FilmCrave Movie Blog 05/2017

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of May 30-June 5

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/31/17 at 05:01 PM CT

"The Shack" is based on the worldwide best-selling novel and inspirational story of faith and love -- with over 22 million copies in print -- about a grieving man who receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called "The Shack." Stars Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer and Tim McGraw. From Lionsgate ... In "Before I Fall" -- a kind of "Groundhog …

Transformers: The Last Knight and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/31/17 at 10:00 AM CT

It looks like I'm not the only one still recovering from Memorial Day Weekend. It looks like the ratings board is taking things easy too. There is only one major release receiving its due and that would be the latest Michael Bay eye-candy disguised as a movie, Transformers: The Last Knight. I'm over the series. I stuck with it for far too long as far as I'm concerned it's just not worth it to …

Memorial Day Weekend Box Office: Pirates Sets Sail on High Note, Baywatch Gets Beached

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/29/17 at 07:28 PM CT

Yes, the overall box office was off 15% from last year (when X-Men Apocalypse opened to muted tones), and was the slowest in nearly two decades, but the big news was overseas and from the holdovers. Baywatch certainly didn't make the kind of waves it was looking for, as bad reviews and general audience ambivalence set the bar low and it barely hit that bar. It was really Guardians of the Galaxy …

New in Theaters May 26: Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/25/17 at 06:38 AM CT

School's out for summer - well, for a vast majority of the nation, anyway. Which means one thing - Memorial Day Weekend is going to be huge! It is pretty much every year, but early estimates put both new films (Pirates of the Caribbean and Baywatch) in line for decent, if not spectacular, openings. The fifth Pirates is looking at an $80 million plus opening, with Baywatch likely to open to half …

Atomic Blonde, Wish Upon, Nut Job 2 and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/24/17 at 07:11 PM CT

The board has granted us a fine updated once again. Charlize Theron, fresh off her kick-ass performance in Mad Max: Fury Road looks to up the ante on her action quotient with Atomic Blonde. We get yet another take on the classic Monkey's Paw dilemma with the horror film Wish Upon and those crazy critters in City Park are back once again to protect their home in Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature. And …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of May 23-May 29

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/23/17 at 04:38 PM CT

"Get Out" is a sophisticated, culturally-aware horror thriller that takes race relations to a new level. Director Jordan Peele (half of "Key and Peele") takes a normal, white upper-class family and turns them into monsters in the most unexpected way. Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of …

Weekend Box Office; Alien: Covenant Edges Guardians 2 in Tight Race for the Top Spot

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/21/17 at 06:52 PM CT

It may come down to the wire, folks. As it stands now, Aliens: Covenant holds less than a $1 million lead over Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - and actuals on Monday could reverse the two. In non-top spot news, the power of a young, female audiences helped deliver Everything, Everything in to a decent opening while a new cast couldn't rescue Diary of a Wimpy Kid from a disappointing opening. Last …

New in Theaters May 19: Alien: Covenant, Everything, Everything, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/18/17 at 06:34 AM CT

It has been two weeks of Guardians of the Galaxy taking control. Last week certainly didn't offer up much competition as King Arthur fell on his sword and Snatched, while doing better, didn't set the world on fire, either. This week brings a few different breed of movies. First up is the return of Ridley Scott to his horror roots with Alien: Covenant (which looks much better than the meandering …

Suburbicon, Magic Camp, Tulip Fever, Kidnap and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/17/17 at 08:35 AM CT

A week of wide variety as we find our ratings board tackling a magical comedy, a period romance, a comedy/crime from George Clooney and a thriller about one dedicated mother. Even with the wide array of films, I can't say I'm exactly excited about the prospects. Still, there should be a little something here for everyone, and it's better to have something to talk about than not, so let's get on …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of May 16-May 22

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/16/17 at 03:38 PM CT

"Resident Evil: The Final Chapter" is ostensibly the last in the series of six "Resident Evil" films (based on the video game) that debuted in 2002 with Milla Jovovich starring as Alice, a security operative turned zombie fighter turned savior of humankind after an evil corporation (aren't they all) unleashes the "T-virus" on the world, turning virtually everyone into …

Weekend Box Office: Guardians 2 Continues Strong Run While King Arthur Delivers a Royal Flop

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/14/17 at 08:06 PM CT

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had a fantastic second weekend as it easily topped the box office. While Snatched performed pretty much in line with expectations, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword was a major misfire. Meanwhile, Alien: Covenant opened internationally ahead of its domestic debut where it opened mostly under the totals for Prometheus (even though in my eyes it looks like a much …

New in Theaters May 12: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Snatched

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/11/17 at 06:35 AM CT

With Guardians of the Galaxy 2 blazing a trail at the box office, two would-be contenders enter the fray but won't likely be able to topple the mighty heroes. First up is yet another take on the old Arthurian legend, starring Charlie Hunnam as the would-be king in this action-packed update. Meanwhile, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn join forces as daughter and mother on the vacation of a lifetime - …

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, The Beguiled and More in This Week's MPAA Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/10/17 at 10:23 AM CT

I would say this week is a bit of a disappointment because of the relative lack of major ratings, but I can't be mad because one of my most anticipated films has received its due. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will fall short of the likes of Fate of the Furious, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and probably plenty of other blockbuster films, but Luc Besson has impressed me in the past and …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of May 9-May 15

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/09/17 at 07:00 PM CT

If ever there was a prurient, soft-core porn film that appealed to the masses, it was 2015's "Fifty Shades of Grey," a big-screen adaptation of an almost-illiterate book about a masochistic relationship between a college student and a businessman. Well, the kinky hijinks continue with this sequel, "Fifty Shades Darker," in a -- hold your breath -- unrated version. Here's …

Weekend Box Office: Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Blasts Off to Impressive Opening

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/07/17 at 07:26 PM CT

Marvel is showing no signs of any kind of superhero fatigue as Guardians of the Galaxy 2 delivered another knockout performance for the MCU. Without any competition, the sequel alone accounted for 79% of the total for the top 10 films at the box office over the weekend. It also opened significantly higher that the original, though that was a given as the first film was kind of a question when it …

New in Theaters May 05: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/04/17 at 06:41 AM CT

While Fate of the Furious has dominated the box office for the last three weeks, that is about to come to an abrupt end. Yes, the Guardians of the Galaxy are back, and they have no competition to speak of, meaning this weekend is going to belong to Marvel. It remains to be seen if it can live up to, or even top, the first film. We'll also have to see if last week's surprisingly strong How to Be …

The Mummy, Granite Mountain and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/03/17 at 09:44 AM CT

I was worried I might have to deal with snow in May... in Nebraska, but luckily the weather has taken a turn for the better and it's all sunshine from here on out (and the rogue tornado). The MPAA has been busy as well, but while the update is a little lean this week, we still have two big films to talk about. First up is Tom Cruise in The Mummy reboot, with a twist in that the beautiful Sofia …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of May 2-May 8

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/02/17 at 12:48 AM CT

"I Am Not Your Negro" is a remarkable documentary that explores race in America through writer James Baldwin's unfinished novel, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends -- Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the …

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