Welcome to the initial installment of our weekly preview to film events in and around the Milwaukee area! What better way to keep the Oscar celebration going than by attending one of the year’s best pictures to start off the week?
Monday Feb. 25: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
12:05 p.m., 2:25 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 9:40 p.m. @ Budget Cinema South, Greenfield ($2)
Hot off of her scintillating performance at last night’s Academy Awards (brought to you by Ambien), check out K-Stew, R-Patz and the rest of the not-worthy-of-an-abbreviation gang for some good old fashioned supernatural melodrama. Come for the Michael Sheen overacting, stay for the Bill Condon-directed wolf and vamp-on-vamp melee that closes the film. This is probably your lone opportunity to see Dakota Fanning’s head get ripped clean off by a werewolf, so make sure to put aside two dollars for this rare treat.
Wednesday, Feb. 27: The Waiting Room
Friday, March 1: The Last Exorcism Pt. II
7 p.m. @ UWM Union Cinema (free)
A portrait of an overtaxed Oakland hospital’s emergency room that ultimately proves an uplifting portrait of the myriad people who find themselves stuck there for one reason or another, this documentary stormed the festival circuit in 2012 and is making its Milwaukee debut on Wednesday night. This won’t be playing on a big screen in the area again, you can rest assured, so take a great opportunity to watch a portrait wholly of our time and supporting the unique, eclectic programming of the UWM Union Theatre.
Opens at theaters citywide; check your local listings.
I would’ve guaranteed that this would be a shoe-in for next year’s “Most Befuddling Movie Title,” but then I remembered we haven’t even thawed out for spring yet and have Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor and the sublimely ridiculous The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia breathing down its neck. Let’s stick a pin in this and keep an eye throughout the rest of 2013, could be an enthralling race to the finish.
Saturday, March 2: Army of Darkness (with Live Bruce Campbell Q&A)
Doors open at 7 p.m. @ The Pabst Theatre ($28 per ticket)
Bruce Campbell, who plays Ash, and his delightfully self-effacing Q&As would be reason enough to suggest you check out his upcoming appearance in the Milwaukee area, but the idea of the delightfully daffy third installment of the Evil Dead series (director Sam Raimi further developed his “splatstick” sensibilities here) unspooling before a crowd of rabid fans in the beautifully ornate Pabst Theatre is an opportunity too delicious to pass up. Give yourself some sugar, baby. You deserve it.
Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3: Singin’ in the Rain
10:30 a.m. @ the Times Cinema ($4)
It was only by the grace of Ash himself being in person to introduce the film where he fights his rotten evil doppelganger that this isn’t the most exciting local film event of the week. One of the most joyous expressions of pure cinema that has ever been created, Singin’ in the Rain will forever remain better than what you remembered (even if you already love it, this proves true). Pulling off the balancing act of intermingling humorous cynicism with boisterously cheery musical numbers (and ‘Moses Supposes’), you will find no more surefire a bet than this to put a smile on your face to cap off your week.
That’s all for this week. Happy filmgoing!