Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler November 6-12: How All Is Lost 12 Years About Time

It looks like awards season is upon us, since two of the heaviest hitters are opening this week. There’s also a third art title for our viewing, a sort of mainstream/art hybrid and a big-budget blockbuster that’s already conquered most of the rest of the world. Actually, life looks pretty good this week — cinematically speaking.

Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler October 30-November 5: Ender’s Last Free Birds Fight

While civilization attempts to recover from the embarrassing fact that Bad Grandpa is the number one movie in the country, we find ourselves faced with something of a slight week as concerns new movies hitting town (next week is slated to be a very different proposition, I assure you). This week we get three mainstream titles, one art title and a sort-of-art title.

Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler October 23-29: We Are Bad Grandpa Counselors

If you take a look at the Upcomers in the print edition, the week looks pretty crowded, but three of those titles are part of the second edition of The Carolina’s “Music Madness” mini-festival. Not to minimize those — there’s some choice stuff in this second set — but that only leaves us with three full openings: two mainstream and one art title. (There was supposed to be one more, but the distributors changed their minds.)

Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler October 16-22: A Week of Some Note UPDATED

This is an odd week in a number of ways. First of all, there’s something unusual in terms of approach with a collection of music films. Then we have one art title — an unusually fine documentary — and three mainstream ones, which is no shock. But on top of that those happy Weinstein pranksters have hit us with another of those curious, out-of-nowhere split bills.

Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler September 11-17: Ain’t Them Bodies in a World Still Insidious

Well, this is certainly tastier than last week, which produced the absolute worst grosses I’ve seen in … well, a very long time. This week looks better. I say that based on both things I’ve seen and my level of interest in at least one thing unseen. This is also one of those weeks in which there are, I fear, more art titles than the market will bear.

Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler September 4-10: This? This Is It?

Unless there’s something hiding in the recesses of the listings I haven’t seen — thanks to Labor Day — this has all the earmarks of being the lamest week of 2013. We have one mainstream title and one documentary headed our way. It’s not really surprising — the summer is over and awards season hasn’t started — but that doesn’t keep it from being dispiriting.

Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler August 28-September 3: Spectacular Closed Crystal Fairy War

OK, this is an odd week in a couple of ways. Not only are there too may “art” titles opening — four is just more than the market will bear — but exactly what is opening in the supposedly mainstream realm is still open to some question, and that’s a question that won’t be answered till sometime tomorrow.

Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler July 24-30: Way, Way Back to Wolverine Station

Here we have a week with some slight — and very minor — confusion, but we’ll get to that later. What we know for sure is that this week finds two of the season’s most anticipated art/indie titles hitting town and the next Big Budget Would-be Blockbuster. That’s three movies — and one more that might show up yet — which is something of a relief after last week’s flood of movies.

Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler July 10-16: 20 Feet from Pacific Rim Grown Ups

This week we have the good, the potentially good and the almost certainly dismal. At one point yesterday, we had a fourth option. Then we didn’t. Then we did again. Finally we didn’t. If that confuses you, just be glad you didn’t have to deal with the flurry of calls and emails that surrounded the movie that isn’t opening. Anyway, let’s look at what we do have.