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CRANKY SEZ: As we update, word comes of the death of Mike Nichols (1931-2014), one of the few to win Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards; whose work crossed boundaries and gave the big break to stars like Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate). In his catalog, films such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Silkwood, The Birdcage, the Broadway production of Spamalot . . . just google and learn.

Awards-seeking wannabees start coming at us full throttle now --- nothing you will see until Christmas. Every critic's group tries to one-up the other and get their "best of" lists out first. Twenty years ago I could do five films a day. Now, medically, I can't. Why? I survived a broken neck in 1988; a second one in 1989 and a third as 1990 began. One accident. Two medically necessitated fractures. Some kind of "thing" was gonna catch up with me sooner or late, which would be now. It's a wretched time for everything to fall apart but I can't sit up more than about four hours a day. Do the math -- with every film studio rolling out the big guns, that rules out seeing three films a day. This will be the first year in 20 years of reviewing that we won't be able to live up to our own expectations for guiding you readers to movies that won't waste your time and money. I'm doing the best I can, as best as I can do it.

[LAST] WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Know Surprise, newbie seek well Dumb and Dumber To is numbr won with $38 millions taken in at the weekend box office. Last week's toppers, Big Hero 6 ($36 millions/ $111.7 millions) and Interstellar ($29 millions/ $97.8 millions) drop a position with newbie Beyond the Lights ($6.5 millions) entering at Fourth. Gone Girl ($4.6 millions/ $152.7 millions) drops Third to the bottom of the Top Five THE REST OF THE BEST: Steady at Sixth is St. Vincent ($4 millions/ $33.3 millions) as we wave bye-bye to Fury ($3.8 millions/ $75.9 millions), Nightcrawler ($3 millions/ $25 millions) and Ouija ($3 millions/ $48.1 millions). Back into the chart, Eleven to Ten, is Birdman ($2.5 millions/ $11.6 millions).

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Hunger Games Mickingjay Part 1

The Hunger Games -- Mockingjay Part 1 screened the day the "Arctic Knife" sliced through New York City. Combined with long-standing disabilities, we were left unable to move (literally) and missed the screening. As much as we disliked the first Hunger Games, we really liked the second film and were looking forward to the first part of its conclusion. Of course, you don't need a critic's opinion on a film of this magnitude. It is going to destroy all comers . . . and is long sold out in New York theaters. We have an industry screening next week This leaves . . .

the mule

The Mule (ltd), an Australian film with accents so thick even a knife couldn't cut through 'em. In it, a naive man attempts to smuggle 20 condoms packed with heroin, from a supplier in Bangkok to a dealer back home. Said dealer isn't the smuggler's usual connection -- which pisses off said connection. In the middle is Australian Customs, which quarantines the mule, suspecting what is essentially the truth. The film doesn't deliver the suspense you would infer from our description.

Dumb and Dumber To

Harry and Lloyd are back in Dumb & Dumber To, starring Jim Carrey as one of 'em and Jeff Daniels as the other. You know if it's to your taste from the first one. So not funny to yours Cranky that we passed. Apparently, the word of mouth is that this number two is, well, number two. That and short of jokes, as well.

The Theory of Everything

Every once in a while we close the books early: if The Theory of Everything, (ltd) which tells the story of Dr. Stephen Hawking and his love turned wife Jane, as they face (his) last two years of life with working legs. All the while she starts a family and he solves the Physics of Time. If the film doesn't win a lot of statues for lead actor Eddie Redmayne, and actress Felicity Jones, something is very wrong

Big Hero Six

A boy and his older brother's robot take on the mysterious killer of latter human in Big Hero Six. It's an adequate animated film, though two deaths early on make us warn readers not to bring six year old kidlets to the film. . The cute moments outweigh the creepy but, ultimately, the film is a rental offering.

rosewater

Rosewater, from teevee comic Jon Stewart is not a comedy. It is a tale of the imprisonment of a Newsweek journalist sent to cover political elections in Iran. A 74% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes for a film we didn't get to see. We asked around -- if Stewart's name was not attached, the film wouldn't survive the weekend.

Alexander No Good Horrible Day

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day based on the novel Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will please any parent whose kids have read or grew up reading (and are still young enough to be interested in) Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. That's not us but Cranky's movie review is here anyway.

 

Interstellar

Interstellar stars Matthew McConaughey. Paramount won't let us see their films so... on to . . .

The Judge

The Judge stars Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall as father and son who haven't spoken in twenty years, both members of the legal profession and one on trial for murder.

Oh you can figure it out. Getting through the setup is a grind but the back end lets both actors set off their own kind of fireworks. Film buffs see this. Everyone else wait and rent.

fury

Fury stars Brad Pitt in a film about a WWII tank crew. In one word . . .

Dull.

St. Vincent

St. Vincent starring Melissa McCartney and Bill Murray screened at the same time as the Alexander.... we went with the first invite we got and will catch up as best we can.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry. You're gonna go and you know it. We haven't been able to move for two weeks so we missed our screening. Disabilities suck

Left Behind

Left Behind remakes the Christian Rapture (apocalyptic) fantasy that was a low-budget, virtual direct to disc release five or six years back. For this telling, comic book aficionado Nicolas Cage has the lead role. Yeah, we're Hebrew but we would've been fair if it had (but it wasn't) and if (all the stuff to the left . . .). Now that we think about it, that comic book story comparison is gonna get us soooo dissed . . .

Jimi All Is By My Side

Being mentioned, because we watched it, is a limited release, music free re- creation of a year in the life of Jimi Hendrix starring Andre Benjamin as the original guitar god. The film is called Jimi: All Is By My Side . . . except that the one thing that isn't by (Jimi's) side is a guitar. Nothing matters about anything about Hendrix without the music. Nuh. Thing. Period.


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