FilmCrave Movie Blog 04/2015

New in Theaters May 1: The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/30/15 at 06:41 AM CT

Nothing brings in the summer like a blockbuster. Now, I think we can all agree that Furious 7 exceeded pretty much all expectations, if not domestically than certainly internationally. If Furious 7 can have such an impact, one wonders just how high Age of Ultron is going to go with the massive marketing effort, hype and super hero pedigree behind it. One thing is for certain, it's going to be a …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of April 28-May 4

Harley Lond - wrote on 04/28/15 at 03:26 AM CT


Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" is the first ever film adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel and thus should be a cause for celebration. Unfortunately for this reviewer -- a big fan of both Pynchon and Anderson -- the adaptation leaves something to be desired. A Pynchon novel needs to be nourished and taken in like a fine wine or a great dinner -- …

Weekend Box Office: Furious 7 Makes it Four in a Row

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/26/15 at 11:24 PM CT

With little in the way of competition, Furious 7 once again took the top spot at the box office. It will have to enjoy this last victory - as it continues to reap huge rewards on the international stage as well (even as The Avengers: Age of Ultron hit select market ahead of its U.S. debut). It caps a fine run for the film - and there was little surprise that a new Furious 8 film was announced …

New in Theaters April 24: The Age of Adeline, Little Boy

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/23/15 at 06:44 AM CT

This entire month has pretty much been Furious 7 and... the rest. The global hit has dominated both domestically and internationally and, at least for the time being, is easily the biggest film of the year. This is the last weekend in April and, once again, it doesn't look like there is going to be much competition for Furious crew. Two drama are entering the field - one with a romance angle, …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 04/21/15 at 04:54 PM CT


It's a pretty dull week at the home theater. On offer is the very weak second sequel in the "Taken" franchise, "Taken 3," with Liam Neeson returning as former CIA operative Bryan Mills; this time he's framed for the murder of his ex-wife and must go on the run while trying to find the real killer (sound oh too familiar? Liam -- time to quit!) ... and "Cake," …

Weekend Box Office: Furious 7 Mows Down Paul Blart, Unfriended

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/19/15 at 11:02 PM CT

Although it took a bigger hit this weekend, Furious 7 still held on the top spot over the weekend. Even better, it crossed the $1 billion mark world-wide in record time and its place in history is assured. That meant that Paul Blart and Unfriended has to settle for runner-up status. The box office still looks good - though things are likely to wind down next weekend before Age of Ultron provides …

New in Theaters April 17: Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Unfriended, Monkey Kingdom

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/16/15 at 06:43 AM CT

It has been a very impressive April thus far, though really it's all due to the amazing pace set by Furious 7. While this weekend has a few more films to offer, I think it's safe to predict that the Furious crew still has little to worry about and should be able to retain its top spot at the box office. For those who have had their fill of fast cars and action, there are two family-friendly …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 04/14/15 at 03:22 AM CT


"Big Eyes," the fascinating, real-life saga of Walter (Christoph Waltz) and Margaret (Amy Adams) Keane, whose enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes rocked the art and pop culture world by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art -- and made millions along the way. For years Walter dominated the pair's relationship and took …

Weekend Box Office: Furious 7 Continues Red-Hot Run, Longest Ride Settles for Third

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/12/15 at 10:36 PM CT

After its blistering April Opening, Furious 7 showed little signs of slowing down at the box office. Even better news, the international results are on pace for Furious 7 to be one of the biggest movies world-wide of all time. Not bad for a film that mainly relies on questionable physics and fast cars as the main selling point. Otherwise, a few milestones were reached by a handful of films, some …

New in Theaters April 10: The Longest Ride

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/09/15 at 06:45 AM CT

One last ride - the tagline to Furious 7, should be one long ride - certainly longer than the only new wide release this weekend. In fact, I see Vin DIesel and his family pretty much dominating the rest of April - only slowing down once The Avengers sequel hits and subsequently dominates May. That being said, this week's entry does offer direct counter-programming to the male-drive action of …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 04/07/15 at 02:33 AM CT


"A Most Violent Year" was one of the most overlooked films of 2014. Directed as a crime drama by J.C. Chandor ("All Is Lost") and featuring a bravura performance by Oscar Isaac, the film is nothing less than a treatsie on the failure of the American Dream. The story is set in New York City during the winter of 1981 -- statistically the most dangerous year in …

Weekend Box Office: Furious 7 Opens to April Record

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/05/15 at 09:54 PM CT

There was no competition this weekend - and that wasn't a surprise. Even after seven installments, The Fast and the Furious proved it was nowhere near out of gas - and, in fact, is still gaining speed. Granted, this one had a lot of sentimental factors attached to it as well, but even so, it easily blew away the previous April record holder and with not direct competition for pretty much the …

New in Theaters April 03: Go Furious 7 or Go Home

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/02/15 at 06:42 AM CT

There is only one film opening wide for the first weekend in April, but there's a good reason everyone is giving it plenty of room A franchise doesn't often sport seven installments unless A) it has a high amount of interest or B) it has long gone straight to video. Lucky for movie-goers, we're going with A this time around. While the series can't boast a pedigree of Oscar-nominations or heaps …

Star Trek, Star Wars Cinematic Universe to Reshape Sci-Fi Landscape

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/01/15 at 02:33 PM CT

I knew it was only a matter of time. Once Disney announced they had taken over the Star Wars franchise, I'm sure the second step in their master plan was already in motion. In a multibillion dollar deal with Paramount, Disney has secured the rights to the Star Trek franchise and promises a new cinematic universe to be unveiled following the release of Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019.

The deal …

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