FilmCrave Movie Blog 07/2013

10 Types of People Who Kill the Theater Experience

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/31/13 at 06:22 PM CT

I go to the movies. Like, a lot. If not every weekend during the summer, certainly every other weekend. I sometimes see movies more than once - but one thing that never changes whether you're watching a matinee, a midnight showing or even catching some obscure film at the local art house theater - there are some people you just want to avoid. These are the people who make movies less enjoyable …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of July 30-August 5

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/29/13 at 05:40 PM CT

"G.I. Joe: Retaliation": You really have to be a "G.I. Joe" fan to appreciate this tangled mess of a movie. The sequel to 2009's "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" scored more than $122 million at the boxoffice, so -- having missed the original -- I settled down to what I hoped would be an evening of exciting fights, explosions and all-out war on the senses. Instead, …

Weekend Box Office: Wolverine Claws to First Place, The Conjuring a Strong Second

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/28/13 at 10:08 PM CT

There wasn't too much doubt over which movie was going to wind up in first place this weekend. The only question was how much The Wolverine would make. Although the numbers suggest that fallout from the poorly received X-Men Origins: Wolverine were still in effect, Hugh Jackman should have no problem bouncing back given a strong international push. All in all, the total box office was up 25% …

New in Theaters July 26: The Wolverine, The To Do List

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/25/13 at 07:12 AM CT

Despite throwing a lot of movies out last weekend, it was only the low-budget horror film, The Conjuring that found success. Meanwhile, Ryan Reynolds had a rough time as two movies he fronted, Turbo and R.I.P.D., failed to find much of an audience. It was also one of the few weekends this summer that was down compared to last year. Will this weekend get back on track? We have a popular super …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/22/13 at 06:25 PM CT

"Ginger & Rosa": Sally Potter, director of the outlandish "Orlando" (1992) and "The Tango Lesson" (1997), continues her skein of interesting and quirky productions with "Ginger & Rosa," a coming-of-age story set in London in 1962. The story: Two teenage girls -- Ginger & Rosa -- are inseparable. They skip school together, talk about love, religion and …

Weekend Box Office: The Conjuring Scares Up Record Opening, R.I.P.D. DOA

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/21/13 at 10:58 PM CT

While there were four new movies to choose from this weekend, it was the film with the lowest budget that made the biggest waves. While the box office has been on the upswing, this weekend was off 19% from last year - but that was the weekend The Dark Knight Rises bowed, so a loss is very understandable. Even so, there were a few bright spots to be found (along with a few black marks as well) …

New in Theaters July 19: R.I.P.D., Red 2, The Conjuring, Turbo

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/18/13 at 06:47 AM CT

Pacific Rim may have made the wrong kind of splash, but last week's box office was still a strong one for an already impressive summer for 2013. This week we have a nice mix of offerings including the return of horror, a straight-up action movie, another animated offering and a comedy/action hybrid. It's also going to be a busy weekend for Ryan Reynolds, who is at the head of two our of these …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/15/13 at 08:47 PM CT

"42": Writer-director Brian Helgeland has had a mixed career (writing "L.A. Confidential," "A Knight's Tale," "The Postman" and "Mystic River," and winning both an Oscar and a Razzie award in 1998 for Best Screenplay for "L.A. Confidential" and Worst Screenplay for "The Postman." His best-known directorial outing previously was Mel Gibson's "Payback" in 1999; with …

Weekend Box Office: Sequels Steal the Spotlight from Pacific Rim Over Strong Weekend

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/15/13 at 12:15 AM CT

The 2013 summer season continued its impressive run even if the latest blockbuster may have stumbled a bit at the gates. With a $191 million total, the weekend was up 24% compared to the same weekend last year. This weekend it was a couple of high-profile sequels that dominated whereas an original big-budget sci-fi movie will have to rely on international audiences in order to stay in the …

New in Theaters July 12: Pacific Rim, Grown Ups 2, Fruitvale Station

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/11/13 at 04:23 PM CT

The Lone Ranger aside, last weekend provided some great fireworks at the box office. Things have been chugging along quite nicely this summer and this weekend brings out some big guns (and giant monsters) along with a safe comedy sequel and a limited release of a film that has been gaining major awards-season buzz. Will audiences go for a big budget action film or an all-star comedy sequel this …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/08/13 at 09:36 PM CT

Sometimes it's best not to expect anything in a movie -- avoid the reviews, skip the trailers, nix the pundits. Thankfully, that's what I did with "Spring Breakers" and I'm pretty happy I did. I'm not a fan of director Harmony Korine's much-touted "Gummo," but this phantasmagoria of a movie knocked me out. It's perverse, wild, crazy and a heck of a lot of fun; it's …

Weekend Box Office: Despicable Me 2 Dominate as Lone Ranger Stumbles

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/08/13 at 12:59 AM CT

It was a very long five-day holiday weekend and overall, things still great for the 2013 summer season. The total box office took in nearly $220.7 million - enough to crack the top 10 for the best weekends ever. In fact, in the three out of the last four weekends, the box office total has ranked in the top 20 openings of all time. Salvaging that weak start is a tough task, but it is looking …

New in Theaters July 03: Despicable Me 2, The Lone Ranger, Let Me Explain

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/03/13 at 06:57 AM CT

Welcome to special early edition of the weekend box office preview. Thanks to the 4th of July landing on Thursday, Hollywood is rolling out all the major films early to get that extra push. It's been a good run for Hollywood and holiday weekends usually attract a big audience so you have to be pretty confident scheduling a movie this weekend. As it stands, an animated sequel, a big-budget …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/01/13 at 05:42 PM CT

"56 UP" "Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man." Starting in 1964 with "Seven UP," The UP Series, created by Granada Television and director Paul Almond in 1964, has explored this Jesuit maxim. The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England (lower, middle and upper class, all but one white), …

Weekend Box Office: Monster U Beats The Heat, White House Down

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/01/13 at 12:10 AM CT

Notch up another great weekend for Hollywood as Pixar and the only female-centric comedy of the year helped to give a big boost to the box office. However, everything wasn't coming up roses as the second White House-in-peril action film of the year failed to deliver big numbers in the face of competition from zombies and a still-going-strong superhero. But if the movies continue to perform like …

View Archive

Are you sure you want to delete this comment?