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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 […]

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Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler November 11-17: Heart of the 33 American Coopers

In Theaters. To judge by this week’s mainstream releases, it would be easy to conclude that we are somehow being punished for our sins — real or imagined or maybe even sins not yet committed. The truth, of course, is that the SPECTRE juggernaut is still with us. Worse, the final — really, no foolin’ […]

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Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler September 30-October 6: Sleeping with the Sicario Martian

In Theaters.  OK, here it is — the first week of the real fall movie season and we have one mainstream release, one expanding to mainstream art title and one little art title of some note which is likely to be crushed under the combined weight of those two. That’s assuming it isn’t already going […]

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Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler July 29-August 4: Mission Infinitely Polar Vacation Lego Experiment — and More

In Theaters. It started out as a simple week — two mainstream titles (including one potential juggernaut) and three art titles. Then one of the titles (the less likely) decided it needed a Wednesday opening for reasons that are anybody’s guess, since neither the date, nor the movie is special. Oh, but it didn’t end […]

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Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler September 2-8: A Refueled Mistress America Walk in the Machine

Art films aside, just how bad is the current crop of movies? Well, when you consider that Jurassic World, Inside Out, Pixels, Southpaw, and Dope are all being re-released this week, you know things are grim. (No, this does not mean all of those films are opening locally. At this point, the only one I know that’s coming here is Inside Out.) That said, there’s one very bright spot in the local mix on the art front.