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Sherlock Gnomes, Thoroughbreds and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/28/18 at 09:32 AM CT

Another week, another rather ho-hum update. I'm still waiting for the board to send me something with some meat on its bones - but this week I'll have to contend with an animated sequel and a should-eventually-get-a-wide-release upper class teen murder thriller. I guess I can't complain too much - two is better than none but I just keep hoping that one of these weeks brings me a really juicy upda...

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New on DVD and Blu-ray Week of February 27-March 5

Harley Lond - wrote on 02/27/18 at 03:55 AM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri": A darkly comic drama from Academy Award nominee Martin McDonagh ("In Bruges"). Three months after Mildred Hayes' (Frances McDormand) daughter is brutally raped and murdered, no one has been caught or charged with the crime. Angry and frustrated, Mildred buys three billboards on the outskirts of time and paints mess...

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Weekend Box Office: Black Panther Continues Record-Setting Run, Game Night Takes Second

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/25/18 at 07:59 PM CT

It wasn't surprising at all to see Black Panther on top of the box office for the second weekend in a row. What is surprising is just how strongly it continues to perform. Plus, the film shows little sign of slowing and it looks to continue to play strong well into March. Opening in second, Game Night had a decent opening versus such competition, but the same couldn't be said for Annihilation, wh...

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New in Theaters February 23: Annihilation, Game Night, Every Day

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/22/18 at 07:03 AM CT

With Black Panther continuing to set records well after its President's Day weekend run, that means the three new entries this weekend face an uphill battle and none look to have the ability to claim the top spot. Annihilation looks to be a head trip of a sci-fi/adventure/drama/fantasy - but also one that general audiences may not get behind. Game Night looks like a fun, comedic murder-mystery, b...

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Robin Hood, Mowgli and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/21/18 at 08:58 AM CT

With Black Panther slaying box office records - the MPAA Board must be enthralled because this week is another rather light update. At least I have a whopping two films to talk about this time - a gritty reboot of a classic tale (we all know how that has turned out recently) and yet another take on a different classic tale just two years after we already got a decent relaunch of the same story. S...

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 02/20/18 at 03:34 AM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:

"Daddy's Home 2": This static comedy is a sequel to 2015's comedy about a mild-mannered radio host trying to get his stepchildren to love him but whose plans get turned upside down when their macho biological father returns. After comedic one-upmanships, the two dad's finally get the co-parenting thing down -- which is where this one picks up.

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Weekend Box Office: Black Panther Ushers in New Era of Superhero in Record-Breaking Fashion

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/18/18 at 07:35 PM CT

There was pretty much no question that Black Panther was going to dominate the weekend, but even the most optimistic predictions were outdone by the outstanding performance of Marvel's latest blockbuster. Along the way, the film broke numerous records. That being said, while Black Panther enjoyed a huge weekend, the same couldn't be said for Early Man or Samson, both of which could muster single-...

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New in Theaters February 16: Black Panther, Early Man, Samson

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/15/18 at 06:45 AM CT

The wait is over as we welcome Marvel's latest and greatest, Black Panther. Call it buzz, call it hype, but it looks as if Black Panther is not only going to live up to early expectations, but, quite possibly, blow them away. Surprisingly it will face competition in the form of the claymation animated film Early Man as well as the latest biblical epic in Samson. Neither are likely going to make m...

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God's Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/14/18 at 10:02 AM CT

Alas, my pleas to the ratings board last week hath feel on deaf ears. Once again I am left with little to naught to talk about as there is but a single wide release in this week's update and, gag me, it's the next entry in the God's Not Dead franchise. I make no qualms about my disdain for faith-based films, especially those that take a not-so-subtle approach to their "message". Yet it is the onl...

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 02/12/18 at 08:01 PM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:

"Wonder": Based on the New York Times bestseller, the film tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade, overcoming bullies and showing that kindness ...

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Weekend Box Office: Fifty Shades Freed, Peter Rabbit Lead Modest Weekend

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/11/18 at 04:42 PM CT

Even without the Super Bowl attracting eyes, the opening February box office didn't exactly light the world on fire, coming in 32% behind the same weekend last year. Next weekend should alleviate those blues as Black Panther is set for a monster opening. The weekend still had good news - the Fifty Shades franchise crossed $1 billion worldwide and all three new openings topped the box office while...

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New in Theaters February 09: Peter Rabbit, Fifty Shades Freed, The 15:17 to Paris

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/08/18 at 06:41 AM CT

Let's face it, it has been pretty dull at the box office lately. While Jumanji and The Greatest Showman have shown plenty of resilience, there hasn't been many good, new movies to write about. Maze Runner was average, Winchester was a bust but it looks like things should finally pick up, and next week Marvel drops the Black Panther, which should really liven things up. Before that, though, we hav...

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The Humanity Bureau and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/07/18 at 09:44 AM CT

Just when I thought I could count on the ratings board to keep me in good spirits while the snow piles up and the temperatures drop... they have to give me bupkis, nada, nothing, zip, ziltch, zero - that's right, a big, fat goose egg. There are no wide release films this week - and just a single limited release film (starring Nicolas Cage, so you know it's a keeper!) that I am going to struggle t...

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

Harley Lond - wrote on 02/05/18 at 11:34 PM CT

FROM THE BIG SCREEN:

There's four unmemorable movies slinking off the big screen to home video this week:

First up is the sequel to 2016's sleeper hit "Bad Moms," about a trio of overworked mothers who took their wraithe out on the "good" mothers in their neighborhood. This time around, in "A Bad Moms Christmas," the moms rebel against the challenges and expectations at Christ...

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Weekend Box Office: Jumanji Back on Top Over Slow Super Bowl Weekend

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/04/18 at 05:37 PM CT

There aren't going to be a lot of fireworks at the box office. With only one new wide releases, the drama/horror film Winchester, it was a pretty lackluster weekend. Still, Jumanji and The Greatest Showman continued their respective great runs and Winchester, despite some blistering reviews, wasn't an outright disaster. The weekend is traditionally one of the slowest of the year, and this year wa...

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New in Theaters February 02: Winchester

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/01/18 at 05:26 PM CT

This weekend brings us one of the biggest television events of the year - grown men running, throwing and hitting each other with overzealous zeal - oh, and some pretty good trailers and commercials too! That's right - Super Bowl Sunday baby! And with most couch potatoes content to sit at home, yell at those grown men and eat unhealthy combinations of snacks, Hollywood isn't going to challenge th...

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Tomb Raider, Annihilation, Red Sparrow, Isle of Dogs and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/01/18 at 06:38 AM CT

Even though January isn't the most exciting month for movie releases in theaters, at least the ratings board has finally stepped up their game. There is a lot to digest in this week's releases, including a fantastical adventure, a sexy spy saga, the rebirth of an action heroine, a home invasion thriller, a comedy about parents vs. their daughters' virginity on prom night and a new animated film f...

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