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The Year in Film, 2016

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/29/16 at 08:53 AM CT

Well, with no new MPAA Ratings issued this week and no new wide release films coming out, either, I guess now is as good as any time to look back at the year that was. I could come up with a best/worst 2016 film list, but I have decided I just haven't seen enough films to make up a decent list so instead I will focus on some of the biggest stories of the year that helped shape the landscape of fi...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of December 27-January 2

Harley Lond - wrote on 12/27/16 at 02:00 AM CT

The NSA's illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency's employees, Edward Snowden, in the form of thousands of classified documents distributed to the press. A fascinating look inside the brilliant mind of whistleblower Snowden and the unveiling of the U.S. government's top secrets. The pulse-pounding thriller reveals the astonishing ...

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Christmas Weekend Box Office: Rogue One Dominates, Sing Soars, Passengers Solid

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/26/16 at 07:13 PM CT

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas (and/or related holiday) - the box office was certainly celebrating. I, on the other hand, had to deal with a nasty cold - and there's not spreading holiday cheer like sharing illness; it truly is the gift that keeps on giving. In any case, the crowded weekend was won by a holdover - and, of course, it's Star Wars, did you expect any less? But Rogue One ...

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New in Theaters December 23: Sing, Passengers, Assassin's Creed, Why Him?, Fences

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/22/16 at 06:51 AM CT

Hollywood is sure in the giving spirit over the Christmas Holiday weekend. As if the bounty of Rogue One isn't enough, no less than five films are opening, each trying to grab a slice of the pie. A big, animated offering looks to snag the family crowd away from Moana, a new sci-fi offering will try to fend off Star Wars, an action film based on a blockbuster video game franchise, a comedy and a d...

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Kong Skull Island, Fist Fight, Resident Evil, Boss Baby and More in the Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/21/16 at 09:23 AM CT

Ho-ho-holy cow I guess the MPAA is in the Christmas spirit because there is a large update this week, just before we can celebrate the holidays. In any case, we have a great mix: fans of big-budget blockbusters, comedy, animation and horror all have something to look forward to. In any case, this, along with the super-sized box office preview, means it's a good thing I'm in a festive, giving mood...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of December 20-December 26

Harley Lond - wrote on 12/20/16 at 01:56 AM CT

There's more coal than toys in this week's home entertainment Christmas stockings: Three lacklusetr, by-the-book examples of super-safe Hollywood studio filmmaking. There's Clint Eastwood's "Sully," a bio-pic about Captain Chesley Sullenberger, who glided his disabled airplane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River in 2009, saving the lives of all 155 peopl...

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Weekend Box Office: Rogue One a Force to be Reckoned With, Collateral Beauty Collapses

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/18/16 at 07:12 PM CT

There was little doubt that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was going to rule the box office over the weekend, but the question was how was it going to compare to last year's record-breaking The Force Awakens? While it was never going to reach those lofty heights, Rogue One still managed an impressive feat. Collateral Beauty, on the other hand, didn't deliver much of a sentimental punch. It was bett...

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New in Theaters December 16: Rogue One, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Collateral Beauty

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/15/16 at 06:42 AM CT

It's going to be a great weekend for film. While Rogue One is going to get the most attention (with it being likely the second-best December opening behind last year's Force Awakens), two Oscar-worthy limited-release films are getting major expansions. That would be Manchester by the Sea and last week's huge limited debut, La La Land. That leaves the weepy Collateral Beauty as the odd duck, and n...

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Lego Batman, Sleepless and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/14/16 at 09:54 AM CT

Greetings fellow film fans - it's finally cold outside (here anyway) so the only thing that can warm my heart are some great ratings updates. I can't say this week is providing the most heat, but it is suitable enough to ward of the chill, for now. Up front is a side-quel to one of the most unexpectedly awesome animated movies to come out in recent memory - The Lego Movie gets a spinoff featuring...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of December 13-December 19

Harley Lond - wrote on 12/13/16 at 02:49 AM CT

Since I'm not a big fan of superhero comic book movies, I was looking forward to the antihero "Suicide Squad," hoping this might be a DC Comics version of Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," set on the Earth rather than in outer space. While the premise is similar -- a group of misfits are assembled to fight a powerful evil threatening the existence of all life...

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Weekend Box Office: Moana Conquers Office Christmas Party, La La Land Huge in Limited Debut

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/11/16 at 11:46 PM CT

It was a three-peat win for Dinsey's animated Moana, which once again sailed passed the competition for the top spot at the box office. Still, it was a narrow victory with Office Christmast Party having a strong opening. The same couldn't be said for the two new wider opening films. Miss Sloane was an outright disaster while Nocturnal Animals delivered solid if not knockout results.The biggest ne...

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New in Theaters December 09: Office Christmas Party, MIss Sloane, Nocturnal Animals

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/08/16 at 06:47 AM CT

Feeling some post-Thanksgiving slowdown, last weekend didn't set the world on fire. Granted, the only new film was a niche horror that drew little in the way of attention. This week brings us a good, old-fashioned Christmas comedy, and not one, but two adult-targeting dramas (in an already-crowded market). For those who like to keep track of potential Oscar nominees, La La Land, one of the films ...

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Underwold: Blood Wars, Monster Trucks, Born in China and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/07/16 at 09:52 AM CT

After the tiniest update last week, it looks like things are back on schedule. We have a decent update this week with a decent amount of films to talk about. We have another entry in the Underworld series (the first since 2012), an, erm, interesting-looking film about alien trucks and the latest entry in the Disneynature brand. Not necessarily anything I'm personally looking forward to, but a wid...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of December 6-December 12

Harley Lond - wrote on 12/06/16 at 12:43 PM CT


"Jason Bourne," the fifth installment of the blockbuster franchise, sees the return of Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass. It's been 10 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) walked away from the agency that trained him to become a deadly weapon, and he su...

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Weekend Box Office: Moana Easily Tops Slow Post-Thanksgiving Box Office

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/04/16 at 09:18 PM CT

As I predicted (though it wasn't a very tough prediction), the top five films all stayed the same - though Doctor Strange fell a bit more than expected. Otherwise, the week's big release barely had any impact at the box office, though it was much better news for the latest limited release. Overall, compared to last year the weekend was in a near virtual tie with the top 12 from 2015. Things shoul...

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New in Theaters December 02: Incarnate

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/01/16 at 06:49 AM CT

I don't think this weekend is going to look a lot different than the extended Thanksgiving weekend. There is only one new film coming out in wide release, and it is a horror film that has had little to no marketing push as far as I can tell. Given that, it's not likely to have much of an impact on the box office. Thus, Moana, Fantastic Beasts and Doctor Strange all look to continue their winning ...

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