, Ferdinand and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/11/17 at 10:10 AM CT

While the update isn't very long this week, it more than makes up for that fact in terms of quality. Both of the wide-releases earning their ratings due are also going to be two of the biggest movies of the fall-winter movie season. Early reviews out of the Marvel camp say the upcoming Thor film is not only the best out of the Thor bunch, but ranks up there with the better Marvel films in their e...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of October 10 - October 16

Harley Lond - wrote on 10/10/17 at 01:32 PM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:
"Baby Driver": The surprise hit of the year -- no surprise, actually, if you know the work of director Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead," 2004; "Hot Fuzz," 2007; "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," 2010, and "The World's End," 2013) and his offbeat movies that draw in diverse audiences and great reviews. Here he tells the story of Baby (Ansel Elgort), a young getawa...

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Weekend Box Office: Blade Runner 2049 Takes Top Spot but Sputters Well Below Expectations

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/08/17 at 06:04 PM CT

It was another win-lose at the box office as the anticipated Blade Runner sequel turned out to be not as anticipated as many had predicted. While the nostalgic nerd crowd certainly turned out, the expected $45-$50 million opening the studio was hoping for crashed to reality, where it was lucky to top $30 million. The rest of the box office didn't hold much better news as both The Mountain Between...

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New in Theaters Oct. 06: Blade Runner 2049, Mountain Between Us, Victoria and Abdul, My Little Pony

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/05/17 at 06:40 AM CT

After a record-breaking September, October looks to continue the winning streak but it is taking a different approach - apparently going for quantity in hopes that something will stick. In fact, the next several weeks are going to be packed with four or more films each weekend. That doesn't leave a lot of room for success in my eyes, but obviously there are going to be a few standouts. I don't th...

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Insidious: The Last Key, I Love You, Daddy and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/04/17 at 09:49 AM CT

While the list is impressive once again this week, it doesn't reflect in the films I actually get to talk about. Only two wide releases this week, one is yet another Insidious films (potentially the last, but who knows) and the other is Louis C.K.'s latest film straight out the Toronto Film Festival where it made waves, and looks to be a fair bit better received than Pootie Tang. Still, it doesn'...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of October 3 - October 9

Harley Lond - wrote on 10/02/17 at 08:22 PM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:
Despite the fact that it's old, bloated, tired and barely treads water, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise still has its audience -- "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," the fifth in the series, took in $794 million worldwide. There are some fun moments, but for the most part its the same jokes and the same action -- someone or something wa...

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Weekend Box Office: It, American Made, Kingsman Battle for Top Spot as Record September Closes

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/01/17 at 06:48 PM CT

Currently less than $305,000 separate the first place to third place movie at the box office, so there is a good chance the top three as listed could switch places. Still, one thing that is not going to change is how good the September 2017 box office turned out. Led by It, the runaway horror success story of the month, September broke the previous record of $626.4 million set in 2015 with a new ...

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