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 […]

New Movie Releases

Starring: (Voices) Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade

Hotel Transylvania 2

The Story: Dracula tries to bring out the vampire in his half-human grandson. The Lowdown: If you saw the first film, you know what to expect. It's a largely bland, extremely frantic animated horror comedy aimed at kids and Adam Sandler completists.
Starring: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Magda Apanowicz, Daryl Sabara

The Green Inferno

The Story: South American cannibal tribe eats American environmentalists. The Lowdown: Trashy, boring, stupid — and on the fast track to worst movie of 2015.
Starring: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Andrew Rannells

The Intern

The Story: A bored, lonely retiree gets an internship at a Brooklyn startup. The Lowdown: A wandering, cheesy, maddeningly treacly tale of people feeling good about themselves. Pure pap.

Special Screenings This Week

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Starring: Albert Finney, Brenda Fricker, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, Tara Fitzgerald, David Kelly

A Man of No Importance

In Brief: Suri Krishnamma’s A Man of No Importance (1994) is one of those marvelous little movies that almost no one knows. It came out on VHS and laserdisc and was played frequently on the Sundance Channel back in the 1990s (with the unenticing plot synopsis, “A Dublin bus conductor tries to stage Oscar Wilde’s Salome in 1963”) and…
Starring: Heather Langenkamp, Ronee Blakley, John Saxon, Robert Englund, Johnny Depp, Amanda Wyss

A Nightmare on Elm Street

In Brief: The Thursday Horror Picture Show starts its two-film tribute to the late Wes Craven with A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), one of the classics of the modern horror film — and one of those that holds up best. It’s a film of surprising complexity — especially given its subtext about the fallout…
Starring: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, Marie Dubois

Jules et Jim

In Brief: Along with Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless (1960), François Truffaut’s Jules et Jim (1962) is probably the essential French New Wave film — and it’s possibly even more essential than Breathless, since it had a greater impact on content. Where Godard’s film was essential in defining the style of the New Wave movement, Truffaut’s defined both style and theme…
Starring: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard, Thomas Mitchell, Margo

Lost Horizon

In Brief: Even in the early 1970s, when I was in high school and was really keen on Frank Capra because of his then-recent (and none-too-reliable, I later realized) autobiography, The Name Above the Title, I was never as fond of his Lost Horizon (1937) as I was supposed to be. Seeing it on a…