By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Feb 16, 2024 at 5:56 PM

The big screen is back! And if there's one thing I learned over the past several years, it's that watching a movie at home is nice and convenient, but the big screen is the best – between the sound, the picture and the ability to give yourself to the story without distractions. (Or at least TOO many distractions.)

But while big screens are certainly back, audiences' ability to keep track of what movies are playing on it? Less so. Between disappearing movie listings, ad campaigns unable to reach increasingly fractured audiences and the firehose of content shooting at audiences across all sorts of services these days, it's easy to lose track of everything to be seen.

So we're here to help!

Here's a lineup of everything showing in Milwaukee and Milwaukee-area cinemas – from the biggest blockbusters, to special screenings showing maybe just once or twice on the big screen, and beyond. This weekend, there's finally notable new releases out! I know: Hollywood studios finally released some dang movies, from "Bob Marley: One Love" to "Madame Web" and the sumptuous French foodie movie "The Taste of Things." And if none of that is to your taste, there's plenty of other Valentine's Day weekend treats worth falling in love with.

Indeed, that's just a few of this weekend's cinematic offerings, so here's the full list of movies found on Brew City big screens this weekend – arranged by theater. (For specific movie times, click the link and visit their respective websites – and for more movie takes and info, follow @aManAboutFilm on Twitter and Instagram!)

Marcus Theatres

"American Fiction" – Jeffrey Wright ("Westworld," "The Batman") stars as a struggling author who writes an "autobiographical" book of cliches and stereotypes in the hopes of finally scoring a hit ... and does exactly that in this scathing satire. For those looking to see this year's Oscar contenders, expect to see this movie's name all over the place on Oscar nomination morning. (And indeed: five nominations!) (Now showing at Majestic, Menomonee Falls and South Shore locations.)

"Anyone But You" – It's cold enough outside: See a movie with some heat. This sexy and sweet rom-com stars up-and-coming stars Sydney Sweeney (HBO's "Euphoria") and Glen Powell ("Top Gun: Maverick") as an antagonistic pair pretending that they're dating at a big family wedding. Why it's coming out now rather than around Valentine's Day, I do not know – but it's out there for those rooting for the return of the rom-com! (Now showing at Hillside, Majestic, North Shore, Ridge and South Shore locations.)

"Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" – The world's favorite (OK, the world's only) fish-talker returns in this DC superhero sequel, swimming along once more with Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) as he battles with Black Manta as well as his new responsibilities as king of Atlantis and as a father. (Now showing at Menomonee Falls, Movie Tavern and South Shore locations.)

"Argylle" – We finally have a star-studded action blockbuster in 2024! It took a month, but now there's "Argylle," a spy romp about a mousy novelist (Bryce Dallas Howard) who finds herself at the center of an actual real-life espionage adventure along with Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, John Cena, Dua Lipa and Henry Cavill – all coming from the colorful sensibility of "Kingsman" and "X-Men: First Class" director Matthew Vaughn. (Now showing at the BistroPlex, Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, Movie Tavern, North Shore, Ridge and South Shore locations.)

"The Beekeeper" – Jason Statham stars as a gentle beekeeper trying to keep the little pollinators alive in this nature drama ... nah, just kidding; it's about Statham punching and kicking scammers in the face really hard. For fans of "John Wick" or silly '80s action movies starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, you have your first good movie of 2024. (Now showing at Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, Movie Tavern, Ridge and South Shore locations.)

"Bob Marley: One Love": Bob Marley (played by the terrific Kingsley Ben-Adir of "One Night in Miami") gets the Hollywood biopic treatment with "One Love," not pulling the "Walk Hard" approach of the whole life story but instead taking a snapshot of Marley's life as he deals with the violence in 1970s Jamaica arriving at his door step while also trying to find the new sound for his next hit album. (Now showing at the BistroPlex, Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, Movie Tavern, North Shore, Ridge and South Shore locations)

"The Boys in the Boat" – Dad movie lovers unite! This true sports story – the latest directorial effort from George Clooney – follows a band of young men who form a rowing team amidst the turmoil of the Great Depression and reach the '36 Berlin Summer Olympics, where everything was totally chill and normal and not orchestrated by one of history's worst humans. (Now showing at Hillside, Majestic, North Shore and Ridge locations.)

