FilmCrave Movie Blog 12/2011

New Movies to Crave: Something Old, Nothing New

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/30/11 at 02:29 PM CT

So, hopefully no one is looking forward to anything new to ring in the new year, as there are no new wide release films coming out this weekend. Instead, I'll touch on the two films that came out over Christmas that I so thoughtlessly neglected last week and we'll call it even.

1) Steven Spielberg did a little double duty last week. The Adventures of Tintin came out Wednesday while War Horse …

The Many Reasons to "Like" Facebook Integration on Filmcrave

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/29/11 at 02:02 PM CT

Hopefully by now all users are aware that has recently completed their integration with Facebook. Knowing it's there and taking advantage of it are two different things, but we think users will be more than happy with the results.

The results are immediate - by being a member of Facebook, you're already a member of by simply using the Facebook login button. You …

New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases to Crave: Enjoy Your Final Destination with Apollo 18

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/28/11 at 10:22 AM CT

After the huge push right before Christmas, it looks like the new releases are being dialed down for New Year's. In fact, unless you happen to be a fan of questionable horror films, you may as well go to the theater or stay home with a bottle of champagne.

1) I was hoping we were finally done with this particular series, but apparently death just isn't in the mood to give up so easily. Final …

Holiday Weekend Box Office: Mission: Accomplished Ghost Protocol, Dragon Tattoo, Tintin Disappoint

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/27/11 at 09:42 AM CT

After opening with a bang in mostly IMAX theaters last week, Tom Cruise and co. officially made a hit out of Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. It turns out that maybe audiences weren't in the mood for graphic rape and torture as, despite heavy marketing, David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo couldn't best Sherlock Holmes or The Chipmunks.

Ghost Protocol stood out above the …

Celebrities and Their Favorite Movies

Daniel Corleone - wrote on 12/26/11 at 05:15 AM CT

After watching Open Court on TV, I decided to create a blog since it seemed like a good idea. Shaq names Donít Be a Menace in South Central particularly mentioning the hot cheese scene, Kenny Smith cites Do The Right Thing, Steve Kerr says Shawshank Redemption and Charles Barkley states that he never gets tired of Braveheart, divulging that he just saw it three days ago.

Other sports …

New Movies to Crave Holiday Edition: Dragon Tattoo, Adventures of TinTin and Ghost Protocol Face Off

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/21/11 at 10:41 AM CT

Hollywood looks to end 2011 with a bang instead of whimper. After Sherlock Holmes and Alvin and his Chipmunks failed to provide that much-needed spark, three high-profile films look to reverse those fortunes.

1) I've been looking forward to David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo since it was announced. From early set photos to the teaser trailer, TV spots, up to that full-length …

New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases to Crave: Fancy Midnight in Paris or Perhaps a Dolphin Tale?

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/20/11 at 10:44 AM CT

Need some last-minute gift ideas? It seems Hollywood will hear your call, as they decided to release a mountain of movies just in time for Christmas. Santa will just have to make room for a few more movies in that magical sack of his for the discerning film fan in your life.

1) Woody Allen returns to form with Midnight in Paris. I admit I've never been a big Allen fan when it come to movies - …

Weekend Box Office: Holmes and Chipmunks Deliver Weaker-Than-Expected One-Two Punch

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/18/11 at 11:14 PM CT

Audiences sent a mixed message to established franchises over the weekend, with Sherlock Holmes and Alvin and the Chipmunks opening lower but Mission: Impossible looking very strong in a limited showing.

Debuting in first, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows took in $40 million, which isn't a bad opening at all, but can only be seen as a disappointment when compared to the $62.3 million the …

New Movies to Crave: Holmes is on the Case Again, Chipmunks Get Chip-Wrecked

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/16/11 at 10:40 AM CT

Will Sherlock Holmes and a trio of furry rodents be able to elevate the box office out of these winter doldrums? I have a feeling audiences have just been itching for some big names to bring them out of this funk.

1) I have no problem saying that Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows will win the weekend. Big names, big sequel, plenty of action - this is the cure for the winter blahs and I figure …

Golden Globes Are Out: So Who Is In and Who Gets Snubbed?

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/15/11 at 04:26 PM CT

While the Golden Globes and Oscars don't always go hand-in-hand, the Globes are usually a fairly accurate predictor for the latter awards. If that is the case this year expect good news for The Artist, The Descendents and The Help.

While The Artist may have led with six nominations, both The Help and The Descendents followed close behind with five nominations each. The Artist is up for Best …

New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases to Crave: A Panda, Some Apes and a Frightening Vampire Await

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/13/11 at 01:18 PM CT

Hopefully you're in the mood for either something furry or something with fangs, because that's what you're going to get out of the new releases this week.

1) I have to say, one of the most surprising films of the year for me was Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It was actually a lot better then what I was expecting it to be. The story and action elements were done quite well and the special …

Weekend Box Office: The Sitter, New Year's Eve Drops the Ball

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/11/11 at 06:25 PM CT

Yes, there has to be a #1 movie at the box office, but considering the numbers, there's a good chance no one is going to be in the mood to celebrate. If totals hold, this will be the second-lowest grossing week of the year.

Although it opened in the top spot, the $13.7 million debut for New Year's Eve is nothing to shout about. It was far less than the $56.3 million opening for Valentine's …

New Movies to Crave: Enjoy New Year's Eve W. Tinkers Tailors Soldiers & Spies Don't Forget a Sitter

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/09/11 at 10:18 AM CT

After a week off from any new wide releases, Hollywood gets back into the swing of things by offering a trio of divergent new movies. Whether any can knock Twilight off its perch remains to be seen.

1) Even though TInker Tailor Soldier Spy is only opening to a limited audience over the weekend, it's getting by far the best reviews, and it's too bad more people won't be able to enjoy this spy …

What's Your Flavor?

Daniel Corleone - wrote on 12/07/11 at 09:54 AM CT

I wonder how my fellow members in Filmcrave watch their beloved movies and the reason for the specific genre. Do you rent? Purchase the following formats: Betamax/VHS/laserdiscs/DVDs? Watch on cable like HBO, Starz Movies and the like? Watch in theaters? Download films on the net? The list goes on and on, and it may vary depending on what you prefer.

Lately I have been interested in much …

New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases to Crave: Get Help for Cowboys & Aliens, Penguins and The Hangover II

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/06/11 at 10:16 AM CT

Another week, another boat load of new releases to pour over. If someone has made a list, be sure to check it twice because odds are in the coming weeks, something is bound to come out to please the film fan in your family.

1) One of the biggest surprises of the year, The Help, makes its debut. One of the few films this year to take the top spot at the box office three weeks running, The Help …

Weekend Box Office: Breaking Dawns Keeps Top Spot, Muppets, Hugo Hold Strong

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/04/11 at 08:49 PM CT

With no new films in wide release this weekend, the box office was nearly the same this week as last week.

Once again The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 held on to the #1 spot at the box office. With an estimated $16.9 million, the film has now grossed $247.3 million and will break the $250 million mark in the next few days. Notable is that this is the best third weekend for any …

New Movies to Crave: Have You No Shame?!

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/02/11 at 10:21 AM CT

I'm sensing a strong feeling of deja vu is coming to the box office this weekend. Why, you ask? Because all the new releases coming out aren't exactly what I refer to as "crowd-pleasers". Also, as all these films are going to be released on a limited basis, most people probably won't even have the option to see them, but anyway:

1) Up front is Shame, which is not going to find a wide audience …

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