“The 355”, “A hero”, “Poupelle de Chimney Town”
So 2022 is already starting with something different. For the first time in 15 years, the New Year doesn’t start with a horror movie.
Maybe the last two years have finally been horrible enough.
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Here’s what’s new in Milwaukee-area theaters starting Friday, as well as some of the new movies available to stream and on-demand this week.
Short version: A rogue CIA agent (Jessica Chastain) joins forces with an international alliance of female agents (Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o, Penelope Cruz, Bingbing Fan) to arrest a mercenary with a top secret weapon. Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez co-star in this globetrotting action flick.
Where you can see it: AMC Mayfair Shopping Center; Bistroplex Southridge by Marcus Theaters, Hillside, Majestic, Menomonee Falls, Movie Tavern Brookfield Square, North Shore, Ridge, Saukville, Showtime, Southgate, South Shore Cinemas.
Short version: While on leave from prison, where he was sent due to unpaid debt, a man tries to fix the problem, but a good deed backfires. This intricate drama from Oscar-winning Iranian cinema master Asghar Farhadi (“A Separation”) is on the shortlist for this year’s Oscar for Best International Feature Film.
Where you can see it: Historic Downer Theater. (Note: “A Hero” airs on Amazon Prime starting January 21.)
‘Chimney Town Poupelle’
Short version: In a city where factory chimneys spew so much smoke that people can no longer see the stars, a chimney sweep and a friendly monster join forces to prove that the stars are there. Tony Hale, Stephen Root and Antonio Raul Corbo are leading the voice cast for this fantastic Japanese anime, dubbed in English for an American release.
Where you can see it: AMC Mayfair Shopping Center; Ridge Cinema by Marcus Theaters.
New movies on demand
“See for me”: A visually impaired former skier stays at home in an upscale high-tech mansion when thieves break in; to retaliate, she asks for help from an army veteran who receives a security assistance app. Skyler Davenport and Jessica Parker Kelly star in this new thriller. Available January 7.
“Algren”: This documentary follows the rise and fall of 20th century writer Nelson Algren. Available January 11.
“Search”: The famous New Zealand music label Dawn Raid Entertainment is at the center of this new documentary. Available January 11.
Recent outings available on request: “Dune”, from January 11; “The Eternals”, from January 12.
New movies on streaming services
“Cheeky”: A mysterious novelist (Alyssa Milano) gets involved in the investigation into the murder of her sister, who turned out to have had a double life as a webcam performer. Sam Page’s co-stars. On Netflix January 13.
“Photocopier”: After losing her scholarship when photos of her at a party appear online, a college student enlists the help of a copy shop employee to figure out what happened in this Indonesian thriller. On Netflix January 13.
“Dear mother”: In this French comedy, a man discovers that his heart has stopped beating, but that he can still walk, talk, eat, think – but he doesn’t understand why. On Netflix January 11.
Recent releases on streaming services: “The Tender Bar”, on Amazon Prime on January 7; “The Eternals”, on Disney + on January 12; “Pharma Bro”, January 7 Hulu; “Ailey,” January 10 Hulu; “Black bear,” January 10 Hulu; “I am your man,” on Hulu on January 11.