"The Chosen: Season 4, Episodes 4-6" – The hit faith-based television show once again jumps from the small screen to the big screen, combining the next three episodes of the latest season – following Jesus and his apostles as they spread the word under the increasingly leery eye of the Roman empire – into a cinematic experience.  (Now showing at the BistroPlex, Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, Movie Tavern, North Shore, Ridge and South Shore locations.)

"The Color Purple" – The acclaimed Alice Walker novel and Steven Spielberg movie gets new life with this Oprah-produced musical adaptation following a young Black woman as she navigates hardships with sisterhood's help in the South at the turn of the 20th century. (Now showing at the Menomonee Falls)

"Dune": Getting geared up for "Dune: Part Two" in a few weeks? See where it all began – no, not the first movie from a few years ago but David Lynch's original cult favorite approach from the '80s, trying to capture the entire grandiose sci-fi epic in less than 150 minutes with the help of colorful visuals and stars like Sting and Kyle MacLachlan. It's not quite as polished as the new versions, but it has its unapologetically nerdy and strange bombastic charms. (Showing Sunday, Monday and Wednesday at the Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, North Shore, Ridge and South Shore locations)

"Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete": Anime has found a popular home in movie theaters recently – and that includes this special re-release in time for the new "Final Fantasy" game, an expanded version of the 2005 "Advent Children" film. This is normally where I'd explain the story ... but it's "Final Fantasy," so honestly I don't have the word count to try to parse through it all. But for game fans and those hunting fantastical big-screen visuals, press start. (Showing Wednesday and Thursday at the Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, North Shore, Ridge and South Shore locations)

"God & Country" – Because surely you haven't had enough politics this year – and SURELY things will calm down as the year goes along – here's a doc about politics. But the new doc does have an intriguing angle, taking a look how money and politics have infiltrated Christianity in America and contorted some of its basic tenets and beliefs away from its core. (Now showing at the Menomonee Falls, Ridge and South Shore locations)

"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" – Head back to Hogwarts, as Marcus Theatres continues its journey back through the Harry Potter movies with the second installment, "Chamber of Secrets." The original Potter films (not those pesky "Fantastic Beasts" movies) don't get enough credit for pretty consistent quality throughout each chapter – even with the child actors and even with a split final installment. And if you don't believe me, go revisit "Chamber" this week! (Showing Sunday, Monday and Wednesday at the Majestic and South Shore.)

"The Holdovers" – One of the Best Picture nominees – complete with Best Supporting Actress front-runner Da'Vine Joy Randolph – Alexander Payne's latest is a lovely "they don't make 'em like they used to" character dramedy about an ornery professor, his rapscallion student and the thoughtful lunch lady stuck together on the school grounds over holiday break. It's a perfect winter movie, capturing both the warmth and melancholy of the season. (Now showing at the Hillside.)

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One" – Did "The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes" get you hungering a revisit to "The Hunger Games" movies? Crave no longer, as the original Jennifer Lawrence-led dystopian action dramas will return to the big screen, continuing this week with the first (and preferred) of the "Mockingjay" entries. Stay tuned, because the final chapter is coming up soon, too! (Showing Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday at the Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, North Shore, Ridge and South Shore locations.)

"Land of Bad" – It may have bad in the name, but this indie action drama – about an ambushed Army team relying on a far-away drone pilot to guide them to safety in battle – has quite the resume, starring the likes of Russell Crowe and Milo Ventimiglia, and directed by William Eubank, who stylishly helmed the underrated "Underwater" from 2020. It's got a cast and a good eye – so "Land of Bad" can't be all bad! (Now showing at the Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, Ridge and South Shore locations)

"Lisa Frankenstein" – Hollywood's lone new wide release for Valentine's Day is not your typical romance: A gothic young teen (Kathryn Newton, "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania") falls in love with her work ... her work being a dead guy from centuries ago that she brought back to life with the help of science and a suped-up tanning bed. A twisted take on both the classic Mary Shelley horror story and on the typical teen romance – written by Diablo Cody of "Juno" fame! (Now showing at the BistroPlex, Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, Movie Tavern, North Shore, Ridge and South Shore locations)

