'Transformers: Rise of the Beasts,' 'Wisconsin Pride' premiere are among the new movies in theaters in Milwaukee this week
Note: This story is updated for the week starting June 9.
It’s come to this: Even the beasts of the field are robots in disguise.
Here's what’s new in Milwaukee-area theaters starting Friday, as well as some of the new movies available on streaming this week.
‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’
Short version: In the umpty-millionth installment of the Transformers saga, the good-guy Autobots have a new batch of robot-shape-shifters, the Maximals (animals that are really giant robots — get it?), to contend with during their battle with the hated Decepticons. Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback join the franchise, with a voice cast including Michelle Yeoh, Peter Dinklage, Pete Davidson and Ron Perlman.
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.
'The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster'
Short version: After her brother is murdered, a brilliant teenager sets out to bring him back to life in this thriller about the survival of family in the face of systemic threats, inspired by Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” Bomani J. Story's feature-film directorial debut screened earlier this year at the 2023 Milwaukee Film Festival.
Where you can see it: Marcus Theatres' Menomonee Falls, South Shore cinemas.
‘It Ain’t Over’
Short version: Baseball legend Yogi Berra has almost become a comic figure, known more for well-orchestrated malapropisms than for his Hall of Fame career, being a veteran of D-Day and more. This new documentary sets out to rebalance Berra’s story, and his legacy.
Where you can see it: AMC Mayfair Mall.
'Mending the Line'
Short version: A Marine wounded in Afghanistan (Sinqua Walls) is sent to a V.A. facility in Montana where he meets a Vietnam Vet (Brian Cox) who teaches him fly fishing as a way to manage his trauma. Perry Mattfeld, Patricia Heaton, Irene Bedard and Wes Studi co-star.
Where you can see it: Marcus Theatres' Hillside, Ridge, Saukville, Showtime cinemas.
Short version: Melissa Barrera and Paul Mescal (Oscar nominee for last year’s “Aftersun”) star in a reimagining of the classic opera, including a new score and songs, by choreographer-turned-director Benjamin Millepied (“The Black Swan”).
Where you can see it: AMC Mayfair Mall.
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Theatrical premiere of ‘Wisconsin Pride’ at Oriental Theatre
"Wisconsin Pride," a new documentary about the LGBTQ+ experience in Wisconsin, will screen in a red-carpet event at the Oriental Theatre at 7 p.m. June 9. The documentary, which will air on public television stations in Wisconsin June 20, is a collaboration between PBS Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Historical Society. Tickets are free, but you have to reserve one at mkefilm.org/pride.
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Best of Milwaukee Film Festival: ‘The Eight Mountains’ and ‘Godland’
Two of the in-demand titles from the 2023 Milwaukee Film Festival are coming back to the Oriental Theatre for daily screenings June 9-14: “The Eight Mountains,” a story of two childhood friends who reunite to build a cottage in the Italian Alps; and “Godland,” a drama about an 19th-century Danish priest whose faith is tested when he sets out to build a church in rural Iceland. Showtimes vary; tickets are $12. Info: mkefilm.org/oriental-theatre.
Pride Month movies at Oriental Theatre
In addition to hosting the screening of “Wisconsin Pride,” Milwaukee Film is showing two cult classics at the Oriental Theatre for Pride Month: “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” at 6:30 p.m. June 10 and “Mommie Dearest” at 3 p.m. June 11. Tickets are $12. Info: mkefilm.org/pride.
‘Caddyshack’ at Avalon Theater
The 1980 golf comedy “Caddyshack” is showing at the Avalon Theater at 12:30 p.m. June 10, so you’ve got that going for you. Which is nice. Tickets are $10. Info: avalonmke.com.
'Tron' and 'Tron: Legacy' at Times Cinema
The Times Cinema continues “Joystick June” with a double-feature screening of the first videogame movie, 1980’s “Tron,” and its 3-D 2010 sequel “Tron: Legacy” at 6:30 p.m. June 9 and 4:30 p.m. June 10-11. Tickets are $12. Info: timescinema.com.
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Free outdoor movies in the Milwaukee area this week
Milwaukee/Martin Drive Neighborhood: The west side Milwaukee neighborhood association continues its summer movie series with "DC League of Super-Pets" at sunset June 9 at the neighborhood’s Community Gardens, 1345 N. 46th St. Info: martin-drive.org.
Elm Grove: The village’s Friday Flicks begin at the Elm Grove Village Park Pavilion, 13600 Juneau Blvd, with “Minions: The Rise of Gru” at 8:30 p.m. June 9. Info: elmgrovewi.org.
Glendale/Bayshore: The retail complex at 5800 N. Bayshore Drive kicks off its Bayshore Family Flicks series in The Yard, the center’s outdoor expanse, with “Turning Red” showing at 5 p.m. June 14. Info: thebayshorelife.com/events.
Greendale: The village's movie series, organized by Gift of Wings, is showing “Top Gun: Maverick” in Greendale Gazebo Park, 5710 Broad St., at dusk June 10. Info: giftofwingslanding.com.
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New movies on demand
"Dalíland”: A young gallery assistant is recruited to help aging Salvador Dalí (Ben Kingsley) make it through a big show in 1973 New York in this drama directed by Mary Harron (“American Psycho”). Ezra Miller (he of the tabloid headlines and the upcoming “The Flash”) plays the young Dalí. Available June 9.
“Americonned”: This documentary looks at the erosion of the American middle class and how some are fighting back. Available June 9.
“Aloners”: In this Korean drama, a woman who has made a life of being alone begins to think that she’s had it all wrong. Available June 9.
Recent releases newly available on demand: “Playing With Fire,” June 9; “John Wick: Chapter 4,” June 13; “The End of Sex,” June 13; “Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire,” June 13.
New movies on streaming services
“Flamin’ Hot”: A janitor at Frito-Lay (Jesse Garcia) taps his Mexican heritage and comes up with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos in this based-on-a-what-likely-is-not-a-true-story drama directed by Eva Longoria. Dennis Haysbert, Matt Walsh, Pepe Serna and Green Bay native Tony Shalhoub (as skeptical PepsiCo CEO Roger Enrico) co-star. On Hulu and Disney+ June 9.
“Jagged Mind”: A girl discovers her blackouts are caused by being stuck in a series of time loops in this thriller. On Hulu June 15.
Recent releases newly available on streaming services: “Babylon,” on MGM+ June 9; "Murder at Yellowstone City," on Hulu June 9.
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