With "Ted 2" and "Max" opening this weekend, and "Jaws" screening at Marcus Theaters this week, it's a wildlife-themed week at the movies.
Tuesday, June 23 and Thursday, June 25: The LEGO Movie
10 a.m. & 1 p.m. @ The Times Cinema and Avalon Theater ($2)
The LEGO Movie made my top ten of last year, and I feel pretty certain I’ve written about it in approximately forty-five previous ‘On the Marquee’s, so I won’t wax poetic on why I think it’s one of the best animated movie of the past decade much further. It’s perfect, breathlessly paced entertainment, calibrated so both adults and children enjoy it (often for the exact same reasons) and filled with fascinating subtextual discussion of the creative process and the overuse of the hero’s journey. If the kids and yourself are both getting a little stir-crazy, pop out to the Times or Avalon for an afternoon treat.
Wednesday, June 24: Jaws
2 p.m. & 7 p.m. @ Select local Marcus Theaters (click here to purchase tickets)
It’s been 40 years since Steven Spielberg changed the movie landscape forever and made audiences intensely phobic of going in the water and to celebrate TCM is bringing Jaws back to theaters for a special screening with bonus content to make the event even more special. But honestly, that’s just gilding the lily; you should need no extra incentive to watch what is only one of the greatest blockbusters of all time. Spielberg remains nearly peerless at crafting action set pieces with clear and comprehensible motives and geography, and this film shows that he was capable of such things from the word ‘go’.
Wednesday, June 24: Ted
7 p.m. @ Select local Marcus Theaters (click here to purchase tickets)
With the sequel dropping the very next evening and hitting wide release on Friday morning, if you’re seeking out a chance to reacquaint yourself with the complex, labyrinthine plotlines of Ted, Marcus Theaters is offering you that chance. I was not overly enamored with this movie, as the best part was when it was explicitly talking at length about how entertaining a different movie is. But there is something to be said for making a movie about a stuffed animal that magically came to life and having everyone who encounters it remain completely nonplussed.
Friday, June 26: Ted 2, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared and Max open in local release
Check local listings for showtimes/pricing
So you can probably gather from my lack of excitement re: Ted that Ted 2 isn’t high on my priority list. It does appear to have more of a storyline going for it, with Ted fighting for legally recognized personhood so he and his wife can move forward with their family planning, but Seth MacFarlane’s last attempt at making me laugh in theaters (the insipid A Million Ways to Die in the West) only confirmed that his comedy just may not be for me.
On a more indie tip, you’ve got the incredibly divisive Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. A movie that has inspired such rancor in critics that the great David Ehrlich took to penning an impassioned defense of the movie (not to be read if you haven’t yet seen the movie, mind you, so bookmark it) before it has even expanded to wide release. I’m eager to get my eyes on this twee-seeming story of a young man, his best friend, and the cancer-stricken girl they become entwined with and form some opinions of my own!
Trying to give The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain a run for its money, The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (which wins in total characters used, but is actually one word shorter) can certainly lay claim to the most title of any movie yet to come out in 2015. Based on Jonas Jonasson’s novel of the same name, it’s a movie that has charmed audiences the world over, and now finally makes its way to Milwaukee so we can judge for ourselves.
I’m a sucker for a good feel-good dog-based movie, and Max looks like it just might fit the bill. The story of a PTSD-stricken dog who is brought home to the family of the deceased soldier he served alongside, the trailer makes it look like there’s about six movies happening at once here (in the vein of other dog movie classics such as Air Bud or Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and no, I am not kidding) which should be helped by the presence of such talented performers as Lauren Graham and Thomas Haden Church. I genuinely can’t wait to see this one.