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The MPAA Practices Social Distancing with This Week's Update

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/15/20 at 10:29 AM CT

With so many films getting moved off the table, it's going to be getting harder and harder to find a whiff of a wide release any time soon. Frankly, I'm impressed the last three weeks have provided anything to talk about - but this week finally caught up, the first week without a wide release in sight. A handful of limited releases and nothing else - that is what greets us on this update. I hope …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 04/14/20 at 06:42 AM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:
"Underwater" and "Just Mercy."

THIS WEEK'S BEST BETS:
Widely recognized as the source of the Frankenstein myth, the ancient Hebrew legend of the Golem provided actor-director Paul Wegener with the substance for one of the most adventurous films of the German silent cinema, "The Golem" (1920). Suffering under the tyrannical rule of Rudolf II in 16th-century Prague, a …

Irresistible and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/08/20 at 10:53 AM CT

At this point in time, I'm thankful for any movie I get to write about. Trolls World Tour just came out On Demand and Disney has announced they are skipping theaters for Artemis Fowl, which will debut on Disney+ later in the year - and haven't ruled out doing the same for other films (New Mutants has long been rumored to be moved to Hulu). Yet even with a theatrical landscape - movies still need …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 04/07/20 at 06:54 AM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:
"Little Women," "Dolittle" and "Cats."

THIS WEEK'S BEST BETS:
The most personal film by the underworld poet Jean-Pierre Melville, who had participated in the French Resistance himself, the tragic masterpiece "Army of Shadows" (1969 -- France), based on a novel by Joseph Kessel, recounts the struggles and sacrifices of those who fought in the Resistance. Lino Ventura, …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of March 31 - April 6

Harley Lond - wrote on 04/04/20 at 03:49 PM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:
"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" and "The Current War: Director's Cut."

THIS WEEK'S BEST BETS:
"Fist of Fear, Touch of Death" (1980) has been released this week in a 40th Anniversary Edition. A subgenre of 1970s cinema, Bruceploitation clung to the box office success of the Bruce Lee legacy after the star's untimely demise in 1973, utilizing Lee lookalikes and …

Fatima, The High Note and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/01/20 at 12:36 PM CT

At this point, it seems like it's easier to keep track of how many films have been taken off the schedule rather than the ones that are still there. As it stands, even though the following wide-releases are still scheduled to come out in the coming months, don't be surprised if they are moved around as well - or go straight to streaming or VOD as it stands. Thus, the religious-themed Fatima and …

Scoob! and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/24/20 at 10:58 PM CT

Theaters may be closed nationwide (and in several countries) but the ratings must go on. That being said, this week doesn't provide the most robust of offerings with but a single wide release - or at least it was at one point. Like oh so many films of late the animated Scoob! (and updated take on the classic Scooby-Doo) has been indefinitely shelved. I'm assuming it will come out in theaters …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of March 24 - March 30

Harley Lond - wrote on 03/24/20 at 12:40 AM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:
"1917" and "The Grudge."

THIS WEEK'S BEST BETS:
Described by critic Mark Kermode as an "extraordinary filmmaker" and "one of the UK's most imaginative talents," visionary British director Philip Ridley followed his sensational debut "The Reflecting Skin" with another surreal incursion into the dark heart of the "American dream" in "The Passion of Darkly Noon" (1995). …

Weekend Box Office: As Theaters Close Nationwide, VOD Becomes the New Norm

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/22/20 at 05:55 PM CT

This isn't so much a typical weekend round-up as a fond farewell (at least temporarily, one hopes) to the standard box office update. The Covid-19 epidemic has caused every major theater chain to close and, at this time, the vast majority of the 200 theaters still open are drive-in theaters. The official numbers from Box Office Mojo show grosses of $753,347 on Monday, $346,334 on Tuesday, …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of March 17 - March 24

Harley Lond - wrote on 03/20/20 at 07:07 PM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:
"Jumanji: The Next Level," "Richard Jewell," "Black Christmas" and "A Hidden Life."

THIS WEEK'S BEST BETS:
"Universal Horror Collection Volume 4" includes four tales of terror from the archives of Universal Pictures, the true home of classic horror. Boris Karloff ignites the screen as an inventor who is kidnapped by a gang of burglars and forced to help them commit …



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