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New in Theaters October 30: Burnt, Our Brand is Crisis, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/29/15 at 06:47 AM CT

Last week was a major disappointment for new releases as just one film managed to crack the top five, and could only muster up a fourth-place finish. There are three new movies coming out this weekend looking to turn things around - and all three are comedies; one that mixes in horror, one the mixes in politics and one that mixes in... cooking. Yes, hopefully audiences are in the mood to laugh, b...

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The Good Dinosaur, Burnt, Creed, Krampus, Arms and the Dudes and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/28/15 at 11:35 AM CT

Once again, so many movies to cover, I couldn't even fit them all in the title! Risen, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Nice Guys and Pixar's upcoming short, Sanjay's Super Team are also all getting their ratings this week. Wow, what a packed house - Burnt is getting rated literally just before it gets its Friday release, while many of the films in the bulletin aren't coming out until some ti...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of October 27-November 2

Harley Lond - wrote on 10/27/15 at 01:57 AM CT

This is quite a week for new Blu-ray releases and Blu-ray re-issues. First up is "Edgar Allan Poe's Black Cats: Two Adaptations by Sergio Martino & Lucio Fulci" Edgar Allan Poe's celebrated story "The Black Cat" has been the inspiration for numerous films over the years. But few adaptations are as stylish as those offered up by the twin Italian titans of terr...

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Weekend Box Office: The Martian Back on Top as New Releases Crash and Burn

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/25/15 at 09:33 PM CT

Man alive, was it ever a disappointing weekend at the box office. No new release could muster up a better result than 4th place and two of the new releases are now among the worst wide-release openings of all time. Because of the disastrous results, the overall box office was down 7.4% compared to the same weekend last year. You would think a potential Oscar candidate and some seasonal horror off...

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New in Theaters October 23: Steve Jobs, Rock the Kasbah, Ghost Dimension, Last Witch Hunter, Jem

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/22/15 at 06:56 AM CT

So many movies are coming out this weekend and I had to get creative to fit them all on the blog title (and I think I mostly succeeded). From Oscar hopefuls to Dwayne Johnson smacking down witches to Bill Murray finding humor (and singing) in Afghanistan - if you want to be pulled in five different directions this weekend, things are about to get very interesting. Granted, I think Steve Jobs is g...

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The Night Before and Chipmunks: The Road Chip in This Week's MPAA Ratings

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/21/15 at 11:07 AM CT

Once again there are only a couple films of note that get the ratings treatment this week. Both are targeting comedy audiences - one for the whole family, the other decidedly more adult. One yet another entry in a surprisingly popular series about singing rodents, the other is taking epic parties and putting a holiday twist on the debauchery. Family films always seem to have the edge - and I have...

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 10/20/15 at 01:16 AM CT


Good filmmaking, like all good storytelling, revolves around a set of themes as old as time: Among them the loss of innocence, revenge, triumph over adversity, love conquers all, good wins out over evil and humans vs. nature. If you add to the latter entry "dinosaurs eating humans," you've got the reason that "Jurassic World" crushed opening-weeke...

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Weekend Box Office: Goosebumps Scares Up Win, Bridge of Spies Solid, Crimson Peak a Horror Show

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/18/15 at 07:38 PM CT

The Crowded weekend proved my point that there is only so much room for winners and the remainder have to hope to pick up the crumbs. Too bad it was Guillermo del Toro who came up the loser over the weekend. Meanwhile, the holdovers really continued to impress things continue to look good for Steve Jobs on the heels of its wind expansion. It's going to get even more crowded next weekend- as if we...

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New in Theaters October 16: Bridge of Spies, Crimson Peak, Goosebumps, Woodlawn

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/15/15 at 06:49 AM CT

The box office has been dominated by Matt Damon and The Martian over the last two weeks but the film is about to get some major competition. From high-brow drama to Gothic horror to tween horror to uplifting inspiration - there's a little of everything coming out this weekend and I have a feeling it's going to be too much for The Martian to hand on. It will be interesting to see who wins this bat...

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Young Messiah, I Saw the Light and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/14/15 at 11:32 AM CT

After a veritable avalanche of ratings updates last week, things are calming back down. There are only two releases - one major and one limited (that could expand) film. Both films are heavy on the dramatics - one is a straight-up biography of a country music legend, the other is also a biography of sorts - a dramatic representation of the early life of a boy who would one day grow up to be a man...

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 10/13/15 at 03:59 AM CT


The Big One finally hits California in "San Andreas" and there's only one hero who can save the day: Dwayne Johnson. Johnson plays an LAFD rescue helicopter pilot who's estranged from his wife Emma (Carla Gugino) and despondent because his daughter (Alexandra Daddario) is on her way to San Francisco courtesy of Emma's wealthy new boyfriend. When a...

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Weekend Box Office: The Martian Continues to Soar, Pan Crash Lands

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/11/15 at 07:57 PM CT

Chalk another one up to Matt Damon and Ridley Scott as The Martian easily held on to the top spot at the box office. The only competition coming in was from Pan - and it looks like the origin story that nobody asked for got exactly what it deserved as it flopped pretty hard. The other big news over the weekend was the terrific limited debut of Steve Jobs. The latest from Danny Boyle (with Michael...

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New in Theaters October 07: Pan, The Walk Expands Wide

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/08/15 at 09:54 AM CT

A lot of fireworks lately as Matt Damon and The Martian almost set a new October record. I don't think that's going to be broken this weekend - which is too bad, because one of the new films opening this weekend also shares the honor of being the most expensive film to open in this particular month. Not that I think it's going to help his chances as I fully expect The Martian to repeat as the top...

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Batman v Superman, Danish Girl, Ghost Dimension, Rock the Kasbah and More in The Week's MPAA Ratings

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/07/15 at 01:05 PM CT

I asked for more and boy, have I been rewarded. A huge update this week featuring a whole slew of upcoming films - including DC's flagship film to compete with Marvel's cinematic universe, Dawn of Justice. Beyond that we have a potential Oscar nominee, horror, comedy, politics and animation. Quite the haul and quite the diverse lineup - if you are a fan of movies at all, there's sure to be someth...

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 10/06/15 at 02:34 AM CT


"Bram Stoker's Dracula Supreme Cinema Series" (1992), directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Richard E. Grant, Cary Elwes, Billy Campbell, Sadie Fros, Tom Waits and Monica Bellucci, is the first release under the new Sony Supreme Cinema Series banner. According to the studio, "The Supreme Cin...

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Weeked Box Office: The Martian Scores Near Record, The Walk Stumbles in IMAX

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/04/15 at 08:49 PM CT

It was good news for people who finally wanted a decent movie set on Mars. On the other hand, despite some good reviews, an IMAX-only opening put The Walk far in the shadow of Everest. Still, it was an excellent start for October not just because of The Martian, but also great news for the expansion of Sicario and the strong hold of Hotel Transylvania 2. All told, though no records were broken (u...

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New In Theaters October 02: The Martian, The Walk in IMAX

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/01/15 at 06:42 AM CT

September is gone and we welcome in October. Things should start off strong with Matt Damon in what looks like is going to be a strong sci-fi drama about surviving against all odds in the most harsh conditions imaginable. Plus, we have yet another film debuting on a whole bunch of IMAX screens before its wide release. Everest found success with this method and one has to wonder how many more film...

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