FilmCrave Movie Blog 02/2015

New in Theaters February 27: Focus, The Lazarus Effect

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/26/15 at 06:43 AM CT

With Fifty Shades of Grey fading fast (at least domestically), it's going to take another movie to bring the box office on the upswing again. This week's best chance lies with a crime comedy featuring a dependable leading man and one of the hottest up-and-coming actresses. On the other hand there is the inevitable early-season horror film - which has worked in the past, but is a very uneven …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of February 24-March 02

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/24/15 at 06:54 AM CT

Congratulations to regular columnist Harley Lond - I should say regular columnist and new grandfather, Harley Lond. It's been a very busy weekend - so the new releases will be delayed while he has a chance to catch up. Either Harley or I will provide the blog in the next few days.

Now that the 87th Academy Awards have come and gone - it's time for the big award winners to start trickling in …

Weekend Box Office: Fifty Shades Takes a Big Hit, Still Comes Out On Top

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/23/15 at 12:33 AM CT

On Sunday the best and brightest of Hollywood turned out for the 87th Annual Academy Awards. But while the awards certainly drew a crowd, there were still plenty of people willing to get out and about to the theaters. But the audience was a bit subdued - the red-hot film from Valentine's weekend took a big drop and the newcomers didn't open to big numbers (with a certain sequel becoming the …

New in Theaters February 20: Hot Tub Time Machine 2, The DUFF, McFarland USA

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/19/15 at 06:47 AM CT

It may have been cold across much of the U.S. over Valentine's weekend, but thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey, it was steamy enough to break multiple records. There's a very good chance, however, that the goodwill is going to be short-lived. Facing a trio films targeting the younger demographic, there is a very good chance it's going to be one-and-done for the film - especially as Oscar weekend …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 02/17/15 at 02:11 AM CT


"Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance" is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) -- famous for portraying an iconic superhero -- as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. Riggan Thompson was Birdman, a crime-stopping superhero with a beak and a three-film franchise. Now, he's a washed up actor trying to get his career and …

Weekend Box Office: Fifty Shades Spanks Competition, Kingsman Stands Its Ground

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/15/15 at 11:10 PM CT

The Valentine's Day box office was set to heat up with the release of Fifty Shades of Grey - and it amounted to a spectacular $196 million for the top 12 films - the largest February weekend on record. Even more impressive for Fifty Shades was the international numbers - more on that below. The other new release, Kingsman: The Secret Service, as well as continued strength from SpongeBob and …

New in Theaters February 13: Fifty Shades of Grey, Kingsman: The Secret Service

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/12/15 at 06:34 AM CT

While February may have gotten off to a slow start, thing are about to heat up at the box office. A worldwide best seller about getting a little frisky (and kinky) is sure to give Valentine's audiences just the shot in the arm they need. If that isn't up your alley, don't worry, there is also some action in store - one way or the other, both these films look to turn things around, and, along …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 02/10/15 at 02:13 AM CT


"Nightcrawler": A pulse-pounding, rough and tumble, almost noirish thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man with no moral compass who discovers the high-speed, nasty world of video crime recording. By happenstance he stumbles upon a group of freelance camera crews who film …

Weekend Box Office: SpongeBob Soaks Up Win While Jupiter Ascending, Seventh Son Drown

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/08/15 at 11:29 PM CT

After American Sniper's January dominance, the box office finally has a new champion. The overall box office hit $139.3 million - roughly the same total as last year. It was a weekend dominated by a family-friendly film - but it also meant that two high-profile films that were both delayed suffered some serious audience blowback and joined Blackhat and Mortdecai as disappointing 2015 offerings. …

New in Theaters February 06: Jupiter Ascending, Seventh Son, Spongebob

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/05/15 at 06:46 AM CT

Pretty much the entire success of 2015 can be attributed to American Sniper. Granted, there have been some films that have performed above expectations (the low-budget Boy Next Door and family-friendly Paddington) but, for the most part, most of the news surrounding the wide release films are how poorly they have done (Mortdecai, Strange Magic and The Loft all falling victim to bad reviews and …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 02/02/15 at 08:26 PM CT


Though at first glance a run-of-the-mill action-hero-revenge thriller, "John Wick" redeems itself with a gutsy, straight-ahead bone-jarring performance by Keanu Reeves as a brilliantly lethal ex-assassin who single-handedly takes on the Russian mob in New York in retribution for the stealing of his prize 1969 Mustang and the murder of his puppy (given to him …

Weekend Box Office: American Sniper New Super Bowl Weekend Champ

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/01/15 at 10:49 PM CT

For the third weekend in a row Clint Eastwood's American Sniper took the top spot at the box office. Once again, the newcomers failed to generate much enthusiasm but thanks to the sheer power of American Sniper the overall box office is looking at a nice 20% gain over last year and is set to tie the record set in 2012 for the best Super Bowl weekend on record. But while one standout film is good …

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