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On the Marquee for the Week of August 5
The local film scene is on hiatus this week, but you've still got options.

Writer-director Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium opens this week.

No locally produced film fare to speak of this week, but you’ve still got options, kid.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday you can catch The Rock, Magic Mike himself and John McClane take on Cobra in the second live-action G.I. Joe film for $3 at AMC Mayfair Mall. The latest from Woody Allen opens this Friday, as does District 9 writer-director Neill Blomkamp’s anticipated latest film, the Matt Damon/Jodie Foster sci-fi film, Elysium. You can catch director Steven Spielberg’s 1977 sci-fi masterpiece at the Times this weekend. And thanks to popular demand, Oscar winner Helen Mirren holds court yet again as Queen Elizabeth II at the Oriental.

Monday, Aug. 5: Catch the latest “Summer Nights at AMC” film screening at Mayfair Mall
10 p.m. @ AMC Mayfair Mall (2500 N. Mayfair Rd.) Tickets are $3.

This summer AMC Theatres kicked off the “Summer Nights at AMC” screening series as a way to raise money for a trio of worthwhile organizations – the Autism Society, Autism Speaks and the Will Rogers Institute.

The screening series began in June with three back-to-back 10 p.m. screenings of 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday they have offered cost-conscience moviegoers the opportunity to see some of Hollywood’s biggest recent box office hits. Since launching the week of June 24, The Dark Knight RisesDjango UnchainedThe Amazing SpidermanThe Hunger GamesOlympus Has Fallen; and OZ, the Great and Powerful have all been shown.

This week, G.I. Joe: Retaliation starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Channing Tatum and Bruce Willis screens.

Tuesday, Aug. 6: A diverse group of new film titles debut on DVD and Blu-ray
Check local retail stores for prices and availability.

Tom Cruise discovers he isn’t the last man on Earth after all following an alien attack – feel free to insert the Scientology joke of your choice here – in Oblivion (available from Universal Studios Home Entertainment), co-starring Oscar winner Morgan Freeman.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is also releasing The Place Beyond the Pines, the second collaboration between writer-director Derek Cianfrance and Oscar-nominated actor Ryan Gosling, having previously made Blue Valentine (2010) together. In Pines, Gosling plays a skilled motorcycle stunt rider who robs banks in order to provide for his girlfriend and their child. Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper co-stars as an ambitious cop that crosses his path.

Magnolia Home Entertainment is releasing director Terrence Malick’s virtually wordless examination of nature and modern love, To The Wonder, casts Oscar winner Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko as a couple that navigates the emotional terrain of a deeply complicated relationship.

And, in The Sapphires, the ever-dependable Chris O’Dowd plays the scruffy manager of a group of four Aboriginal R&B singers who tour Vietnam performing for the troops during the war. The film, which features some amazing musical performances, played last year’s Milwaukee Film Festival before being formally released in Milwaukee this past spring. Jessica Mauboy (who can sing like nobody’s business!), Deborah Mailman, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell co-star. The film is available from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment.

Thursday, Aug. 8: DCI 2013 Big, Loud & Live 10 screens at four local Marcus Theatres
5:30 p.m. @ Marcus Theatres (the Majestic, Menomonee Falls, North Shore and Saukville) Check with theaters for ticket prices.

Drum roll, please…if you’re a fan of anything and everything drum corp-related, then boy are you in for a big screen treat this week.

Four local area Marcus Theatres (the Majestic, Menomonee Falls, North Shore and Saukville) will screen DCI 2013 Big, Loud & Live 10 this Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m. The live presentation, sponsored by NCM Fathom Events and Drum Corps International, has a running time of 315 minutes (5 hrs. 15 mins.).

Friday, Aug. 9: Woody Allen’s 43rd film opens in Milwaukee, and Elysium, the latest effort from District 9 filmmaker Neill Blomkamp, opens nationwide
Check local listings for showtimes and ticket pricing.

Oscar winner Cate Blanchett stars as the title character – a destitute former NYC socialite (think Ruth Madoff by way of Blanche DuBois) who flees to San Francisco in order to live with her working class sister (Sally Hawkins) after losing practically everything – in writer-director Woody Allen’s 43rd feature film, Blue Jasmine.

She anchors an impressive cast that includes Alec Baldwin (as her incarcerated ex-husband), Peter Sarsgaard (as her potential new beau), Bobby Cannavale (as her sister’s volatile fiancé), Louis CK, Michael Stuhlbarg and Andrew Dice Clay (yes, that Andrew Dice Clay).

Blanchett’s performance has been widely touted as the one to beat come Oscar time in the best actress race. If she does go onto win, she’ll only be the second female actor directed onto a best actress Oscar by Allen. The first? Diane Keaton in 1977’s Annie Hall. Allen credits Keaton with being the reason he started writing complex roles for women.

And writer-director Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium opens in Milwaukee. The anticipated sci-fi film stars Oscar winner Matt Damon as a factory worker who’s dystopian existence has gone from bad to worse following an industrial accident with potentially fatal repercussions. He goes to great lengths in order to receive the medical treatment he needs which pits him against a high-ranking official (Oscar winner Jodie Foster) who will stop at nothing to thwart his plans.

Saturday, Aug. 10 & Sunday, Aug. 11: Director Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind plays the Times & by popular demand, Dame Helen Mirren holds court again as Queen Elizabeth II at the Oriental
10:30 a.m. @ Times Theater (5906 W. Vliet St.) Tickets ($4)/11:00 a.m. @ the Oriental Theatre (2230 N. Farwell Ave.) Check with the theater's box office for ticket prices.

The Times’ “Alien August” program kicked off this past weekend with *batteries not included (1987), starring the dynamic acting duo of husband and wife Hume Cronyn and Oscar winner Jessica Tandy, both now deceased, as longtime tenants of a soon-to-be demolished apartment building in New York City who befriend a group of visiting extraterrestrials that then take it upon themselves to stop the planned demolition.

This week, director Steven Spielberg’s 1977 sci-fi masterpiece, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, casts a young Richard Dreyfuss as a married electrical lineman who experiences an up-close-and-personal encounter with a UFO, and soon becomes obsessed with trying to decipher the meaning of a recurring vision he and a group of other people who also had close encounters keep having.

Seven years ago, Helen Mirren won a long overdue best actress Oscar for her transcendent performance as Queen Elizabeth II in the days following Princess Diana’s untimely death in director Stephen Frears’ The Queen (2006). This past spring, she reprised the role in the rapturously received West End production of The Audience, a new play by prolific writer Peter Morgan, who also wrote The Queen. The play imagines a series of meetings between the Queen and British prime ministers, meetings that continued in private for 60 years.

Recorded and broadcast as part of National Theatre Live in England, The Audience reunites Mirren and Morgan, under the direction of Stephen Daldry (Billy ElliotThe HoursThe Reader). Mirren picked up her latest Olivier Award (England’s Tony equivalent) for her performance. It’s been confirmed that The Audience will eventually come to Broadway with Mirren reprising her role. This encore presentation of the play (which was originally shown at the Oriental this past June) is happening due to popular demand. If you missed it the first time around, you’ve got two more opportunities to see it.

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