FilmCrave Movie Blog 09/2013

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 09/30/13 at 07:49 PM CT

Every once in a while a comedy comes along that pushes the boundaries of what one expects in a movie. "Pink Flamingos," "The Life of Brian," "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," "Borat" and "The Hangover" come to mind. Now add to the list "This Is the End," an outrageous, raunchy comedy directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and starring a bevy of Hollywood …

Weekend Box Office: Cloudy 2 Devours the Competition

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/29/13 at 09:47 PM CT

Although the last weekend of September was a bit down compared to last year, overall the month will go down as better than 2012. While there were a lot of new films to choose from, it was the family crowd who decided the winner while drama and romance only had mild success by comparison. October is likewise going to open with some heavy dramatic hitters, so the adult-oriented films better take …

New in Theaters Sept. 27: Rush, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Baggage Claim, Don Jon

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/26/13 at 09:12 AM CT

It's going to be a busy weekend as, after a few weeks of seeing on a couple new wide release films, this time we get four. Luckily, all four are going after a very different audience but I still think there are only going to be a couple real winners this weekend, which means some films are going to be left behind. At least one film has my interest for sure and will be the first film in awhile …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 09/24/13 at 01:56 AM CT


"Iron Man 3": I was no fan of the first two "Iron Man" movies; I found snarky wealthy industrialist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and his tin-man-without-a-heart persona rather annoying and the action all too metallic and overwhelming; there just wasn't enough reality to the films. Of course I was in the minority. But that's been rectified by this outing, …

Weekend Box Office: Prisoners Locks Up the Top Spot

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/22/13 at 09:30 PM CT

As with many past Septembers, this weekend can be counted as one of the slower weekends of the year as the top 12 films brought in just $75.5 million. That is just about on par with the same weekend last year. Still, even though there might not have been as many people out and about, that doesn't mean there weren't a few bright spots over the weekend. Both wide and limited release brought good …

New in Theaters Sept. 20: Prisoners, Battle of the Year

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/19/13 at 07:56 AM CT

After Insidious 2 lit up the box office last weekend, how will it fare in its second week? Will, like The Conjuring, will it be able to buck horror movie trends and retain a good chunk of its audience or will it sink like a stone? I have a feeling the two new films being released won't offer nearly as much of a challenge. One is star-studded thriller that none-the-less looks to be completely …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 09/16/13 at 06:21 PM CT


"Behind the Candelabra" has to be one of the best films of the year -- and it wasn't even released by any of the Hollywood studios. The film -- about the life and love of Liberace, a whacked-out entertainer who appealed to a whole generation of middle-class Americans and their grandparents, little knowing that he was gay -- was conceived by Steven Soderbergh …

Weekend Box Office: Insidious 2 Has Scary Good Opening; The Family a Distant Second

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/15/13 at 10:07 PM CT

It was another impressive weekend for September, as a horror sequel delivered good luck for Friday the 13th and a mob comedy also had a decent start. Overall, the box office was up a whopping 31% compared to last year and the September box office blues have been staved off (at least for now). It remains to be seen if the rest of the month can deliver as impressive numbers as we've seen thus far …

New in Theaters Sept. 13: The Family, Insidious: Chapter 2

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/12/13 at 01:01 PM CT

Last week Riddick made a decent debut for September, even if the weekend was the slowest yet for 2013. That being said, September is not well known for being a hotbed of lets say... quality films. That doesn't mean films can't buck that trend but more often than not this month is one of the slower every year. Two films will try just that - an action/comedy hybrid and a straight up horror film. …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 09/09/13 at 08:04 PM CT

"Star Trek Into Darkness"
Having grown up with so many of the TV series from the 1960s and 70s that have been rebooted into movie franchises (many with little success), it was a pleasure to see what director J.J. Abrams did with one of my favorites, "Star Trek." The original big-screen adaptations -- though fun -- lacked the excitement and sizzle that the TV …

Weekend Box Office: Riddick Knocks The Butler from the Top Spot

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/09/13 at 12:16 AM CT

September is usually a quiet month at the box office and 2013 is no exception. With the top 12 films earning just $66.9 million, it's the lowest-grossing weekend yet for the year. Yet compared to last year, the weekend is up 29% and we can all thank Vin Diesel for helping that total along. Considering the rather lackluster lineup in the coming weeks, this may be a bright spot for the month. …

New in Theaters Sept. 06: Riddick

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/05/13 at 06:48 AM CT

For a few weeks the box office has been assaulted by a slew of new films... but few of them have found much luck as it has been The Butler that has been bringing in audiences. This week it a much more focused attack with just one film opening nationwide. Yet will one action sequel, even if it stars a pretty big name, be able to conquer the box office where so many others have failed? It may have …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 09/02/13 at 07:19 PM CT

"Stories We Tell": In this inspired film, Oscar-nominated actor-writer-director Sarah Polley investigates the secrets kept by her family of "storytellers" -- an investigation mounted after she discovers that her mother had had several extramarital affairs and that her dad was not her biological father. To uncover the truth of her mom's life -- and her family -- …

Labor Day Weekend Box Office: The Butler Edges Out One Direction for Third Straight Win

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/02/13 at 03:25 PM CT

Even though the boy band put up quite the fight, it was still a historical drama that managed to win the long Labor Day weekend. Although the overall box office was down compared to last year, it was still a busy box office with 18 films earning $1 million plus for the holiday. The biggest news from the weekend didn't come from any of the major films, but from a limited-release targeting the …

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