On the Marquee for the Week of March 23, 2015

The latest Ken Burns documentary, and “It Follows” are this week’s Critic’s Choices. Plus: everything on screen from “Rear Window” to “Get Hard.”

Monday, March 23: Pitch Perfect

7 p.m. @ local Marcus Theaters (Check here for listings)

With the Elizabeth Banks sequel mere weeks from release, this special Ladies’ Night screening is an opportunity to reacquaint yourselves with the Barden Bellas.


Wednesday, March 25: Fast Five & Rear Window

Fast Five: 7 p.m. & Rear: 2 p.m. & 7 p.m @ local Marcus Theaters (Check here for listings)

Fast Five is where this series really took off – grafting lunatic set pieces onto the chassis of a heist film while combining the casts of the previous four films. If you’re aiming for something a bit more classic, TCM is presenting Rear Window again this Wednesday. You can’t go wrong with either one.


Wednesday, March 25: A Letter to Three Wives

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

Charles Allis’ winter program ends this week with the Joseph Mankiewicz helmed and co-written romantic dramedy A Letter to Three Wives. While it didn’t take home Best Picture, it did net Mankiewicz Best Director and Best Screenplay awards in the year before he made the classic All About Eve.


Wednesday, March 25: Interstellar & Magical Universe

3:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. @ UWM Union Theatre (FREE!) (Note: Interstellar also shows Saturday 3/28 @ 9 p.m.!)

Interstellar was a mess in my estimation, but it’s a mess that deserves to be seen on the big screen. Be immersed in its messiness. Movies like Marwencol and In the Realms of the Unreal prove how successful documentaries detailing artistic outsiders can be, so Magical Universe and its subject (Al Crabtree and his Barbie doll art) appear a solid fit.


Thursday, March 26: Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

5:30 p.m. @ Columbia St. Mary’s Cancer Center (2350 N. Lake Dr.) (FREE!)

The latest documentary from Ken Burns has a special local screening this week in advance of its PBS release next week. Based on the stunning book from Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, it examines this omnipresent disease with the craft and texture one has come to expect from a master documentarian.


Thursday, March 26: Jodorowsky’s Dune

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

Examining the greatest film that never was (We were so close to an Orson Welles/Salvador Dali/Mick Jagger collaboration and didn’t even know it), Jodorowsky’s Dune is catnip for cinephiles, shining a light on this dark corner of cinematic history.


Thursday, March 26: Abd El Kader

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

Milwaukee’s Muslim Film Festival continues this week with this portrait of the famed Islamic scholar/Sufi known both for his compassion and leadership against French colonialist invaders in the mid-19th century.


Thursday, March 26: The Breakfast Club

7:30 p.m. @ multiple local Marcus Theaters locations (Check here for listings)

Wait until you’re out of the parking lot to freeze in mid-fist pump after enjoying this 30th anniversary screening of the John Hughes classic.


Friday, March 27: Get Hard, Home, It Follows (***CRITIC’S CHOICE***) and Merchants of Doubt all open in local release

Check local listings for showtimes/pricing

Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell are funny separately, so together we should be in good hands. Yet another family option arrives in Home, the story of an outcast alien teamed with a young lady to stop our planet from being overtaken.

Most exciting for me this week is the release of the indie horror film It Follows. Director David Robert Mitchell’s first film, The Myth of the American Sleepover, was tremendous and this genre is right in my wheelhouse. For fans of documentary, there’s also Merchants of Doubt, the latest work from the director of Food Inc., examining the dissent industry and so-called “experts” who spread this disinformation.


Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29: I am a Knife with Legs & When Evening Falls on Bucharest

3/27: 7 & 9 p.m., 3/28: 5 & 7 p.m and 3/29: 5 & 7 p.m. @ UWM Union Theatre (I am a Knife = FREE!, When Evening Falls = $6 general/$5 faculty/FREE!  for students)


Two unique options – the first, a madcap comedy-musical made on a shoestring that will appeal to fans of Flight of the Conchords, and the second a formally daring look behind the scenes of a fictional film shoot from the creator of the Romanian New Wave classics 12:08 East of Bucharest and Police, Adjective.



Saturday, March 28: The Bicycle Thief

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

A classic of Italian neorealism and just cinema in general, Vittorio De Sica’s portrait of a father’s desperate search for his stolen bicycle (the lifeline by which he’ll be able to support his family) is an absolute triumph.



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.