Coming to theaters this week: 'Magic Mike XXL' and 'Terminator: Genisys.' Plus: screenings of 'Despicable Me' and 'The Terminator,' and 'The Overnight' and 'Aloft' open locally.

***CRITIC’S CHOICE***

Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30: The Terminator

7 p.m. @ Select local Marcus Theatres (Click here for listings) ($5)

In advance of Wednesday’s release of the latest in the series of ever-diminishing returns that is The Terminator, Marcus Theaters are offering you the opportunity to return back to the high water mark of this series, and I would argue, the apex of James Cameron’s filmmaking despite it being only his second feature film. My understanding of the latest film also entails that a refresher on the events of the first will be welcomed, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve seen it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHz95RYUbik

Tuesday, June 30 and Thursday, July 2: Despicable Me

10 a.m. & 1 p.m. @ The Times Cinema and Avalon Theatre ($2!)

Although something tells me you won’t need to catch up with Despicable Me in order to understand the plot of the upcoming kids movie behemoth Minions, it is nonetheless playing as part of the Summer Film Camp series at a seriously reduced price, if you find yourself in need of keeping your child (or a child, shout out to babysitters and people of all stars and stripes) occupied for a couple hours on Tuesday or Thursday morning/afternoon.

Tuesday, June 30: Despicable Me

7:45 p.m. @ Elm Grove Village Park (13600 Juneau Boulevard Elm Grove, WI 53122) (FREE!)

If you’re really looking to unlock the “ doMINIONS over man” achievement in your personal game of seeing a movie multiple times (if you go to all five screenings of this movie this week, drop me a line, you are deserving of some sort of prize/thinkpiece), you can also take your family to Elm Grove Village Park for an outdoor screening of the previously mentioned Despicable Me.  I don’t think this is a particularly great family film, but it’s moderately funny and diverting.  And nothing says ‘Tuesday night’ like moderate fun and diversion!

Wednesday, July 1: Magic Mike XXL and Terminator: Genisys open in wide release

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Two sequels await you in that primetime mid-week release date we’re always gifted with whenever holidays occur. The original Magic Mike was a surprise hit, and although Steven Soderbergh is only back in the capacity of Director of Photography and Editor, this still looks like a worthy successor to the original, albeit completely tonally different. Whereas the first film was a jaundiced look at a group of people in the immediate aftermath of the recent economic collapse, this film looks to be more of what people were expecting when they ventured into the theater to see that film – hunks dancing.

I’m a little (alright, a lot) less convinced that Terminator: Genisys will be as fun of a sequel.  Attempting to reboot a series that has only gone downhill with nearly every successive sequel (I’m the weirdo who thinks Terminator 2 is merely okay, and would actually watch Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines instead, a movie far less bloated and convinced of its own importance), we dive into the world of alternate timelines here, a future where Sarah Connor was raised by the now-aging Terminator model sent back to protect her (hence the older Arnold you see in preview material).  I still hold out hope for something fun, but the trailers have not been promising.

Friday, July 3: The Overnight and Aloft open locally

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What could be more American this 4th of July weekend than to head out to the movies and see one of these two indie selections? I’m particularly interested in The Overnight, a comedy film that has gained steam since its debut at the Sundance film festival. A story of two couples having a family “playdate,” it stars Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling, Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman.

If you want a little less levity in your film choice this weekend, go with Aloft. The story of a journalist (Melanie Laurent, always fantastic) who aims to reunite a son (Cillian Murphy) and the mother who abandoned him (Jennifer Connelly), only to become a renowned healer and artist in the intervening years.

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