FilmCrave Movie Blog 07/2017

Weekend Box Office: Dunkirk Holds Off Emoji Movie, Atomic Blonde for Second Weekend Win

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/30/17 at 05:46 PM CT

Christopher Nolan's highly-praised war drama Dunkirk fended off the advancement of the family-friendly Emoji Movie to take the top spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row. Meanwhile, Charlize Theron's action-packed Atomic Blonde came in a bit below most expectations while Girls Trip has a spectacular second-week hold to stay in the top three. With fewer major blockbusters on the …

New in Theaters July 28: Atomic Blonde, The Emoji Movie

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/27/17 at 06:42 AM CT

Dunkirk landed with a bang and delivered an opening worthy of its glowing reviews. It may be one of the few blockbusters this summer that won't suffer a huge second-weekend drop. The competition this week includes Charlize Theron in top-notch ass-kicking mode in Atomic Blonde as well as the animated Emoji Movie that could either surprise (like the LEGO Movie) or be utterly inane. I have a …

Midnight Sun, Happy Death Day and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/26/17 at 09:58 AM CT

The dog days of summer have hit - and, I may be mixing up my idioms, but I guess that's making people dog tired. The MPAA Ratings Board didn't exactly let up this week, but there is a severe lack of wide releases to talk about. We have a movie that puts a horror twist on the classic Groundhog Day "living the same day over and over" idea and remake of Japanese film that follows a summer romance …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of July 25-July 31

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/25/17 at 05:20 AM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:
The long-awaited big-screen live-action adaptation of the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga “The Ghost in the Shell” was, unfortunately, not greater than the sum of its parts. Set in the mid-21st century in Japan, at a time when cyber-technology has advanced to the point that humans can augment their bodies with cybernetic parts and appendages -- blurring the line …

Weekend Box Office: Dunkirk Wins the Battle as Girls Trip Opens Strong While Valerian Crashes

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/23/17 at 08:12 PM CT

Christopher Nolan has enjoyed great success at the box office, and the opening of Dunkirk was no exception. Meanwhile, to counter-program the war and sci-fi films dominating the box office, Girls Trip had a healthy opening as well. It wasn't all good news, however, as the second week for War for the Planet of the Apes took a big hit and, despite some amazing visuals, Luc Besson's Valerian and …

New in Theaters July 21: Dunkirk, Valerian and Girls Trip

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/20/17 at 06:39 AM CT

Last weekend Spider-Man: Homecoming was toppled by War for the Planet of the Apes, though the film may have come in a bit under expectations. This weekend sees two new titans vying for control: up front is Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, which looks to be an award-season lock as it tackles a pivotal point in WWII, and has been earning rave reviews. But don't count out Valerian and the City of a …

Pitch Perfect 3, The Dark Tower, An Inconvenient Sequel and More in The Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/19/17 at 07:02 PM CT

Sorry for the slight delay, the bulletin wasn't up quite in time to get it by the morning, but believe me, the wait is worth it. Arguably Stephen King's magnum opus, and several years in the making, The Dark Tower is finally coming to theaters and now it has its rating. The (supposedly) last trip for the Bellas, Pitch Perfect 3 also gets its due along with An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of July 18-July 24

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/18/17 at 02:25 AM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:
"Kong: Skull Island" is not your daddy's King Kong. There's no boat ride to New York, no Empire State Building, no "Beauty and the Beast" love story. But there's plenty of pesky, buzzing helicopters to annoy Kong, plenty of hideous, oversize creatures for Kong to battle, plenty of human deaths. This is the fourth version of "King Kong," and it's by far the most …

Weekend Box Office: War for the Planet of the Apes Dethrones Spider-Man: Homecoming

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/16/17 at 07:35 PM CT

The weekend went pretty much as expected, but, as with so many other films this year, to slightly muted numbers. War for the Planet of the Apes had some of the best reviews of the year, and while it opened in first, it didn't make a huge splash. After Spider-Man: Homecoming opened big, it also took a big hit in its second weekend. The Big Sick broke in to the top five but not as big as its …

New in Theaters July 14: War for the Planet of the Apes, The Big Sick, Wish Upon

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/13/17 at 06:38 AM CT

With Spider-Man swinging and web-slinging his way to the top of the box office in a big way, it's going to take an army to stop him. Good thing Caesar and some pissed-off apes are going to war. But if an army of CGI primates aren't your thing, Kumail Nanjiani is here to ease your heart with buzzy romantic comedy and if that still doesn't do the trick for you, well, there's a horror film that yet …

Detroit, Home Again, She's Living My Life and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/12/17 at 09:38 AM CT

I guess the board has also gotten over the 4th of July holiday as it looks like they're getting back in the swing of things with another decent updated. We have a lot coming at us: Reese Witherspoon playing a hot mom, Tyler Perry giving us yet another film and Kathryn Bigelow providing us a racially-charged historical drama. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll get angry - maybe not all at once, but …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of July 11-July 17

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/11/17 at 04:49 PM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:
"The Fate of the Furious": Movie franchises get old, tired, bloated. After the silliness of "Fast & Furious 6" (with its overblown airplane-crash ending) and "Furious 7" (with its cardboard mercenaries, God's Eye software and collapsing parking garage), we had hoped that "The Fate of the Furious" would rescue the series from morbidity. It has and has not. The action …

Weekend Box Office: Spider-Man Makes a Homerun Homecoming

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/09/17 at 09:28 PM CT

It was the only new film opening in wide release and Spider-Man's introduction to the MCU didn't disappoint. The web-slinging superhero managed to become the third-biggest opening of 2017 thus far and (not minding inflation) the best opening for a single character opening in the MCU thus far. It was also a good week for The Big Sick, which managed to snag another great weekend in limited release …

New in Theaters July 07: Spider-Man: Homecoming

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/06/17 at 06:48 AM CT

After a long holiday weekend, things are going to return to normal. This weekend another superhero looks to take a big swing at the top of the box office. That's right, Spider-Man is back and, going by the early reactions, better than ever. After Sam Raimi's popular trilogy and a not-so-amazing reboot, Spider-Man gets to join the MCU in a big way. I have to say, I'm looking forward to this one …

4th of July Weekend Box Office: Despicable Me 3 On Top as Baby Driver Revs Up and The House Folds

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/05/17 at 11:26 AM CT

With the big holiday falling on a Tuesday, it was a long weekend for a lot of people (myself included) and Hollywood was banking on some big-time openings to prop up the essentially five-day weekend. It was a mixed bag with some films coming in under expectations, others coming out on top and at least one certified bomb. So, there were some fireworks but, overall, it was a somewhat tame weekend …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of July 4-July 10

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/04/17 at 01:45 AM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:
"The Zookeeper’s Wife": The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Zabinska (Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are stunned – …



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