Movies in Milwaukee: Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in 'Jungle Cruise,' plus Matt Damon, 'The Green Knight'
Note: This is updated for the week starting July 30.
It’s another week for big heroes on the big screen, even when the movies don’t feel as big.
Here's what’s new in Milwaukee-area theaters starting Friday, as well as some of the new movies available on streaming and on demand this week.
Note that four area theaters remain closed: the Oriental Theatre (which will reopen Aug. 20), the Times and Rosebud cinemas, and Fox-Bay Cinema Grill.
Short version: Disney’s latest park-ride-to-big-screen splash takes Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt down the Amazon in search of an ancient healing tree, lots of danger and even more wisecracks.
Where you can see it: AMC Mayfair Mall; Marcus Theatres’ Bistroplex Southridge, Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, Movie Tavern Brookfield Square, North Shore, Ridge, Saukville, Showtime, Southgate, South Shore cinemas; Silverspot Cinema. (Note: “Jungle Cruise” is available as a $30 premium on-demand offering on Disney+ starting July 30.)
‘The Green Knight’
Short version: Director and Waukesha native David Lowery puts his own, fantastical spin on the tale of Gawain (Dev Patel), King Arthur’s nephew who sets out to take on the mystical title character. Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton and Sean Harris co-star.
Where you can see it: AMC Mayfair Mall; Avalon Theater; Marcus Theatres’ Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, North Shore, Ridge, Saukville, Showtime, Southgate, South Shore cinemas; Silverspot Cinema.
Short version: Matt Damon plays a working-class American dad who heads to France to clear his daughter (Abigail Breslin) of a murder she didn’t commit in this new, nuanced drama co-written and directed by Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”).
Where you can see it: AMC Mayfair Mall; Marcus Theaters’ Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, North Shore, Ridge, Showtime, South Shore cinemas; Silverspot Cinema.
‘The Ringing Bell’
Short version: A young man who’s overwhelmed by his imagination tries to sort out what’s real and what’s not while he’s recruited to take part in a bank robbery in this fantasy-flavored feature film by Milwaukee filmmaker Casey T. Malone.
Where you can see it: Avalon Theater.
“Blackpink the Movie”: The K-pop girl group is in the spotlight in this concert movie, showing at select theaters including Marcus Theatres’ Majestic and South Shore cinemas and AMC Mayfair Mall. Tickets are $15. Info: marcustheatres.com and amctheatres.com.
Free outdoor movies
Elm Grove: The village is showing “Onward” at 8:30 p.m. July 31 in Elm Grove Village Park, 13600 Juneau Blvd. Info: elmgrovewi.org.
Glendale/Bayshore: The retail/residential complex at 5800 N. Bayshore Drive in Glendale continues its Family Flicks series with “Cars,” showing at 5 p.m. Aug. 4 on the Marquee, the big screen facing the open space called The Yard at the center of Bayshore. Info: thebayshorelife.com/events.
New movies on demand
"Enemies of the State”: The story of Matt DeHart, a hacker and whistleblower whose former Cold War spy parents try to protect their son from a no-holds-barred investigation by the federal government, is the focus of this documentary thriller whose producers include Oscar-winning documentarian (and University of Wisconsin-Madison alum) Errol Morris. Available July 30.
"Ride the Eagle”: To inherit his mother’s cabin in Yosemite, a man (Jake Johnson) must complete mom’s out-there to-do list. J.K. Simmons, Susan Sarandon and D’Arcy Carden co-star. Available July 30.
“Fully Realized Humans”: Anxious that their messed-up childhoods will affect their soon-to-be-born first child, a young couple (Joshua Leonard, Jess Weixler) set out to exorcise their dysfunctions in this comedy. Available July 30.
“Pooling to Paradise”: A Los Angeles ride-share turns into a cross-country trip for a group of disparate millennials. Available Aug. 3.
Recent releases available on demand: “In the Heights,” starting July 30.
With the Oriental Theatre closed for renovations, Sofa Cinema, Milwaukee Film’s virtual theater, has movies for online rental at mkefilm.org/sofacinema. New on the site this week: "Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters," "Dead Pig," "Sweet Thing" and "Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation."
This week's streaming picks
“Betrayal at Attica”: The 1971 uprising at New York’s Attica prison, the brutal assault that ended it and the decades-long coverup that followed are the focus of this new documentary. On HBO Max Aug. 1.
"Pray Away”: This new documentary explores the impact of the “pray the gay away” movement, including a survivor’s search for healing. On Netflix Aug. 3.
"The Last Mercenary”: Jean-Claude Van Damme plays a former secret services agent who returns to France to rescue his son after he’s falsely accused of selling arms and drugs in this new action comedy. On Netflix July 30.
Recent releases debuting on streaming services: “Every Breath You Take,” on Hulu Aug. 1; “Stealing Chaplin,” on Amazon Prime Aug. 3.