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New Movies to Crave: Magic Mike Flaunts Its Assets, Ted Gets Raunchy, Madea Hosts Witness Protection

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/28/12 at 03:45 PM CT

After weeks of movie madness, finally I can take a week off (technically not true - I'm seeing Moonrise Kingdom). That's not to say this week won't impress, but at least for my taste, nothing out there looks particularly interesting to me - but for the right audience, hey, you can have your (beef) cake and eat it too.

1) The beefcake in question comes in the form of Magic Mike. In my mind I ca...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of June 26

Harley Lond - wrote on 06/26/12 at 01:55 PM CT

If you've been a regular of this column, you know by now that I've not been happy with most of the current theatrical releases coming to DVD (which, in turn, reflects the sad state of Hollywood's big-screen output). It seems that most of what's exciting in film is either coming from Europe or Asia or from the indies. Unfortunately, this week is only marginally better, with an homage to classic Ho...

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Weekend Box Office: Brave Hits Bullseye, Abraham Lincoln Gets Staked

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/24/12 at 11:11 PM CT

Once again the weekend was dominate by an animated film, and was there any doubt that Pixar's Brave would wind up the winner?

Although Brave has a somewhat lower critical score than most Pixar films, it didn't stop audiences from tuning in over the weekend. Taking in an estimated $66.7 million, Brave is right in line with recent Pixar films including Cars 2 ($66.1 million), Wall-E ($63 million...

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New Movies to Crave: Pixar Gets Brave, Abraham Lincoln Hunts Vampires and the World Ends

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/21/12 at 04:12 PM CT

A trio of films will try to usurp reigning champ Madagascar 3 - and since one of the new entries is in direct competition for the family crowd, chances are the wacky animals will be knocked down a peg or two.

1) Pixar has had no end of originality, with plenty of diverse stories from super heroes to non-talking robots, but one thing they haven't had is a female-driven film. But that's all abou...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of June 19

Harley Lond - wrote on 06/18/12 at 07:45 PM CT

It's summertime -- and the DVD livin' ain't easy: the home entertainment shelves are full of featherweight entries this week. But wait, on the horizon (next week): "The Artist," "21 Jump Street" and "Wrath of the Titans." Stay tuned.

This week's releases, in alphabetical order:

"Big Miracle" is an incredible rescue adventure -- an amazing true story -- about a family of whales trappe...

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Weekend Box Office: Rock of Ages Out of Tune, That's My Boy Disowned by Audiences

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/17/12 at 11:33 PM CT

The box office looked a bit familiar compared to last weekend, as the top two films repeated, while newcomers failed to find much traction.

Madagascar 3 continued its impressive run, as families continued to turn out in droves. Adding another $35.5 million, and dipping just 41% (the second Madagascar dropped 44% and Toy Story 3 dropped 46% in their respective 2nd weekend outings) the animated ...

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New Movies to Crave: Rock of Ages Brings Back the 80s, That's My Boy Brings Back Adam Sandler

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/14/12 at 10:31 AM CT

Are you on the fence about what to watch this weekend? The movies coming out on 06-15-2012 both offer something that hasn't been seen yet: a musical and a certified comedy. But is either worth your time?

1) I'll open this up by saying I was granted a sneak peak look to Rock of Ages this week and I can say that you will like this film if one (or more) of the following interest you:

Do you li...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of June 12

Harley Lond - wrote on 06/12/12 at 01:51 PM CT

Call me a curmudgeon, but I still can't get excited about the releases coming out of Hollywood. Once again, the best material hitting the little screen this week is from overseas or reissues of older American films. Read on:

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is the sequel to 2009's blockbuster "Sherlock Holmes." In this outing, Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and faithful friend Dr. Watson ...

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Weekend Box Office: Madagascar #3 Comes in #1, Prometheus Settles for Second

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/10/12 at 11:51 PM CT

Families were obviously in the mood to go out, as Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted topped Prometheus for the weekend and finally helped Hollywood to a win, a first since May.

With $60.35 million, Madagascar 3 kept up the trend of Madagascar ($61 million) and Madagascar 2 ($63.1 million) and bucked the trend of under-performing family-friendly sequels (like last year's Kung Fu Panda 2 and Ha...

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New Movies to Crave: Prometheus Ushers in a Brave New World, Madagascar Hits Europe

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/07/12 at 11:04 AM CT

After a string of sci-fi films have failed or underperformed at the box office (John Carter, MIB III), Ridley Scott is here to hopefully right that ship.

1) Prometheus is the supposed prequel to the entire Aliens franchise, even if that link is tenuous at best. I've been avid in avoiding anything relating to this film, because I've learned the hard way in the past that spoilers, well, they spo...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of June 5

Harley Lond - wrote on 06/05/12 at 03:00 AM CT

Another week, another letdown on the home video viewing front. What can one say about the current state of DVD releases when the best of the lot is an anthology of short films made more than 60 years ago? When the "The Three Stooges Ultimate Collection" is your best bet, Hollywood may have some explaining to do. So let's cut to the chase and get the "new" films out of the way:

Denzel Washingto...

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What I Learned from the 2012 MTV Movie Awards

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/04/12 at 10:20 AM CT

I can admit, I'm not as young as I think I am. Case in point: MTV - I remember the day when all they showed were videos. Then, eventually, reality TV crept in with The Real World and a few other shows of that ilk. Now, things have come full circle and all MTV shows seems to be "reality" and some scripted programs with nary an actual music video to be found.

However, out of the original program...

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Weekend Box Office: Snow White Easily the Fairest of Them All

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/03/12 at 11:25 PM CT

It was a good weekend for Kristen Stewart. With a couple of nice, new popcorn statues from the MTV movie awards, and the #1 film at the box office, perhaps I should reevaluate my opinion on her overall place in cinema.

Snow White and the Huntsman opened to a better-than-expected $56.2 million, easily topping the box office over the weekend. Even more impressive, the film managed to bring in ju...

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