FilmCrave Movie Blog 05/2012

New Movies to Crave: Snow White Gets a Gritty Reboot, Piranha Goes for a Second Attack in 3DD

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/31/12 at 10:25 AM CT

What to make of this weekend's box office? You have a fairytale princess turning-action hero, a bunch of ravenous killer fish and yet another misfit group of dancers trying to make it to the top... yup, summer has officially arrived.

1) I can't say I was that impressed when I heard about Snow White and the Huntsman. For one, as soon as I heard Kristen Stewart was cast in the title role, I was …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of May 29

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/28/12 at 07:16 PM CT

Settle down, kids. This week, again, brings a host of unspectacular films (some good, some horrible) to DVD. It's interesting to note that the best -- and most absorbing -- film of the lot is actually a 90-minute TV show from Sweden: "Henning Mankell's Wallander." "Wallander," based on original stories from "The Godfather of Swedish Crime" Henning Mankell, follows the titular, middle-aged (he's …

Memorial Weekend Box Office: MIB III Zaps The Avengers; Moonrise Kingdom New Limited Champ

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/28/12 at 01:39 PM CT

It seems audiences weren't put off by the ten-year gap between Men in Black films, as Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin blasted their way to the top of the box office.

Taking in $55 million, it was the third-best thee day total for Will Smith behind I Am Legend ($77.2 million) and Hancock ($62.6 million). Through all four days, the film earned $70 million - just behind $73.4 million …

New Movies to Crave: Men in Black Hope Third Time's the Charm; Chernobyl Diaries Radiates Horror

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/23/12 at 10:45 AM CT

This Memorial Day weekend how many of you are going to be in town to watch a movie? At least I have pretty high hopes that we're finally going to see something other than The Avengers atop the box office.

1) It has been ten long years since Men in Black II graced the screen - and it didn't exactly live up to expectations that the original set. But Will Smith, a sure-fire box office hitmaker, …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of May 22

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/22/12 at 02:52 PM CT

Ho-hum: There's more boredom on the theatrical-to-DVD-release front this week: "This Means War" is a sappy comedy about two inseparable CIA operatives who fall in love with the same woman and end up battling each other (starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy); Daniel Radcliffe leaves his Harry Potter roots behind and instead stars in the horror thriller about a ghost haunting a …

Weekend Box Office: The Avengers Sinks Battleship, Deposes The Dictator

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/20/12 at 11:54 PM CT

It was a threepeat for The Avengers as the super hero ensemble continued to flex its muscles and shattered more records alone the way.

With a $55 million total, The Avengers was off 46.6% from its second week. It broke the $450 million mark in just 17 days - shattering that record along the way. With just over $457 million total, it also easily passed The Hunger Games to become the highest …

New Movies to Crave: Battleship Packs a Punch, The Dictator Goes for Laughs

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/17/12 at 07:19 PM CT

After two weeks on top, and two weeks of numerous records broken The Avengers looks once again to make the third week the charm, but may actually face some competition for the top spot.

1) A movie named after a board game that looks like the sequel to Transformers that never got made - Battleship looks to increase the action quotient over the weekend. Will I be watching this? Yes. Do I think …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of May 15

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/15/12 at 02:46 AM CT

There are five new theatrical films coming to DVD this week -- but the best film to view is actually one from just before the turn of the century. Here's a five-minute assessment of the week's boring offerings: "The Grey" an outdoors actioner with Liam Neeson again starring as a roughneck hero, here leading a group of men out of the Alaskan wilderness while fending off a pack of bloodthirsty …

Weekend Box Office: The Avengers Crushes More Records; Dark Shadows Musters Little Interest

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/14/12 at 01:34 AM CT

Johnny Depp's pasty vampire was no match for The Avengers, as the super hero blockbuster easily took the top spot in its second week and shattered yet more records along the way.

The Avengers took in an estimated $103.1 million, topping Avatar's $75.6 million for the best second weekend in history. The film dropped just 50.3% - the best hold for any film opening at $120 million or more. Other …

New Movies to Crave: Dark Shadows Lightens Things Up, but The Avenges Should Dominate Again

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/10/12 at 01:42 PM CT

After last week's record-breaking opening, I see no reason why The Avengers won't once again dominate the weekend. However, there is one film that will try to step up to the plate and take on the juggernaut, but I don't think it stands a chance at unseating the champ.

1) Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have a long and storied history together. From Edward Scissorhands through Sweeney Todd, the duo …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of May 8

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/08/12 at 02:48 AM CT

"Underworld: Awakening": Every three years Kate Beckinsale returns to the big screen as Selene, the beautiful vampire warrior who fends off the werewolves in the eons-long battle between the bloodsuckers and the Lycans. This one -- which is short on exposition and long on violence -- picks up after the end of "Underworld: Evolution," in which humans discovered the existence of both Vampire and …

Weekend Box Office: The Avengers Soars to Unprecedented Box Office Opening

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/07/12 at 02:50 AM CT

Those who scoffed at the idea that any movie could break the $200 million mark on opening weekend: enjoy that crow.

The Avengers obliterated the record in style, with a massive $200.3 million opening. That easily topped the previous top movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 ($169.2 million) from last year. The film also holds the record for fastest ever to break $100 million, …

New Movies to Crave: Avengers Assemble for Monster Weekend Opening

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/04/12 at 10:36 AM CT

After last week's completely lackluster box office, May 4th, 2012 brings new hope in the form of a superhero mashup that has already stormed the international box office and looks to do the same in America.

1) The Avengers is shaping up to be not only the biggest movie of the year so far, but some are even saying it stands a good chance of breaking the all-time opening record set by Harry …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of May 1

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/01/12 at 02:00 AM CT

"Haywire": Steven Soderbergh chose non-actor mixed martial arts superstar Gina Carano to star in this latest actioner from the prolific director -- a wise decision on his part. Soderbergh -- a consummate professional who rarely makes uninteresting films, even when they're retreads of other movies, such as his recent "Contagion" -- usually figures out a way to spice up his productions, giving …

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