"Madame Web": Sony's latest superhero movie swings into theaters, as Dakota Johnson ("50 Shades of Grey") plays an ambulance driver who suddenly discovers the ability to see into the future – and suddenly discovers a weirdo villain hunting a trio of young women in the city. If for some reason you were feeling nostalgic for the small-scale, superhero-devoid sagas of the mid-2000s, do I have the CW superhero TV show pilot for you. (Now showing at the BistroPlex, Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, Movie Tavern, North Shore, Ridge and South Shore locations)

"Mean Girls" – The modern comedy classic tries to make fetch happen again in this new musical adaptation of "Mean Girls," following a newcomer to high school culture who quickly falls in with the popular but vicious clique in the cafeteria. It's all the jokes you remember from the original plus a bunch of musical numbers you definitely don't (unless you're a big fan of the Broadway adaptation). (Now showing at BistroPlex, Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, Movie Tavern, Ridge and South Shore locations.)

"Migration" – A family of mallards flocking south (voiced by the likes of Kumail Nanjiani, Elizabeth Banks and Danny DeVito) for the winter finds themselves instead in an adventure in the big city in this new animated feature from the studio behind "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" and the "Despicable Me" films. (Now showing at BistroPlex, Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, North Shore, Ridge and South Shore locations.)

"Night Swim" – Just when you thought it was safe to get in the water ... here comes a horror movie about a family with a haunted backyard swimming pool. Come for the aquatic-themed "AHHHH"-ing; stay for the surprising amount of Milwaukee Brewers references! (Now showing at Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls and South Shore locations.)

"Ooru Peru Bhairava Kona" – The latest Bollywood booking is a mysterious adventure, as a thief discovers an intriguing village tucked away in a woods while running away from the police. His haven from the cops, however, soon threatens to become a hell as he finds himself trapped in the secluded locale with inhabitants who all have their own secrets. (Now showing at the Majestic and Ridge locations.)

"Out of Darkness" – There's been a lot of new horror movies coming out lately, but "Out of Darkness" is something completely different, telling the immersive story of a Stone Age tribe herding toward a new home only to discover a sinister lethal force on the trail. (Now showing at the Menomonee Falls, Ridge and South Shore locations)

"Peppa's Cinema Party" – It's Peppa Pig's birthday. That's right: The kids character is turning 20 (my god, I feel so old) – and to celebrate, Peppa is throwing a party in theaters complete with ten never-seen-before episodes, five all-new songs, celebrity stars making appearances and much more. (Now showing at Hillside, Menomonee Falls, North Shore and Ridge locations.)

"Poor Things" – Get ready for a weird, wild time with the latest from the director of "The Lobster," "Dogtooth" and "The Favourite" – this time following a young Frankenstein-like science experiment (Emma Stone) learning about herself and the strange world around her. If you're looking for profundity, belly laughs, beautiful cinematography and a movie to watch for awards season, this is your winner. (Now showing at the Majestic)

"Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken" – Did you miss this colorful and creative animated adventure, about a young teenage sea monster trying to live a normal life while also learning how to be a powerful tentacled kraken battling their mermaid enemies, when it first came out? Well, you've got a second chance to meet Ruby Gillman thanks to Marcus' Kids Dream series, screening recent family-friend films for the wallet-friendly price of just $3. (Now showing at the BistroPlex, Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, Movie Tavern, North Shore, Ridge and South Shore locations)

"Siren" – You hear that? Bollywood is bringing Brew City another cinematic spectacle, this time an action-thriller about a wrongly imprisoned ambulance driver who, after serving his time, seeks revenge against those who actually murdered his wife. A little "Amublance," a little "The Fugitive" and I'm sure a lot of Bollywood extravagance and excitement. (Now showing at the Ridge)

"The Taste of Things" – Looking for romance this Valentine's Day season? Ignore the big mainstream stuff and seek out this sumptuous French dish, a swooning saga about a chef and his long-time partner falling in love over a career of cooking absolutely delicious-looking food. It's a grand romantic saga with a serious helping a food porn – so make sure you eat before the movie. (Now showing at the Menomonee Falls and Ridge locations)

