FilmCrave Movie Blog 05/2018

New in Theaters June 1: Action Point, Adrift, Upgrade

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/31/18 at 06:46 AM CT

With Solo being a no-go for Disney, it remains to be seen if it can recover a bit in its second weekend out. Meanwhile. Infinity War is racing towards a major milestone while Deadpool 2 hopes to reverse its downward spiral. The three new films coming out don't seem to offer much of a challenge. The one most likely to make an impression is Johnny Knoxville's return to Jackass territory with …

Unbroken: Path To Redemption and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/30/18 at 09:23 AM CT

It looks like the MPAA Ratings Board must have had a grand Memorial Day Weekend, because, once again, they're slacking off. Not much to talk about this week other than a sequel to an uplifting war/survival drama that eliminates the war part and instead focuses on what comes after. Also, Show Dogs is re-rated (still the same PG) after people got up-in-arms about a crass joke involving checking …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of May 29--June 4

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/28/18 at 08:47 PM CT

A thought provoking, shape-shifting sci-fier in which a group of female scientists are sent on a mission into a geographic anomaly composed of a shimmering electromagnetic field on the Southern coast of the U.S. Their goal: find the source of "the Shimmer," which has already taken the lives of several military teams and which appears to be growing and changing. There, they …

Memorial Day Weekend Box Office: Solo Tops but is a Star Wars Flop, Deadpool 2 Nosedives

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/28/18 at 05:56 PM CT

The Memorial Day box office proved that every franchise reaches its breaking point. While there was plenty of huffing and puffing about how Last Jedi ruined the Star Wars name, its domestic and global total was still outstanding. The same can't be said for Solo: A Star Wars Story, which easily topped the holiday box office but was a big disappointment and delivered the first true bomb in the …

New in Theaters May 25: Solo: A Star Wars Story

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/24/18 at 06:47 AM CT

It's not a superhero this time, but Disney is still holding the cards for the long Memorial Day weekend. The latest Star Wars spinoff, focusing on everyone's favorite rogue, Han Solo is the only new wide release. While Deadpool 2 and Infinity War are sure to continue on their strong paths, Solo should have no problem claiming the weekend crown and extending Disney's winning streak.

The First Purge, Hotel Artemis, Christopher Robin and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/23/18 at 10:31 AM CT

Hopefully you have some big plans for this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. I would say it's all about Solo, but I'm actually holding off until the middle of next week when things are going to be calm. The Ratings Board didn't slack off - there are three films to talk about. We've got a horror sequel/prequel about everyone's favorite night of the year, an action/crime films that's giving me major …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of May 22--May 29

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/22/18 at 04:44 PM CT

Four lackluster films come to DVD and Blu-ray this week:

Clint Eastwood's "The 15:17 to Paris" is the real-life story of three men whose brave act turned them into heroes during a high-speed railway ride when they thwarted a terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris on August 21, 2015. Since the action only takes up a few minutes, the film dwells on the …

Weekend Box Office: Deadpool 2 Slays the Competition with Book Club Solid, Show Dogs Slumps

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/20/18 at 07:32 PM CT

It's all superheroes, all the time at the box office. Deadpool 2 set several records in its chart-topping opening weekend while Infinity War continued its impressive run even in the face of the Merc with a Mouth. Book Club managed a decent opening as counter-programming but the fate of Show Dogs was wasn't as good as the film failed to reach the top five. All told, it continues to be an …

New in Theaters May 18: Deadpool 2, Book Club, Show Dogs

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/17/18 at 06:39 AM CT

Avengers: Infinity War is about to get some superheroic competition as the Merc with a Mouth (along with the X-Force) arrive on the scene, looking to make a lot of noise. While the two heroic behemoths duke it out, a bunch of famous actresses are going to get hot and bothered by a trashy novel while some other famous people are going to lend their voices to some lovable canines in a fish …

Action Point, The House with a Clock in Its Walls and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/16/18 at 10:24 AM CT

That was a short celebration. After a solid week of really good ratings releases, we're back to our usual - two. One involves a mini-Jackass reunion of sorts, about a daredevil theme part while the other is a long-winded title based on a popular John Bellairs story. In any case, I'm always grateful for what I get - not every week can be such a bonanza, I just hope I don't have to wait as long …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of May 15--May 21

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/14/18 at 08:58 PM CT

Marvel Studio's comic book hero "Black Panther" -- created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966 -- follows T'Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king - and …

Weekend Box Office: Infinity War Breaks More Records as Life of the Party, Breaking In Open Average

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/13/18 at 07:33 PM CT

It might have been Mother's Day over the weekend, but it was Infinity War that continued to dominate while Melissa McCarthy came in under expectations but Gabrielle Union was rock solid. It was no surprise that Marvel's latest blockbuster topped the weekend, but what is truly eye-opening is its incredible international run, boosted by a monster opening in China. In fact, as it stands, Infinity …

New in Theaters May 11: Life of the Party, Breaking In

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/10/18 at 06:43 AM CT

Avengers: Infinity War continues to impress and Mother's Day doesn't look to slow the MCU behemoth down much. There are just two new films to contend with - a comedy with Melissa McCarthy as a middle-age mom who decides to go back to college following a messy divorce - and just so happens to land in the same school and class as her daughter. You also have Gabrielle Union n a completely different …

Deadpool 2, Incredibles 2, Uncle Drew, Skyscraper, Adrift in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/09/18 at 11:39 AM CT

And the flood gates hath opened! I have been complaining week after week after week about the frankly anemic updates the board has given me - one, two, maybe three films of note - all the while hoping for a decent update. Well, that week has arrived as there is a veritable cornucopia of new ratings. The abundance is here - superheroic sequels (animated and R-rated), a love story and a story of …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of May 8--May 14

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/08/18 at 04:45 PM CT

After some 120 years of moviemaking, the film world has come to this: at one end, super-violent, mindless superheroe movies (forgive us all you "Avengers") and at the other end, prurient trash as epitomized by this week's DVD release of "Fifty Shades Freed," the third of three films based on the worst-written junk-novel of the decade, E.L. James' "Fifty Shades of Grey." …

Weekend Box Office: Infinity War Rages On, Overboard Impressive, Tully Falls Short

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/06/18 at 08:33 PM CT

As expected, Avengers: Infinity War easily topped the box office for the second weekend in a row, topping its closest competitor by nearly $100 million. In the process, it became the fastest film to hit $1 billion global. It has at least one more weekend of next to no competition before the one-two punch of Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story, so I expect big things to continue. Meanwhile, …

New in Theaters May 04: Overboard, Bad Samaritan, Tully

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/03/18 at 06:43 AM CT

So, as predicted, Avengers: Infinity War made all the money last weekend, setting multiple records along the way. Now just because there are three new films being released this weekend, don't think the superhero smash is going to give an inch. Infinity War should have no problem keeping on top of the box office with minimal challenge from a comedic remake, a low-key thriller and a mama …

Solo, Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, Book Club and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/02/18 at 09:21 AM CT

The offering is just a bit better this week, but the quality. Yes, the new Star Wars movie has me excited (because I'm a Star Wars fan and even with the behind-the-scenes drama... it's Star Wars!) but the rest - a second-rate animated television show turned film and a comedy about a group of women who get all hot and bothered when they choose Fifty Shades of Grey for their book club. Yikes - …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of May 1--May 7

Harley Lond - wrote on 05/01/18 at 02:30 AM CT

Due this week: "Peter Rabbit" (voiced by James Corden), moves to the live-action big-screen in a contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter's feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). From Sony ..."12-Strong" is set in …

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