Here’s a rundown on film happenings going on in Milwaukee this week.
Tuesday, May 28: Fox Home Entertainment releases the Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton classic Cleopatra on blu-ray
Check local retail stores for prices and availability.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is finally releasing an extra-loaded 50th anniversary edition of the Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton classic, Cleopatra (1963), on Blu-ray.
Admittedly, the behind-the-scenes drama during the making of the film is better than the film itself, which is saying a lot because the film is an undeniably entertaining visual feast, with Roddy MacDowell delivering a seriously impressive turn as Octavian, the grand-nephew of Julius Caesar (played by Oscar winner Rex Harrison). This is the film Taylor and Burton -- cast as the title character and her lover Mark Anthony, respectively -- met and fell in love working on. The only hiccup was that both were married to other people at the time. Hesitant to do the film, Taylor agreed to do the film only if she was paid $1 million (a record salary for an actress at the time). Production had to be moved from England to Italy to accommodate Taylor after she fell ill working due to the weather conditions and was absent from the set for months recuperating. And the studio nearly went bankrupt during the LONG production of the film (filming started in 1960).
The 50th Anniversary Edition contains audio commentary featuring co-star Martin Landau, four production videos on the making of the film, a feature-length documentary about the film and additional bonus features.
Thursday, May 30: The Times screens 3 SOUTHNORTH shorts 5 p.m. @ The Times Theater (check theater for further details, including ticket pricing).
Filmmakers Joel Hopper and Brian Jarrett of SOUTHNORTH will be in attendance at the debut screening of the three shorts which kicks off at 5:15 p.m.
According to the official announcement: “[Jarrett] and [Hopper] collaborated on these three inspirational and thought provoking pieces (Doppelganger, Holy Magic, and Roger and the Dying Robber). This special screening is an opportunity for the audience to provide talk-back and discuss their impressions with the writer/producers.”
They are seeking constructive criticism as well as potential investors for future projects.
Thursday, May 30: Marcus Theatres screens a doc about the 2012 Olympic Games for one-night only
7:30 p.m. @ Marcus Theatres’ Majestic, Menomonee Falls, Ridge and South Shore locations, check theaters for ticket prices.
Presented by NCM Fathom Events, New Moon and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), FIRST: The Story of the London 2012 Olympic Games, is the only documentary about the 2012 Olympic Summer Games. It follows 12 first-time Olympic athletes from around the globe who competed. In last year’s summer games. Interview subjects include swimmer Missy Franklin, gymnast John Orozco and boxer Queen Underwood (all of whom were apart of the American contingent at the games), along with Australian BMX daredevil Caroline Buchanan, as they share their experiences about the games and how their lives were changed by participating in them.
Thursday, May 30: The Will Smith sci-fi drama After Earth & the ensemble-driven heist film Now You See Me screen in advance of their official Friday release
Check local listings for showtimes and ticket pricing.
The latest from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense), After Earth casts real-life father and son Will Smith (who’s credited with creating the film’s story) and Jaden Smith as a father and son duo from Nova Prime (mankind’s new home) who survive a crash landing on Earth, which has been uninhabited by people for a 1,000 years following some cataclysmic events. Will’s character, a legendary general, is seriously hurt following the crash, and it’s up to his son to save the day and signal for help back home.
Now You See Me, directed by French filmmaker Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans, The Incredible Hulk) features a score by The Chemical Brother and casts the likes of Jesse Eisenberg, Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco as a team of magicians who pull off bank heists during their stage performances, then in a brazen move, give the cash away to their audiences. The trailer makes the film look very promising indeed. Oscar winner Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, and Mélanie Laurent co-star.
Friday, May 31: Love Is All You Need starring Pierce Brosnan opens at the Oriental
Check local listings for showtimes and ticket pricing.
In this romantic comedy, the latest English-language effort from Oscar-winning Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier (In A Better World), Brosnan is cast as Philip, a middle-aged widower and father who travels to Italy to attend the wedding of his estranged son (Sebastian Jessen). While there, he befriends Ida (Trine Dyrholm), a Danish hairdresser and cancer survivor, who’s there to attend the wedding of her daughter (Molly Blixt Egelind). Having just been left by her husband for a younger woman, Ida is in a fragile state, as is Philip who’s still reeling from the death of his beloved wife. Sparks fly, but will that be enough to encourage these two lost souls to move on and really embrace life and love again?
Saturday, June 1 & Sunday, June 2: The Goonies screens at the Times
10:30 a.m. @ The Times Cinema ($4)
The Times Cinema kicks off its “June Journeys!” series with the Richard Donner-directed/Chris Columbus-written/Steven Spielberg-produced seminal kids’ classic, The Goonies (1985). Mikey Walsh (Sean Astin) and his family are preparing to move because their neighborhood has been selected by unscrupulous real estate developers (are there any other kind in popular entertainment?) intent on building a golf course there. The only way they could possibly stay is if they raise enough money to stop the construction which is seemingly out of the question.
That is, until, Mikey happens across a treasure map that might lead him to the hidden treasure of a legendary pirate by the name of One-Eyed Willy. When he sets out to find the treasure, he’s joined by friends Chunk (Jeff Cohen), Mouth (Corey Feldman) and Data (Jonathan Ke Quan), as well as his older brother Brandon (Josh Brolin), and two local girls Andy (Kerri Green) and Stef (Martha Plimpton).
Along the way, they contend with evil Mama Fratelli (the late Anne Ramsey) and her sons, the bumbling Francis and Jake (Joe Pantoliano and Robert Davi), and the severely disfigured Sloth (the late John Matuszak).