Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler January 27-February 2: Finest Fifty Shades of Nominated Panda

In Theaters.  You know things are looking grim when the most promising mainstream release of the week is the third film in an animated series. OK, we do get the Oscar nominated short films, so that’s something, but we are clearly still in the winter of our discontent — again. Next week promises to be […]

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Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler February 10-16: How to Invade Zoolander Deadpool Next

In Theaters. This week’s Next Big Thing would seem to be wisecracking, R-rated superhero I freely admit to never having heard of prior to this movie. But there’s also the new Michael Moore documentary, a sequel I’m not sure anyone asked for, and something I’m pretty sure nobody asked for. While the Coen Brothers’ latest […]


Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler January 13-19: Norm of Benghazi Ride Along — and Farewell to Major Tom

In Theaters.  And you thought last week was bad? At least last week you got the expansions of Carol and The Revenant. This week — No such luck. In fact, no luck at all. It is so exceedingly grim that…well, you’ve certainly noticed by now that the featured image is from a movie made 40 […]


Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler December 30-January 5: This Is the Way the Year Ends

In Theaters.  So here we are celebrating the end of the year with exactly one new movie to choose from (not that there aren’t some pretty choice choices already out) — and because it’s from the Weinsteins, they’ve played around with when we’ll get it because…well, they’re the Weinsteins and they can. You may recall […]

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Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler January 20-26: Dirty 5th Anomalisa Boy — and Those Oscar Noms

In Theaters.  Count your blessings for movies that are still playing, movies that are being brought back, and Charlie Kaufman. Otherwise, this looks like a week that might challenge last week for sheer dreadfulness and maximum awfulness — and utter suckage. Last week could indeed go down in history. And not in a good way. […]


Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler December 23-29: The Big Christmas Flood — Including the Best Film of the Year

In Theaters. It’s Merry Christmas at the movies week and to prove it we are on the receiving end of no less than seven new movies — five mainstream and two art titles. Six of them open on Friday, and one on Wednesday. Move over Star Wars. Owing to the time of year, I’ve also […]


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.