FilmCrave Movie Blog 06/2015

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of June 30-July 6

Harley Lond - wrote on 06/30/15 at 03:52 AM CT


In "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter," brothers Nathan and David Zellner have created a film that can only be called surreal naturalism -- a film in which a skewed reality seems to be natural yet turns inside out and surreal as it progresses. A lonely Japanese woman discovers a hidden copy of the Coen Brother's "Fargo" (1996) on VHS, and believing it to be a …

Weekend Box Office: Jurassic World Makes it Three in a Row as Ted 2 Stumbles in Third

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/28/15 at 08:15 PM CT

It was a case of déjà vu all over again as Jurassic World topped the box office for the third straight weekend - holding off a strong Inside Out, which nearly had enough to dethrone the dinos (but not quite). Neither of the newcomers, Ted 2 or Max, provided much of a threat - with Ted 2 especially disappointing given the success of the original. Jurassic World continues on a record pace while …

New in Theaters June 26: Ted 2, Max

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/25/15 at 06:40 AM CT

Jurassic World has dominated, both in the U.S. and internationally, since its release. It's second weekend proved to be as mighty as the original - beating domestic records and it also shattered the $1 billion mark in record time. And I don't think it's going to budge from it's top spot this coming weekend, either. Up against the dinosaur-centric behemoth is a comedy sequel and an inspirational …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 06/23/15 at 02:29 AM CT

The folks at The Criterion Collection have two remarkable films on hand this week: "The Bridge" (1959) and "The Fisher King" (1991). The astonishing "The Bridge," by Bernhard Wicki, was the first major antiwar film to come out of Germany after World War II, as well as the nation's first postwar film to be widely shown internationally, even securing an Oscar nomination. …

Weekend Box Office: Jurassic World Not Turned Inside Out

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/21/15 at 08:31 PM CT

The mighty roar continued for Jurassic World, as it retained the number one position at the box office ahead of Pixar's latest film. But the animation giant shouldn't be too sad, angry or disgusted - in fact, it had a rather joyful opening on their own and should have no problems in the weeks ahead. The coming-of-age comedy Dope managed to break into the top five as well, and, against such huge …

New in Theaters June 19: Inside Out, Dope

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/18/15 at 06:46 AM CT

Jurassic World managed to surprise pretty much everyone by having the biggest opening of all time. Yes, even The Avengers had to bow down in reverence as dinosaurs once again ruled the world. It also helped give a huge boost to the box office after several weeks of middling numbers. This weekend looks to continue the trend as Pixar delivers their latest (and it has already has impressed festival …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 06/16/15 at 05:04 AM CT


"Wild Tales:" Anyone fed up with inequity, heartbreak, bureaucratic incompetence, road rage and corruption will love this fabulous anthology from Argentine director Damian Szifron. There's six short stories involving distressed people. Inequality, injustice and the demands of the world we live in cause stress and depression for many people and some, however, …

Weekend Box Office: Jurassic World Roars into Record Books with Monster Opening

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/14/15 at 08:38 PM CT

There was little doubt as to what movie was going to come out on top this weekend. Jurassic World was the only new wide-release film, and Universal was estimating an opening in the $105 million range. Jurassic World didn't just beat that estimate - it obliterated it, shattering a few records in the process. While final numbers may trend slightly downward, one thing is for certain, after weeks of …

New in Theaters June 12: Jurassic World

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/11/15 at 06:49 AM CT

The last three weeks have been lackluster. All three have been down compared to the same time frame as 2014 (which was, in my opinion, a notoriously weak year - especially the summer) but all that should change this weekend when Jurassic World drops. It has been 14 years since we last visited the franchise, one that was due for an update. The original still holds up well, but I was never a fan …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 06/09/15 at 03:24 AM CT


It's a depressing week on home entertainment shelves, with three unmemorable releases: "Kingsman: The Secret Service," "Project Almanac" and "Serena." Better to check out this week's 'B's.

After producing Stuart Gordon's hit "Re-Animator," Brian Yuzna turned his hand to directing with 1989's "Society" and gave birth to one of the …

Weekend Box Office: Spy Tops San Andreas, Entourage Trails

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/07/15 at 10:03 PM CT

It was comedy over disaster as Melissa McCarthy's Spy topped the weekend box office. Meanwhile, San Andreas still had some strong aftershocks as it stayed ahead of both Insidious: Chapter 3 and Entourage. It was still a relatively quiet weekend for the box office - but the fireworks are sure to come back when Jurassic World drops on Friday. June may have gotten off to a somewhat inauspicious …

New in Theaters June 05: Entourage, Spy, Insidious: Chapter 3

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/04/15 at 06:59 AM CT

After a sub-par Memorial Day movie frame, Dwayne Johnson helped shake things up last weekend with San Andreas. But will the disaster flick send out some serious aftershocks or will it be one and done for the film? Challenging the film for the top sport will be two comedies and a horror sequel. Right now comedy is light at the box office, so one of the two newcomers has the best shot of taking …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 06/02/15 at 03:59 AM CT


"Jupiter Ascending": The Wachowskis at one time were revolutionary filmmakers. They brought us one of the best female buddy films ever, "Bound," and one of the best sci-fi films ever, "The Matrix," but after that latter milestone in cinematic storytelling and special effects the duo went fallow with a couple of duds ("Cloud Atlas" and "Speed Racer"). …

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