‘She Said’, ‘The Menu’ and more


Note: This is updated for the week beginning November 18.

Between “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and the Thanksgiving Eve movie rush that kicks off the holiday movie season, Milwaukee is getting another batch of movies that are sure to pop up in awards season conversations (and, according to most critical accounts, they’re pretty good too).

Here’s what’s new in theaters in the Milwaukee area starting Friday, plus some of the new movies available for streaming and on-demand this week.

PICTURES:Films made in Wisconsin, from “Major League” to “Blues Brothers”

‘She says’

Short version: New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey (the latter’s resume includes four years with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) set out to tell the story of powerful Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and his systemic abuse, assault and harassment. women – and the decades of silence that surrounded it – in this true story newsroom drama.

Where you can see it: AMC Mayfair Shopping Centre; Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, North Shore, Ridge, South Shore Cinemas from Marcus Theatres.

‘The menu’

Chef Slowik (Ralph Fiennes) shows Margot (Anya Taylor-Joy) his cooking in the food satire "The menu."

Short version: A small group of diners, including the skeptic Anya Taylor-Joy, are admitted to an exclusive restaurant run by a legendary but idiosyncratic chef (Ralph Fiennes) whose menu, it turns out, holds surprises. Nicholas Hoult, Hong Chau, John Leguizamo and Milwaukee Repertory Theater alum Judith Light co-star in this dark horror satire.

Where you can see it: AMC Mayfair Shopping Centre; Avalon Theatre; Marcus Theatres’ Bistroplex Southridge, Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, Movie Tavern Brookfield Square, North Shore, Ridge, Saukville, Showtime, Southgate, South Shore Cinemas; Oriental Theater; Silverspot Cinema.

“Decision to leave”

A detective (Park Hae-il, left) falls in love with a mysterious widow who is the prime suspect in his murder investigation in Park Chan-wook's dark thriller

Short version: A detective investigating a man’s death ends up falling in love with the victim’s mysterious wife even as he suspects her involvement in the crime. Korean filmmaker Park Chan-Wook’s neo-noir thriller (“Oldboy,” “Lady Vengeance”) is South Korea’s entry for this year’s Best International Feature Film Oscar.

Where you can see it: Eastern Theater.

Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro

The Oscar-winning filmmaker turns to stop-motion animation to resell the classic tale in

Short version: Oscar-winning director del Toro puts his own spin on the classic story by returning to the original about the wooden boy who comes to life in this stop-motion animated spectacle. The voice cast includes Gregory Mann, Ewan McGregor, Ron Perlman, Christoph Waltz and Tilda Swinton.

Where you can see it: Hillside of Marcus Theatres, Menomonee Falls, Ridge, Showtime Cinemas.

“You Look Like Me”

Short version: Separated from her younger sister, a young girl finds a way to survive by finding new identities in this French-language drama from Egyptian-American filmmaker Dina Amer.

Where you can see it: AMC Mayfair Shopping Centre.

“Big Trouble in Little China” at the Times Cinema

Over-the-top 1986 action film by John Carpenter “Big Problem in Little China” starring Kurt Russell, screens at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Times Cinema on its WMSE Friday Night Freak Show. Tickets are $11. Information: timescinema.com.

Nicolas Cage films at Times Cinema

Nicolas Cage's Hi McDunnough Is an Incompetent Criminal Who Kidnaps a Baby in Comedy

Nicolas Cage has the whole month going for him at the Times Cinema in November. This week’s “Nic Cage November” movies: “Raising Arizona” at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 19-20 and Nov. 23; and “The Family Man” 3:30 p.m. on November 19 and 20 and 6:30 p.m. on November 24. Tickets are $11. Information: avalonmke.com and www.timecinema.com.

What’s New at UWM Union Cinema

Due to renovation delays by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Student Union, the Union Cinema during the fall 2022 semester is located in room B91 of Mitchell Hall, 3203 N. Downer Ave. Free entry and open to all. This week’s highlights: “Dry Ground Burning”, a Brazilian sci-fi/documentary hybrid, at 8 p.m. on Nov. 18 and 7 p.m. on Nov. 19. Info: cinema.uwm.edu.

