FilmCrave Movie Blog 11/2017

New in Theaters December 1: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/30/17 at 06:42 AM CT

Boy, this must be vacation week for Hollywood. First, the ratings board slacked off with barely a nibble and this Friday offers absolutely zero new wide release films. Thus, even though I will talk about Three Billboards, it really got its wide release last weekend (but I missed it and figured I owe one of the best movies of the year a mention). So if it wasn't for my oversight, it would really …

You Were Never Really Here and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/29/17 at 10:03 AM CT

I thought the MPAA Ratings Boards would have recovered from that Thanksgiving period, but apparently they ate a little too much. This week's bulletin is not just light - I have pretty much nothing to talk about. Even the one film worth mentioning is a stretch - and the rest, well, as someone wise once said if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. In any case, a whopping five …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of November 28 - December 4

Harley Lond - wrote on 11/28/17 at 02:57 AM CT

Director Steven Soderbergh's straight-ahead, hip, and very funny "Logan Lucky" is kind of a mash-up of "Ocean's Eleven," "The Informant!" "Magic Mike" and "Haywire," a roiling heist caper with off-beat characters, an absurd storyline, and a lot of craziness. Hoping to reverse a "curse" thatís hung over his family for generations, Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) hatches a plan …

Weekend Box Office: Coco Tops Justice League as Wonder Continues Strong Run

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/26/17 at 08:15 PM CT

Hope you got your fill of holiday goodness, because Thanksgiving is over and Hollywood certainly got their fill. It was no surprise that Disney's latest animated film ruled the long holiday frame, as Coco easily topped the box office. Justice League continues to somewhat struggle on the domestic front, but its overseas total looks much brighter in comparison. The expansions of a few limited …

New in Theaters November 22: Coco, Lady Bird, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/23/17 at 09:19 AM CT

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! As we enter into the Thanksgiving long weekend, one film is going to stand above the rest. Coco, the latest from Disney's Pixar brand, is going to easily top the weekend. Justice League was a superheroic letdown and Thor has been out plenty long enough. Coco should have no problem asserting itself. Meanwhile, two other films are going from limited to wide release - …

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Paddington 2, The Post and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/22/17 at 10:57 AM CT

Before you all get stuffed with turkey (or duck or turducken or ham or any other meat and/or meat substitute of choice) this Thanksgiving, let's give thanks that the MPAA board isn't slacking off. In face, joy to the world! the next Star Wars hath received its rating and there was much celebrating! Jedi aside, we also have the Paddington sequel and Steven Spielberg's latest about a massive …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of November 21 - November 27

Harley Lond - wrote on 11/20/17 at 10:05 PM CT

Happy Thanksgiving

There's three drab outings due this week -- and all three pretty much can be skipped in favor of this week's best bets -- a trio of cult classics and a collection of Bob Hope films -- listed below.

"The Hitman's Bodyguard" is a lackluster buddy film about a top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) who's called upon to guard the life of his mortal …

Weekend Box Office: Justice League Opens On Top, But Far From Heroic, Wonder Delights

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/19/17 at 05:47 PM CT

Despite the good will that Wonder Woman brought to the rather downbeat DCU, audiences didn't seem eager to reward the franchise. While Justice League easily took the top spot at the box office, it wasn't the knockout blow the franchise needed. Meanwhile, Wonder was a great counter-programming option and opened well above expectations while the animated The Star failed to crack the top five. It …

New in Theaters November 17: Justice League, Wonder, The Star

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/16/17 at 06:39 AM CT

Thor: Ragnarok has been dominating the box office for the past two weeks, but Marvel's god of thunder is going to face big competition from DC's ultimate team. That's right - this is the weekend we find out how DC's superhero super group matches up to Marvel. Justice League will go a long way to determining how the rival superhero franchise does after the success of Wonder Woman and whether Gal …

Pacific Rim Uprising, A Wrinkle in Time, 12 Strong and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/15/17 at 10:01 AM CT

There's a lot to cover this week as it looks like the ratings board is going to pile on the ratings before filling up on Thanksgiving. Besides giants robots and a universe-spanning adventure, we have high-stakes poker, Taliban fighting roughnecks, business complications in Mexico and... uh, crazy rich Asians. There's a lot to soak in, for once, and I don't mind having my work cut out for me - …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of November 14 - November 20

Harley Lond - wrote on 11/14/17 at 12:44 AM CT

"Wind River" is a well-written, well-acted and well-directed chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death. Written and directed …

Weekend Box Office: Ragnarok Repeats as Daddy's Home 2, Orient Express Both Open Strong

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/12/17 at 04:26 PM CT

The god of thunder easily slapped down four daddies and one legendary train, but the two new entries needn't feel bad - both opened above expectations. While the weekend was still down compared to last year, it was much closer this time around and with Justice League coming out next weekend, maybe November can finally deliver an up weekend at the box office. In general, however, there were no …

New in Theaters November 10: Murder on the Orient Express, Daddy's Home 2

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/09/17 at 06:40 AM CT

Thor: Ragnarok had no problem extending Marvel's winning streak at the box office last weekend. Still, not even the might of the god of thunder was enough to beat the same weekend last year, as the box office continued to struggle to match the 2016 numbers. This week brings us one remake of a classic mystery and one comedic sequel. Still, I have a feeling that Thor is going to be more than able …

A Star is Born and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/08/17 at 09:38 AM CT

Now that we've officially fallen back, my internal clock is messed up and I keep waking up to early and I have to drive home in the dark every night... and it seems the ratings board must be out of sorts as well, because this is a dull update. I mean, sure, I get to see the odd pairing of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in an update of a classic story about fame, and the price you pay. But, aside …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of November 7 - November 13

Harley Lond - wrote on 11/06/17 at 10:28 PM CT

It's been six years since the second in the "Cars" trilogy, "Cars 2," hit the big screen with a thud. Not as adventurous or exciting as the first in the series, "Cars 2" dropped the ball with a pat storyline and no heart. Well, with "Cars 3," I'm happy to report that Pixar has got its mojo back. Here's a terrific way to wrap up the three-part story of Lightning McQueen and …

Weekend Box Office: Thor Thunders to a Mighty Opening, Bad Moms Do Good

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/05/17 at 06:58 PM CT

Another Marvel film, another monster opening. The MCU had no problem extending its winning streak as Thor: Ragnarok opened easily in first place. Meanwhile, Bad Moms Christmas managed to dodge shaky reviews and opened about on par with the original film in a fine bit of counter-programming. LBJ crashed and burned in barely wide release while Lady Bird set a record in limited release. All told, …

New in Theaters November 03: Thor: Ragnarok, A Bad Moms Christmas

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/02/17 at 06:47 AM CT

October didn't produce any movies of note, with Blade Runner 2049 falling flat with some horror films providing the only spark (and, given the Halloween holiday, as they should) that saved the month from being a complete disaster. Still, it was another down month and Hollywood only has two more months to right the ship. The good news is that November is going to start off with a band as Thor: …

The Meg, Hurricane Heist and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 11/01/17 at 10:26 AM CT

Well, not too many treats on this Halloween update and the two movies that manages to squeak in are so far out, I really don't have much information to go on. In any case, we have a monster shark movie (the next Jaws?) and a daring robbery during a major weather event. Action and more action (with a dash of horror), so I guess you better like action as there are a bunch of other small releases, …

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