"Turning Red" – Disney is finally giving some of its direct-to-Disney+ Pixar movies the big screen treatment they deserve, starting with "Soul" last month and continuing this weekend with the cinematic debut of the delightful "Turning Red," following a young boy band-obsessed girl who discovers she turns into a giant red panda when stressed. And when you're a teen, everything's stressful. It's a big, bright, emotional and energetic charmer that's great to see back in the spotlight. (Now showing at the Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, North Shore, Ridge and South Shore locations)

"Wonka" – For those looking for pure imagination, there's this family-friendly origin story about the iconic Roald Dahl candy maker, starring Timothee Chalamet as the sprightly sweettooth and directed by Paul King, aka the whimsical genius behind the "Paddington" movies. Heads up, though, since the trailers won't tell you this: It's a musical! (Now showing at BistroPlex, Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, Movie Tavern, North Shore, Ridge and South Shore locations.)

"The Zone of Interest" – It took dang long enough, but this lauded Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Best Director and more is FINALLY showing in Milwaukee. Brace yourself, though, for Jonathan Glazer's ("Under the Skin") elegantly unsettling take on a Holocaust film, following a Nazi commandant's family living near to Auschwitz with seemingly no care for the horrors literally next door. (Now showing at the North Shore and Ridge locations.)

Oriental Theater

"2024 Oscar-Nominated Shorts" – Want to be the most informed person at your Oscars watch party – as well as the most entertained? Check out the Oscar-nominated shorts, films with small running times but more than worthy of the big screen with impressive stars and stories to show. Find the five live-action, the five animated and even the five documentary shorts in theaters now!

"American Fiction" – Jeffrey Wright ("Westworld," "The Batman") stars as a struggling author who writes an "autobiographical" book of cliches and stereotypes in the hopes of finally scoring a hit ... and does exactly that in this scathing satire. For those looking to see this year's Oscar contenders, expect to see this movie's name all over the place on Oscar nomination morning. (And indeed: five nominations!)

"Cemetery Man" – Valentine's Day may have passed – but the Oriental's playfully perverse Love Hurts film series is still crushing hearts, this weekend with a special screening of the 1994 giallo-inspired horror drama about a man tasked with eliminating the living dead in his small Italian village ... until one cold-blood corpse potentially wins over his warm heart. I'm sure that'll end well for everyone involved ... well, at least it will for audiences showing up for this rare special showing. (Showing Saturday)

"Girl" – Don't forget: It's still Black History Month! And the Oriental is still celebrating throughout the month of February, including this special screening of an indie gem about a young mother and her daughter living in isolation from the world suddenly finding themselves having to engage with the world – and engage with their traumatic past. (Showing Tuesday)

"Invisible Beauty" – Black History Month continues at the Oriental with this very special documentary screening, profiling modeling and fashion icon Bethann Hardison, who was an groundbreaker both on and off the runway for diversity in the industry. Pay tribute to this terrific individual with this documentary portrait – plus probably get to look at some terrific fashions and runway work in the process. (Showing Saturday)

"Lynch/Oz" – One might not naturally make a connection between the surreal nightmare creations of David Lynch and the timeless family-friendly classic "The Wizard of Oz." (Maybe "Return to Oz," but not the original. But the cinematic classic made quite the mark on Lynch and on his bizarre masterpieces as well. Watch this film-lovers feast of a documentary to find out how "Oz" made its mark on one of our most idiosyncratic directors. (Showing Saturday, Sunday and Monday)

"Mulholland Dr." – Between "Dune" heading back to the big screen and "Lynch/Oz" making its MKE debut, it's a very Lynchian weekend (in a good way, not a "monster behind the diner" way). So why not commit to the bit with a screening of arguably the director's most lauded film, "Mulholland Dr.," about a young actress falling down the rabbit hole of Hollywood. Watch the movie AND watch "Lynch/Oz" to see the inspirations in action in this Oscar-nominated surreal supreme. (Showing Saturday)

"Poor Things" – Get ready for a weird, wild time with the latest from the director of "The Lobster," "Dogtooth" and "The Favourite" – this time following a young Frankenstein-like science experiment (Emma Stone) learning about herself and the strange world around her. If you're looking for profundity, belly laughs, beautiful cinematography and a movie to watch for awards season, this is your winner.

