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CRANKY SEZ: We let you down. Sorry. We've got a damaged spinal cord. Sometimes things don't work as they should. We will attempt to see the major releases each week and guide y'all accordingly.

While we're laid up, though, we've made significant additions to our NEW WALLPAPERS: beginning with two more pages packed with images from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. and more images from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Rio 2, too! And four 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.

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

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.

rio 2

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

Oculus    Draft Day

Neither the scareflick Oculus nor the Kevin Costner's starrer Draft Day were screened for us grunts. And they bombed. We thank the studios for the time off . . .

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

Click for the Cap: TWS trailer

Click for TWS trailer #2

Other clips and trailer bits from CA:TWS


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.

Click for the trailer of The Great Budapest Hotel


For the first time in 20 years of reviewing, our invitation to see a film, in this case Darren Aronofsky's take on the biblical tale of Noah was revoked. Yep, the studio wouldn't let us see the film. For the past year or so, Paramount has been making us bend over backwards and beg to see their films. No more.

dom hemingway

Dom Hemingway (ltd) 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.


Sabotage, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger was offered for screening . . . a month ago. We passed then because other major releases were in the way. It didn't screen again prior to release. It's Arnold. Things get destroyed. If the film does half of what you expect, well, that's all you need to have a good time, right?

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 Greeek 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

Click for the trailer of 300: Rise of an Empire

the raid 2

DO NOT MISS The First FIVE MINUTES of The Raid 2 or you will be totally lost. The next 80 minutes are nothing but action, all of which will leave all males under the age of 30 sitting in a puddle by the time it is over. We were so impressed by the action we tried to see the film a second time ... mostly because we missed two of the first five minutes. We failed. If you fit the abovementioned demographic, you shouldn't. Again: Nothing But Action..

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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Click for the trailer of Mr. Peabody and Sherman

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.

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.

Click for the trailer of The Wind Rises


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


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