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CRANKY SEZ:   We're spending our time ripping through a stack of DVD screeners for films that want end of year award mentions. Thanks for sticking with what's left of nearly 25 years of writing this site and its predecessor. Unfortunately, we expect that the Donald Trump regime will cut off the medical and other support that has kept us functioning on one leg. The whole point of disability coverage is to help people, like me, try to get back on their feet (in my case, after three -- yes, 3 -- broken necks "events.")

The new America doesn't seem to want any of its old and broken citizens around anymore. We're good for another six weeks. Maybe.

[For those coming in late: We had hoped to get through the end of the year as usual, with reviews for you prior to a film's release. That is not going to happen. Cranky's right leg has stopped working. well enough to walk a couple of New York city blocks and get up and down subway stairs. The spinal cord damage disabling our leg also takes its toll on our back and its ability to sit in a movie theater seat for two hours at a time. Imagine, then, a day with four films to see and you understand our problem at this time of year. We will see what we can.]

Manchester by the Sea

Manchester By The Sea is being touted as the greatest film of the year . . .yeah, if you want to be stapled to your seat while this interminable film muddles through to its big surprise (which would be a great one, if the rest of the flm hadn't bored the utter junk out of us)

la la land

La La Land is, by comparison to the tilm at the left, the far superior sit. Screenwriters will contemplate t he one moment in their work where a story can go off in any number of directions. La La Land decides to take that point and follow it three ways . . . and does it so well that we didn't catch on until the film was nearly done. Emma Stone's character wants to be an actor (which means she's a waitress). Ryan Gosling's dude is a jazz musician who hates every bit of success that he gets (because he's a purist). And btw the film is a musical! The concept is brilliant. The execution not quite as much. Still, it isn't a bad couple of hours in the dark.


If you are of a certain generation, which includes yours Cranky, Natalie Portman's portrayal of Jackie Kennedy will bring tears to your eyes. The good kind. The kind that gets nominations and awards and stuff like that.


Apparently some old backup pages managed to get loaded from a time when an old ISP hit us with charges for too many downloads. $3000 worth of charges. It almost killed this site in the birthing progress. We will track down the bad pages but, based on the error messages I'm getting from paypal, no one has actually been billed the dollar (because the paypal account linked to the "bill" is long disconnected). How old were those pages? Approximately the year 2000. How they got back on line is beyond me.


Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge, from director Mel Gibson details the true story of a U.S. Army Medal of Honor recipient (Andrew Garfield) who never touched a gun throughout his military service and -- as a medic. saved 75 men in the brutal battle on Okinawa in 1945. It's been ten years since Gibson has made a film. He has made three in this one. One romance. One about a perceived coward. One about a hero. If it wasn't true you wouldn't believe it. ($6.50)


"You don't need toys to be happy "is, apparently, the message of Trolls, which is where parents should take the kiddies this weekend. What we said to the left applies here, too. We just didn't have extra screenings of Trolls to get to. When screened, from a DVD copy, we were not all that impressed


Loving, the true story of how interracial marriage became legal in these here United States. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga play the real life couple who moved from Virginia to Washington D.C. to get married, and then spent nine years fighint with their home state to get their union recognized as legit. KThe battle went all the way to the Supreme Court and the film gives a matter of fact telling -- which is its only flaw (!) We expected something more triumphant . . . which is why we write reviews instead of screenplays. Serious film. Good film. See it.

Girl on a Train

The Girl on a Train stars Emily Blunt, Hayley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux and Luke Evan. Think of it as a murder mystery-thriller based on a menage a trois with an extra player or two. The main witness? An alcoholic prone to booze induced blackouts. Blame director Tate Taylor for building his film with so many flashbacks that it becomes almost impossible to follow the story. Cranky says "pass".

american pastoral

American Pastoral is actor Ewan McGregor's move to the director's chair. His character is Jewish. Wife Jennifer Connelly is Catholic and daughter Dakota Fanning joins the radical Black Panthers in a film based on Philip Roth's novel about Jewish assimilation and the destruction of an American family by the 1960s. Unfortunately, the film's story is way too complicated to make sense -- especially when the creators have no understanding of the horrifying concept of assimilation (and you'd have to be Jewish to understand) that drive the story. Cranky says "pass".


Inferno is star Tom Hanks' third go-round as symbologist Robert Langdon (as he did in The DaVinci Code and in Angerls and Demons).


Before the Flood

So, y'know how scientists have been babbling about global warming and the End of Days? All the stuff you've been ignoring? Actor Leonardo DiCaprio and director Fisher Stevens team to look at what happens Before the Flood. Adults who don't mind the occasional documentary in their life will either agree with the concepts in the film or find new things to deny. Cranky's movie review


Priceless pits a down and out widower against a Texas based pimp. In the middle are two Mexican girls, probably illegal, definitely sold into the trade against their will and transported by our hero to their doom. It is a very slow paced film, not at all a "Faith Based" film, as it is being pitched. Wait to Rent.


whole truth

The Whole Truth stars Keanu Reeves as a defense lawyer. His client (Gabriel Basso) has been accused of patricide (meaning: killing his own daddy, played in flashback by Jim Belushi).

A BIG SURPRISE!!! ending is ruined by editing that only serves to confuse the story.

Something ate our review ... we hate Windows10 ... so take our word for it and wait to rent.


Have we mentioned that politicians are trying to outlaw the painkiller which has kept us alive since 1998? The glut of Oxycodone (aka Percocet) prescriptions is not just because users are getting high from the stuff.-- although we never have. We live in pain 24/7. That's what the pills are for -- It is because all the cokeheads of the 1980s now have careers and families and assets they couldn't afford to lose if they got busted with powder. So, the cokeheads moved to pills. After all, no one thinks twice if an aging person takes a pain pill. We know it is true because we've had to cut off our ex-cokehead friends, all of whom would sidle up to us and say : "You couldn't possibly need all that Percocet; good friend good buddy good pal. My migraine headache is just killing me. You can spare half a dozen pills, right?" We swear on a bible that that junkie-like bit if begging is true. Those friends are no longer friends.

The Cranky Critic, since 1993 . . .           To Be Continued . . .


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