Sept. 05--Marcus Theatres is upping the ante in its alternative movie programming this fall, adding a bucket of old comedy favorites and some limited-run showings of art-house fare that had little or no big-screen time in Milwaukee to the occasional concert and special-event shows that turn up regularly in its theaters.
The programming is from Theatre Entertainment Network.
Participating Marcus theaters include the Majestic, Menomonee Falls, North Shore, Ridge and South Shore cinemas; not all theaters are showing all of the movies listed below, so check theater listings for details.
September's alternative offerings include:
Sept. 7:"The United States of Football," a documentary exploring the impact of concussions and other repetitive-trauma injuries in football, from grade-school level to the pros.
Sept. 9-12:"Starbuck," the French-Canadian comedy that was a hit at last year's Milwaukee Film Festival (and being remade this year with Vince Vaughn) about a sperm donor who discovers years later that he's the father of more than 500 kids -- many of whom want to track him down; "National Lampoon's Animal House," the classic campus comedy from 1978 with John Belushi, "Shout!" and the world's greatest toga party; and "LOL Short Film Festival," a collection of nine short comedies "not for the easily offended."
Sept. 16-19:"Between Us," a drama about the tangled lives of two couples, starring Julia Stiles, Taye Diggs, Melissa George and David Harbour; "Rockshow," the Paul McCartney & Wings concert documentary from 1980; and "Dazed and Confused," the Richard Linklater stoner comedy from 1993 that put Matthew McConaughey on the map.
Sept. 23-26:"Fast Times at Ridgemont High," the 1982 teen comedy with Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, Eric Stoltz, Forest Whitaker and Sean Penn as the ur-stoner, Jeff Spicoli; and "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey," the documentary -- a hit at last year's Milwaukee Film Festival -- about a singer's rise to become the frontman in Journey, just in time for the album-rock group's resurgence.
Sept. 30-Oct. 3:"The Thing," John Carpenter's 1982 remake of the classic 1951 alien-horror-sci-fi movie, which some fans prefer to the original (Kurt Russell stars); and "The Hunt," a drama with Mads Mikkelsen as a teacher whose life is turned upside down because of a false rumor.
Tickets are $5, except for "The United States of Football." For tickets and more information on the series, go to Marcus Theatres' website, www.marcustheatres.com.
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