The Milwaukee Film Festival is still running through this Thursday (if you're looking for some guidance on that front, my preview's got you covered), so that takes care of half of your cinematic week, but what better way to stave off post-festival malaise than to pretend the party never stopped and keep the moviegoing going?
Starts Friday, Oct. 11: Short Term 12
Opens @ Landmark Oriental (Check www.landmarktheaters.com for showtimes/pricing)
If you weren't lucky enough to attend the secret member screening during this year's MFF, this is your chance to get clued into what everyone there already knows: Short Term 12 is one of the year's best pictures, a minor miracle of a movie that showcases cinematic heroism can be the result of simple kindnesses instead of latex-clad pummelings. Following the comings and goings from a short term care facility for troubled youth, the film is immaculately performed from top to bottom (if Brie Larson doesn't get an Oscar nomination this year, it's criminal) and filled with small moments of grace and truth that are cumulatively devastating, this is a film that while technically small feels as wide and expansive as the human heart. Definitely do not miss this.
Friday, Oct. 11: Poltergeist
Midnight @ Times Cinema ($5!)
The MFF may have distracted us early in the month from this fact, but October means scary movies, and The Times has gotten in the spirit with their spate of midnight screamfests throughout this month. I'll have a little suggested mini-festival of underrated horror to offer you as Halloween draws closer, but for now I'll highly recommend this accurately rated Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg collab as a great way to keep those thrills and chills coming as the month progresses. This is a pure roller coaster ride of a movie (what Sam Raimi would deem a “spookablast”), and the perfect audience picture to take in during this season.
Saturday, Oct. 12: Sleeping Car To Trieste
7:30 p.m. @ 2648 North Hackett Avenue
The fall season has brought a fresh new collection of cinematic oddities to take in from the Focus Film Society, here showcasing what they deem a “fine British train thriller” in the proud tradition of The Lady Vanishes, Night Train to Munich or Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. Their eclectic programming always promises something classic, and I have yet to see this cat-and-mouse Orient Express-based thriller but am sure this will prove a great (16 mm!) viewing experience for fans of classic cinema. Unfortunately no trailer could be found for this one, so we'll just have to take it on faith that these stewards of classic cinema have delivered the goods yet again!
Friday/Saturday/Sunday, Oct. 11-13: The Hunt
9 p.m./7 p.m./5 p.m. @ UWM Union Theatre (FREE!)
The Union Theatre continues its fantastic fall programming with this, the latest from acclaimed director Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration). A teacher (Casino Royale's Mads Mikkelsen, winner of Best Actor at the 2012 Cannes for his performance here) in the midst of turning his life around whilst embroiled in a custody battle has his life shattered by a young student's innocent lie. Soon he finds that not only his career, but his very life may be in danger in this gripping tale of the lengths some people go to protect their loved ones no matter what the truth is.