FilmCrave Movie Blog 07/2012

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of July 31

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/31/12 at 02:45 AM CT

In the warmhearted comic yarn "Le Havre" (2011 -- French) from Aki Kaurismaki ("The Match Factory Girl"), fate throws the young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (Andre Wilms), a kindly bohemian who shines shoes for a living, in the French harbor city Le Havre. With inborn optimism and the support of most of his tight-knit community, Marcel stands up to the …

Weekend Box Office: Dark Knight Still On Top; The Watch, Step Up Revolution Stumble

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/29/12 at 06:30 PM CT

A week after a deadly shooting in Aurora, Colorado shook the nation, it appears movie-goers were still hesitant about movie theaters. While the The Dark Knight Rises had no problem topping the box office, new entries failed to gain much traction with viewers.

Christopher Nolan's swan song in his Batman saga was number one with $64 million. The film was down 60% from its debut, right between …

New Movies to Crave: The Watch is on Patrol, Step Up Revolution Gets Back to the Dance

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/26/12 at 12:07 PM CT

The Dark Knight Rises faces a two-pronged attack for the top spot from two different films: an ensemble comedy and the latest in the Step Up dance series. Despite the competition, I'm sure that Christopher Nolan will notch another top-grossing weekend

1) Despite what looks like a solid cast: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade and Will Forte, amongst others, I haven't really …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of July 24

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/24/12 at 04:01 AM CT

The summer just got hotter this week, with three fine movies coming to the fore for your delightful perusal, led off by the very hot "The Deep Blue Sea," which stars Rachel Weisz as a free-spirited post-World War II Englishwoman stuck in a passionless marriage to an older, upper-class judge. She meets and has an heated affair with a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot, an affair that throws …

Weekend Box Office: The Dark Knight has No Trouble Rising to the Top

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/23/12 at 11:11 PM CT

Amidst a nation stunned by a horrific attack at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, CO that ended with 12 dead and 58 injured, studios wisely held off box office results until Monday. It may be awhile before we learn the reason behind suspect James Holmes' attack and we can only speculate how much of an impact it had on audiences.

This is where I jump in to give my two …

New Movies to Crave: The Dark Knight Rises to Cap Epic Batman Trilogy

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/19/12 at 02:52 PM CT

Once again, there is only one movie with a wide release opening this weekend. But boy, is it going to be one that everyone will be talking about come Monday morning.

1) The Dark Knight Rises has been the subject of endless speculation and debate since it was announced. Everything has been scrutinized from the casting to who the villain would be - and once things got rolling, there were even …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of July 17

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/17/12 at 03:27 AM CT

The highlight of the week is another beautiful box from the smart folks over at Warner Home Video: The "Singin' in the Rain 60th Anniversary Three-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition is a gorgeously packaged set that comes loaded with goodies. Included in the limited and numbered Blu-ray/DVD pack is a 4K feature scan, collectible memorabilia with 48-page hard cover book with new photos, memos …

Weekend Box Office: Ice Age Drifts to Easy Win, Spider-Man Slings It in Second

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/15/12 at 11:56 PM CT

Once again, it was the family audience that determined who took the box office crown. And once again, it was a win for a venerable animated series.

Ice Age: Continental Drift was the winner with a $46 million opening. And while it may not be as impressive as Brave ($66.3 million) or Madagascar 3 ($60.3 million), for the fourth film in a series, it has to be seen as a good sign audiences were …

New Movies to Crave: Ice Age: Continental Drift Fights for the Family Crown

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/12/12 at 11:14 AM CT

It's a slow week - in fact the next two weeks are only going to see one major wide release, though this week's Ice Age film is not going to receive near the fanfare of next week's Dark Knight Rises.

1) So, with that being said, what can we expect from the fourth outing for Sid, Diego, Manny and a whole host of new characters, voiced by the likes of Peter Dinklage, Nicki Minaj, Rebel Wilson, …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of July 10

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/10/12 at 03:21 AM CT

There's nary a big blockbuster coming to home video this week -- just a little something for everyone. For straight-ahead serious drama there's "The Flowers of War" (2011 -- China), directed by Yimou Zhang and starring Christian Bale, Paul Schneider, Ni Ni and Tong Dawei: A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's rape of Nanking in 1937 and, posing as a priest, …

Weekend Box Office: Spider-Man Pretty Amazing, Savages So-So, Katy Perry Fizzles Out

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/08/12 at 11:17 PM CT

After a long holiday opening thanks the 4th falling on Wednesday, it was no surprise that a super hero once again made his way to the top of the box office.

The Amazing Spider-Man, coming off a five-year hiatus since Spider-Man 3 last gave us a look at the web-slinging hero, took in $65 million over the weekend tallied $140 since opening on the 3rd. It was in line with expectations, and just …

New Movies to Crave: Spider-Man Gets Amazing Reboot, Join Katy Perry's World or Hang with Savages

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/05/12 at 12:46 PM CT

Thanks to the 4th of July holiday, we already know one of these movies will be a smashing success and it just goes to prove that a big name franchise doesn't need to sit around for years to get an impressive reboot.

1) The Amazing Spider-Man already crushed the best Tuesday opening record with a $35 million opening bow, and added another $23.4 million on the 4th itself and will probably …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of July 3

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/03/12 at 12:31 PM CT

It's a rare Tuesday when there's no major theatrical release heading to home video; this Tuesday is one of those. With the Fourth of July holiday splitting the week in half, the studios decided to hedge their bets and wait until next week to resume their parade of ho-hum releases. I guess they figured that people would be too busy gulping down hot dogs and hamburgers, drinking beer and setting …

Weekend Box Office: Ted Outstrips Magic Mike to Come Out on Top

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/01/12 at 11:01 PM CT

In a battle of the R-rated movies, a raunchy talking teddy bear beat out a bevy of half-dressed hunks to come out on top at the box office.

Seth MacFarlane's Ted, the director also voiced the foul-mouthed bear, opened with record-breaking $54.1 million over the weekend. That number topped the original Hangover's $44.98 million to become the highest-grossing original R-rated film - eight all …

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