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New in Theaters August 30: Closed Circuit, Getaway, One Direction: This is Us

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/29/13 at 07:11 AM CT

With The Butler taking the top spot two weeks in a row now, what are the chances of a threepeat? I think there is still a pretty good chance considering we've entered the no-man's-movie land of late August - September - often considered a dumping ground for mediocre-caliber movies. This week has three new entries coming out, though not a one of them holds much interest for me. I would maybe rent ...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of August 27-September 2

Harley Lond - wrote on 08/26/13 at 07:32 PM CT


The highlight of the week is definitely "The Great Gatsby," Baz Luhrmann's brilliant take on the novel that most everyone (from literary critics to Hollywood scions) said couldn't be made into a film (two abortive attempts preceded this one: 1974's version with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, and a 1949 version with Alan Ladd and Betty Field). But ...

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Weekend Box Office: The Butler Repeats, Three Newcomes Fail to Crack $10 Million

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/25/13 at 09:10 PM CT

It may not have been a shining crown for any of the three new wide-release films this weekend, but overall the box office posted a nice 10% increase from the same weekend last year. It really comes as no surprise as the three new films all targeted a pretty specific audience (two of which are fickle and one of which is very specialized). Don't look for the coming weeks to be much different as the...

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New in Theaters August 23: The World's End, You're Next, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/22/13 at 06:54 AM CT

Last week although we had another onslaught of new films at the box office, pretty much everything other than the dramatic, historic Butler fueled much interest in audiences. Unfortunately, I have a feeling the next few weeks are going to bring more of the same. This is the time of year where a lot of the films either appeal only to a niche audience or are simply dumped off because the studio did...

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 08/20/13 at 01:02 PM CT

Amour: This startlingly warm, honest, loving and eventually heart-wrenching drama by Michael Haneke ("The Piano Teacher," "Cache" and "The White Ribbon") stars Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva as octogenarians Georges and Anne, retired music teachers whose daughter (Isabelle Huppert) lives abroad with her family. When Anne suffers a stroke...

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Weekend Box Office: The Butler Serves Up a Win; Kick-Ass 2 Has Little Punch

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/18/13 at 10:16 PM CT

After a long string of box office wins, this weekend finally failed to outperform its 2012 predecessor. The top 12 films brought in $120.5 million, which translates to about a 5% decline compared to the same weekend last year. With only two out of the four new wide releases able to crack the top 10 (and one of those new films failing to even crack the top 12), it was a case of too much product, n...

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New in Theaters August 16: Kick-Ass 2, The Butler, Jobs, Paranoia

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/15/13 at 06:58 AM CT

Just like last weekend, this weekend features another onslaught of films that will attempt to sway movie-going audiences. An action-packed sequel, a dramatic historic biography, a saavy thriller and an... interestingly-cast biopic - last week didn't deliver that exciting of numbers and I have a feeling we might be experiencing deja vu all over again. Still, audiences can always surprise, so maybe...

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5 Films Where the Director's Cut Is Inferior to the Original

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/14/13 at 12:36 PM CT

I know film directors have every right to go back and meddle in their own affairs. Often, all that tinkering gives us a better product: more well-rounded characters, plot points better explained or just more of what we love. However, not every film benefits from this process. From unnecessary additions to bloated, over-long "epics" sometimes you're best left watching the original. Here are my pic...

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 08/12/13 at 08:58 PM CT

"Olympus Has Fallen":
This is the way 21st century action-adventure-thrillers should be made -- with real flesh and blood heroes who go above and beyond the call of duty to save the day -- no G.I. Jerks or Marble-headed Avengers here -- aided and abetted by great special effects, fast-paced editing and story line, and a lot of blood. Gritty action ...

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Weekend Box Office: Elysium Tops Weekend, We're the Millers Strikes Comedy Gold

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/11/13 at 09:52 PM CT

Even though August is usually considered a quieter month, the box office continued to show surprising success. All four major releases took the top four spots, helping the top twelve films gain an 8% increase from the same period as last year. It turns out there is room for four major releases, even if that meant the spread of wealth wasn't exactly equal. When the competition is this fierce, some...

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New in Theaters August 09: Elysium, Planes, We're the Millers, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/08/13 at 06:53 AM CT

Last week was another "up" week for the box office, but it was also one of the slowest weeks so far. This week should hopefully provide a few more sparks as two family titles, a comedy and a sci-fi film with a message all square off. That makes for a pretty crowded weekend, but with each film aiming for a different audience, there should hopefully be something for everyone out there. I know what ...

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Siri Answers My Burning Movie Questions: Answers are Apt, Terrifying, Hilarious

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/07/13 at 04:07 PM CT

Since I work during most days in a place that had ready access to a working iPhone, I decided to test out an experiment. Siri is supposed to be this kind of digital personal assistant who answers questions. I've found it, in most cases, to be more of a novelty than an actual useful application - and what more novel way to approach Siri than by posing it with some of the most well-known questions ...

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 08/05/13 at 08:11 PM CT

Is Jeff Nichols a modern-day filmic Mark Twain? Based on this film and his previous outing, "Take Shelter," the young director is a storyteller -- and creator -- par excel lance of the American myth. In this tall tale set in the South, best friends Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) find a mysterious man named Mud (Matt...

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Weekend Box Office: 2 Guns Shoots to the Top, Smurfs 2 Feels the Blues

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/04/13 at 09:44 PM CT

The summer is certainly winding down - August is traditionally a slower month and the first weekend is not exception. The $126.3 million box office was up about 11% compared to last year but the compared to previous weekends, its numbers are quite a bit lower. The top film wasn't able to crack the $30 million mark and most of the waves made by films come from some strong limited release films wel...

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New in Theaters August 02: The Smurfs 2, 2 Guns

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/01/13 at 06:50 AM CT

Now the summer begins the gentle slide into fall. Although there are some blockbusters to look forward to, August tends to be on the quieter side compared to June and July. Still, with the overall box office still looking in very good shape, this weekend, featuring a family-friendly sequel and yet another action film looking to give the genre some kick this year, August should start off well enou...

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