FilmCrave Movie Blog 05/2014

New in Theaters May 30: Maleficent, A Million Ways to Die in the West

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/29/14 at 06:51 AM CT

Even though X-Men: Days of Future Past killed it at the Memorial Day box office, the weekend took a big hit from the holiday weekend in 2013 - down around 27%. Hopefully that's not an indication of things to come, though I have a feeling it's going to be tough to continue the monster returns we saw last year. But X-Men should continue to play strong and it is going to be joined by a new twist on …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of May 27-June 2

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/27/14 at 02:03 AM CT


"Endless Love": The story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart. Lifeless and bland remake of Franco Zeffirelli's 1981 film of same name, which itself was pretty trite and mindless (unlike the Scott Spencer novel it was based on). Stars Alex Pettyfer, …

Memorial Day Weekend Box Office: X-Men Dominates Competition

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/26/14 at 11:08 PM CT

Once again, the outcome of the long weekend wasn't in question - the only thing we didn't know was how good it was going to get. The X-Men may not have broken a franchise record, but that doesn't matter, as the high domestic gross and even stronger international opening means we'll be seeing a lot more mutants in the future. Meanwhile, Adam Sandler continued his downward spiral as not even help …

New in Theaters May 23: X-Men: Days of Future Past, Blended

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/22/14 at 06:47 AM CT

This Memorial Day weekend should be one of the best weekends of the year - mainly due to the fact some mutants are about to crash the box office. I have to say my level of anticipation hasn't been this high for a super hero movie since The Avengers - and if this manages to reach (or even surpass) that experience, it could be in for a long run. Still, it comes with a bit of controversy …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/19/14 at 05:51 PM CT


"3 Days to Kill":
Kevin Costner plays a dying CIA hit man who quits the agency to get closer to his estranged wife and daughter in Paris but takes on one last job when he's offered an experimental drug that could save his life. The catch: He has to hunt down and kill the world's most ruthless terrorist while looking after his angry teenage daughter for the …

Weekend Box Office: Godzilla is Back with Vengeance

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/18/14 at 10:24 PM CT

There was no doubt as to what film was going to rule the box office - the only question was whether the King of Monsters would have the biggest opening of the year. After a few weeks of falling behind 2013, a daring remake helped return 2014 to its winning ways - coming in over $20 million ahead of last year. Considering what's coming next weekend - I would say the next few weeks should be very …

Sex, Slurs, Scandals and Death - Is Hollywood Truly the Most Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy?

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/17/14 at 04:40 PM CT

Less than a week out - X-Men: Days of Future Past is set to open and I have to say it's one of my most anticipated movies of the summer. Yet about a month before the premiere, director Bryan Singer has been hit with several lawsuits stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse going back to 1999. Now whether you think this is an indication of a sordid underground sex ring operation …

New in Theaters May 16: Godzilla, Million Dollar Arm

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/15/14 at 06:47 AM CT

While Spider-Man 2 may have opened up the summer movie season, its returns are quickly diminishing. Maybe a reboot of a beloved (and large) monster icon can kick things up a notch. Neighbors enjoyed a particularly good opening - one of the best for an original R-rated comedy - but I have no doubt it is going to get smashed by a towering behemoth as we welcome another potential blockbuster to the …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/13/14 at 03:29 AM CT


"Her": It would be an understatement to say that Spike Jonze is a quirky filmmaker; from "Being John Malkovich" through his many music videos and shorts and through even the dismal failure of "Where the Wild Things Are," the director has tackled on-the-edge themes and projects. Here he explores love in the age of the electronic machine by mating a depressed …

Weekend Box Office: Neighbors is No Joke as It Tops Spider-Man 2 in Impressive Debut

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/11/14 at 07:41 PM CT

There was a good deal to like about Neighbors going into the weekend - but I don't think anyone was expecting something this impressive out of the R-rated comedy. Meanwhile, Spider-Man 2 took the brunt of the brutal beat-down, even if its second weekend was well within line with similar super hero titles. The weekend's other new films couldn't even crack the top five - but it probably wouldn't …

Remakes, Mashups, Parodies - The Wonderful World of Fanmade Trailers

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/10/14 at 05:52 PM CT

Oh sure, you look at me like I should spend my free time reading Dostoyevsky or learning a meaningful skill - but, shut up, sometimes you just have to spend a good 15 minutes... okay an hour... or two - watching something that someone, somewhere, spent entirely too much time putting together. But damned if it isn't as entertaining as hell to sit down and laugh my ass off or at least marvel at …

New in Theaters May 09: Neighbors, Moms' Night Out, Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/08/14 at 06:44 AM CT

While Spider-Man 2 got off to a swinging start for the summer 2014 season - we'll see if a raunchy comedy can keep things rolling along. But though one film may garner the most attention, there is another comedy that capitalizes on Mother's Day weekend - Moms' Night Out. Finally, there is an animated film - the first one opening since Rio 2 - and will look to capture the family crowd. If …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/05/14 at 10:00 PM CT


"The Veronica Mars Movie":
Seven years after it left TV, "Veronica Mars" was resurrected as a theatrical feature. The cult series, which ran on UPN and The CW for 64 episodes from 2004-07, followed the adventures of high school-age private detective Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) who, after her best friend is murdered and her father is removed as county sheriff, …

Weekend Box Office: Amazing Spider-Man 2 Easily Swings Into First Place

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/04/14 at 11:35 PM CT

The first official weekend of the summer got off to a strong start - as the super hero explosion continued at the box office. Things looked even brighter when international numbers are taken into account. But even with one of the highest opening of the year, the web slinger was no match for Iron Man 3, which opened to a near-record $174.1 million last year. Even if it couldn't match that might, …

New in Theaters May 02: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Walk of Shame, Belle

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/01/14 at 06:44 AM CT

Summer movie season officially kicks off this weekend. With only one wide-release film opening - we'll see if a web slinger has as much success as Captain America. Beyond the obvious blockbuster, there a couple of limited-release films that could spark some buzz (or has as good a chance at being forgotten). The year has been almost universally up across the board compared to last year - but none …

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