"Rear Window" – None of the new movies suiting your fancy this weekend? Why not go back in time and take a peak at one of the best thrillers ever made instead then? As a part of their Hitcock retrospective series, the Oriental will screen the terrific "Rear Window," the Jimmy Stewart/Grace Kelly tense venture into voyeurism that still, decades later, holds up. (Showing Sunday)

"Sid and Nancy" – Looking for more tales of hearts gone haywire? The Love Hurts series at the Oriental will screen this '80s cult icon, following punk rocker Sid Vicious (Gary Oldman) and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen (Chloe Webb) along their contentious, chaotic and in the end tragic relationship. (Showing Friday)

"The Wizard of Oz" – It's ONLY one of the most iconic, influential and timeless movies ever made, almost a century later still most kids' first film experiences and almost a century later still a mesmerizing (and, in the case of the Wicked Witch, terrifying) cinematic experience unlike any other. Rewatch it back on the big screen this weekend – then see how it influenced the likes of David Lynch at "Lynch/Oz"! (Showing Friday)

AMC Mayfair

"2024 Oscar-Nominated Shorts" – Want to be the most informed person at your Oscars watch party – as well as the most entertained? Check out the Oscar-nominated shorts, films with small running times but more than worthy of the big screen with impressive stars and stories to show. Find both the five live-action and five animated shorts in theaters now!

"Amelie" – Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's imaginative French tale of romance and loving love – complete with a breakout performance from Audrey Tautou – swoons back to cinema screens just in time for Valentine's Day. See why audiences fell so hard for this visually vibrant, heart-filled five-time Oscar nominee when it came out more than 20 years ago. (Showing Wednesday)

"Anyone But You" – It's cold enough outside: See a movie with some heat. This sexy and sweet rom-com stars up-and-coming stars Sydney Sweeney (HBO's "Euphoria") and Glen Powell ("Top Gun: Maverick") as a mismatched pair pretending that they're dating at a big family wedding. Why it's coming out now rather than around Valentine's Day, I do not know – but it's out there for those rooting for the return of the rom-com!

"Argylle" – We finally have a star-studded action blockbuster in 2024! It took a month, but now there's "Argylle," a spy romp about a mousy novelist (Bryce Dallas Howard) who finds herself at the center of an actual real-life espionage adventure along with Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, John Cena, Dua Lipa and Henry Cavill – all coming from the colorful sensibility of "Kingsman" and "X-Men: First Class" director Matthew Vaughn.

"The Beekeeper" – Jason Statham stars as a gentle beekeeper trying to keep the little pollinators alive in this nature drama ... nah, just kidding; it's about Statham punching and kicking scammers in the face really hard. For fans of "John Wick" or silly '80s action movies starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, you have your first good movie of 2024.

"Bob Marley: One Love": Bob Marley (played by the terrific Kingsley Ben-Adir of "One Night in Miami") gets the Hollywood biopic treatment with "One Love," not pulling the "Walk Hard" approach of the whole life story but instead taking a snapshot of Marley's life as he deals with the violence in 1970s Jamaica arriving at his door step while also trying to find the new sound for his next hit album.

"The Chosen: Season 4, Episodes 4-6" – The hit faith-based television show once again jumps from the small screen to the big screen, combining the next three episodes of the latest season – following Jesus and his apostles as they spread the word under the increasingly leery eye of the Roman empire – into a cinematic experience. 

"The Color Purple" – The acclaimed Alice Walker novel and Steven Spielberg movie gets new life with this Oprah-produced musical adaptation following a young Black woman as she navigates hardships with sisterhood's help in the South at the turn of the 20th century. 

"Dune": Getting geared up for "Dune: Part Two" in a few weeks? See where it all began – no, not the first movie from a few years ago but David Lynch's original cult favorite approach from the '80s, trying to capture the entire grandiose sci-fi epic in less than 150 minutes with the help of colorful visuals and stars like Sting and Kyle MacLachlan. It's not quite as polished as the new versions, but it has its unapologetically nerdy and strange bombastic charms. (Showing Monday)

"Fighter" – The need for speed – this time, in Hindi! "Fighter" is Bollywood's take on "Top Gun," about hotshot fighter pilots getting recruited for a special Air Force unit taking on some of the most challenging missions in the skies. 

"Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete": Anime has found a popular home in movie theaters recently – and that includes this special re-release in time for the new "Final Fantasy" game, an expanded version of the 2005 "Advent Children" film. This is normally where I'd explain the story ... but it's "Final Fantasy," so honestly I don't have the word count to try to parse through it all. But for game fans and those hunting fantastical big-screen visuals, press start.  (Showing Wednesday and Thursday)

"Land of Bad" – It may have bad in the name, but this indie action drama – about an ambushed Army team relying on a far-away drone pilot to guide them to safety in battle – has quite the resume, starring the likes of Russell Crowe and Milo Ventimiglia, and directed by William Eubank, who stylishly helmed the underrated "Underwater" from 2020. It's got a cast and a good eye – so "Land of Bad" can't be all bad!

"Lisa Frankenstein" – Hollywood's lone new wide release for Valentine's Day is not your typical romance: A gothic young teen (Kathryn Newton, "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania") falls in love with her work ... her work being a dead guy from centuries ago that she brought back to life with the help of science and a suped-up tanning bed. A twisted take on both the classic Mary Shelley horror story and on the typical teen romance – written by Diablo Cody of "Juno" fame!

"Madame Web": Sony's latest superhero movie swings into theaters, as Dakota Johnson ("50 Shades of Grey") plays an ambulance driver who suddenly discovers the ability to see into the future – and suddenly discovers a weirdo villain hunting a trio of young women in the city. If for some reason you were feeling nostalgic for the small-scale, superhero-devoid sagas of the mid-2000s, do I have the CW superhero TV show pilot for you.

"Mean Girls" – The modern comedy classic tries to make fetch happen again in this new musical adaptation of "Mean Girls," following a newcomer to high school culture who quickly falls in with the popular but vicious clique in the cafeteria. It's all the jokes you remember from the original plus a bunch of musical numbers you definitely don't (unless you're a big fan of the Broadway adaptation).

"Migration" – A family of mallards flocking south (voiced by the likes of Kumail Nanjiani, Elizabeth Banks and Danny DeVito) for the winter finds themselves instead in an adventure in the big city in this new animated feature from the studio behind "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" and the "Despicable Me" films. 

"Night Swim" – Just when you thought it was safe to get in the water ... here comes a horror movie about a family with a haunted backyard swimming pool. Come for the aquatic-themed "AHHHH"-ing; stay for the surprising amount of Milwaukee Brewers references!

"Oppenheimer" – Hot off its 13 Oscar nominations – including Best Picture – Christopher Nolan's mesmerizing biopic about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the creation of the atomic bomb returns to the big screen in all its bombastic glory this week. If you didn't get a chance to see this outstanding freight train of a movie – filled with great performances, a fascinating story and brilliant sound – don't miss out again. 

"Origin" – The latest from Ava DuVernay ("Selma," "13th") is possibly her most ambitious and sprawling movie yet, adapting Isabel Wilkerson's considered-unfilmable book "Caste" into an emotional look at the ways society has divided people now and deep into humanity's history. (Showing Sunday)

"Out of Darkness" – There's been a lot of new horror movies coming out lately, but "Out of Darkness" is something completely different, telling the immersive story of a Stone Age tribe herding toward a new home only to discover a sinister lethal force on the trail. 

"The Taste of Things" – Looking for romance this Valentine's Day season? Ignore the big mainstream stuff and seek out this sumptuous French dish, a swooning saga about a chef and his long-time partner falling in love over a career of cooking absolutely delicious-looking food. It's a grand romantic saga with a serious helping a food porn – so make sure you eat before the movie.

"The Teachers' Lounge" – For those looking to catch up on all of the Oscar nominees – and I mean ALL of the Oscar nominees – Milwaukee's finally gotten this German Best International Film honoree, about a teacher who finds her values and beliefs tested when one of her students is accused of stealing. It'll probably lose to "The Zone of Interest" at the Oscars – but it's still a winning choice.

