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CRANKY SEZ: At least this week we can say "most of this week are limited releases, timed to the Tribeca Film Festival." That means you'll never see 'em. We, actually, were booked to see most of the releases a month ago. That's when all the residual medical crap from old injuries turned my life into a month that was, shall we say, very unpleasant. It is 25 years since my neck was broken, the first of three times. Age is finally starting to catch up to other disabilities. <feh> We got halfway through writing up the one (bad) film we've seen for this week and, heck, y'all just check this homepage most of the time so that's all we wrote this week. As usual, we just slog through all the indies and try to find you good ones, in addition to the name-brand stuff. We hope that's all right.

NEW WALLPAPERS: Even more pages of images from next week's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. plus more images from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Rio 2, and posters from the forthcoming reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

NEWS and STUFF: Chewbacca (aka actor Peter Mayhew) has signed on to Star Wars Episode VII.

[LAST] WEEKEND BOX OFFICE TOP TEN:   Three weeks in theaters. three weeks at Number One for Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($26.612 millions this weekend/ $201.53 millions total), Still in second is Rio 2 ($22.5 millions/ $75.4 millions) , with newbies Heaven is for Real ($21.5 millions), Transcendence ($11.2 millions) and A Haunted House 2 ($9.1 millions) THE REST OF THE BEST: All dropping from the top ten are Draft Day ($5.900.000/ $19.548.000) fourth to sixth; Divergent ($5.75 millions/ $133.9 millions) sixth to seventh; Oculus ($5.2 millions/ $21.2 millions) third to eighth; Noah ($5 millions/ $93.3 millions) fifth to ninth, and God's Not Dead ($4.8 millions/ $48.3 millions) head for their eventual places on a Netflix download list

The Other Woman

The Other Woman stars Cameron Diaz, with Leslie Mann and Kate Upton as lover, wife and bimbo (in that order) to investment banker Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). The three discover each other and decide to turn the tables on the man. First time writer Melissa K. Stack sets up some good jokes but fails to follow through. We sense the potential for a great revenge comedy in this thing somewhere. It's just not what we saw on the big screen.

Brick Mansions

Brick Mansions, which has something to do with crime in Detroit was not screened for us grunts in the trenches (though there was one last minute show we could have begged and gotten in to. Didn't feel like begging this week)

The Quiet Ones

The Quiet Ones stars Jared Harris. It comes via Lionsgate which is now a balanced mainstream/ horror studio. Sometimes we get to see their films. Sometimes not. While The Quiet Ones may mix the two, we weren't offered and didn't ask for this one 'cuz we don't need the heart attack.

Transcendence stars Johnny Depp. More than that, we really can't tell you 'cuz yours Cranky is just a dumb old fart who couldn't follow the story (well, pretty much). Cranky's movie review

A Haunted House 2

We weren't invited to see A Haunted House 2 . . . then again, we weren't invited to see its predecessor, either. We thank God for small favors. And speaking of which . . .

Heaven is For Real

Heaven is For Real is the real life story of an eight year old who has a near death experience and sees dead relatives and Jesus.

Heck, we were a practicing white-boy Buddhist when we had the near death experience on September 15, 1988. Heaven is real. But Buddha wasn't there. Neither was Jesus. God, on the other hand . . . and that's all He would let us see. His hand . . . is very much real.

300: Rise of an Empire

300: Rise of an Empire is the second of what could be three films detailing the rise of a unified ancient Greece. While 300 detailed the battle of Sparta against the Persian Empire, Rise of an Empire sets the Persians against the other Greek city-states. Body parts and streams of blood blast out of IMAX 3D screens near you. Cranky's movie review

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and papers from the original, 300 movie are here

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Captain America The Winter Soldier

Captain America The Winter Soldier is, now that we've had a couple of days to think about it, a major step for Marvel ... It is the equivalent of old school James Bond films. Gritty and violent and, if you substitute Cap's shield for 007's gadgets, pretty much the same kind of good ride. If The Winter Soldier follows the comic book template, movie-only fans are in for a terrific ride by the time Cap 3 comes around. In the meantime, Cranky's movie review

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Grand Budapest Hotel

Yes, it has got a great commercial but The Grand Budapest Hotel, from the mind of creator Wes Anderson, will thrill only film student geeks. A tale of a time in the last century between the world wars, when the rich were catered to in hotel palaces in the grand cities of Europe. It left us feeling remarkably empty -- and we're a fan of Anderson's work. You want name brand stars? How about Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, F. Murray Abraham, Adrian Brody, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson and many more. You want murder and mystery and an epic chase by a determined police captain? Ah, if the execution were close to the concept, if the film were as enticing as the description we've written for it, said film would be a flat out masterpiece. But it isn't -- unless you're a film student who applauds the terrific effort made by director Anderson. Cranky Critic movie review.

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Mr. Peabody and Sherman

For the family dollar, Mr. Peabody and Sherman brings cartoon characters of fifty years ago from the small screen to the big screen. Cranky's movie review

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dom hemingway

Dom Hemingway stars Jude Law as a safecracker who spends 12 years in jail waiting for a promised payout from taking the fall on his last job. He doesn't get it. So, rather than becoming a standard revenge flick, Dom turns his life around and, well, makes a bet to crack an uncrackable safe. We had a full review done -- this one's a rental -- but Win8 burped and all was lost. Richard E. Grant co-stars.

rio 2

Rio 2 wallpapers are available. We were not able to attend the press screening of the film.

The Wind Rises

Animator Hiyao Miyazaki's final film, The Wind Rises is, unfortunately an "Art" film with a capital "A". A young man wishes to design flying machines that are things of beauty (and not as the Japanese Navy would have it in the 1920s or 30s setting of this film fighter planes). The love of his life is fighting her own life-or-death battle and the overall film is disappointing.

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A wounded cop on the edge of death is given new life in a new robot-tech-enhanced body in the all-new, all family friendly reboot of . The story would make any Frank Miller fanboy swoon -- Miller 's versions (sequels 2 and 3) are the basis for the reboot as an older generation classic is made nice for a demographically younger target audience. So . . . how works the all-new, family friendly Robo-film? Feel free to read. Cranky's movie review

Winter's Tale

Winter's Tale stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint, Russell Crowe, Will Smith in a love story that weaves reincarnation into the mix. To quote the woman sitting behind me: "This is Ridiculous." Cranky's movie review

Those seeking our comments on the December rush of movies now starting to release on DVD -- Gravity, All is Lost, American Hustle, August: Osage County, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Lone Survivor, The Hobbit and Mandela -- click here.


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