FilmCrave Movie Blog 08/2017

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of August 29 - September 4

Harley Lond - wrote on 08/31/17 at 06:37 PM CT

"Baywatch": This big screen redo of the 1980s TV series takes itself so seriously (despite references to the TV show and some attempts at campy humor) that it's hard to watch without feeling embarrassed for all concerned -- particularly Dwayne Johnson, who deserves much better. It's all babes and bods and little else -- oh yeah, there's dual plotlines about former Olympic …

New in Theaters September 01: Tulip Fever

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/31/17 at 06:39 AM CT

As we bid goodbye to summer and hello to fall, let us reflect on how Hollywood is reeling. August was way down and it will be the first time in over a decade that the summer movie season will fail to break the $4 billion mark. And, by all accounts, September is going to get off to a rough start. The long, Labor Day weekend will have only one wide release, the historical drama/romance Tulip …

American Assassin, The Foreigner and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/30/17 at 09:33 AM CT

It seems like every week brings on more and more dire news at the box office - and Labor Day Weekend isn't likely to save what is looking to be the slowest summer movie season in over a decade. But, hey, at least the ratings board is still keeping up their end of things. I have two action-packed films getting their due - one featuring Jackie Chan as a man pushed too far (and you should know …

Weekend Box Office: Hitman's Bodyguard Repeats on Slowest Weekend in 15 Years

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/27/17 at 06:24 PM CT

Boy, did anyone else see that Floyd Mayweater vs. Conor McGregor fight? I tell you, I was worried it was going to be a blowout, but it managed to go (almost) the distance. Why I am I talking about boxing instead of the box office? Well, Fathom Entertainment released the fight in to select theaters, where the match brought in $2.598 million. And while it isn't a movie, in terms of the weekend box …

New in Theaters August 25: Leap!, Birth of the Dragon, All Saints

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/24/17 at 06:42 AM CT

As summer continues to wind down to its inevitable end, August looks to go out with a whimper. There has already been several weeks of declining numbers, and though films like Annabelle: Creation and The Hitman's Bodyguard have performed well, the overall box office has essentially been in a free fall, with many of lowest-grossing weekends of 2017 coming in August. Unfortunately, it doesn't look …

Kingsman: Golden Circle, Simon vs Homo Sapiens Agenda and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/23/17 at 09:27 AM CT

It's another humble week for major ratings updates this week, with just a sequel to the action-packed Kingsmen and an unconventional teen drama getting their due. But I'm always grateful for anything to talk about, so as long as I get at least a single, decent film out of the bunch, it keeps me going. I still hope that the coming fall brings a bit more good news amidst the shorter days and …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of August 22 - August 28

Harley Lond - wrote on 08/22/17 at 02:14 AM CT

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: The highly anticipated sequel to 2014's surprise blockbuster ups the ante for the Marvel characters known as the Guardians of the galaxy (Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, and Bradley Cooper as Rocket); this time around the team travels the universe guarding …

Weekend Box Office: Hitman's Bodyguard Smacks Down Annabelle: Creation, Logan Not So Lucky

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/20/17 at 06:37 PM CT

Good news for the box office - this August was only the second slowest weekend of the year (by a whole $1 million even)! August has been a very slow month in general - no wonder it's down a whopping 34% compared to last year - and is leading to a down summer, 12.5% behind last year as well. The Hitman's Bodyguard managed to post a bigger-than-expected first place finish, but Logan Lucky didn't …

New in Theaters August 18: The Hitman's Bodyguard, Logan Lucky

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/17/17 at 06:40 AM CT

The end of summer has been a dark time for the box office. While Annabelle: Creation is one of the few bright spots since Dunkirk and Girls Tip opened at the end of July, most films, like The Emoji Movie, Atomic Blonde and The Dark Tower have stumbled mightily. The weekend we have not one, but two, action -comedies opening - Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson team up for The Hitman's Bodyguard …

The LEGO Ninjago Movie and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/16/17 at 09:24 AM CT