"Turning Red" – Disney is finally giving some of its direct-to-Disney+ Pixar movies the big screen treatment they deserve, starting with "Soul" last month and continuing this weekend with the cinematic debut of the delightful "Turning Red," following a young boy band-obsessed girl who discovers she turns into a giant red panda when stressed. And when you're a teen, everything's stressful. It's a big, bright, emotional and energetic charmer that's great to see back in the spotlight.

"Wonka" – For those looking for pure imagination, there's this family-friendly origin story about the iconic Roald Dahl candy maker, starring Timothee Chalamet as the sprightly sweettooth and directed by Paul King, aka the whimsical genius behind the "Paddington" movies. Heads up, though, since the trailers won't tell you this: It's a musical!

Avalon Atmospheric Theater

"Bob Marley: One Love": Bob Marley (played by the terrific Kingsley Ben-Adir of "One Night in Miami") gets the Hollywood biopic treatment with "One Love," not pulling the "Walk Hard" approach of the whole life story but instead taking a snapshot of Marley's life as he deals with the violence in 1970s Jamaica arriving at his door step while also trying to find the new sound for his next hit album.

"Madame Web": Sony's latest superhero movie swings into theaters, as Dakota Johnson ("50 Shades of Grey") plays an ambulance driver who suddenly discovers the ability to see into the future – and suddenly discovers a weirdo villain hunting a trio of young women in the city. If for some reason you were feeling nostalgic for the small-scale, superhero-devoid sagas of the mid-2000s, do I have the CW superhero TV show pilot for you.

Rosebud Cinema

"Madame Web" – The Rosebud is back! After four years in the dark thanks to COVID, the classic Tosa cinema is swinging back into action this Wednesday – fittingly with the web-swinger superhero origin story "Madame Web," following Dakota Johnson as she discovers new clairvoyant powers ... and also a villain trying to kill her as well as a gaggle of neighboring girls. 

Times Cinema

"Krush Groove" – There have been changes at the Times Cinema recently, but this hasn't changed: the Friday Night Freak Show with WMSE! This month's edition delivers the '80s music favorite "Krush Groove," featuring hip-hop stars like Sheila E., Run DMC, Kurtis Blow and more starring as clients for a manager trying to make it in the industry, at whatever cost. And that bill's coming due in this throwback jam. (Showing Friday)

"We Are Rock N Roll" – Cycling fans: Wheel your way over to the Times Cinema on Tuesday night for a dynamite double feature. Courtesy of Kwik Trip's Tour of America's Dairyland, the Times Cinema will show the documentary "We Are Rock N Roll," about the 2023 American Criterium Cup season, as well as "Crit Dreams," about the American cycling team's trip through that season. Plus score a beverage of choice as well as a limited edition gift item! (Showing Tuesday)

Silverspot Cinema of Brookfield

"Anyone But You" – It's cold enough outside: See a movie with some heat. This sexy and sweet rom-com stars up-and-coming stars Sydney Sweeney (HBO's "Euphoria") and Glen Powell ("Top Gun: Maverick") as a mismatched pair pretending that they're dating at a big family wedding. Why it's coming out now rather than around Valentine's Day, I do not know – but it's out there for those rooting for the return of the rom-com!

"Argylle" – We finally have a star-studded action blockbuster in 2024! It took a month, but now there's "Argylle," a spy romp about a mousy novelist (Bryce Dallas Howard) who finds herself at the center of an actual real-life espionage adventure along with Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, John Cena, Dua Lipa and Henry Cavill – all coming from the colorful sensibility of "Kingsman" and "X-Men: First Class" director Matthew Vaughn.

"The Beekeeper" – Jason Statham stars as a gentle beekeeper trying to keep the little pollinators alive in this nature drama ... nah, just kidding; it's about Statham punching and kicking scammers in the face really hard. For fans of "John Wick" or silly '80s action movies starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, you have your first good movie of 2024.

"Bob Marley: One Love": Bob Marley (played by the terrific Kingsley Ben-Adir of "One Night in Miami") gets the Hollywood biopic treatment with "One Love," not pulling the "Walk Hard" approach of the whole life story but instead taking a snapshot of Marley's life as he deals with the violence in 1970s Jamaica arriving at his door step while also trying to find the new sound for his next hit album.

