FilmCrave Movie Blog 11/2015

Weekend Box Office: Katniss KOs Creed, Good Dinosaur to Take Thanksgiving Crown

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/29/15 at 08:27 PM CT

Although there was plenty of fight at the box office over the long holiday weekend, it was once again Katniss who came out on top with Pixar having the top new debut and Creed coming out swinging as well. Hopes are high that going into December all three films will show some legs - considering the overall response from audiences, I think it's a good bet all these films will stick around until …

New in Theaters November 25: Creed, The Good Dinosaur, Victor Frankenstein

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/25/15 at 11:33 AM CT

There is plenty to give thanks for over the extra-long holiday weekend. Thanksgiving brings us a boxing icon in hard-hitting spinoff that may be a franchise starters, Pixar's latest offering that is likely to be just as popular as their previous films and a campy new take on a very old horror story. With Bond, Katniss and crazy Christmas hijinks also hanging around, it should be a very good …

The Big Short, Warcraft and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/24/15 at 08:35 PM CT

The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us! So what is there to be thankful for in this week's MPAA bulletin? How about the next, huge fantasy epic that might, just might, once and for all bring us a successful video game franchise that lights up the big screen. We also have a great ensemble in a true case of David vs. Goliath surrounding the credit and housing bubble that burst in the early 2000s. Not …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 11/24/15 at 12:26 AM CT

Happy Thanksgiving to all our FilmCrave friends.


"American Ultra" is an incredible waste of talent, squandering Kristen Stewart and John Leguizamo in a weak-kneed stoner version of the Jason Bourne series. Small-town nerd Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg playing, what else, Jesse Eisenberg) works at a shop 'n' go type market, spending his time getting loaded …

Weekend Box Office: Hunger Games Devours Competition, But Opens to Franchise Low

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/22/15 at 08:30 PM CT

Katniss and crew certainly didn't have any problem wrapping up their little series on top - but the result didn't quite as have as much fire as many were expecting. Meanwhile, a raunchy Christmas-themed comedy opened a bit soft while an adult thriller opened to even more disappointing numbers. One Oscar-worthy limited release got off to a blistering start while Bond took larger-than-expected …

New in Theaters November 20: Hunger Games Mockingjay, Part 2, The Night Before, Secret in Their Eyes

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/19/15 at 06:58 AM CT

For the last two weeks, Spectre and The Peanuts Movie have had the run of things. But James Bond is certainly going to meet his match in Katniss Everdeen as the final Hunger Games film bows and should have no trouble dominating the box office. Aside from that, we also have a trio of grown men behaving badly in what looks like a pretty hilarious comedy and an under-the-radar American remake of a …

Joy, Where to Invade Next in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/18/15 at 10:57 AM CT

Another light update this week - quite a few movies with ratings, but only two major films of note. The first is the third collaboration between director David O. Russell as well as stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper (with Robert De Niro also back on board) - that film has a good chance of at least being considered for the awards season as it comes out at the tail-end of the year. The …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 11/17/15 at 02:47 AM CT

Director Guy Ritchie's "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." isn't really "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." It's actually a feature film prequel to the very popular -- and hip for its time -- 1960s spy spoof TV series of the same name (starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum), and as such has to be evaluated as a standalone thriller -- U.N.C.L.E. doesn't appear until the fading …

Weekend Box Office: Spectre Continues to Dominate, Love the Coopers Leads Newcomers

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/15/15 at 07:17 PM CT

The one-two punch of Bond and Peanuts didn't let up in the second weekend. As predicted last week's two biggest films retained their hold on the box office. But because there weren't many fireworks from the newcomers, the overall box office took a 35% compared to last weekend, though things are certain to pick right back up with the final Hunger Games film on tap. There was more good news in …

New in Theaters November 13: The 33, Love the Coopers, My All American

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/12/15 at 06:46 AM CT

A week after James Bond struck serious gold with Spectre and family audiences where enchanted by The Peanuts Movie, we have three new entries trying to muscle their way into the top spots. Something tells me they are going to have a rather hard time as both films were more than well-received by audiences. The films coming out include a true-story drama, a Christmas-themed comedy and a an …

Kung Fu Panda 3, The 5th Wave, Point Break and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/11/15 at 09:24 AM CT

It's going to be another pretty decent bulletin this week as we look ahead (mostly) to next year on what could be some huge films. We have another YA adaptation that looks to pick up the torch following the exit of the Hunger Games, an animated sequel, a pointless remake and an early-spring horror. A nice mix of genres to start off November - hopefully a trend that continues for the rest of the …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 11/10/15 at 03:56 PM CT

"Trainwreck" is a tour-de-force for Amy Schumer, now riding high after her successful stand-up career and her Comedy Central series "Inside Amy Schumer." Here she plays an uninhibited magazine writer afraid of romantic involvement and commitment who finds herself starting to fall for the subject of a new article she's writing, a charming and successful sports …

Weekend Box Office: Spectre, The Peanuts Movie Start November Off with a Bang

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/08/15 at 08:28 PM CT

After a dismal October that gave us the worst box office numbers since 2007, a lot was riding on Spectre and The Peanuts Movie to resurrect the box office. A lot was riding on the two films and they delivered - the top 12 brought in $155 million (76% of that coming from the two new films) and coming ahead 6% of the same weekend in 2014 and a whopping 158% compared to last weekend. So give thanks …

New in Theaters November 06: Spectre, The Peanuts Movie

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/05/15 at 06:48 AM CT

One thing is for certain this weekend - James Bond is back and he's going to rule the box office. After two highly disappointing weekends, we should finally be able to add a bit of life back in to theaters thanks to two movies that are sure to ignite audiences. Spectre is the latest Bond film and has been getting major international attention (including a record UK opening). The other major film …

The Boss, Race in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/04/15 at 10:53 AM CT

After a couple of weeks of some pretty big updates, we're going to slow down with a minor update this week. There are a couple of major films getting ratings, but don't look for them any time soon as both aren't going to be released until next year (one earlier than the other). One looks promising - a biography of Jesse Owens with emphasis on his historic performance at the 1936 Olympic games. …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 11/03/15 at 01:45 AM CT

Mainstream critics -- and audiences -- went gaga over "Inside Out," an animated adventure that cleverly takes place in the brain of a young girl to show the pain and joy experienced by an 11-year-old who's uprooted from her fun-filled, happy life in Minnesota to move to grungy San Francisco with her parents. Inside the headquarters, the control center in the …

Weekend Box Office: The Martian Holds Strong as New Releases Continue Dismal Debuts

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/01/15 at 07:09 PM CT

If you thought last weekend was bad, better just skip to next weekend when Spectre (fresh off its huge international debut) is likely to reignite the box office. I know Halloween is supposed to be scary - but this weekend was a true horror show. The $62 million the top twelve brought in wasn't just running a hefty 22.5% behind last year, it's officially the worst weekend out of 2015. That was …

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