FilmCrave Movie Blog 01/2018

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of January 30 - February 5

Harley Lond - wrote on 01/30/18 at 12:02 AM CT

"Last Flag Flying" has to be director Richard Linklater's most somber film. In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Richard “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) reunites with former marines Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) on a different type of mission: burying Doc’s son, a young marine …

Weekend Box Office: Maze Runner On Top While Jumanji, Greatest Showman Continue Strong Runs

Chris Kavan - wrote on 01/28/18 at 06:08 PM CT

While Maze Runner: The Death Cure may have topped the weekend box office, it was the continued strong performance from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Greatest Showman that continued to turn heads. Meanwhile, there is a new champion among Indian-language films as well as an impressive expansion for the western drama Hostiles. Overall, the box office was down by about 7% compared to the …

New in Theaters January 26: Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Hostiles

Chris Kavan - wrote on 01/25/18 at 06:45 AM CT

It has been the Jumanji show for the last three weekends, but there is a good chance a tween franchise will finally be able to dethrone it. While Maze Runner hasn't been Harry Potter or Hunger Games huge, it has enough of a following that is should be able to top a six-week old film, no matter how good it is. The only other film is the expansion of a western drama with Christian Bale in the …

Black Panther, Ready Player One and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 01/24/18 at 09:42 AM CT

While the board, once again, hasn't delivered a huge number of wide-release ratings this weekend, at least the quality more than makes up for the quantity. The two films getting their ratings due happen to be two of my most anticipated films of the year. First up, Marvel looks to hit another home run with Black Panther. Second, and a bit more divisive among people, is Steven Spielberg's homage …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of January 23 - January 29

Harley Lond - wrote on 01/23/18 at 01:51 AM CT

"Geostorm" is a weak environmental disaster sci-fi adventure that squanders a fine cast. In the near future, a catastrophic climate change endangers Earth's very survival, so the world governments unite and create the Dutch Boy Program: a world wide net of satellites, surrounding the planet, that are armed with geoengineering technologies designed to stave off natural …

Weekend Box Office: Jumanji Makes It a Threepeat while 12 Strong, Den of Thieves Beat Expectations

Chris Kavan - wrote on 01/21/18 at 07:33 PM CT

Jumanji was once again the top film over the weekend, rising on the charts of Sony's all time highest-grossing films. Meanwhiile, both 12 Strong and Den of Thieves opened stronger than expected while Forever My Girl was a non-starter. Phantom Thread, I, Tonya and Call Me by Your Name all expanded to wide releases, meeting with decent expectations going into the busy awards season. Other …

New in Theaters January 19: 12 Strong, Den of Thieves, Forever My Girl

Chris Kavan - wrote on 01/18/18 at 06:40 AM CT

Jumaniji: Welcome to the Jungle has dominated the past two weekend, even up against significant threats. While this week brings us three new entries into the fold, none of them look to be able to topple the family-friendly action film. Likewise, the strong showing of The Post and the continued legs of The Greatest Showman should also continue to hold well as the three films include a war drama, …

Early Man, Strangers: Prey at Night and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 01/17/18 at 10:14 AM CT

My plea to the board went mostly unanswered as this week is another light release for movies earning their ratings. We have an animated feature from the great Aardman Studio (of Wallace and Gromit fame) along with a horror sequel coming a full decade after the original. Still, it's another rather uninspired entry, and I can once again only hope that the coming weeks bring me a bit more to work …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of January 16 - January 22

Harley Lond - wrote on 01/16/18 at 02:24 AM CT

Arriving 35 years after the first "Blade Runner," "Blade Runner 2049" is much more than a sequel; it stands on its own as a visionary science fiction outing that would make old Phillip K. Dick (author of "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" upon which the original was based) proud. 1992's "Blade Runner," directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer …

Weekend Box Office: Jumanji Holds on to Top Spot as The Post Expands Strong, Commuter Delivers

Chris Kavan - wrote on 01/14/18 at 08:16 PM CT

Although four new films either opened or expanded over the long MLK weekend, Jumaniji continued to flex its muscles as it easily remained the top film at the box office. Steven Spielberg's true-life drama The Post had an excellent expansion while Liam Neeson continued to show he is a strong action draw with a solid debut for The Commuter. While Jumanji and Commuter brought in families and action …

New in Theaters January 12: The Commuter, Proud Mary, Paddington 2, The Post

Chris Kavan - wrote on 01/11/18 at 06:46 AM CT

After Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle made a surge into first place last weekend, the box office is about to be hit with three new wide releases and a major expansion for an awards-season hopeful. Liam Neeson gets back to doing what he does best (that is, kick ass), we have a bear of a family-friendly sequel, Taraji P. Henson also gets to flex some action muscles while Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep …

Overboard and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 01/10/18 at 10:12 AM CT

Just when I thought things were heating up, the board cools things down - like an arctic-style bomb cyclone. After weeks of some good updates, they throw me this weak update with a single - that is one - movie of note, and it's a freakin' gender-swapped remake of an 80s comedy. That's right - hope you liked Overboard, because here comes the next version. Sigh - I'm finding it hard to even get my …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of January 9 - January 15

Harley Lond - wrote on 01/08/18 at 11:43 PM CT

"It," the immensely popular big-screen remake of the 1990 TV mini-series, in which seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, face their worst nightmare -- an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town's children -- and battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise. Based on the Stephen King novel. Stars Bill …

Weekend Box Office: Jumanji Roars to First, Insidious Last Key Opens Strong

Chris Kavan - wrote on 01/07/18 at 07:30 PM CT

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will not longer be able to claim a record - but that's okay, as it can no longer be crowned the highest grossing movie never to hit first place because, well, it hit first place. With audiences loving it and Star Wars falling, the feel-good family action/adventure film was at the top of the box office. Insidious: The Last Key also had a strong opening (and also …

New in Theaters January 05: Insidious: The Last Key, Molly's Game

Chris Kavan - wrote on 01/04/18 at 06:45 AM CT

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi and an impressive Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle leading the charge, December went out with a bang (even if it couldn't quite stem the bleeding set by a rather lackluster summer). Now we reach 2018 and... things look to remain much the same. Sure, I'm guessing the latest Insidious chapter will scare up decent business, it's a franchise that tends to do well enough. …

Maze Runner: Death Cure, Proud Mary, Samson, Unsane and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 01/03/18 at 10:05 AM CT

After a week-long break, the MPAA board is back, and they are on fire. There is a lot of ground to cover this time, from a YA franchise to animation, horror and action and yes, even another biblical epic. The list isn't so long this time, but it's almost full of major releases, just like it should be. Hopefully this is a good sign for the new year, because God knows we need 2018 to be a lot …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of January 2 - January 8

Harley Lond - wrote on 01/02/18 at 02:41 AM CT

Doug Liman's latest action adventure film, here with Tom Cruise, is the fast-paced and fun actioner "American Made." Cruise is delightfully brash as Barry Seal, a TWA pilot recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America; he soon finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the …

New Year Weekend Box Office: Star Wars Edges Jumanji, While Greatest Showman Sets Record

Chris Kavan - wrote on 01/01/18 at 01:16 PM CT

Happy New Year to all and to all a good... year, I guess? In any case, it's so cold here, frost is forming inside my house (on a window handle, it's not like I'm without heat). So I'm sitting inside, drinking a cup of cheer and looking at the returns both Disney and Sony have to be happy with the second long holiday weekend in a row as both Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Jumanji: Welcome to the …

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