"The Chosen: Season 4, Episodes 4-6" – The hit faith-based television show once again jumps from the small screen to the big screen, combining the next three episodes of the latest season – following Jesus and his apostles as they spread the word under the increasingly leery eye of the Roman empire – into a cinematic experience. 

"Dune": Getting geared up for "Dune: Part Two" in a few weeks? See where it all began – no, not the first movie from a few years ago but David Lynch's original cult favorite approach from the '80s, trying to capture the entire grandiose sci-fi epic in less than 150 minutes with the help of colorful visuals and stars like Sting and Kyle MacLachlan. It's not quite as polished as the new versions, but it has its unapologetically nerdy and strange bombastic charms.

"Lisa Frankenstein" – Hollywood's lone new wide release for Valentine's Day is not your typical romance: A gothic young teen (Kathryn Newton, "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania") falls in love with her work ... her work being a dead guy from centuries ago that she brought back to life with the help of science and a suped-up tanning bed. A twisted take on both the classic Mary Shelley horror story and on the typical teen romance – written by Diablo Cody of "Juno" fame!

"Madame Web": Sony's latest superhero movie swings into theaters, as Dakota Johnson ("50 Shades of Grey") plays an ambulance driver who suddenly discovers the ability to see into the future – and suddenly discovers a weirdo villain hunting a trio of young women in the city. If for some reason you were feeling nostalgic for the small-scale, superhero-devoid sagas of the mid-2000s, do I have the CW superhero TV show pilot for you.

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"Argylle" – We finally have a star-studded action blockbuster in 2024! It took a month, but now there's "Argylle," a spy romp about a mousy novelist (Bryce Dallas Howard) who finds herself at the center of an actual real-life espionage adventure along with Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, John Cena, Dua Lipa and Henry Cavill – all coming from the colorful sensibility of "Kingsman" and "X-Men: First Class" director Matthew Vaughn.

"Bob Marley: One Love": Bob Marley (played by the terrific Kingsley Ben-Adir of "One Night in Miami") gets the Hollywood biopic treatment with "One Love," not pulling the "Walk Hard" approach of the whole life story but instead taking a snapshot of Marley's life as he deals with the violence in 1970s Jamaica arriving at his door step while also trying to find the new sound for his next hit album.

"Dune": Getting geared up for "Dune: Part Two" in a few weeks? See where it all began – no, not the first movie from a few years ago but David Lynch's original cult favorite approach from the '80s, trying to capture the entire grandiose sci-fi epic in less than 150 minutes with the help of colorful visuals and stars like Sting and Kyle MacLachlan. It's not quite as polished as the new versions, but it has its unapologetically nerdy and strange bombastic charms.

"Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete": Anime has found a popular home in movie theaters recently – and that includes this special re-release in time for the new "Final Fantasy" game, an expanded version of the 2005 "Advent Children" film. This is normally where I'd explain the story ... but it's "Final Fantasy," so honestly I don't have the word count to try to parse through it all. But for game fans and those hunting fantastical big-screen visuals, press start. 

"Lisa Frankenstein" – Hollywood's lone new wide release for Valentine's Day is not your typical romance: A gothic young teen (Kathryn Newton, "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania") falls in love with her work ... her work being a dead guy from centuries ago that she brought back to life with the help of science and a suped-up tanning bed. A twisted take on both the classic Mary Shelley horror story and on the typical teen romance – written by Diablo Cody of "Juno" fame!

"Madame Web": Sony's latest superhero movie swings into theaters, as Dakota Johnson ("50 Shades of Grey") plays an ambulance driver who suddenly discovers the ability to see into the future – and suddenly discovers a weirdo villain hunting a trio of young women in the city. If for some reason you were feeling nostalgic for the small-scale, superhero-devoid sagas of the mid-2000s, do I have the CW superhero TV show pilot for you.

"Wonka" – For those looking for pure imagination, there's this family-friendly origin story about the iconic Roald Dahl candy maker, starring Timothee Chalamet as the sprightly sweettooth and directed by Paul King, aka the whimsical genius behind the "Paddington" movies. Heads up, though, since the trailers won't tell you this: It's a musical!

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.