On the Marquee for the Week of April 6, 2015

“Milwaukee: A City Built on Water” screens at Discovery World, and UWM hosts the 37th Annual Latin American Film Series.

Monday, April 6 & Wednesday, April 8: Footloose

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

Ladies’ Night at select Marcus Theaters has proven successful enough to expand it to two days in the month of April. Which means you have two chances to see Kevin Bacon try and remove a small town’s ban on dancing through sheer force of pelvis in Footloose.

Tuesday, April 7: Two Films from Jerome Hiler – In the Stone House & Words of Mercury followed by Bitchin Bajas

7 p.m. & 8 p.m.  @ UWM Union Theatre (FREE)

Experimental Tuesdays at UWM bring us two 16mm films from acclaimed filmmaker Jerome Hiler this week, followed by a live performance from Bitchin Bajas.

***CRITIC’S PICK***

Tuesday, April 7: Milwaukee: A City Built on Water

7 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.) @ Discovery World (FREE)

A special sneak preview screening of the latest work from Milwaukee historian John Gurda is occurring Tuesday night at Discovery World, a portrait of Milwaukee’s relationship with water, exploring both the highs and lows of this connection.

Wednesday, April 7: The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies & Above All Else

4 p.m & 7 p.m. @ UWM Union Theatre (FREE)

I liked the last Hobbit movie – I understand the people who are disappointed with what they got out of this trilogy, but Peter Jackson’s ability to stage large-scale mayhem is unparalleled.  Screening immediately afterwards is a timely documentary about a group of East Texas landowners fighting to prevent construction on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Wednesday, April 8: Giraffada

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

Giraffada screens again this week as part of the Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival, this time at the Oriental Theater.

Wednesday, April 8: Dames

7:30 p.m. @ Charles Allis Art Museum ($7/$5/free for seniors/students/museum members)

Charles Allis’ spring programming, all films centered around chorus girls appearing in Vaudeville acts, kicks off this week with the classic Busby Berkeley-choreographed Dames.

Thursday, April 9: Selma

7 p.m. @ UWM Union Theatre (FREE)

Now that we’ve gotten past the ridiculousness that was Selma being largely left out of the Oscar conversation earlier this year, we can return to the movie and realize just how fantastic of an accomplishment it was for director Ava DuVernay.

Starts Thursday, April 9: Uttama Villain

8 p.m. on 4/9, check website for further showtimes @ Marcus Ridge Cinema

As part of Marcus Theaters’ commitment to bring select Bollywood cinema to local screens we see Uttama Villain, a Tamil dramedy that leaps between the 17th and 20th centuries, make its way to the Ridge Cinema.

***CRITIC’S CHOICE***

Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12: The 37th Annual Latin American Film Series begins

4/10: 7 p.m. & 9 p.m., 4/11: 5 p.m, 7 p.m., & 9 p.m. and 4/12: 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. @ UWM Union Theatre (all screenings FREE)

UWM’s storied history of presenting diverse international cinema to Milwaukee audiences continues this weekend with the beginning of the 37th Latin American Film Series at the UWM Union. A varied spate of films awaits you, including the powerful dramas Pelo Melo (Bad Hair) and My German FriendCheck the LAFS’ website for more screening info and I’ll see you there!

Friday, April 10: The Longest Ride, While We’re Young & Woman in Gold open locally

Check local listings for venues/showtimes/pricing

The latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation drops nationwide this weekend, a time-hopping romance that will continue his dominance in the realm of cinematic romantic drama.  We’re also getting the latest Noah Baumbach picture, and while I’ll save most talk of it for my forthcoming review, While We’re Young is a lovely piece of work that holds much in common with his very first picture, Kicking and Screaming.

Also dropping this weekend is the Helen Mirren/Ryan Reynolds picture Woman In Gold, the true story of one woman’s battle against the Austrian government to reclaim the famous Klimt painting of her aunt that was taken by the Nazis just prior to World War II.

Saturday, April 11: Gildersleeve on Broadway

7 p.m. @ The Church in the City, 2648 N. Hackett Ave. ($3)

Harold Peary brings his famed radio character Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve to the big screen in this third of four Gildersleeve movies. A great glimpse into a forgotten corner of 40’s cinema.

Sunday, April 12: Dale E. Kuntz’s Movie Collectible Show

10 a.m.-4 p.m. @ Burnham Bowl Hall (6016 W. Burnham) ($3)

While not technically a movie screening, I had to let any film maniacs know about the semi-annual collectibles show taking place this weekend, a great chance to add to your collection of movie memorabilia.

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Tom Fuchs is a Milwaukee-based film writer whose early love for cinema has grown into a happy obsession. He graduated with honors in Film Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has since focused on film criticism. He works closely with the Milwaukee Film Festival and has written reviews and ongoing columns for Milwaukee Magazine since 2012. In his free time, Tom enjoys spending time with his wife and dogs at home (watching movies), taking day trips to Chicago (to see movies), and reading books (about movies). You can follow him on Twitter @tjfuchs or email him at tjfuchs@gmail.com.