Note: This is updated for the week starting Nov. 23.
The long Thanksgiving weekend is one of the biggest movie-going seasons of the year. Or it was, before COVID-19 kind of wrecked everything. This week, we’re seeing what we used to see: a whole bunch of big movies — some crowd-pleasers, some award-seekers, some both — making it to the big screen on Thanksgiving Eve. Here are the new releases opening in Milwaukee-area movie theaters Wednesday.
‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’
Short version: Daniel Craig’s drawling detective Benoit Blanc returns in this second installment in Rian Johnson’s truly entertaining whodunit series. This time, he’s at a ritzy private estate on a Greek island, where a millionaire (Edward Norton) has invited an odd assortment of friends and frenemies for a murder mystery game that turns out to not be a game after all. Janelle Monae, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista co-star.
Where you can see it: Marcus Theatres’ Majestic, Ridge, South Shore cinemas.
Short version: In Steven Spielberg’s autobiographical coming-of-age drama, a 16-year-old aspiring filmmaker (Gabriel LaBelle) tries to pursue his dream with conflicting levels of support from his parents (Paul Dano, Michelle Williams) and family (Seth Rogen, Judd Hirsch, Jeannie Berlin, more). Written by Spielberg’s “Lincoln” collaborator Tony Kushner, it’s expected to be a heavy hitter come Oscar nominations time.
Where you can see it: AMC Mayfair Mall; Landmark Downer Theatre; Marcus Theatres’ Majestic, North Shore, Ridge, South Shore cinemas.
Short version: In this new animated Disney adventure, a family of explorers heads into an unknown world with a raft of characters and creatures straight out of a Dali painting. Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, Gabrielle Union, Lucy Liu and Jaboukie Young-White head the voice cast.
Where you can see it: AMC Mayfair Mall; Marcus Theatres’ Bistroplex Southridge, Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, Movie Tavern Brookfield Square, North Shore, Ridge, Showtime, Southgate, South Shore cinemas; Silverspot Cinema.
‘Bones and All’
Short version: Two young cannibals — they prefer the term “eaters” — go on a cross-country road trip across Ronald Reagan’s America, trying to run away from their terrifying appetite while falling in love. Timothée Chalamet, Taylor Russell and Mark Rylance star in this dreamlike but definitely gory romance of sorts by Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me By Your Name”).
Where you can see it: Marcus Theatres’ Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, North Shore, Ridge, Showtime, Southgate, South Shore cinemas; Oriental Theatre; Silverspot Cinema.
Short version: This Korean War drama tells the story of Jesse Brown (Jonathan Majors, Marvel’s next archvillian Kang the Conqueror), the first Black aviator to complete the Navy’s basic training program, and the one white officer who stood by him, his wingman Tom Hudner (“Top Gun: Maverick’s” Glen Powell).
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.
'Neil Young: Harvest Time' at Marcus Theatres, Silverspot Cinema
Filmed 51 years ago but never released, "Neil Young: Harvest Time" follows rock legend Neil Young from his farm in northern California, to London performing with the London Symphony Orchestra to Nashville — in each destination working on his landmark album "Harvest." The movie is getting a limited theatrical release, with showings at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at Marcus Theatres' Majestic, Menomonee Falls, Ridge and South Shore cinemas, and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at Silverspot Cinema. Tickets are $15. Info: marcustheatres.com and silverspot.com.
'Portrait of the Queen' at Marcus Theatres
From photographs to paintings to postage stamps, Queen Elizabeth II was one of the most depicted people of her time. The new documentary "Portrait of the Queen" tells her story through more than 90 years of those images. It's showing at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Marcus Theatres' Majestic, Ridge and South Shore cinemas; tickets are $15. Info: marcustheatres.com.
Nicolas Cage movies at Times Cinema
Nicolas Cage gets the whole month to himself at the Times Cinema in November. This week’s “Nic Cage November” movies: “Face/Off,” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 25-27 and Nov. 30; and “The Wicker Man,” 9:45 p.m. Nov. 25-26 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Tickets are $11. Info: avalonmke.com and timescinema.com.
'Batman & Robin' at Avalon Theater
How over the top can a comic-book movie be? That's just one of the questions "Batman & Robin," the 1997 semi-comic action movie that nearly sunk the Dark Knight franchise tries to answer: George Clooney as Batman (we won't be discussing the Batsuit here) battles Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze and Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, with sidekicks Robin (Chris O'Donnell) and Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone), and it's all on the big screen at the Avalon Theater at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Tickets are $11. Info: avalonmke.com.
New movies on demand
"Battle for Saipan”: In this war movie set during the bloody battle of Saipan in the Pacific theater in World War II, an American surgeon has to defend his field hospital from enemy forces. Available Nov. 29.
“Rift”: An FBI agent is faced with a dilemma: Stop a string of bombs or save his wife from the madman responsible for them. Available Nov. 25.
“Kasama”: This documentary follows husband and wife culinary duo Genie Kwon and Tim Flores as they open their first Chicago restaurant — during the pandemic. Available Dec. 1.
“Crossing”: Twenty years after he leaves his Soviet family behind for the United States, a man is forced to return home and finds things not that much changed. Mesrop Tsaghikyan, Marina Sirtis, Rudolf Martin, Teri Reeves and Kathleen Gati star. Available Dec. 1.
Recent releases newly available on demand: “Please Baby Please,” Nov. 29.
New films on streaming services
“A Man of Action”: In this Spanish drama inspired by a true story, an anarchist targets one of the world's biggest banks with a counterfeiting operation. On Netflix Nov. 30.
“My Name Is Vendetta”: After enemies kill the rest of his family, a former Mafia enforcer and his daughter hide out and plot revenge in this Italian crime thriller. On Netflix Nov. 30.
“Ghislaine Maxwell: Filthy Rich”: This documentary from the makers of “Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich” profiles Epstein’s mystery accomplice. On Netflix Nov. 25.
"A Hollywood Christmas”: A director of hit Christmas movies meets her match when a handsome network executive shows up and threatens to halt production on her latest film. On HBO Max Dec. 1.
Recent releases newly available on streaming services: “How to Please a Woman,” on Hulu Nov. 26.
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