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Weekend Box Office: Jason is Bourne Again While Bad Moms Delivers and Nerve Struggles

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/31/16 at 08:23 PM CT

It was another marvelous weekend. Even if it was down a bit from last weekend, it still showed a 27% gain over the same weekend last year. A lot of that has to do with Matt Damon's return to his signature role, one that didn't go unnoticed by movie-goers, who welcomed the return with the second-best opening for the series. That, unfortunately, met a bit drop for Star Trek. It was a good week for ...

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New in Theaters July 29: Jason Bourne, Bad Moms, Nerve

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/28/16 at 06:44 AM CT

Star Trek beamed away with a pretty impressive win last weekend. Animated films continue to show impressive staying power and even a little horror-film-that-could opened to big numbers. Which is funny, because this weekend brings us a big action film, another horror film and, to shake things up a bit, a female-driven R-rated comedy. I have a feeling the Matt Damon's return as everyone's favorite ...

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CHiPs, Florence Foster Jenkins and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/27/16 at 10:11 AM CT

Hopefully you had a long week to get ready for this because we have not one, but two wide-release films getting their ratings due. I always say I want more, but things are slowing to a trickle these last few weeks. I can't even say I'm that excited over what managed to get their ratings this week, but hopefully some of you are. Anyways, there's probably a good chance that Meryl Streep gets nomina...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of July 26-August 1

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/26/16 at 05:58 PM CT

There's something about down-and-out antihero detectives that endears then to book readers, TV viewers and moviegoers; from Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade to Johnny Staccato and Jim Rockford, from Jackson Brodie to Harry Hole, these guys are damaged yet have strong moral compasses; they've been beat down by the system yet stand up and fight back again and again; they'...

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Weekend Box Office: Star Trek Beyond Dethrones Pets, Lights Out Lights Up, Ice Age Collapses

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/24/16 at 06:13 PM CT

It was a great weekend for Hollywood as, led by the latest Star Trek film, for only the sixth time in history (and the first since May 24, 2015) the top five film all grossed over $20 million. That meant the top 12 earned $183 million, which was up an impressive 29.4% compared to the same weekend last year. While not all films have something to celebrate (sorry Ice Age and Ghostbusters), overall...

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New in Theaters July 22: Star Trek Beyond, Ice Age: Collision Course, Lights Out

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/21/16 at 06:42 AM CT

It's been a long time since anything but an animated film has topped the box office. This week offers the best chance at a live-action film coming out on top as Star Trek Beyond looks to give the animated films a run for their money. Granted, there is yet another animated film coming out, along with a mid-summer horror offering - so it's going to be a bit crowded. We can only hope that the three ...

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Hands of Stone, The Lake in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/20/16 at 08:31 PM CT

Well, I have to tell you having your modem go out and getting to deal with tech support in India is just the most pleasant experience in the whole wide world. Anyway, please excuse the lateness of the blog, but I had to deal with some technical difficulties that should have been much easier to resolve. Anyway, luckily this week is one of the more boring ones in recent memory, so you didn't miss m...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of July 19-July 25

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/18/16 at 10:45 PM CT


"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is another in the long line of director Zack Snyder's genuflections at the altar of mindless violence and negativity. Movies have always taken a look at the dark side of the human psyche (as have novels, comic books and, more recently, video games) but this guy takes it over the top -- and with no redeeming social

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Weekend Box Office: Pets Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts, Finding Dory All-Time Animated Champ

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/17/16 at 08:47 PM CT

It was going to be interesting to see where the updated Ghostbusters was going to land after months of speculation and some major vitriol from the trolls of the internet. While it may be too early to classify Ghostbusters as a home run, we can at least say that the launch was successful and, over the next few weeks, it will most likely end up turning a profit. Still, it was two animated films tha...

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New in Theaters July 15: Ghostbusters, The Infiltrator

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/14/16 at 06:40 AM CT

With family films paving the way for the blockbuster summer, is there room for a serious drama? If not, is there room for a much-discussed reboot of a beloved franchise featuring an all-female-lead cast? I have a feeling this is going to be another weekend where The Secret Life of Pets is once again going to dominate the live-action films, but the big story is going to be where our remake lands a...

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Star Trek Beyond, I'm Not Ashamed, Voyage of Time and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/13/16 at 10:05 AM CT

Boldly going where we've gone several weeks before, we have another ratings bulletin. The biggest get has to be the latest Star Trek film but we also have a long-in-the-making documentary from auteur Terrence Malick and yet another film looking to capitalize on religion (albeit in a very misleading representation - but more on that later). This is the biggest update in quite awhile, but only a fe...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of July 12-July 18

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/12/16 at 03:29 AM CT

"Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made" (2016): After Steven Spielberg's classic "Raiders of the Lost Ark" was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the action adventure film. They fini...

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Weekend Box Office: Secret Life of Pets Dominates, Mike and Dave Decent

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/10/16 at 09:20 PM CT

It has become the summer of fantastic family films - going back to The Jungle Book, this season has seen a long line of (mostly) great performances from family films. This weekend was no exception as The Secret Life of Pets easily won the weekend and in record fashion to boot. While the animated film got most of the attention, there was still some love left over for the R-rated comedy as well. Wh...

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New in Theaters July 08: The Secret Life of Pets, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/07/16 at 06:43 AM CT

After a Fourth of July extra-long weekend filled with plenty of fireworks for Hollywood, we have a couple of new films looking to stake their claim at the box office. Hoping to unseat Finding Dory with the family crowd, we have an animated film about what your pets are really like when you leave home. Plus, Zac Efron and Adam Devine get more than they bargained for when their perfect wedding date...

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Ben-Hur, Girl on the Train, Don't Breathe and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/06/16 at 06:49 AM CT

So much for taking things easy for Independence Day. This week is a smaller update, but full of some of big upcoming films. You have a remake of a biblical classic (mostly remembered for a chariot race), another novel adaptation that looks to thrill, a comedic caper featuring a suburban couple caught up in their new neighbor's spy games and a horror film that will make criminals think twice about...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of July 5-July 11

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/05/16 at 01:58 AM CT

Inspired by the paranoid visions of John Frankenheimer's "The Manchurian Candidate" and "Seconds", the desert noir of "Detour" and the black and white widescreen beauty of Hiroshi Teshigahara's "The Face of Another" and "Woman of the Dunes," "

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Weekend Box Office: Finding Dory Threepeats as Legend of Tarzan, Purge 3 Open High While BFG Bombs

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/03/16 at 08:33 PM CT

It is going to be a July 4th holiday weekend to remember, as the fireworks aren't going to be limited to your local show. Hollywood looks to be in good shape this year, as the holiday weekend is shaping up to 41% ahead of last year's numbers. Finding Dory continues to be the big draw, as families are still flocking to see the animated Juggernaut. But besides that both Tarzan and The Purge found s...

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