FilmCrave Movie Blog 04/2011

New Movies to Crave: Getaway with Fast Five and Dylan Dog or Just Enjoy Prom

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/29/11 at 09:53 AM CT

While I think technically summer season is going to start next week with Thor, I think Vin Diesel and crew are going to make their own mark this weekend and will overshadow all competition.

1) The first Fast and the Furious was a lot of fun - the next two sequels were not nearly as good. Then came the fourth film that revitalized the series for me. Now I hope they keep things in high gear for …

New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases to Crave This Week: Blow Out with 3 Idiots

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/26/11 at 11:16 AM CT

Hollywood must be taking a breather this week, as I can honestly say this is the first time I've seen a week with no major films being released. That's not to say there aren't some great entries, just some that would be below the radar.

1) While it's not a new film, the Criterion release of Blow Out gives Brian De Palma (and John Travolta) fans reason to be happy. Combining parts of …

Weekend Box Office: Rio Fends Off Madea, Elephants to Retain #1 Spot

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/25/11 at 01:22 AM CT

Although the competition had some fight in them, the animated Rio held on to its #1 spot over the Easter weekend.

With a hefty amount of 3D screens helping out, Rio made $26.8 million - 57% coming from said 3D screenings. The animated bird, while falling short of last years How to Train Your Dragon is doing better than both Rango and Hop in the same time frame with a $81.3 million total …

New Movies to Crave: A Hydrated Pachyderm, Madea's Family and Spurlock Sells Out

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/22/11 at 10:57 AM CT

It's not joke that 2011 has been disappointing to Hollywood but last week finally saw a win in year-to-year ticket sales. Can Tyler Perry and a budding romance continue the trend? I have to admit, both movies with new wide-release dates hold little interest for me, but perhaps they can draw in the right crowd to keep the ball rolling.

1) Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold - …

New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases to Crave: A King Speaking, Gulliver Traveling, Down the Rabbit Hole

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/19/11 at 10:40 AM CT

A bit of high and lowbrow for your pleasure this week. Depending on what course you want to take, there should be something appeasing.

1) Winning a boatload of Oscars certainly helps things and no doubt The King's Speech is going to be on many a watch list. Despite my feelings that Social Network was robbed, I will get around to watching this some time in the future. Historic dramas aren't my …

Weekend Box Office: Rio Flys to the Top, Scream 4 Makes Only a Peep

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/18/11 at 12:04 AM CT

Hollywood can finally notch a win compared to last year thanks to another animated hit. Rio opened in first place with $40 million, representing the best opening of 2011 so far and helping lift the overall box office 11% compared to last year.

While it's a good sign, Rio did benefit from hefty 3D sales, accounting for 58% of its gross and couldn't quite match the opening of How to Train Your …

New Movies to Crave: Scream for Rio!

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/15/11 at 10:17 AM CT

Well, here we are again - Hollywood is hoping that this weekend is finally the turning point and leaves up to a colorful bird and a rebooted franchise to make things right.

1) Even though I have a feeling it won't outlast more family-friendly fare, Scream 4 is still my top pick. I loved the first, thought the second outing was okay and just kind of shrugged at the third. Still, this 4th …

New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases to Crave This Week: Deathly Hallows Gets Country Strong

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/12/11 at 09:08 AM CT

It's wizards vs. everyone else in the this weeks lineup. No doubt that Harry Potter fever will run rampant, but despite the overwhelming presence of the monster franchise, there is more to choose from.

1) Still, it's inevitable that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 will win the week. The first part of J. K. Rowlings last novel might move a bit slow for some tastes, but I …

Weekend Box Office: Hop Still Tops as Brand Scores 1-2 Punch

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/10/11 at 11:54 PM CT

Russell Brand can be called the new king of the box office, even if the top film may not be the one he preferred.

The animated film Hop scored its second #1 showing, bringing in $21.7 million after falling 42% from its opening last weekend. The film now boasts a $68.2 million total - in line with the other recent animated film Rango and while it is a solid showing, it's not enough to bolster …

New Movies to Crave: Hanna Get Your Gun - Your Highness & Arthur are Coming!

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/08/11 at 11:56 AM CT

Another week, another shot to wipe these box office blues away. Can a super-trained teen, a remake and a medieval farce do the trick?

1) You can say that Saoirse Ronan is going to be a force to be reckoned with this weekend. Last time I saw her, she was a murder victim pondering the lives of those she left behind. My, how times have changed. As the titular Hanna, now she's a stone-cold …

New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases to Crave: Visit the World of Tron, Narnia and Take the Little Fockers

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/05/11 at 09:37 AM CT

Sometimes you just need to escape, and this week the offerings will grant you your wish.

1) No surprise here, Jeff Bridges will abide once again in the cyberscape with Tron: Legacy. Also along for the ride are Garrett Hedlund and new it girl Olivia Wilde. I wanted to see this in theaters, but never go around to it. Now it's about time to catch up with what I missed.

2) From one fantasy …

Weekend Box Office: Hop Leaps to Top, Source Code and Insidious Lag Behind

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/03/11 at 11:34 PM CT

It was another banner week for family films (but not the box office), as Hop, the animated/live action Easter bunny tale, opened with a 2011 record-best $38.1 million - just beating out Rango for that distinction. Despite getter mostly lukewarm reviews, the film will probably surpass $100 million especially with Easter just around the corner.

In second place was Jake Gyllenhaal in Source …

New Movies to Crave: Super Insidious Source Code... Hop to It!

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/01/11 at 09:59 AM CT

With last week proving a disappointment with Sucker Punch failing to deliver, can the combined might of Jake Gyllenhaal, a rabbit and pure evil conquer the box office. To show you how confident I am about this weeks chances, I'm leading off with a movie that not even opening in wide release.

1) That's right, combine the do-it-yourself heroics and gonzo violence of Kick Ass and add in a bit of …

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