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Scoob! and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/24/20 at 10:58 PM CT

Theaters may be closed nationwide (and in several countries) but the ratings must go on. That being said, this week doesn't provide the most robust of offerings with but a single wide release - or at least it was at one point. Like oh so many films of late the animated Scoob! (and updated take on the classic Scooby-Doo) has been indefinitely shelved. I'm assuming it will come out in theaters …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 03/24/20 at 12:40 AM CT

"1917" and "The Grudge."

Described by critic Mark Kermode as an "extraordinary filmmaker" and "one of the UK's most imaginative talents," visionary British director Philip Ridley followed his sensational debut "The Reflecting Skin" with another surreal incursion into the dark heart of the "American dream" in "The Passion of Darkly Noon" (1995). …

Weekend Box Office: As Theaters Close Nationwide, VOD Becomes the New Norm

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/22/20 at 05:55 PM CT

This isn't so much a typical weekend round-up as a fond farewell (at least temporarily, one hopes) to the standard box office update. The Covid-19 epidemic has caused every major theater chain to close and, at this time, the vast majority of the 200 theaters still open are drive-in theaters. The official numbers from Box Office Mojo show grosses of $753,347 on Monday, $346,334 on Tuesday, …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of March 17 - March 24

Harley Lond - wrote on 03/20/20 at 07:07 PM CT

"Jumanji: The Next Level," "Richard Jewell," "Black Christmas" and "A Hidden Life."

"Universal Horror Collection Volume 4" includes four tales of terror from the archives of Universal Pictures, the true home of classic horror. Boris Karloff ignites the screen as an inventor who is kidnapped by a gang of burglars and forced to help them commit …

Greyhound, Come Play and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/18/20 at 11:33 AM CT

While the world of cinema may be going through hell - the MPAA Ratings Board soldiers on. It's actually quite a big list this week, but despite the quantity, quality-wise there are still only two major releases that are still (potentially) coming out in the near future. Tom Hank (currently under quarantine with his wife, Rita in Australia) stars in yet another war drama, this time playing an …

Weekend Box Office: Covid-19 Tanks Holdovers, I Still Believe Tops Bloodshot

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/15/20 at 06:21 PM CT

The biggest news for the weekend doesn't concern any of the new wide releases, but rather the pandemic that is Covid-19. As concerns over the fast-spreading virus have ballooned, it has affected pretty much everyplace people gather in groups - including movie theaters. With production shut down on several films and TV series, this is the last week for wide releases in quite awhile as, for now, …

New in Theaters March 13: Bloodshot, The Hunt, I Still Believe

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/11/20 at 08:13 PM CT

Here we are, halfway through March and while there haven't been too many fireworks, overall things are still looking good. This week, we get the short-delayed The Hunt, which looks to be the most divisive film of the year. We also have Vin Diesel getting back to his action roots with Bloodshot and finally we have another uplifting Christian-themed romance in I Still Believe. With Onward coming …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of March 10 - March 17

Harley Lond - wrote on 03/11/20 at 10:18 AM CT

Uncut Gems, Bombshell, Charlie's Angels and Spies in Disguise

"Salesman" (1969), a radically influential portrait of American dreams and disillusionment from Direct Cinema pioneers David Maysles, Albert Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin captures, with indelible humanity, the worlds of four dogged door-to-door Bible salesmen as they travel from Boston …

A Very Brief MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/10/20 at 07:53 PM CT

So here we are again - I get to give you a list of a bunch of movies, none of which are good enough to be considered a wide release. That's right - it's the easiest of updates to post and the most boring as well. I hate not being able to talk about anything - there's not even a decent limited release that interests me this time around. Therefore, I pray to the the ratings gods that next week and …

Weekend Box Office: Onward Disappoints on Top, The Way Back Lands in Third

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/08/20 at 08:21 PM CT

While Pixar's Onward did indeed top the box office, it came in well under most expectations. Ben Affleck's The Way Back found itself in the top three, meeting expectations, while Emma. expanded and landed just outside the top five for its efforts. The holdovers also continued to play well with audiences, even as the ever-present concerns over Covid-19 may have tempered expectations somewhat. …

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