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New in Theaters August 31: Searching, Operation Finale, Kin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/30/18 at 06:59 AM CT

It's the last day of summer - well, not literally, but the end of August is upon us and with it Labor Day Weekend. This weekend sees the expansion of one film that did gang-busters in limited release, along with an action-packed sci-fi film. Neither are likely to have a huge impact on the box office, as I see the hold-overs doing the biggest business, but we'll see if that's enough to make this a...

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Indivisible, Assassination Nation and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/29/18 at 10:57 AM CT

Well, here we are again loyal followers, The Ratings Board has deigned to provide us with yet another update and lo, it is a bit light. Still, I guess two films to discuss is better than none - even if one is a stretch. I usually don't talk about the limited release films, but Assassination Nation looks so incredibly crazy, I just can't help myself. Otherwise, we have Indivisible, which, sadly, l...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of August 28-September 3

Harley Lond - wrote on 08/29/18 at 01:56 AM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:

"Book Club" is a pretty mundane and innocuous comedy about four lifelong friends whose lives are turned upside down when their book club attempts to shake things up by tackling the infamous "Fifty Shades of Grey." Diane (Diane Keaton) is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage. Vivian (Jane Fonda) enjoys her men with no strings attached. Sharon (Candice B...

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Weekend Box Office: Crazy Rich Asians Has Crazy Good Hold, Happytime Murders Bombs

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/26/18 at 05:26 PM CT

While it was an amazing weekend for the holdover films the exact opposite could be said for the two new films openings. Late-summer smash Crazy Rich Asians and The Meg both crossed major milestones while showing remarkable staying power. Meanwhile, Melissa McCarthy had the lowest opening in a lead role in the critically-maligned puppet noir. Things weren't rosy for boy-meets-robot dog flick A.X.L...

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New in Theaters August 24: The Happytime Murders, A.X.L.

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/23/18 at 06:42 AM CT

It has been a great August so far with The Meg and Crazy Rich Asians both performing above and beyond expectations, leading to a strong month in what is usually one of the slower months of the year. We'll see if Melissa McCarthy and some hard-bitten, very adult puppets can keep things going strong. I have a feeling it's going to be a hard sell, but anything can happen. There is also family advent...

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The Predator, A Simple Favor and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/22/18 at 09:09 AM CT

It's another low-key ratings update this week with the board gracing us with a couple of films worthy to discuss. One looks to be a decent reboot of a classic horror/action film - one I am interested in, anyway. The other is a small-town mystery that is aimed at women, but looks like the guys might be okay going along as well. It's not the biggest of updates, for sure, but quality-wise, I'm happi...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of August 21-August 27

Harley Lond - wrote on 08/21/18 at 05:25 PM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:

"Deadpool 2:" If you liked "Deadpool," then this sequel is just for you. Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA Deadpool) brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg, Cable. After losing the love of his life, 4th wall-breaking mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reyno...

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Weekend Box Office: Crazy Rich Asians Tops The Meg, Mile 22, Alpha Lag Behind

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/19/18 at 07:22 PM CT

It was a good weekend to be crazy and also rich and also Asian. Yes, Jon M. Chu's film, the first one to feature an all-Asian leading cast since The Joy Luck Club, lit up the box office in a big way. Meanwhile, The Meg kept making waves after it's big opening weekend while Mile 22 and Alpha had a bit more of a struggle to find an audience. Even so, this August continues to look good as the weeken...

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New in Theaters August 17: Crazy Rich Asians, Mile 22, Alpha

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/16/18 at 06:38 AM CT

It turns out I was wrong about Mission: Impossible - Fallout being the last big movie of summer -as The Meg has an exceptional opening. It's also looking like this weekend's Crazy Rich Asians is poised to be a big hit as well - and it will have just a bit of company with the action-heavy Mile 22 and the Ice Age adventure Alpha joining it. Still, it does look like Crazy Rich Asians, based on the p...

