FilmCrave Movie Blog 09/2017

New in Theaters September 29: Flatiners, American Made, A Question of Faith, Battle of the Sexes

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/28/17 at 06:39 AM CT

September is looking to close out in record fashion, as It started things off with a bang and last week's Kingsman: The Golden Circle kept things going strong. It's also about to get a lot more crowded as this week sees a horror remake drop, along with a based-on-a-true story action film, a faith-based drama and the expansions of a well-received historic rivalry. Even though the weekend will …

Murder on the Orient Express, Snowman, The Star, Tully and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/27/17 at 10:18 AM CT

The most impressive update in quite awhile from the MPAA board gives me plenty to talk about: a remake of a classic whodunnit, a new, twisted serial killer thriller, an uplifting animated feature and a future comedy about a harried mother and her new nanny. All told, not a bad haul at all - I guess with September breaking all kind of box office records, maybe the film board is ready to step up …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of September 26 - October 2

Harley Lond - wrote on 09/26/17 at 03:45 PM CT

"Transformers: The Last Knight": I had hoped that "Transformers: Age of Extinction" (2014), the fourth in the movie franchise spawned by the Hasbro and Tomy toys, would be the last. But no. Director Michael Bay won't let go of the concept, and he keeps assaulting our eyeballs with more and more special effects ... and fewer intelligent storylines. This time around, if my …

Weekend Box Office: Kingsman Tops It as Ninjago Falls Short, Friend Request Ignored

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/24/17 at 06:04 PM CT

Even if some of the new films performed below expectations, the strong debut of Kingsman: The Golden Circle and continued excellent run for It helped September near a record high that it should reach before the month is out. While Kingsman was a win, it was a bit of letdown for both The LEGO Ninjago Movie - which opened to the lowest gross in the LEGO series by a wide margin, and the negligible …

New in Theaters September 22: Kingsman: The Golden Circle, LEGO Ninjago Movie, Friend Request

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/21/17 at 06:52 AM CT

With It burning up the charts and breaking plenty of records along the way, it hasn't left much for the rest of the bunch. American Assassin and mother! both had minimal impact last weekend and now we find three new entries trying to muscle their way to a decent spot at the box office. We have yet another horror film trying to get in on the action along with a sequel to a very fun action movie …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of September 19 - September 25

Harley Lond - wrote on 09/20/17 at 12:59 PM CT

"Wonder Woman": I'm in love with Gal Gadot. From the moment she first appeared in the "Fast and the Furious" films, my heart skipped a beat. Warm, loving, strong and gorgeous to boot. Now that she's Wonder Woman, there's even more to love. And while I don't have a hot spot for comic book hero movies, I must admit that I now have a soft spot for the standalone "Wonder …

Coco, Fifty Shades Freed and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/20/17 at 09:35 AM CT

Fall is nearly upon us (despite the fact it's still going to be in the 90s around here), and that means one thing - Oscar bait! Okay, we have a little time left, but, believe me, soon enough we're going to be inundated with period dramas, historical epics and inspirational true-life stories. But, for this week, we can breath easy, and the MPAA can give us something to talk about with the latest …

Weekend Box Office: It Remains Champ as American Assassin Opens Solid, Mother! Stumbles

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/17/17 at 05:45 PM CT

Last week's box office champion, and multiple record-breaker, It, remained the top film at the box office by a wide margin. American Assassin managed a decent opening in the second-place spot amidst the competition while Darren Aronofsky and Jennifer Lawrence didn't find much love for Mother! The continued success of It means the box office continues to show strength after a disastrous …

New in Theaters September 15: Mother!, American Assassin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/14/17 at 06:57 AM CT

With It taking the box office by storm, and breaking just about every record for a horror movie along the way, September, following a dismal Labor Day Weekend, is looking much stronger. Joining Pennywise and The Loser's Club this weekend will be Darren Aronofsky, with his own horror offering in the form of Mother!. We'll also join up with Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton and Michael Keaton in …

Flatliners, Bad Mom's Christmas, Darkest Hour and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/13/17 at 09:34 AM CT

I have to say, it has been kind of dull around here. A few things to talk about, but the box office was in the toilet and the MPAA ratings board was being a bit stingy. Now that It has exploded and made clowns scary for everyone again, maybe we can celebrate with a decent ratings update. Three, count 'em, three big movies - a remake of a classic early 90s horror about the dangers of playing with …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of September 12 - September 18

Harley Lond - wrote on 09/12/17 at 12:38 AM CT

Despite his contentious personal life, Tom Cruise, at 55, is still the golden boy of the silver screen. His movies -- even the flops -- end up making money when you factor in foreign revenue. His latest offering, "The Mummy," part of Universal's "Dark Universe" series re-imaginings of their classic horror films from the 30s and 40s, was a bomb for critics and U.S. audiences …

Weekend Box Office: It Breaks Multiple Records in Monster September Opening

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/10/17 at 07:23 PM CT

The movie It was always going to be a huge hit, but even the most favorable forecasts (which were floating around the $75 million mark) fell well short of the absolutely monster opening for the film. It broke a number of records (which I will detail below) but, more importantly, it finally got the box office out of its August/Labor Day slump. Yes, the rest of the box office was pretty dead - …

New in Theaters September 08: It, Home Again

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/07/17 at 06:43 AM CT

Our long, nation nightmare of diminishing box office returns is over! Well, in a few days at least. With Andy Muschietti behind the camera, the clown-induced terror of Stephen King's It is set to take the box office by storm - and should have no problem with creating a new September opening record. That's good news for Hollywood as August and Labor Day Weekend were some of the slowest in recent …

Mother!, The Mountain Between Us and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/06/17 at 10:33 AM CT

Now that the long nation nightmare of the sagging box office is sure to be behind us, thanks to the effort of a psychotic shape-shifting, child-murdering clown, we can turn our attention back to new movies. Darren Aronofsky is always a great choice when you want your movie to be dark and twisted, even if it stars Jennifer Lawrence. Meanwhile, Kate Winslet and Idris Elba manage to survive a plane …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of September 5 - September 11

Harley Lond - wrote on 09/05/17 at 03:40 AM CT

Two thrillers, a heart-wrenching love story, and a comedy anthology come to the fore this week. Mere months after delivering one of the definitive examples of film noir with "Kiss Me Deadly," Robert Aldrich brought a noir flavor to Hollywood with his classic adaptation of Clifford Odets' stage play, "The Big Knife" (1955). Charles Castle, one of Hollywood's biggest …

Labor Day Weekend Box Office: Hitman's Bodyguards Leads Slowest Holiday in Nearly 20 Years

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/04/17 at 01:04 PM CT

We bid the summer a final farewell as we have with much of August - with an ultra-sluggish box office. The Labor Day Weekend saw no film open in over 1000 theaters, thus Hollywood was prepared for a slow weekend. Even so, the box office was grim - with the worst Labor Day weekend in 17 years (a bit better than the worst Labor Day Weekend in 20 years that was predicted). That's right, the $51.5 …

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