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CRANKY SEZ:   In 1993, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert gave two enthusiastic thumbs up to a film that I thought was an utter piece of crap; not worth two bucks to rent. The "dollar rating system" formed in my head on the way out of the theater and I posted my first review on CompuServe's Entertainment Drive forum. Two years later I was working for eDrive -- this five years after the third time my neck was broken -- and the trademark The Cranky Critic ® came to be. Ebert liked the name. He was an early enthusiast of this site -- I've got the emails on an old computer to prove it -- and here we are twenty-something years later, pretty much done.

           Those that have followed this site for the last year or so have been privy to my descriptions of how the disabilities in my legs, from a neck broken three times, are getting in the way of . . . doing this job. I booked only one film for this week, Tomorrowland, and then I was going to close up shop. Monday, the day of the screening, my right leg stopped working. Not fully paralyzed but disabled enough that normal walking can no longer be taken for granted. So that's it. From here on out, rather than calling it quits, I will review as much as I can, but I can't promise with reliability to get even the major releases covered before they hit your local theaters each week. I will get to as many press screenings as will have me -- or that I can actually physically get to -- but, failing that I'll catch up with as many academy screenings as I can manage. That will have me about a week or two behind on most of the stuff I miss. That's the best yours Cranky can do for now.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Even with a four day box office weekend and the star power of George Clooney above the title, newbie Tomorrowland pulled in a disappointing $33 millions, pushing last week's best, Pitch Perfect 2 ($30.830 millions/ $109.597 millions) to second. Mad Max: Fury Road ($24.815 millions/ $88.255 millions) drops second to third and newbie Poltergeist ($22.600 millions) enters the chart in Fourth. In its fourth week Avengers: Age of Ultron ($21.691 millions/ $404.861 millions) drops to fifth Fifth   THE REST OF THE BEST: The Age of Adaline ($15.0 millions/ $39.9 millions), Hot Pursuit ($3.6 millions/ $29.0 millions), Furious 7 ($2.232 millions/ $347.125 millions), Far from the Madding Crowd ($2.200 millions/ $5.448 millions), Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 ($1.875 millions/ $65.698 millions), Home ($1.753 millions/ $168.068 millions)

 

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Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland stars George Clooney. What was a big hunk of the original Disneyland makes a pretty looking movie with a choppy to uneven story. We asked around.

Poltergeist

Poltergeist, remaking one of the greatest thrillers ever made, wasn't offered up for review. That should tell you all you need to know.

Mad Max Fury Road  Ex Machina  Far From the Madding Crowd   Furious 7  the avengers: age of ultron   Pitch Perfect 2  

The last month or so, listed left to right, as critics in general preferred them: Mad Max Fury Road; Ex Machina; Far From the Madding Crowd; Furious 7; Avengers Age of Ultron and Pitch Perfect 2. Box office wise, Pitch Perfect 2 is top of the list.

We're trying to patch our self back together as best we can.

 

 

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