Well, as the summer box office shows signs of petering out as August winds down, the MPAA board is apparently taking it easy too. Hey, I liked the LEGO Movie - you (probably) liked the LEGO Movie - so now we're getting more! First it was Batman, and now the Ninjago are getting their turn. And it's the only major release this time around, so hopefully it lives up to your expectations. And …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of August 15 - August 21

Harley Lond - wrote on 08/15/17 at 02:58 AM CT


"Alien: Covenant": Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created with a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien franchise; this edition is another prequel to the original "Alien," situated between "Prometheus" and the original. In the year 2104, 11 years after the Prometheus discovered alien life, the crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the …

Weekend Box Office: Annabelle: Creation Opens Big as Box Office Continues to Fizzle

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/13/17 at 11:55 PM CT

While it was a big win for The Conjuring spinoff sequel/prequel at the box office, that lone bright spot wasn't enough to turn around the summer blahs as the weekend was the fourth lowest of 2017, and beat last week's low total for the lowest-grossing of the summer movie season. The summer is now down 12% compared to last year and has no chance to recover. Besides everyone's favorite creepy …

New in Theaters August 11: Annabelle: Creation, Nut Job 2, The Glass Castle

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/10/17 at 06:37 AM CT

As summer continues to wind down, we head into one of the more lazy movie seasons of the year. Summer is already down and the coming weeks aren't likely to change the course. The Dark Tower already opened to low numbers and this week's best bet is an animated sequel to a squirrel proposition and a horror sequel about a cursed doll. For the more discerning movie fan, there is downright depressing …

Blade Runner 2049, Polaroid and Boo 2! A Madea Halloween in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/09/17 at 08:33 AM CT

It has been a summer drought when it comes to substantial ratings updates recently, but now I there's a veritable deluge of new movies to celebrate. First and foremost is a reboot of a classic sci-fi film - usually I would despair about plans to remake such a memorable and groundbreaking film, but this one may be the very rare one that actually surpasses expectations. Aside from that, we have a …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of August 8 - August 14

Harley Lond - wrote on 08/08/17 at 02:37 AM CT

Three theatrical under-performers make their way to home video shelves this week: Director Guy Ritchie's reimagining of the King Arthur legend, "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," in which Arthurís father is murdered, his uncle seizes the crown and, robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, he comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. Until he …

Weekend Box Office: The Dark Tower Tops Summer's Slowest Weekend

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/06/17 at 05:57 PM CT

While it was a win for The Dark Tower, it came at the nadir of summer. Thus far, the summer season is down 10% compared to last year and this weekend the top 12 films took in just $111.5 million, the sixth lowest-grossing weekend of the year, and by far the lowest of the summer season. There wasn't much else in store for the box office, either as Kidnap performed slightly better than expected …

New in Theaters August 04: The Dark Tower, Detroit, Kidnap

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/02/17 at 07:52 PM CT

With Dunkirk leading the charge for two straight weekends, Christopher Nolan's war effort is going to see increased competition, from all fronts. Fans of drama have Detroit, Kathryn Bigelow's look at one of the largest race riots in U.S. history. For those who prefer more action, Stephen King's Dark Tower is finally getting a release after years of stalled progress while Halle Berry plays a …

My Little Pony: The Movie and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/02/17 at 09:54 AM CT

The title is only a half-lie - while there are indeed more MPAA Ratings Bulletins that have been released this week, none are going to films that will probably be released to the general public at large. Thus, My Little Pony is the lone wide release for this bulletin - kind of sad, but it looks like with the summer winding down, people want to relax and not do things like rate movies or talk …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of August 1 - August 7

Harley Lond - wrote on 08/01/17 at 02:24 PM CT

Two lackluster films crawl off the big screen this week: "The Circle," a techo-thriller that wastes the talents of Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in a story about a young woman who goes to work for a high-tech company and rises through the ranks by focusing on "Transparency," i.e., pushing the boundaries of privacy, ethics, and ultimately, her personal freedom, leading to a …

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