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Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler January 21-27: Strange Mortdecai Boy Cake

  In Theaters.  Well, this week is juggernaut-free, which suits me just fine — not that I don’t understand the pull of last week’s newsmaking big winner. I just can’t join in the enthusiasm for it. Probably the most interesting thing this week is the chance to see whether or not Jennifer Aniston was “robbed” […]

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Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler December 31-January 6: January Is Upon Us

In Theaters. It was as inevitable as Dick Clark’s shrinking posthumous billing on New Year’s Rocking Eve that January would arrive bearing slim tidings mixed with the nuggets of expanding Oscar-bait releases that have yet too penetrate the provinces. Well, this week we get none of the latter (next week promises to be better) and […]

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Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler December 17-23: Wild Hobbit Annie at the Museum

In Theaters. And so it begins. The first flood of Christmasiana — clogging theater screens with Hobbits and Ben Stiller, a trickle of singing tots and one art title. And don’t forget, there’ll be another six titles hitting us on Christmas Day. These are perilous times we live in.     Unsurprisingly — especially since […]

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Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler November 26-December 2: The Theory of Horrible Penguins

In Theaters. One much-anticipated art title is pitted against two mainstream titles that may or may not be that anticipated in search of your Thanksgiving moviegoing dollars. I admit to still being a little mystified by the idea of spending your holidays at the movies. Oh, I understand it in broad strokes — it gives […]

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Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler October 29-November 4: Horns Saw Carrie Before Dear Nightcrawl­er

In Theaters. It’s Halloween week, and while the supposed big offering is last week’s dismal Ouija, there are still a couple of treats to be found among tricks — along with one dubious idea, two art/indie titles, and a pair of unknown mainstreamers.     Since it is a seasonal week, let’s look at the […]

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Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler October 22-28: St. Vincent Ouija Wick Pride

In Theaters. We get two mainstream titles of largely unknown quality this week and two art titles of known and pretty darn high quality — and of far broader appeal than last week’s lone (and already leaving) documentary. Before breaking out the crystal ball to look at the unseen mainstream offerings, let’s take some time […]

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Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler October 8-14: Kill Judge Alexander Dracula Happiness

In Theaters. Something tells me this week isn’t likely to be as strong in the mainstream department, but there’s a joker amidst those three that might surprise on starpower. (I seriously doubt there’ll be as pleasant a surprise as Gone Girl.) Maybe. The art side of the ledger is a harder call, but there are […]