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Miss Bala, The Prodigy, Ya Veremos and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/15/18 at 09:48 AM CT

After the utter disappointment the ratings board brought me last week by offering up nothing to talk about, this week things are back on track with three major films to talk about. Interesting enough, two out of the three are quite far out and thus I don't have as much to talk about as I would like. One is remake of a Mexican film about a woman forced into the drug trade, the second is a horror/t...

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 08/14/18 at 03:57 PM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:
"Avengers: Infinity War": In this wildly imaginative sequel to "Avengers: Age of Ultron," The Avengers reunite to take on their biggest villain yet: Thanos, the "Mad Titan." After his minions fail to retrieve all the Infinity Stones to make the Infinity Gauntlet -- which will give him the ultimate power to destroy half the universe -- Thanos heads to Earth to g...

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Weekend Box Office: The Meg Takes a Big Bite, BlacKkKlansman, Slender Man Solid

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/12/18 at 08:26 PM CT

It was a monster weekend at the box office as The Meg shattered some woeful predictions and came out well ahead of pre-weekend estimates. In fact, it was almost a slam-dunk for the new films as both Slender Man and BlacKkKlansman enjoyed decent openings. Only Dog Days rolled over and played dead - landing outside the top 12. It was also a good weekend for milestones as Ant Man and the Wasp and Ma...

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New in Theaters August 10: The Meg, Dog Days, Slender Man, BlacKkKlansman

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/09/18 at 06:38 AM CT

Last week there were plenty of new releases, but pretty much across the board they all came in under expectations. This week brings us another rather crowded box office filled with giant sharks, a tragically-thin horror monster, cute dogs and Spike Lee's latest offering (sure to offend someone). But, once again, it's going to be tough to compete with Mission: Impossible. The best bet comes from T...

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A Bunch of Nothing in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/08/18 at 08:52 AM CT

If you haven't figured it out, A Bunch of Nothing is not the latest comedy from Paul Feig starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon as the voices in Channing Tatum's head that give him advice about love and life (P.S. - if you are Paul Feig and reading this, I totally get credit for this idea). No, a bunch of nothing refers to the complete lack of any major releases to talk about ...

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 08/07/18 at 03:07 AM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:
There's two by-the-book run-of-the-mill releases this week:

"Life of the Party" is a comedy vehicle for Melissa McCarthy and her fans. When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (McCarthy) turns regret into re-set by going back to college ... landing in the same class and school as her daughter, who's not entirely sold on the id...

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Weekend Box Office: Mission: Impossible - Fallout Tops Christopher Robin, Weak Newcomers

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/05/18 at 08:10 PM CT

The dearth of new releases over the weekend didn't challenge Mission: Impossible - Fallout at the box office as the Tom Cruise actioner easily topped Christopher Robin and The Spy Who Dumped Me - the only two new films to break into the top five. Still, it was 15% ahead of the same weekend as last year (which isn't too surprising as August 2017 was an exceptionally weak month) but I'm sure Hollyw...

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New in Theaters Aug. 03: Darkest Minds, Spy Who Dumped Me, Christopher Robin, Death of a Nation

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/02/18 at 06:46 AM CT

It's going to be a very busy weekend with four films premiering and one going wide after a successful limited release. And there's plenty for everyone to enjoy from comedies, to tween action, family fun, drama and even a documentary. But I have a sneaking suspicion that quantity is not going to triumph over quality and the box office isn't going to be too shaken up by all these newcomers. So Tom ...

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Mary Poppins Returns, Halloween, Mile 22 and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 08/01/18 at 08:51 AM CT

The dog days of summer are upon us, but the Ratings Boards is keeping things strong. Another three big ratings updates, including revisiting two popular characters, one an insane, monstrous, scary individual - and the other is Michael Myers. I mean, come on, a nanny who can fly, jump into pictures and break into song at any time?! Much crazier than a dude in a mask with a grudge against his siste...

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