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Slow MPAA Ratings Update While Mortal Kombat and Demon Slayer Form Potent Box Office Punch

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/28/21 at 09:55 AM CT

After Godzilla vs. Kong provided a much needed shot in the arm to the box office, this week provided more encouraging news that maybe people are willing to get back out to theaters. While Mortal Kombat was the top draw (despite middling reviews and its availability on HBO Max) it has some surprisingly fierce competition in the form of the anime Demon Slayer, which was close on its heels. …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of April 27 - May 3

Harley Lond - wrote on 04/26/21 at 09:05 PM CT

"Wanted for Murder/ Cast a Dark Shadow": Death and seduction are the themes of these newly-restored thrillers from the golden age of British noir. "In Cast a Dark Shadow" (1955), Dirk Bogarde stars as “Teddy” Bare, a smooth-talking cad who maintains a life of leisure by preying on a series of lonely, wealthy women. But the headstrong sister (Kay Walsh) of one of his …

Conjuring, Separation, Profile, Here Today and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/21/21 at 11:33 AM CT

An impressive lineup from the ratings board this week, especially considering how slow the past few weeks have been on the ratings front. But before we get to that, our box office update is once again all about Godzilla vs. Kong.

The monster mashup continued to easily top the box office in its third week with $7.8 million (dipping another 43.5%) and raising its domestic total to over $80 …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 04/19/21 at 11:23 PM CT

Crisis (2021) Three stories about the world of opioids collide: a drug trafficker arranges a multi-cartel Fentanyl smuggling operation between Canada and the U.S., an architect recovering from an oxycodone addiction tracks down the truth behind her son's involvement with narcotics, and a university professor battles unexpected revelations about his research employer, a …

A Small MPAA Ratings Bulletin - Box Office Still Ruled by Godzilla vs. Kong

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/15/21 at 07:05 PM CT

There's not much excitement to be has in the MPAA Ratings Update - not a single new wide release got a ratings release and there isn't even any good streaming titles to talk about so we're going right into the box office.

Last week Godzilla vs. Kong brought a much-needed boost to the box office, which is still struggling to overcome the Covid blues. In fact, one of the biggest stories to come …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 04/13/21 at 06:58 AM CT

Suffused with intoxicating romanticism, "History Is Made At Night" (1937) is a sublime paean to love from Frank Borzage, classic Hollywood’s supreme poet of carnal and spiritual desire. On the run through Europe from her wealthy, cruelly possessive husband, an American (Jean Arthur) is thrown together by fate with a suave stranger (Charles Boyer) -- and soon the two are …

Black Widow, The Tomorrow War and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 04/07/21 at 10:59 AM CT

In the most encouraging sign yet that the box office is getting back to normal, Godzilla vs Kong offered the first real evidence that people are willing to go back to the movies. With a pandemic-era record $48.5 million - the film set records for biggest opening day ($9.6 million on Wednesday), biggest single day ($12.5 million on Saturday), biggest three-day ($32.2 million) and biggest five-day …

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 04/05/21 at 09:39 PM CT

"The Man in Search of His Murderer" (1931) Prior to emigrating to the U.S., where he would make such classics as "The Spiral Staircase" and "The Killers," Robert Siodmak took a familiar black comedy premise and transformed it into a diabolical thriller. Heinz Rühmann, employing his trademark persona of the childlike naïf, portrays Hans, a despondent young man who decides …

The Forever Purge and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 03/31/21 at 12:04 PM CT

Things may be getting closer to being back to normal at the box office. There is still a ways to go and while dates are still being shuffled around, the overall trajectory is definitely on the upward swing. Case in point, for the first time since Covid closed down most theaters, all top five films grossed at least $1 million. Better news, Godzilla vs. Kong scored some major wins overseas and all …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of March 30 - April 5

Harley Lond - wrote on 03/29/21 at 09:47 PM CT

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman) lives quietly among mortals in the vibrant, sleek 1980s - an era of excess driven by the pursuit of having it all. Though she's come into her full powers, she maintains a low profile by curating ancient artifacts, and only performing heroic acts incognito. But soon, Diana will have to muster all of her strength, …

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