FilmCrave Movie Blog 08/2012

New in Theaters August 30: Lawless and The Possession

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/30/12 at 06:32 PM CT

Well, last week wasn't a banner week for Hollywood. In fact, other than a conservative documentary making waves, almost everything was a complete disaster, including all three of the new releases, none of which could crack the top five (and one didn't even hit the top 10). Hopefully this Labor Day weekend will bring some better news - there is another horror film that looks to do much better …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of August 28

Harley Lond - wrote on 08/28/12 at 02:51 AM CT

This week's theatrical-to-DVD highlights:
Those folks in the North countries sure know how to create oppressive, dark and outrageous thrillers, from "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" to (the original) "Wallander." From Norway comes "Headhunters," a fast-paced thriller based on Jo Nesbo's best-selling 2008 novel. Roger, a charming scoundrel and Norway's most accomplished headhunter, is living a …

Weekend Box Office: Expendables 2 Repeats on Year's Weakest Weekend Yet

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/26/12 at 10:56 PM CT

After a few weeks of pleasant, if not exactly red-hot returns, it was a bummer at the box office. The end of August is usually pretty slow for movies, but this weekend it was not just slow, it was the lowest-grossing weekend of the year - a whole 11% worse than February's previous dubious honor. None of the new releases could even crack the top five, one didn't even make the top 10 - and those …

New in Theaters August 24: Hit and Run, Premium Rush and The Apparition

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/23/12 at 05:25 PM CT

It's been two weeks of good returns for Hollywood, even if the movies themselves have been somewhat underwhelming. After last weeks veritable onslaught of new movies, this week we have another three vying for your attention: one is horror film (the first of many that will pop up in the coming weeks), one is a road-trip comedy and one is an action-packed thriller about a... bike messenger. Will …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of August 21

Harley Lond - wrote on 08/21/12 at 10:57 AM CT

One of the highlights so far this year -- one lacking in stand-out cinema fare -- was "Bernie," Richard Linklater's quirky black comedy starring Jack Black as the beloved assistant funeral director in the small town of Carthage, Texas. Bernie Tiede taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand, but when he befriended Marjorie Nugent (Shirley …

Weekend Box Office: Expendables 2 Shoots Down Competition

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/19/12 at 09:41 PM CT

It was another winning weekend for Hollywood, as the top 12 films managed a 21% increase compared to last year, and a bunch of over-the-hill action stars are a big reason why.

The Expendables 2 got off to a decent start with $28.75 million in the top spot. I say decent, because forecasts had pegged the film at around $35 million (on part with the original film's $34.8 million debut). The …

New in Theaters August 17: Expendables 2, ParaNorman, Odd Life of Timothy Green, Sparkle

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/16/12 at 05:45 PM CT

Last week provided a noticeable improvement to the box office after a couple weeks of disappointing returns. The Dark Knight Rises may have fallen against The Campaign and The Bourne Legacy, but all three films are looking to continue to perform strong. Now, four other films look to join the fray and they offer a little something for everyone: action, comedy, family and drama. But with an …

2011 - A Very Brief and Slightly Ignorant Look at a Bad Year for Film

Gabe - wrote on 08/14/12 at 04:09 PM CT

Iím just going to say itÖ 2011 was a crappy year for film. Yes, there were some entertaining films (X-Men: First Class, The Descendants), some beautiful films (The Tree of Life and Hugo) and whatever you call Drive. But to put this year into perspective, when I think about any past year in film, one of the first things that I think of is what won Best Picture? Well, itís only been five months …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of August 14

Harley Lond - wrote on 08/14/12 at 02:01 AM CT

This Week's Highlights:
It's definitely an exciting week on the home video front, with a spate of thrilling action-adventures to liven up your viewing enjoyment. The top release of the week is Saturday's "The Hunger Games," the big-screen adaptation of the first in the trilogy of books by Suzanne Collins that takes place in a dystopian future North America. Well acted, fast paced and fairly …

Weekend Box Office: Bourne Legacy, The Campaign Topple a Dark Knight

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/12/12 at 10:51 PM CT

After a couple of weeks of disappointing returns from the new entries at the box office, Hollywood finally got some of its mojo back thanks to a new action hero in an old franchise and a couple of comedic politicians.

There were plenty of questions surrounding The Bourne Legacy - would audiences turn in to this franchise without Matt Damon? Would they embrace Jeremy Renner? It turns out they …

Official FilmCrave Staff Verdict: The Campaign Movie Review

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/12/12 at 12:02 PM CT

In what it hoped to be an ongoing new feature here at FilmCrave, myself, Nick and Alex, the three owners and operators of this site, will weigh in on the newest films in theaters and the hottest new DVD/Blu-Ray releases and let you know whether a movie is worth your time and money.

This week, for the inaugural debut, we have the Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis comedy The Campaign. So does Jay …

New in Theaters August 10 - The Bourne Legacy, The Campaign and Hope Springs

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/08/12 at 02:41 PM CT

After a couple of weeks of disappointing returns from the new films Hollywood has to offer, a trio of films targeting completely different audiences looks to finally give a rebound to the box office. In fact, if early predictions turn out to be true, The Dark Knight Rises could drop a whole two spots as both The Bourne Legacy and The Campaign are both proving to be better than expected, at least …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of August 7

Harley Lond - wrote on 08/07/12 at 01:27 AM CT

This Week's Highlight:

Warner Home Video has done it again: They've taken great care in repacking Stanley Kubrick's harrowing Vietnam War drama "Full Metal Jacket" (starring Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Dorian Harewood, Kevyn Major Howard, Arliss Howard) as a two-disc Blu-ray set with a 40-page book that includes plenty of behind-the scenes photos, press …

Weekend Box Office: Total Recall, Wimpy Kid No Match for Dark Knight

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/06/12 at 10:12 AM CT

Once again it was The Dark Knight Rises who prevailed against two new films (and crossed the $350 million mark) in another quiet weekend battle.

The Dark Knight Rises took in $36.4 million to raise its total to $354.6 million after three weeks. While it held up better in its third week compared to The Dark Knight (a 41% drop compared to a 43% drop) the film is still running about $39 million …

New Movies to Crave: Experience Total Recall... Again; Wimpy Kid Deals with Dog Days

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/01/12 at 08:35 PM CT

Blame it on the Olympics, blame it on nerves still being rattled, but last week was lackluster to say the least at the box office. The comedy of The Watch nor the dancing of Step Up: Revolution could spark audiences. Hopefully the pair of newcomers coming this weekend can have better luck as The Dark Knight Rises (having recently passed the $300 mark) tries to recover from its opening day …

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