FilmCrave Movie Blog 03/2018

New in Theaters March 30: Ready Player One, Acrimony, Gods Not Dead: A Light in Darkness

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/29/18 at 06:42 AM CT

It's going to be a feast for the eyes and nostalgia as Steven Spielberg delivers one of my more anticipated movies of the year in Ready Player One. The film contains so many Easter Eggs, you won't need to worry about that bunny this year. If visiting the Oasis isn't your idea of a good time, Gods Not Dead: A Light in Darkness provides the faithful with and Easter miracle while Tyler Perry …

Traffik and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/28/18 at 10:04 AM CT

I've lamented for several weeks because the MPAA Ratings Board has continually granted two decent films on each update. Well, this week brings a change... but not the one I was hoping for. Instead of two films to talk about this week I get one. Yes one film on the list is getting a wide release and that's it. And it happens to be an action-oriented film, one I readily admit does little for me …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of March 27-April 2

Harley Lond - wrote on 03/27/18 at 02:29 AM CT

Arguably the best Star Wars episode since "The Empire Strikes Back," "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" neatly pumps up the plotline of the new Star Wars saga, setting the stage for new action and adventures. Picking up where "The Force Awakens" ended, "The Last Jedi" has the Resistance forces on the run before the onslaught of Dark Force maven Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First …

Weekend Box Office: Pacific Rim: Uprising Dethrones Black Panther

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/25/18 at 08:05 PM CT

While it was inevitable, it's still sad to see Black Panther lose its top spot after five weekends on top. Still, don't feel too bad as the superhero is still on a tear and is now the highest-grossing domestic superhero film of all time - and still has plenty left in the tank. While Pacific Rim: Uprising had a decent opening, none of the other new wide releases made much of an impact. Sherlock …

New in Theaters March 23: Pacific Rim Uprising, Unsane, Sherlock Gnomes, Midnight Sun, Paul, Apostle

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/22/18 at 06:43 AM CT

If Black Panther can stave off both A Wrinkle in Time and Tomb Raider, it could very well also hold off a bunch of giant, fighting mechs. Pacific Rim: Uprising looks to give the Marvel hero the most trouble over the weekend, but will the new Uprising be as memorable with Guillermo del Toro directing? There are plenty of other films coming out as well, including an animated sequel, Steven …

A Quiet Place, I Feel Pretty and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/21/18 at 09:34 AM CT

It's dead horse beating time! Yes, once again we have two, count 'em, two wide releases to talk about... again. How many months is this now? I've honestly lost count but my hopes that I'm going to get another decent week (of three, four - hell five or more) entries is diminishing to the point I'm pretty sure two a week is the new normal. Well, I'm not on the MPAA Ratings Board, so I can't …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of March 20-March 26

Harley Lond - wrote on 03/19/18 at 11:44 PM CT


"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle:" An update to the classic 1995 Robin Williams film, with slick performances and a reasonably understandable storyline. When four high-school kids discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of -- Jumanji -- they're immediately drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the avatars they chose: gamer …

Weekend Box Office: Black Panther Tops Tomb Raider for Fifth Straight Weekend Win

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/18/18 at 06:31 PM CT

You know, I really though that Wakanda Forever thing was just fun to say, but it's looking like Black Panther is taking that catchphrase seriously. For the fifth weekend in a row the Disney/Marvel hit Black Panther fended off Tomb Raider and a surprisingly strong I Can Only Imagine to take the top spot at the box office. Alicia Vikander tried her best, but middling reviews and audience apathy …

New in Theaters March 16: Tomb Raider, Love, Simon, I Can Only Imagine, 7 Days in Entebbe

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/15/18 at 06:41 AM CT

Black Panther managed to hold off A Wrinkle in Time, but it's going to face its biggest threat yet in the rebooted Tomb Raider. Alicia Vikander has proven to be a bankable star and while video game adaptations haven't been the most successful at the box office, Tomb Raider was popular before and looks to be a hit again. Besides the action film, we have love, inspiration and thrills - but the …

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Sgt. Stubby and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/14/18 at 09:46 AM CT

Why am I not surprised? Another week another two two whopping films worth mentioning. And that's a stretch seeing as I find it hard to get worked up about a sequel to a musical based on Abba songs and an animated film about the world's most decorated dog in U.S. military history... that looks to ignore the grim realities of war for more family-friendly fare. In any case, yay - thank you MPAA …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of March 13-March 19

Harley Lond - wrote on 03/13/18 at 01:19 AM CT


"The Shape of Water" is definitely the best film of the year, and one of director Guillermo del Toro's best to date. This guy can jump from horror ("Mimic")to Spanish Civil War supernatural drama (the brilliant "The Devil's Backbone") to comic book fare ("Hellboy") to war fantasy ("Pan's Labyrinth") without blinking an eye. This immensely enjoyable film is an otherworldly …

Weekend Box Office: No Wrinkle This Time, Black Panther Remains Top Draw Four Weeks in a Row

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/11/18 at 07:16 PM CT

While A Wrinkle in Time was supposed to give Black Panther a run for its money, in the end there was really no contest. Despite star (and girl) power, A Wrinkle in Time ended up a distant second to Marvel's Black Panther, which had little issue crossing the $1 billion global mark this weekend as well as continuing its impressive domestic run. At this point, i't's up to Tomb Raider, Pacific Rim: …

New in Theaters March 09: A Wrinkle in Time, Gringo, Hurricane Heist, Strangers: Prey at Night

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/08/18 at 06:41 AM CT

Black Panther had no trouble handling Red Sparrow and Death Wish last weekend. It shows little signs of slowing down and, in fact, it looks like Disney is going to be the biggest threat for... Disney this weekend. A Wrinkle in Time should be able to give Black Panther a decent run for its money, though I have a feeling the Wakandans are going to fight hard to keep that top spot. Also vying for …

Rampage, Truth or Dare and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/07/18 at 09:15 AM CT

I'll give this to the MPAA Ratings board, they sure have been consistent these past few weeks. Yup, two big movies and bunch of other fluff. This week we have Dwayne Johnson turning a one-note video game into a blockbuster of destruction and also the new Blumhouse horror featuring young adults dying horribly. Still, a trifle is better than nothing, so I guess if two is what I get - two is what …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of March 6-March 12

Harley Lond - wrote on 03/06/18 at 01:33 PM CT


Who would have thought you could create a fantasy film superhero franchise from an over-muscled Norse god equipped with a giant hammer? Well, the folks at Disney/Marvel have done just that with Thor. After stumbling with the first title, "Thor" (which was unintentionally funny what with the great actor Stellan Skarsgård running around in his underwear) and the second …

Weekend Box Office: Wakanda Forever! Black Panther Continues to Dominate; Red Sparrow Respectable

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/04/18 at 11:59 PM CT

Another weekend, another big win for Disney and Marvel as Black Panther easily crossed the $500 million mark, cementing itself as one of the greatest superhero films of all time. Both of the two new wide releases managed to score decent openings against this behemoth, sitting nicely in the second (Red Sparrow) and third (Death Wish) position - though neither could top $20 million. It's going to …

New in Theaters March 02: Red Sparrow, Death Wish

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/01/18 at 06:48 AM CT

Black Panther has blazed a shining path to box office glory and, despite the star power of Jennifer Lawrence and Bruce Willis, I don't see it giving up its spot at the top. Red Sparrow certainly will challenge it - and might even come pretty close, but it's not going to be enough. Death Wish will appeal to hardcore action fans, but Willis isn't a big enough draw (anymore) to challenge Marvel. …

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