This Must Be the Place
It's not the biggest of weeks in terms of film events happening in and around the Milwaukee area, but here’s a few things to keep your eyes peeled for:
Tuesday, March 12th: This Must Be the Place
DVD for sale at finer retailers (prices may vary)
On my radar ever since the first images of Sean Penn looking like he scored the lead in a Smiths biopic leaked online, the film should really have you sold on premise alone: Sean Penn plays aging Cheyenne, a formerly fa.m.ous rock and roll recluse who journeys to the US to hunt down the ex-Nazi war criminal who persecuted his recently deceased father. And since we were never graced with a theatrical screening in the Milwaukee area, the home theater will have to suffice!
Wednesday, March 13th: The Atomic States of America
7 p.m. @ UWM Union Theatre (Free!)
For those of us who missed our opportunity to catch this incisive documentary during the 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival, it’s come back to town for a free screening as a part of the Union Theatre’s Share the Earth Environmental Film Series. Interviewing a host of experts and citizens affected by our recently renewed interest in nuclear energy, this documentary serves as a sobering reminder of the costs such pursuits might carry.
Friday, March 15th: West of Memphis
Oriental Theatre (Check the website for showtimes!)
From the director of the amazing Deliver Us From Evil comes a fresh look at the West Memphis 3 and their long journey towards justice after being wrongfully convicted of murders they did not commit. If you’ve found yourself engrossed by the Joe Berlinger/Bruce Sinofsky Paradise Lost trilogy of documentaries about the subject, consider this a condensed version of their epic. Coming to town on a wave of critical acclaim, this will be only be screening here for one week only, so be sure to catch this enthralling work while you have the chance.
Saturday and Sunday March 16-17: Annie (Sing-along Version)
10:30a.m. @ The Times Cinema ($4)
Before the Will Smith/Jay-Z produced, Quvenzhané Wallis-starring remake begins production, why don’t you familiarize yourself with the charms of the 1982 vintage, replete with a delightful Albert Finney performance as “Daddy” Warbucks. And it being a sing-along edition, you won’t get thrown out of the theater Jazzy Jeff-on-the-Fresh Prince style for belting out “Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow” in your best soprano from the comfort of your seat.
That does it for this week. Happy cinema-going everyone!