FilmCrave Movie Blog 02/2017

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of February 28-March 6

Harley Lond - wrote on 02/28/17 at 09:48 AM CT

"Moonlight": Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s autobiographical play "In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue," the film chronicles the life of a young black man (Chiron) from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. It's a profoundly moving portrayal of the moments, people, and unknowable forces that …

Weekend Box Office: Get Out Thrilling in Debut While Rock Dog, Collide Crash and Burn

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/26/17 at 05:36 PM CT

It was a good week for horror - and for Blumhouse in particular as Get Out opened easily in first place while Split also continued its strong performance and it is now not only the studio's highest grossing domestic film, but its best international total as well. While Get Out enjoyed success, neither Rock Dog or Collide could find a place in the top 10. Otherwise, a few films topped some …

New in Theaters February 24: Get Out, Rock Dog, Collide

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/23/17 at 06:41 AM CT

While there have been some standout performances at the box office this year, it's safe to say that 2017 has been a bit off compared to last year. Granted, we haven't seen a movie like Deadpool come along just yet, but while Get Out isn't likely to make that many waves, it is wowing critics and may be another hit thriller that proves Jordan Peele can do horror as well as comedy. It' obvious what …

Fate of the Furious, All I See is You, Wonder, Zookeeper's Wife and More in the Week's MPAA Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/22/17 at 09:30 AM CT

I have nothing to say about this week's rating bulletin except... it's a good one. We have set another Furious film with Vin Diesel playing the... villain?! Color me intrigued - even if by the previews they are going to make even more ludicrous decisions that defy physics and reality. Besides that we have a thriller involving a blind women who gets her sight back only to learn she may not like …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of February 21-February 27

Harley Lond - wrote on 02/21/17 at 01:41 AM CT

Grief -- and how it affects us -- comes to the fore in "Manchester by the Sea," a literate outing by Kenneth Lonergan, whose career has bounced from the sublime (screenplay for "The Gangs of New York," screenplay and direction for "You Can Count on Me") to the ridiculous (screenplay for "Analyze This" and writer of "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle"). Casey Affleck -- …

Weekend Box Office: Lego Batman Dominates as Great Wall Leads Lackluster Newcomers

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/19/17 at 07:22 PM CT

Comparing this President's Day weekend to last year's President's Day weekend is bit of a bummer, but one can't forget that last year we had Deadpool to thank due to its monster opening. The same couldn't be said of any of the newcomers this weekend and, no surprise, the weekend was down 47% compared to last year. So far 2017 is also trailing a fair bit behind 2016 as a whole - off fully 10.4% …

New in Theaters February 17: Fist Fight, The Great Wall, A Cure for Wellness

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/16/17 at 06:46 AM CT

Last weekend brought some big numbers for the box office and now with an extended holiday (for the government and kids anyway) should bring in some added revenue. Three new films join the lineup - another horror movie looking to have the same luck as Split, a big name in a big gamble action film and an after-school comedy. It is difficult to say if any of the new films will have as big an impact …

Power Rangers, The Case for Christ, How to Be a Latin Lover and More in This Week's MPAA Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/15/17 at 06:12 PM CT

Be still my heart, the MPAA Rating Board has bestowed another decent update this week. At the top of the list is the somewhat grittier reboot of the campy Power Rangers I remember watching back in the day, we have yet another Christian-themed drama trying to win hearts and minds, a comedy following a big Latin star making his American debut and a teen romance based on a YA novel. While some of …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of February 14-February 20

Harley Lond - wrote on 02/15/17 at 12:47 AM CT

As far as alien arrival films go, this has to be one of the tamest ever. No cities destroyed. No humans pulverized. No flying saucer attacks. Instead, we get an Arrival by 12 strange space crafts -- aligned in different sectors of the world -- occupied by aliens who just want to communicate with us. Each major government puts together a team of scientists to try to figure …

Weekend Box Office: Lego Batman, Fifty Shades Darker, John Wick 2 Impress in 1-2-3 Openings

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/12/17 at 07:45 PM CT

The three new wide-release films all came out swinging in their opening weekend and led to the biggest weekend yet in 2017 with a $176.9 million weekend. Also impressive is that most of the holdover films fell less than 35% even with the increased competition. In general, it was a very good weekend for Hollywood as moviegoers seemed happy to support both old and new films and should lead to a …

New in Theaters February 10: Lego Batman, John Wick: Chapter Two, Fifty Shades Darker

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/09/17 at 06:36 AM CT

Let us bow our heads to mourn the loss of Split as the box-office champion. M. Night Shyamalan's latest film has had a stellar run but, as with all good things, it must come to an end. The end shall come courtesy of three big-name films looking to leave their own indelible mark upon the film landscape: Lego Batman looks to corral the family audience, John Wick's second outing will surely bring …

Annabelle 2, Lowriders, Before I Fall and The Shack in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/08/17 at 10:58 AM CT

It has been a bit of a dry spell for the MPAA board this year, but things pick up just a little this week. We have not one, not two but a grand total of four wide-release films earning their ratings this week. Up first is the horror sequel of the horror spinoff of that creepy doll that was introduced in The Conjuring, Annabelle 2. We have a film sure to appeal to a distinct audience with …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of February 7-February 13

Harley Lond - wrote on 02/07/17 at 02:28 AM CT

"Loving": The heat-wrenching and painful story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court. In 1958, in Virginia, the idea of interracial marriage was not only considered to be immoral to many, it was also illegal. When …

Weekend Box Office: Split Tops Third Weekend in a Row, Rings, Space Between Us Disappoint

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/05/17 at 04:40 PM CT

Even though a lot of people are interested in the Super Bowl this weekend, traditionally the football main event doesn't hamper the box office that much. In years past there have been plenty of surprising results but 2017 didn't exactly blow up the big screen during the big game. It turns out audiences weren't that interested in returning to The Ring franchise and even less interested in giving …

New in Theaters February 03: Rings, The Space Between Us

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/02/17 at 06:44 AM CT

We could be looking at the rare horror one-two punch this weekend if Split can continue its winning stream and if newcomer Rings can bring in any kind of audience like the original. There is also the resurgent Oscar nominees to consider as well as a new teen-centric drama romance that looks to catch a few eyes as well. Spit enjoyed a strong second weekend and I don't see why it won't continue …

The House, My Cousin Rachel and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/01/17 at 09:38 AM CT

I had hoped that last week would be an indication that the ratings gods would once again decide to shower me with a plethora of ratings updates. Alas, I have to deal with the fact that when it comes to the MPAA board, it's usually more famine then feast. This week only one wide-release film gets its due - a new comedy with Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler trying to salvage their daughter's college …

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