Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler November 25-December 1: Brooklyn Trumbo Frankenste­in Dinosaur Creed

In Theaters. This week we get three new mainstream titles and two art titles — and though I’ve seen none of the mainstream ones, I’ll say that the art titles are the things to watch, because I have seen those and they are among the best films of the year. No fooling. It’s one of […]


Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler November 18-24: Spotlight Secret Room Night Games

Once again the floodgates have opened and we are deluged with movies — three mainstream and two art titles. Of course, one of those mainstreamers is one of the year’s biggest Next Big Things: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2. This is one those movies that you “have” to see or suffer a violent loss of pop culture social status.

New Movie Releases

Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Tony Bellew


The Story: The illegitimate son of a boxing legend tracks down his late father’s one-time nemesis and longtime best friend Rocky Balboa to start his climb through the boxing ranks on his own terms. The Lowdown: With no surprises, this film shouldn’t work as well as it does, but a likable cast with some genuine…
Starring: (Voices) Raymond Ochoa, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Steve Zahn, Sam Elliott

The Good Dinosaur

The Story: A young dinosaur proves himself on a series of adventures. The Lowdown: If you're old enough to read this, you're probably too old for the very thin story being told in Pixar's latest.

Special Screenings This Week

Starring: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Donald Sutherland, Max Adrian, Michael Gough

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors

In Brief: Notable as the first Amicus Productions horror movie — and the first and best of their anthology films — Dr. Terror's House of Horrors is also, I confess, a kind of sentimental favorite. I saw it when I was nine years old and on my first — and, alas, only — date with…
Starring: Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz

Knife in the Water

In Brief: World Cinema is revisiting Roman Polanski's Knife in the Water (1962). I do not doubt (or even question) the importance of this film to the career of Roman Polanski, but I’ve never really enjoyed it. I was too young to get it at all when I first saw it in high school on…
Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi, Elizabeth Patterson, Sterling Holloway

Remember the Night

In Brief: It's only in recent years that Mitchell Leisen's Remember the Night (1940) has come into its own as a holiday film — and I'm not at all sure why it took so long. (The generic title, which could easily be confused with at least three other movies, may be part of the problem.)…