By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Dec 26, 2016 at 1:06 PM

Tis the season for Milwaukee merriment and BMO Harris Bank is bringing you happy holiday stories all season long.

Off of work this week and looking for something to do other than pick at Christmas leftovers, mess with your new gifts or nap in front of the TV watching some meaningless college football bowl game?

To the movie theater!

The week between Christmas and New Year's is one of the busiest times of year for your local movie theater, and this year, there's a blizzard of cute kids movies, dramas destined for awards and intense action flicks to help celebrate the season with cinema. Here's a guide to everything out in theaters this very special – and hopefully very relaxing – week.


Rating: PG-13
Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker 
Plot: A linguist helps translate an unknown language brought to Earth by mysterious aliens.  
Showing: AMC Mayfair 

"Assassin's Creed"

Rating: PG-13
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons
Plot: Based on the popular video game series, a criminal goes back into the memories of his ancestor, an assassin during the Spanish Inquisition.
Showing: All Marcus theaters, AMC Mayfair and iPic

"Collateral Beauty"

Rating: PG-13
Starring: Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton
Plot: Three work friends attempt to oust their friend and co-worker, heartbroken by the death of his young child, from their business by convincing him he's communicating with the embodiments of Love, Death and Time. 
Showing: All Marcus theaters, AMC Mayfair and iPic


Rating: N/A
Starring: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh
Plot: A Bollywood movie about the true story of a father who taught his two daughters how to wrestle.
Showing: Marcus Ridge Cinema and AMC Mayfair

"Doctor Strange"

Rating: PG-13
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton
Plot: In the latest Marvel movie, a egomaniacal doctor is humbled by a car accident and becomes in tune with the spiritual world, just in time to help save the world from dimension-altering villains
Showing: AMC Mayfair


Rating: R
Starring: Isabelle Huppert
Plot: After being attacked and raped in her home, a woman stalks and hunts her assailant back in this edgy, critically-acclaimed thriller from director Paul Verhoeven ("Total Recall," "Basic Instinct").
Showing: Landmark Downer

"Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them"

Rating: PG-13
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler
Plot: A Harry Potter story taking place in 1920s America, as a lone creature collector attempts to wrangle together some escaped beasts that have ventured into New York City.
Showing: All Marcus theaters and AMC Mayfair


Rating: PG-13
Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis
Plot: Based on August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Fences" tells the story of a mid-century father coping with changes in his family and the world around him.
Showing: All Marcus theaters, AMC Mayfair and iPic

"Hacksaw Ridge"

Rating: R
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington
Plot: Based on a true story, a man chooses to fight in World War II while also refusing to carry a gun or weapon of any kind.
Showing: Marcus Ridge


Rating: R
Starring: Natalie Portman, Billy Crudup, Peter Sarsgaard
Plot: A biopic about Jackie Kennedy in the days after JFK's assassination.
Showing: Marcus North Shore and Landmark Oriental

"La La Land"

Rating: PG-13
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
Plot: A modern day musical about an aspiring musician and an aspiring actress who fall in love in Hollywood.
Showing: Marcus Majestic, Marcus North Shore and Landmark Oriental


Rating: PG-13
Starring: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman
Plot: After getting separated from his family as a child, a man searches for his original family with the help of Google Earth.
Showing: Marcus Ridge and Landmark Oriental

"Manchester by the Sea"

Rating: R
Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler
Plot: A Boston handyman comes to terms with the loss of his brother. 
Showing: Marcus Hillside, Marcus Majestic, Marcus Menomonee Falls, Marcus North Shore, Marcus Ridge, Marcus South Shore, AMC Mayfair and Landmark Downer


Rating: PG
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Auli'i Cravalho, Jemaine Clement
Plot: An island princess must travel the seas and help save her people's land with the help of the shape-shifting demigod Maui.
Showing: All Marcus theaters and AMC Mayfair

"Office Christmas Party"

Rating: R
Starring: Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, Jennifer Aniston
Plot: A tech company throws an office Christmas party. Things go wrong.
Showing: Most Marcus theaters and AMC Mayfair


Rating: PG-13
Starring: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence
Plot: Two space travelers wake up 90 years too soon on a trip to a new planet.
Showing: All Marcus theaters, AMC Mayfair and iPic

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

Rating: PG-13
Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen
Plot: A "Star Wars" prequel in which a ragtag band of rebels seeks to steal the Death Star plans. 
Showing: All Marcus theaters, AMC Mayfair, Avalon, Rosebud and iPic


Rating: PG
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Tori Kelly
Plot: A struggling theater owner puts on a singing competition to help save his beloved arthouse.
Showing: All Marcus theaters, AMC Mayfair, Avalon, Times and iPic

"Why Him?"

Rating: R
Starring: James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch
Plot: A protective father gets into a battle of wills with the insane tech billionaire his daughter has fallen in love with.
Showing: All Marcus theaters and AMC Mayfair

Last chance to watch on Netflix

The following movies will leave Netflix on Jan. 1, so watch them now while you can!

  • "30 for 30: Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks"
  • "30 for 30: No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson" 
  • "30 for 30: The Day the Series Stopped" 
  • "30 for 30: Jordan Rides the Bus"
  • "30 for 30: Without Bias"
  • "30 for 30: Once Brothers" 
  • "30 for 30: Bernie and Ernie" 
  • "30 for 30: Requiem for the Big East"
  • "30 for 30: The Price of Gold"
  • "Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein"
  • "Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman" 
  • "The Amityville Horror" 
  • "Angry Birds Toons" season 1
  • "Bewitched"
  • "Blade 2"
  • "Bring It On"
  • "Bring It On: All or Nothing"
  • "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
  • "Coming to America"
  • "Columbo" seasons 1-7
  • "Crash"
  • "Cupcake Wars" collection 2
  • "Chopped Collection" collection 2
  • "Dazed and Confused"
  • "The Fast and the Furious"
  • "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift"
  • "Final Destination 3"
  • "Flip or Flop" season 1
  • "Fixer Upper" seasons 1-2
  • "Ghost Town"
  • "Hairspray"
  • "House Hunters" collection 3
  • "House Hunters International" collection 3
  • "House Hunters Renovation" collection 1
  • "The Italian Job"
  • "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" seasons 1-3
  • "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" season 13
  • "Little Black Book"
  • "Little Man" 
  • "Maid in Manhattan" 
  • "Miracle on 34th Street"
  • "Murder, She Wrote" seasons 1-12
  • "Nanny McPhee" 
  • "The Painted Veil" 
  • "Property Brothers" seasons 4-5
  • "Saved by the Bell" seasons 1-6
  • "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut"
  • "Stardust"
  • "Superstar"
  • "Sixteen Candles"
  • "Saving Private Ryan"
  • "The Uninvited"
  • "Vanity Fair"
  • "The Wicker Man"
  • "You Live in What?" season 3
  • "Zoom: Academy for Superheroes"
Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.