New movies on demand

The documentary "bad ax" explores the challenges an Asian American family finds in their small Michigan town because of the pandemic and white supremacists.

“Bad Axe”: This powerful documentary, premiering at this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival, follows an Asian American family in Bad Axe, Michigan as they struggle to keep their family restaurant running during the COVID-19 pandemic and amid a racist backlash from white supremacists. Available November 18.

“Poker face”: A tech billionaire (Russell Crowe, who also directed) hosts a poker game with high stakes in more ways than one, as a revenge plot is revealed and armed robbers break in. Liam Hemsworth and the RZA co-star. Available November 22.

“Lamborghini: the man behind the legend”: Frank Grillo plays Ferruccio Lamborghini, the founder of the luxury car company, in this biopic. Available November 18.

“Love, Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Charlie Trotter”: Trotter, the Chicago chef and restaurateur who helped remake fine dining in America, is at the center of this new documentary. Available November 18.

“There there”: Prolific independent filmmaker Andrew Bujalski (“Funny Ha Ha”) follows seven people whose relationships lead to more relationships, romantic and otherwise. Jason Schwartzman, Lili Taylor, Lennie James and Molly Gordon star. Available November 18.

“Something in the Dirt”: A pair of filmmakers set out to prove there was something out there and stumble upon something much worse in this sci-fi comedy. Available November 20.

Recent releases newly available on demand: “The Woman King”, November 22; “Brothers”, November 22; “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” November 22; “The Good House” November 22; “Secret Headquarters”, November 22.

New movies on streaming services

Gisele (Amy Adams, left) tries to turn her new suburban world into a true fairy tale and meets the local queen bee (Maya Rudolph) in "Disillusioned."

“Disillusioned”: Ten years after reuniting with her real Prince Charming, fairytale princess Giselle begins to regret her old life, only to find that returning to a fairytale world comes with a price. Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, and Idina Menzel return in this belated sequel, whose cast also includes Maya Rudolph, Jayma Mays, Oscar Nunez, Yvette Nicole Brown, and more. On Disney+ November 24.

“People We Hate At Marriage”: A family’s complicated relationships boil over when they travel to England for their half-sister’s wedding. Kristen Bell, Allison Janney, Ben Platt and Cynthia Addai-Robinson star in this new comedy. On Amazon Prime Video November 18.

The mouse that built Disney is at the center of the new documentary "Mickey: The story of a mouse."

“Mickey: The Story of a Mouse”: This new Disney documentary traces the history and legacy of Mickey Mouse. On Disney+ November 18.

“Slumberland”: When a girl finds a secret map to the dream world, she enlists the help of an over-the-top outlaw (Jason Momoa) in her attempt to see her late father again. On Netflix November 18.

“Violent Action”: A young woman tries to hide her real job as a master assassin in this Japanese action flick on Netflix November 18.

“Swimmers”: Two sisters who are competitive swimmers flee war-torn Syria as part of their dream of competing in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil in this drama based on a true story. On Netflix November 23.

“Blue’s Big City Adventure”: In this feature film based on the children’s show “Blue’s Clues”, Josh (Joshua Dela Cruz) and Blue (the animated blue dog) travel to New York to audition for a Broadway musical. BD Wong, Alex Winter, Ali Stroker and Steve Burns (yes, Blue’s original pal) co-star. On Paramount+ November 18.

Recent versions newly available on streaming services: “No”, the peacock on November 18; “Fiery,” on Apple TV+ on November 18; “The Forgiven” on Hulu on November 18; “Dual,” on Hulu Nov. 20; “The Immaculate Room” on Hulu on November 22; “Good night, Oppy” on Amazon Prime Video on November 23.

Contact Chris Foran at[email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at@cforan12.

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