FilmCrave Movie Blog 12/2017

New in Theaters December 29: All the Money in the World, Darkest Hour

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/28/17 at 06:41 AM CT

It's the end of the year as we know it, and I feel fine. So what if the two movies this week have technically been out for a few days. Darkest Hour went wide before Christmas, but there were so many damn movies to cover that weekend, that it kind of fell off my radar. All the Money in the World came out Christmas Day already, but I'm going to cover it here as well. Both films are likely to play …

Christmas Weekend Box Office: Last Jedi Tumbles, Still Easily Tops Jumanji, Pitch Perfect 3

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/26/17 at 07:16 PM CT

In what should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, Star Wars: The Last Jedi held on to its top position over the long Christmas box office period. What may come as a shock is how much it fell, especially compared to The Force Awakens. Granted, there has been a lot of audience backlash (which I am still trying to get myself), but even with the somewhat large decline, The Last Jedi is still …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of December 26 - January 1

Harley Lond - wrote on 12/26/17 at 12:27 AM CT


"Flatliners arrives dead-on-arrival: boring, mediocre, bland. A remake of the 1990 "Flatliners," which itself was not such a great film -- it was notable only for its assemblage of rising young stars: Keifer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, Kevin Bacon and Oliver Platt. Five medical students, hoping to gain insight into the mystery of what lies …

New in Theaters December 22: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Downsizing, Pitch Perfect 3 and More

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/21/17 at 06:50 AM CT

There is a lot of ground to cover, as Hollywood looks to blanket the Christmas holiday with plenty of new offerings. Jumanji gets an update, Matt Damon gets shrunk, the Bellas go out with a bang, Hugh Jackman delivers the Greatest Show on Earth, Owen Wilson and Ed Helms find out whose their daddy and Guillermo del Toro offers up another fantastical tale. There's something for everyone - and The …

Winchester, Peter Rabbit and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/20/17 at 09:42 AM CT

It's good to know that the ratings board is going all out before Christmas. There is a massive amount of ratings being handed out. Yes, a lot of ratings, but a bit light on substance. I have just two actual wide releases to talk about, one has Helen Mirren in a real-life haunted house tale as the widow of the Winchester fortune and maybe one hell of a curse. On the other hand, the animated Peter …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 12/19/17 at 03:03 AM CT


"mother!": What begins as a pastoral tale of a young woman (Jennifer Lawrence) with her husband (Javier Bardem) at their country house quickly turns brutal when uninvited guests -- a mysterious man followed by his wife -- arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. Things quickly spiral out of control when the son of the newly arrived …

Weekend Box Office: Last Jedi Dominates

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/17/17 at 06:55 PM CT

It was no contest as Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened in first place, missing records only set by The Force Awakens. Ferdinand, the only other new wide release nabbed second place, but it was a disappointment none-the-less. While The Last Jedi has been hailed by many critic as standing near the best Star Wars films, audiences have been a lot more bitter as Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB will attest. I, …

New in Theaters December 15: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ferdinand

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/14/17 at 06:49 AM CT

After several weeks of stagnation, the box office is going to get a huge shot in the arm with the release of the second film in the new Star Wars trilogy, The Last Jedi. Rian Johnson takes the reigns in what is sure to be a $200+ million opening and likely the biggest film of 2017. There is only one other new wide release scheduled, Ferdinand, an animated tale about a gentle, misunderstood bull. …

Alpha, Game Night and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/13/17 at 09:53 AM CT

I guess I'm not the only one excited about the new Star Wars movies. It's a short MPAA bulletin this week, but at least I have a couple of movies to talk about. One revolves around a group of friends who regularly get together for a game night, only to find themselves part of a very real murder mystery. The other sets us back to the early age of man - 20,000 years ago to be exact, in a story of …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 12/12/17 at 03:15 AM CT

There's a mixed bag of theatrical releases coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week. First up is "Detroit," Kathryn Bigelow's gut-wrenching take on the Detroit Riots in 1967. That summer, civil unrest starts to tear apart the city. Two days later, a report of gunshots prompts the Detroit Police Department, the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Army National Guard to search …

Weekend Box Office: Coco Makes it Three in a Row as Disaster Artist Expands Strong

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/10/17 at 08:04 PM CT

The box office really did look a lot like last weekend as the top three films remained unchanged as Coco, Justice League and Wonder were once again the champs. James Franco's The Disaster Artist had an excellent expansion, landing in fourth place while the geriatric comedy Just Getting Started was just a disaster, barely able to make it into the top 10. All in all, it was another quiet weekend …

New in Theaters December 08: Just Getting Started, The Disaster Artist

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/07/17 at 06:44 AM CT

Last week gave us no new wide releases and this week we're getting just one new film and one expansion. Thus, I have a feeling this weekend's box office report is once again going to look a lot like last weekend's box office report. I fully expect the likes of Coco, Justice League and Wonder to continue bringing in audiences. The lone new release, Just Getting Started is a comedy with a decent …

Downsizing, Den of Thieves, 15:17 to Paris and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/06/17 at 05:59 PM CT

After last week's near disaster of not having a thing to talk about, this week returns to normal with a trio of decent releases. Leading the charge is the latest from auteur Alexander Payne about going small to live big. There is also showdown between the law and an elite bank robbing crew with, of course, someone caught in the middle and finally we have a suitably topical drama about a …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 12/05/17 at 01:24 AM CT

There's two too-much-of-more-of-the-same films due this week: Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig return to "Despicable Me 3," the third in the animated franchise that lauched the Minions to Hollywood stardom. This outing is a little frayed around the sleeves, with little of the creativity of the first two adventures. Gru, joined by wife Lucy and their three adorable daughters -- …

Weekend Box Office: Coco Reigns Supreme as Top Five Repeat

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/03/17 at 06:49 PM CT

With no new wide releases in theaters, the top five this weekend was a carbon copy of last weekend. Coco held on on to the top spot handily, with Justice League once again taking the runner-up position. But there were some new movies as The Disaster Artist and The Shape of Water, both of which looked very good in limited release. And it was continued good news for Oscar hopefuls Lady Bird and …

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