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CRANKY SEZ: . . . Santa's coming . . .Which will be a good thing if he brings us a new hard drive to replace the one that self-combusted last week. We've been working double time to fix things while working the critical equivalent of a fraternity hell week. Yep, it's "start voting for best of the year" time! That means more insufferable films than you will ever see, if you listen to what we've been writing these long fifteen years online.

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WEEKEND TOP TEN: Tangled ($21.5m/$96.4m) bumps Harry Potter ($16.7m/ $244 millions total gross) from the top grossing box office spot. Burlesque ($6.1m/26.9m),Unstoppable ($6.1m /$68.8m) and Love and Other Drugs ($5.7m/$22.6m) round out the top five. THE REST OF THE BEST: Megamind ($5/ $136.7m) Due Date ($4.2m/ $90.9m), Faster ($3.8m/$18.1m), The Warriors Way ($3.0m) and The Next Three Days ($2.6m/$18.3m) complete the Top Ten.

WALLPAPER DOWNLOADS: Yeah, yeah Harry Potter. Been there. Downloaded that <g>. This week we add Burlesque,   Black Swan, The Nutcracker in 3D  and   Tangled.  Looking towards the future there are papers from Tron Legacy, Captain America: The First Avenger,  Thor Green LanternGreen Hornet and the reboot of Conan the Barbarian

New Releases:
narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the third in the franchise by on kiddie novels by CS Lewis. Do not start here if you haven't read the books or seen the earlier films (which probably means you don't have kids). We started here... and sat through a film that seemed to pick random plot points out of its book source and referenced things from the first two movies (we'll ease up on that... never should've started with number 3).

tempest

The Tempest stars Helen Mirren in Shakespeare's drama of an exiled royal family, a magical storm, and political machinations that make everything better. Twisted to have a female royal pulling the strings may make traditionalists cringe; concentrate on the centuries out of date English and take the ride (better yet, wait to rent so you can go back and forth).

tourist

Screened so close to opening that we feared the worst, and riding a very fine line between ridiculously good and bad is an engaging thriller called The Tourist starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. A beautiful British woman picks up a American shlub on a train and, while Russian gangsters chase the pair through the canals of Venice, all followed closely by Interpol and British police, love develops. Nah (maybe) ... but 'nuff said. The Tourist is a ridiculously fun sit. Take a date. ($6.50/10)

barney's version

Apparently either you will detest Barney's Version (NY) as an emotionally manipulative male equivalent of a chick flick or you'll find yourself like Cranky who, for the first time in fifteen years of reviewing, found himself literally sobbing throughout the back  half of this film. Paul Giamatti stars as a television writer/producer (lousy to the former but terrifically successful as the latter) whose three marriages implode for different reasons. The film covers his adult life, including the mysterious disappearance of his best friend (Scott Speedman) and Barney's detective father (Dustin Hoffman) defending his son against accusations of murder. We're not giving anything away. There's a lot more to this film than that. Cranky's movie review

The Nutcracker in 3D

The Nutcracker in 3D stars Nathan Lane as Albert Einstein and Elle Fanning as his "niece" Mary, who must save brother Max from the evil clutches of the Rat King ... Yes, this is Tchaikovsky's music and a lot of his story. Terry Gilliam had nothing to do with this film but his influence on the next generation of filmmakers is all over it. Kidlets at our screening walked out beaming and declaring the film to be AWESOME! Cranky's movie review and Wallpapers here

Burlesque

Burlesque stars Christina Aguilera and Cher with Stanley Tucci and Kristen Bell is absolutely, positively not the worst of the year -- that gem came and went in a week and didn't have any stars in it. But if you want big stars in a flop the size of Showgirls, here you go !

Seriously. It's awful. If you're a fan of the stars, buy the sound track.

garden of eden

Hemingway's The Garden of Eden is based on an unpublished novel  by the legendary writer, discovered  after his death. It details the extended honeymoon of writer David Bourne (Jack Huston) and his beautiful wife, Catherine (Mena Suvari) Wife's gift to her husband is the beauteous Marita (Caterina Murino). Yeah, like that ... until it isn't.

all good things

All Good Things with stars Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella recreates, and adds its own solution to, one of the greatest unsolved murders in recent New York City history. Cranky's movie review

all good things

Black Swan is the first of the hard core Oscar(tm) wannabees. Starring Natalie Portman in a story of vicious competition for the lead spot in a NYC production of Swan Lake it is as much an exercise by director Darren Aronofsky to mess with your mind as it is anything else. Cranky's movie review

i love you philip morris

I Love You Philip Morris may be the least difficult of the three major film releases of the week to sit through, although those expecting a Jim Carrey comedy will be shocked to find the star helming a deeply romantic homosexual relationship. No surprise, it is quite  a good sit and could get Carrey is nomination

rare exports

Rare Exports is the quirkiest "Christmas-time" film we've ever had the pleasure of seeing. Way up north in Finland, Santa Claus is captured in a reindeer net and, when freed, takes revenge by kidnapping the local children. Even his elves -- all Santa look alike's -- get in on the act.Can the hunter and his son, who got this mess rolling in the first place, set all right and save Christmas? Or have the good folk of Finland been wrong about Christmas all along?

King's Speech

The Kings Speech stars Colin Firth as a badly stuttering Englishman whose wife (Helena Bonham Carter) lets her fingers do the walking to find help -- a "speech therapist" (though in the 1920s said category did not exist) played by Geoffrey Rush. Substitute "soon to be King of England" for the common man and you have another recreation of a true story which in this case will receive Oscar nominations all across the board. Of course, it is about a topic so specifically English that this American just didn't care. Just like a lot of classic Best Picture nominees. Cranky's movie review

fighter

The Fighter stars Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, the latter once a pro boxer who dreams of a comeback and a crack pipe; the former the only brother with any kind of boxing talent. Mom (Melissa Leo) supports the addict while new a new girlfriend (Amy Adams) gives the newbie the pair he really needs.