FilmCrave Movie Blog 07/2018

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of July 31--August 6

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/31/18 at 04:06 PM CT

"Tully" is a new comedy from Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air") and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody ("Juno"). Marlo (Charlize Theron) is a New York suburbanite who's about to give birth to her third child. Her husband, Ron, is loving and works hard, but remains clueless about the demands that motherhood puts on his wife. When the …

Weekend Box Office: Mission: Impossible - Fallout Delivers Franchise Record, Teen Titans a No-Go

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/29/18 at 07:30 PM CT

With the summer winding down, we needed one more hit and it looks like Mission: Impossible is the franchise to deliver. Fallout had the best opening for the franchise to date, as well as being star Tom Cruises's second-highest opening to date. While Fallout was a bright spot, the same couldn't be said for Teen Titans Go! to the Movies. Despite a decent fan base and its superhero nature, it just …

New in Theaters July 27: Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Teen Titans Go! to the Movies

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/26/18 at 06:46 AM CT

I have no problem saying that this weekend marks the official end of the summer movie season. Looking ahead (for several months, in fact) nothing looks to have the impact that Mission: Impossible - Fallout will have this weekend. It looks to be the last of the summer blockbusters and should end July on a high note. Besides Ethan Hunt and his team, we also get a new animated film featuring the …

Mission: Impossible - Fallout, The Nun, The Grinch and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/25/18 at 09:15 AM CT

The board really stepped it up this week, delivering a veritable feast of major ratings updates. Coming in hot is the latest Mission: Impossible (finally - I mean it's coming out literally in two days) along with a new entry in The Conjuring franchise, an updated, new animated version of The Grinch (which will hopefully finally wash the bad taste of Jim Carrey's version out of my brain) and a …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of July 24--July 30

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/24/18 at 02:33 PM CT

"Ready Player One": In the year 2045, the real world is a harsh place. The only time Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) truly feels alive is when he escapes to the OASIS, an immersive virtual universe where most of humanity spend their days. In the OASIS, you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone -- the only limits are your own imagination. The OASIS was created by the brilliant …

Weekend Box Office: Equalizer 2 Edges Mamma Mia, Dark Web Is Unfriended

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/22/18 at 06:46 PM CT

It was a spectacular weekend for sequels as, for the first time in the history of the box office, 8 out of the top 10 films in theaters were all sequels (and for just the second time ever, all top five films were sequels). The weekend was up slightly compared to last weekend, but still fell about 7% behind the same weekend last year. It's still good news as 2018 is still pacing well ahead of …

New in Theaters July 20: Equalizer 2, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Unfriended: Dark Web

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/19/18 at 06:47 AM CT

As the summer winds down, thus do the new releases. In fact, this weekend brings us naught but a trio of sequels - a musical, a vigilante and a reason to stay off that laptop you found at a steal of a deal. I have a feeling the new films are going to have a minimal effect at the box office with the continued competition from Hotel Transylvania 3, Ant-Man and the Wasp and dare I say, even …

Happytime Murders, Slender Man, The Spy Who Dumped Me and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/18/18 at 09:24 AM CT

Hey there, hi there, ho there - it's another MPAA Ratings update and let me tell you, it's another halfway decent one! We got another three films worthy of recognition, from an adult version of The Muppets to a comedic spy mishap to a horror film that probably should have been released like seven years ago. But I'll take what I can get and if three is the magic number, then who am I to complain? …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of July 17--July 23

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/17/18 at 01:55 PM CT


"Rampage": Another cheesy popcorn flick from the 21st century inheritor of the Stallone-Schwarzeneggerr mantle. Primatologist Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates …

Weekend Box Office: Hotel Transylvania 3 Opens Strong, Skyscraper Crumbles

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/15/18 at 07:23 PM CT

It was supposed to be a close three-way race between Marvel's holdover, Dwayne Johnson's towering building and Adam Sandler's third family-friendly Transylvanian adventure. However, it was the animated film that dominated while Ant-Man and the Wasp took a sizable hit and Skyscraper struggled to find its footing. There was no contest, really even as July looks to continue what is looking to be a …

New in Theaters July 13: Skyscraper, Hotel Transylvania 3, Sorry to Bother You

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/12/18 at 06:55 AM CT

In an increasingly crowded summer box office, is there room for dinosaurs, superheros, animated vampires and The Towering Inferno of Johnson? All signs points to yes - though it looks to be a tight race for first place between two major newcomers and Marvel's latest film. Meanwhile, a breakout limited release looks to make bigger waves in wide release, though the surreal nature may be a hard …

First Man, Searching, The Hustle and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/11/18 at 06:42 AM CT

While the update this week is short on content, it's high on quality. Three out of the seven films receiving ratings are big enough to talk about, and I think that's a pretty damn fine ratio. The three films include an updated (and gender-swapped) version of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a mystery/thriller that plays out from a computer screen (inside looking out) and a biopic about the great …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of July 10--July 16

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/10/18 at 05:15 PM CT

"A Quiet Place": A taut and original thriller that follows a family who must navigate their lives in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. Knowing that even the slightest whisper or footstep can bring death, Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee (John Krasinski, who also directs) are determined to find a way to protect their children at all costs while they …

Weekend Box Office: Ant-Man and the Wasp Has All the Buzz, First Purge Cracks Top Five

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/08/18 at 08:13 PM CT

The MCU scored another victory at the box office - as if there was any doubt, as Ant-Man and the Wasp easily took first place over the weekend. The First Purge landed in the top five as well, a bit lower than the predecessors, but with its low budget, that isn't going to matter much in the long run. Some other big films hit major milestones, we have a new highest-grossing documentar for 2018 and …

New in Theaters July 06: Ant-Man and the Wasp, The First Purge

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/05/18 at 11:16 AM CT

Here we go - as if Disney hasn't already made all the money this year, they are looking down the barrel of yet another blockbuster as the latest Marvel film rolls into theaters. Sure, I'm guessing it's not going to reach the heights of Black Panther or Avengers: Infinity War, but it doesn't have to - simply meeting the Marvel status quo will be enough to be considered a smash hit, and I don't …

The Equalizer 2 and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/04/18 at 10:29 AM CT

While the Ratings Board certainly didn't dial down the quantity of movies receiving their ratings this week, the quality front is another matter. Most films fall under the limited range this time around, leaving the only major film to talk about being the sequel to Denzel Washington's reinvented anti-hero Equalizer. I guess that's okay, though, I'm more interested in seeing some bombs bursting …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of July 3-July 9

Harley Lond - wrote on 07/03/18 at 04:10 PM CT

In the involving spy thriller "Beirut," Jon Hamm stars as Mason Skiles, a former U.S. diplomat, who gets sent to Beirut to negotiate a swap for the release of a terrorist leader, believed to be imprisoned by Israeli secret police, in exchange for a CIA agent who has been kidnapped. Co-stars Rosamund Pike and Dean Norris. Extras include "The Story Behind Beirut" making-of …

Weekend Box Office: Fallen Kingdom, Incredibles 2 Continue Strong, Soldado, Uncle Drew Open Solid

Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/01/18 at 09:00 PM CT

It was another fantastic weekend for Hollywood as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and The Incredibles 2 delivered repeat performances at the top of the box office and the openings of both Sicario: Day of the Soldado and Uncle Drew scored solid openings as well. All told, the box office came in ahead of the same weekend in 2017 and has topped $6 billion in domestic sales quicker than ever and is …

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