FilmCrave Movie Blog 10/2018

Destroyer, The Upside, Girl in the Spider's Web and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/31/18 at 09:54 AM CT

Another solid slate arrives this week as the MPAA Ratings Board gives us a lot of drama this time around. We have Destroyer, featuring another award-caliber performance from Nicole Kidman, The Girl in the Spider's Web attempts to revive an anti-heroine for our modern age and The Upside is a remake of a well-received French drama. That's a well-rounded update, and one I am more than happy to …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of October 30-October November 5

Harley Lond - wrote on 10/30/18 at 05:17 PM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:

"The Spy Who Dumped Me": It's been more than a quarter of a century since the brilliant "Thelma and Louise" hit the big screen, and you'd think that Hollywood would get the female-buddy-action-comedy film right after such a great start. But no ... especially not with "The Spy Who Dumped Me," a silly comedy about two 30-year-old best friends in Los Angeles, Audrey (Mila …

Weekend Box Office: Halloween Repeats as October Winds Down in Record Fashion

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/28/18 at 07:36 PM CT

It was no surprise that Halloween took the top spot for the second week in a row as audiences are definitely in the horror spirit. None of the new entries really has much of an impact as Gerard Butler's Hunter Killer barely managed to crack the top five while Indivisible landed well outside the top 10. In other horror news, Suspira, an art-house horror film if there was ever one, managed to snag …

New in Theaters October 26: Hunter Killer, Indivisible

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/25/18 at 06:37 AM CT

While October has rolled to some record territory, it is going to be the hold-overs that drag this Halloween box office. The two newcomers, submarine drama Hunter Killer and inspirational film Indivisible, aren't likely to stir up audiences. Rather, it looks like Halloween, Venom, A Star is Born and even Goosebumps 2 will likely once again rule the roost. It should still be a rather profitable …

Instant Family, The Mule, La Llorona, Eli, Mortal Engines and More in This Week's MPAA Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/24/18 at 10:04 AM CT

The MPAA Ratings Board is really getting into that Halloween spirit as a disproportionate amount of a major ratings are horror-related. This includes both original and remakes on the agenda. But, fear not, for there is also a comedy and a major blockbuster also getting their ratings due and helping to shake things up. All in all, this is a very loaded updated with a lot to talk about, so let's …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of October 23-October 29

Harley Lond - wrote on 10/23/18 at 03:20 AM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:

"Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" is "Mamma Mia!" five years on, based on the songs of Abba. Both a prequel and a sequel, the film tells two stories: present day as Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried) prepares for the grand reopening of her mother Donnaís (Meryl Streep) hotel and 1979 when young Donna (Lily James) first arrives on the island. Sophie learns about her motherís …

Weekend Box Office: Halloween Brings in October Gold, Hate U Give Expands Well

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/21/18 at 08:31 PM CT

No tricks, but plenty of treats as October continued on its record pace as Halloween helped deliver the second-best October weekend on record. Meanwhile, it was good news for The Hate U Give, which not only impressed audiences, but nearly cracked the top five while the final film (allegedly) of actor Robert Redford, The Old Man and the Gun, cracked the top 10. All told, the weekend brought in …

New in Theaters October 19: Halloween, The Hate U Give

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/18/18 at 06:47 AM CT

October has been off to a blazing start, with records and strong openings all over the place. This week it looks like the good times are going to continue to roll with the return of Michael Myers in a holiday-appropriate murder spree and the expansion of a film that has proven exceedingly popular in its limited-release run. If both films manage to perform as expected, I see no reason why this …

Possession of Hannah Grace, Train Your Dragon: Hidden Kingdom in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/17/18 at 10:19 PM CT

Another impressive list of MPAA Ratings this week - but not so impressive in the wide release movies. In fact, the list only has two major films of note - the next entry in the popular How to Train Your Dragon franchise and a creepy-looking horror film about working the graveyard shift at your local morgue. I can't complain too much, for as long as I have something to write about, it keeps …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of October 16-October 22

Harley Lond - wrote on 10/16/18 at 08:11 PM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:
"Ant-Man and the Wasp": 2015's "Ant-Man" was a welcome relief from all the heaviness of the regular Marvel Universe movies (Avengers, we mean you), what with a spirited action adventure, an exciting premise, spectacular special effects (not involving explosions) and the presence super-snarky Paul Rudd. This sequel con tunes the skein. Scott Lang (Rudd) is grappling with the …

Weekend Box Office: Venom, A Star is Born Continue to Shine; First Man, Goosebumps 2 Try to Survive

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/14/18 at 10:47 PM CT

It was a very familiar-looking box office as last week's champs Venom and A Star is Born bested on newcomers and once again took the first two spots over the weekend. First Man just edged out Goosebumps 2 for third and fourth place while Bad Times at the El Royale fell outside the top five and The Hate U Give had another solid expansion. All in all, it was mostly good news as October continued …

New in Theaters October 12: First Man, Goosebumps 2, Bad Times at the El Royale

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/11/18 at 06:40 AM CT

It was an opening October weekend for the record books last week when Venom and A Star is Born packed a whallop of a 1-2 punch and started the month off in record fashion. If that isn't enough excitment, this week brings us Ryan Gosling in a much-talked about biopic, a sequel to a family-friendly Halloween worthy film and what looks to be a Tarantino-esque thriller about a group of …

Creed II, Vice and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/10/18 at 02:56 PM CT

It's a pretty short updates this week, but at least there are some decent films in the mix to shake things up. We have a boxing legend and a new potential boxing legend teaming up for what is sure to be an exciting sequel. Then we have Christian Bale turning in yet another spectacular performance (and transformation) in a political figure that is reviled as much as respected. All in all, I'm not …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of October 9-October 15

Harley Lond - wrote on 10/09/18 at 10:30 PM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:
"Hotel Transylvania 3": Who would have thought that an animated feature about vampires and bats and slimy creatures -- rated PG, no less -- would spawn a delightful franchise for kids of all ages. The animation isn't as top notch as, say, a Pixar offering, but who cares when it's so much fun to watch creepy crawlys deal with all the minutiae of everyday life that we normals …

Weekend Box Office: Venom, A Star is Born Open to October Record Numbers

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/07/18 at 05:41 PM CT

It's true that both Venom and A Star is Born were tracking big heading into the opening October weekend, but wow, what a weekend it was. Despite the critics savaging it, Venom didn't struggle with audiences and meant it not only easily topped the weekend, but did so in a record-smashing way. Meanwhile, the well-received Star is Born landed in second in equally-impressive fashion and both …

New in Theaters October 05: Venom, A Star is Born

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/04/18 at 06:41 AM CT

Even though September wasn't the most exciting of month, it was still the second-best September on record. Thus we'll see if October can match or exceed those expectations. Things are starting off with a bang with two pretty big films hitting: Tom Hardy brings Venom to life - even if it's not part of the MCU (yet) while Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga hope for some awards-season love with the buzzy …

Glass and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/03/18 at 10:51 AM CT

The ratings board has another busy week, but this time around the quantity did not make for much action, as there is just a single wide release (at least with a solid release date) to talk about. It is at least a good one as M. Night Shyamalan followup to Unbreakable and Split comes together in a hopefully satisfying conclusion with Glass. And that is it - though there are plenty of limited …

New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of October 2-October 8

Harley Lond - wrote on 10/02/18 at 03:03 PM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:

"Sicario: Day of the Soldado": "The boys are back in town again" in this sequel to 2015's drug drama "Sicario." In the drug war, there are no rules -- and as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border, federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) calls on the mysterious Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), whose family was murdered by a cartel kingpin, to …



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