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A massive amount of local releases hit screens around Milwaukee this week. Plus: see films like "Clueless," "Fargo, " "Kumiko the Treasure Hunter," and more on the big screen.

Monday, April 13 through Thursday, April 16 (also Sunday, April 19): The 37th annual Latin American Film Series continues and concludes at UWM Union Theatre

Check here for showtimes/listings (All FREE)

As noted above, the Latin American Film Series continues this week at UWM with five more screenings of recent works – All About the Feathers is one such work, and concerns a lonely security guard who dreams of training a rooster for cockfighting. Once he actually acquires said rooster, it changes his humdrum existence.

Monday, April 13 & Wednesday, April 15: Clueless

7 p.m. both days @ select local Marcus Theaters ($5!)

Ladies’ Night at the Marcus Theaters brings us Amy Heckerling’s comedy classic Clueless this week. If you’ve never seen it (it was released nearly twenty years ago, sheesh), it’s a good time to acquaint one’s self with what is a very good movie.

Wednesday, April 15: The Wanted 18

7 p.m. @ Oriental Theatre ($6)

The Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival continues this week with this animated retelling of a true story of a group of Palestinian activists in the late 80’s who chose to run a dairy farm in order to offer an alternative to their reliance on Israeli-generated lactose, only to have their eighteen cows branded as “a threat to the state of Israel.”

***CRITIC’S CHOICE***

Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19: Fargo & Kumiko the Treasure Hunter

4/17: K @ 7 p.m./F @ 9 p.m., 4/18: K @ 5 p.m., F @ 7 p.m. & 4/19: F @ 3 p.m., K @ 5 p.m. (FREE) @ UWM Union Theatre

A high quality double feature drops this weekend at the Union Theatre and it’s thematically solid to boot. Kumiko’s plot involves the titular character (played by Rinko Kikuchi) discovering a VHS copy of the Coen Bros. masterpiece and thinking it to be a map to hidden treasure in the Midwest, leading her on a journey to the frozen outskirts of Minnesota in search of untold fortune.

Friday, April 17: Child 44, Monkey Kingdom, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, The Salt of the Earth, True Story & Unfriended all open locally

Check local listings for showtimes/pricing

A massive amount of releases this week, with something for nearly everyone. The Tom Hardy/Gary Oldman/Noomi Rapace thriller Child 44 involves Hardy’s disgraced KGB agent investigating a series of child murders while Monkey Kingdom is the latest fluffy nature doc from Disney about a family of monkeys living in ancient Sri Lankan ruins.

If that doesn’t whet your appetite, we have the comedy sequel the world demanded in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. This time, the “fat man fall over” jokes take place in Las Vegas.

If your tastes lean more art house than the previous options, might I suggest the Wim Wenders-helmed documentary Salt of the Earth, a portrait of Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado.  Otherwise, the Sundance sensation True Story, a thriller starring James Franco and Jonah Hill as a man accused of murdering his wife and children and the journalist whose identity he stole, respectively. Both films have received considerable acclaim.

If you’re looking for some good old fashioned teen murder, though, look no further than Unfriended. A violent parable for our Internet age, involving a teenage suicide coming back for revenge on the callous classmates who shamed her on the web.

Saturday, April 18: Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

10:30 a.m. @ Times Cinema (FREE)

This weekend brings a free screening of a documentary about the alarming formation of the Midway Atoll, a small island siphoning dumped plastics from three separate continents – a giant floating reminder of man’s wasteful nature, buttressed on all sides by garbage.

Sunday, April 19: The Sound of Music

2 p.m. & 7 p.m. @ various local Marcus Theaters (click here for listings)

This Sunday (and the following Monday and Tuesday) go to the hills if your heart is lonely for this TCM presents anniversary celebration of the classic epic The Sound of Music.

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