FilmCrave Movie Blog 06/2017

New in Theaters June 30: Baby Driver, Despicable Me 3, The House, The Beguiled

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/29/17 at 06:41 AM CT

Well, I hope you're ready to settle in for a long, long weekend. For the first time since 2005, July 4th falls on a Tuesday, which essentially means a five-day weekend for a lot of people. No one is going to be happier than Hollywood, as it gives every film an extra-long time to shine. That's good, because this weekend is packed with some big-name new films. Edgar Wright takes us on the world's …

Marshall, Same Kind of Different as Me and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/28/17 at 06:41 AM CT

It looks like the Ratings Board is gearing up for a big 4th of July weekend as the update this week is a bit light. Still, the lack of movies aside, at least they gave me something to talk about. First up is the Thurgood Marshall biography starring the talented Chadwick Boseman as the first African-American Supreme Court Justice as we follow him through an early case - and one that will help …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of June 27-July 3

Harley Lond - wrote on 06/26/17 at 10:21 PM CT

Saban's "Power Rangers" follows five ordinary teens who stumble upon an old space ship, where they acquire superpowers and must harness their new abilities in
order to save the world from being obliterated by an alien threat. The TV series was a gigantic hit for the kids -- and a big moneymaker -- but this big screen adaptation goes nowhere. Stars Elizabeth Banks, Bryan …

Weekend Box Office: Transformers: The Last Knight Opens in Top Spot but in Unspectacular Fashion

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/25/17 at 08:22 PM CT

It was no surprise that the latest Transformers movie opened in the top spot at the box office, but if Michael Bay was hoping that lightning would strike five times, too bad, because it looks like franchise fatigue has finally caught up to the robots in disguise. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman continued to show strength, All Eyez On Me took a sharp drop while shark horror film 47 Meters Down held its …

New in Theaters June 23: Transformers: The Last Knight

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/22/17 at 06:39 AM CT

While Cars 3 raced to first place last weekend, it really continued to be Wonder Woman that turned all the heads. Even in its third week, the film was running right alongside the best the superhero genre has given us. But this week Wonder Woman faces its biggest test yet: Michael Bay and the Transformers Juggernaut. Although in my mind the films have gotten worse as the series has chugged along, …

Spider-Man: Homecoming, It, American Made and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/21/17 at 09:43 AM CT

So the hits just keep on coming. The board isn't leaving me bored, as they have provided plenty to be excited about these last few weeks. This week is no exception as the latest web-slinging iteration of everyone's friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man gets its due along with a long-awaited (well, at least by me) film adaptation of one of Stephen King's most well-known novels and, finally, Tom …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 06/19/17 at 08:48 PM CT

Life is a thrilling "Alien" knock-off that takes the trapped-in-space motif and adds a few wrinkles here and there. In the near future, the six-member crew of the International Space Station is conducting experiments on the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars: a small, single-cell organism that has been hibernating in the Red Planet's soil for eons. …

Weekend Box Office: Cars 3 Manages to Top Wonder Woman, All Eyez on Me Opens Strong

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/18/17 at 08:10 PM CT

It was a question of whether Pixar could top Wonder Woman, and they did, but the big news out of this weekend continues to be just how good Wonder Woman is holding up. The other really big story is that All Eyez on Me, the long-in-the-making Tupac Shakur biopic managed to ride a wave of pretty scathing reviews to appeal to audiences and come out far ahead of what was predicted. The Mummy took a …

New in Theaters June 16: Cars 3, Rough Night, All Eyez On Me, 47 Meters Down

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/15/17 at 06:40 AM CT

With Wonder Woman continuing to cut a swatch through the competition, is there any chance this week's new movies stand a chance? Pixar is going to try their best to dethrone the Amazonian hero with Cars 3 while Scarlett Johansson and some girlfriends will be out for a Rough Night. You also have the shark horror film 47 Meters Down - here's probably your one and only chance to watch Mandy Moore …

Baby Driver, War for the Planet of the Apes, Emoji Movie and More in the MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/14/17 at 09:07 AM CT

The flood gates have opened, at least for this week. The MPAA ratings board has decided to offer a veritable smorgasbord of ratings this time around. While a vast majority fall in to the limited category, there are some notable exceptions: the latest in the updated Planet of the Apes movie gets its due, along with the animated Emoji Movie (Why God? WHY?) and the latest film from Edgar Wright …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 06/13/17 at 09:09 PM CT

"John Wick: Chapter Two" is the sequel to the 2014 surprise hit about legendary hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) -- nicknamed "The Boogeyman" -- who comes out of retirement to avenge the death of his dog and the theft of his prize vintage mustang by a group of Russian mobsters. In this episode (we say episode because the ending leaves the way open for a second sequel), …

Weekend Box Office: Wonder Woman Buries The Mummy

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/11/17 at 07:58 PM CT

Wonder Woman continued to show its power at the box office, easily topping Tom Cruise in The Mummy reboot. The so-called kick-off for Universal's Dark Universe monster franchise got off to a rough start in the U.S. but had an impressive world-wide debut, though it looks like it will have more trouble than not ahead and paints a rather dim picture for the future of this would-be franchise. Lauded …

New in Theaters June 09: The Mummy, It Comes at Night, Megan Leavey

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/08/17 at 06:49 AM CT

Wonder Woman has proven that not only can a female-led and female directed movie do well at the box office, but that DC finally can hang with the MCU. It's going to be tough to dethrone the kick-ass heroine but Tom Cruise is going to try his best with the reboot of The Mummy. While it's not likely to be as big of threat, the horror film It Comes at Night has been getting rave reviews and, much …

Rough Night and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/07/17 at 09:44 AM CT

While the list looks pretty impressive this week, what's not so impressive is that there is exactly one wide-release among them. It's an ensemble female comedy that seems exactly like a gender-flipped version of the dark 1998 comedy Very Bad Things. In any case, Rough Night follows a bachelorette party that quickly gets out of hand when a male stripper winds up dead. Granted, I'm guessing it's …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 06/06/17 at 02:09 AM CT

"Beauty and the Beast": Disney reworked the classic animated "Beauty and the Beast" (1991) into a live action version and came up with an enchanting edition that -- to date -- has been one of the company's highest grossing live-action fairy tales -- with a domestic box office take of just north of $500 million. Though it's fairly faithful to the animated version, and though …

Weekend Box Office: Girl Power Rules as Wonder Woman Shatters Records

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/04/17 at 06:03 PM CT

Wonder Woman wasn't just the top draw at the box office this weekend, it broke all kinds of records for female-driven (and female-directed) films. Plus, the dour DC universe got a much-needed shot in the arm from Wonder Woman, which helped brighten things up after the too-dark Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad. Now we'll just have to see if the other directors take note. Another …

New in Theaters June 02: Wonder Woman, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/01/17 at 06:18 AM CT

Despite the arrival of Pirates of the Caribbean and Baywatch, Memorial Day Weekend was a bit of a flop - the slowest in over two decades, in fact. But for those hoping that summer finally has something other than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as good news, fear not, because Wonder Woman has arrived. The film is riding a wave of amazing critical reception and huge fan anticipation, both of which …

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