FilmCrave Movie Blog 12/2018

Weekend Box Office: Aquaman Washes Away Competition as 2018 Ends Strong

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/30/18 at 08:22 PM CT

Aquaman had little competition and easily topped its second weekend in row. It was another good sign for DC as their cinematic universe continues to look better after a rough start. Mary Poppins Returns and Bumblebee also held strong while Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hit a major milestone and Clint Eastwood likewise had reason to celebrate. Neither Vice nor Holmes & Watson were able to …

New in Theaters December 28: Holmes and Watson, Vice

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/27/18 at 06:42 AM CT

After the long Christmas holiday, December is closing on a more quiet note. Granted, both of these movies were actually released on Christmas Day, so they have been playing for most of the week already. That is the Sherlock Holmes comedy the reunites Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly and the awards-season friendly Vice, which finds Christian Bale transforming into the commander but not-in-chief …

Christmas Weekend Box Office: Aquaman Dominates, Mary Poppins, Bumblebee Strong, Marwen Bombs

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/26/18 at 07:24 PM CT

It was a long Christmas box office, thanks to the holiday landing on a Tuesday and there was little surprise that Aquaman dominated both the weekend and Christmas period. Settling for runner-up status, both Mary Poppins Returns and Bumblebee couldn't compete with the might of Atlantis, but both had respectable, if somewhat lower-than-expected totals. Second Act played well among women, but …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of December 25 - December 31

Harley Lond - wrote on 12/25/18 at 04:08 AM CT

Happy Holidays
Because it's Christmas, there's only two releases of note this Tuesday:

"White Boy Rick" (2017), starring Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rory Cochrane, Eddie Marsan, Bruce Dern and Piper Laurie. Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, the film is based on the moving true story of a blue-collar …

New in Theaters Dec. 21: Aquaman, Bumblebee, Mary Poppins Returns, Second Act, Welcome to Marwen

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/20/18 at 07:13 AM CT

WIth a big 'ol holiday time frame ahead of us (as in Christmas and New Years), Hollywood is gearing up for what it going to be a jam-packed finale for 2018. We've already had some big films, but this week brings us a whole avalanche of new and expanding films. Aquaman, which has already conquered the international box office, looks to to the same on the domestic front. Mary Poppins Returns looks …

Arctic Justice, Penguins and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/19/18 at 06:55 PM CT

This is the last bulletin of the year, people, so get your party hats on and let's go wild! Okay, not too wild, because the final two movies worthy of talking about are both clearly in the family category. We have another Disneynature offering, this time taking on the dapper black-and-white Antarctic birds and, speaking of cold-weather fun, the other film is an animated arctic tale about taking …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of December 18 - December 24

Harley Lond - wrote on 12/18/18 at 06:49 PM CT


"Venom" is another slam-bang comic book movie -- here the very popular evolution story of Marvelís most enigmatic, complex and badass character. Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is a broken man after he loses everything, including his job and fiancee. Just when his life is at its lowest, he becomes host to an alien symbiote which results in extraordinary superpowers -- …

Weekend Box Office: Spider-Man Swings Into Record Books, Mule Solid, Mortal Engines Stalls

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/16/18 at 08:01 PM CT

December is going to be a busy month for new releases and things got off to a swinging start as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse opened to a record December opening (for an animated film). Clint Eastwood's latest actor/director two-fer The Mule got off to a solid start while the fantastical Mortal Engines stalled before it could even leave the starting line. Ahead of its domestic debut, Aquaman …

New in Theaters December 14: Mortal Engines, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Mule

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/13/18 at 06:40 AM CT

After a nice bi-week last weekend, in which no new wide releases even graced the big screen, Hollywood is now gearing up for some major year-end releases. This week gives us the action-packed Mortal Engines, the hotly anticipated animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the Clint Eastwood drama The Mule and even a new version of Deadpool 2 - with a more family-friendly PG-13 rating. The rest …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of December 11 - December 18

Harley Lond - wrote on 12/13/18 at 02:17 AM CT


"The Equalizer 2": Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles as the elusive Robert McCall, a man who delivers vigilante justice for the underdog. This time McCall's past cuts especially close to home when thugs kill Susan Plummer -- his best friend and former colleague. Now out for revenge, McCall must take on a crew of highly trained assassins who'll stop …

Happy Death Day 2U and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/12/18 at 09:25 AM CT

C'mon, Ratings Board, you can't be in holiday mode for the rest of the year. I mean, last week I actively struggled to come up with a film to talk about. This week is ever-so-slightly better in that the lone movie to talk about is at least a wide release, but I mean, can't you throw me a few more bones? The magic number is always three - not too many, not too few. Anything else is either making …

Weekend Box Office: Ralph Threepeats on Lazy Weekend; Aquaman Conquers China

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

As there were no new wide releases over the weekend as December braces for an onslaught of new releases, the top five remained exactly the same as last weekend, but with obviously lower grosses across the board. But Hollywood can breath a sigh of relief - this was only the second lowest-grossing weekend of 2018 with the top 12 bringing in $77.8 million - at least above the Feb. 2-4, which had a …

New in Theaters December 07: Schindler's List 25th Anniversary Re-Release

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/06/18 at 06:41 AM CT

Because the rest of December is going to be jam-packed, Hollywood must of wanted a bi-week. That is why we are getting no new wide release films in theaters. The only film getting any kind of wide release is the re-release of Steven Spielberg's powerful drama, Schindler's List, in celebration of the film's 25th Anniversary. Thus, I have a feeling that once again the box office is going to look …

The Beach Bum and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/05/18 at 09:50 AM CT

It's another one of those weeks where the MPAA Ratings Board is really making me stretch to finds something interesting to talk about. There is not a single wide-release film among the bunch, so that's right out the window, so I guess I'll pick the most interesting limited release film, the latest from gonzo director Harmony Korine (with films like Gummo, Julien Donkey-Boy and Trash Humpers all …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of December 4 - December 11

Harley Lond - wrote on 12/04/18 at 04:39 PM CT


"Mission: Impossible -- Fallout": It's refreshing -- after months of Black Panthers, Avengers, Ant-Men and Deadpools -- to have a superhero that's actually human. Well, not quite -- Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt is several notches above most mortals in his ability to run like a gazelle, drive a motorcycle and a helicopter like a pro, jump across buildings in single bounds, and …

Weekend Box Office: A Ralph, a Grinch and a Creed Lead Slow December Opening

Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/02/18 at 08:20 PM CT

With just a single new wide release over the weekend, and a horror film at that, the box office looked very similar to the Thanksgiving weekend with but a single shift among the top five films. Granted, all the top five films also fell (some more than others) while last week's huge limited release champion, The Favourite continued a mighty run as it expanded to more theaters. All in all, not the …

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