“The Immigrant” (all week, Point Cinemas) — Harvey Weinstein still insists that there was no tension in the editing room between himself and “Immigrant” director James Gray. But the quiet rollout of the film (a press screening was scheduled in Milwaukee at the last minute, then cancelled without explanation at the laster minute) suggests that all is not well in Harveyland. The thought that the film is being woefully mistreated has rallied a lot of critics to its defense, but the proof is in the movie itself, a lush and grim 1920s drama about a Polish immigrant (Marion Cotillard) manipulated by men (Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner) after she arrives in New York. Guessing this won’t stick around long, so it’s a must see.
“Rooftop Cinema: The Magical Garden of Jon Svankmajer” (9 p.m., Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Rooftop Garden, 227 State St.) — There are few moviegoing experiences in Madison more singular that MMOCA’s Rooftop Cinema series, in which the museum shows experimental short films in its lovely rooftop garden after dark. Folks bring blankets or foldable chairs, grab a drink from Fresco, and enjoy challenging but fun films on a warm Friday night. Can’t beat it. The series runs every Friday night in June, and this year it’s all animation, kicking off with the work of legendary Czech animator Jan Svankmajer, including his take on “Jabberwocky.” Free to museum members, $7 at the door for all others.
“Edge of Tomorrow” (all week, Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema, Sundance) — Reviews have been strong for this Tom Cruise sci-fi action film with an irresistible hook — Cruise plays a lowly grunt in a war against alien invaders who has to relive the same day over and over again, getting better and stronger each time through. Emily Blunt makes a convincing badass fellow soldier, and a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie (“Jack Reacher”) and direction by Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity”) suggests this may be a good one. So, okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties!
“The Fault in Our Stars” (all week, Point, Eastgate, Star Cinema, Sundance) — But the most anticipated film opening this week doesn’t have aliens or sci-fi in it. It’s the adaptation of Joshua Green’s monster hit young-adult novel about a love affair between two teenagers who have cancer. Could be Nicholas Sparks-level schmaltzy, but I trust Shailene Woodley, who seems incapable of being inauthentic on screen, and screenwriters Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter, who were able to inject some authenticity and warmth into “(5oo) Days of Summer” and “The Spectacular Now.”
“Her” (6:30 p.m., Friday, Madison Public Library Pinney Branch, 204 Cottage Grove Road) — My full review is here. I don’t even know what the screening facilities are like at Pinney, but I wouldn’t pass up the chance to see Spike Jonze’s marvelous sci-fi romance under almost any circumstances.