Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (April 29, 2011)
by MIKE MACCOLLUM
A film from an Iranian director working in Europe, a US adaptation of an Italian comic book, and an “Irishman” in Cleveland- that’s what we have in the way of limited release movies opening in Indiana this week. And not only that, one of the above films will be playing at a new theater opening on the site of a former one- the Movie Buff Theatre in Indianapolis (where the Loews/AMC College Park once was). For more on these titles- and some interesting movies that will be hitting the state in the future- read on below.
LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK
Certified Copy- Abbas Kiarostami (Through the Olive Trees, The Wind Will Carry Us, Taste of Cherry) directed this romantic drama, which stars Juliette Binoche (who received the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival for her work in the film). Here’s the description of the film on the site of US distributor IFC Films: “Binoche plays a gallery owner living in a Tuscan village who attends a lecture by a British author (opera star William Shimell) on authenticity and fakery in art. Afterward, she invites him on a tour of the countryside, during which he is mistaken for her husband. They keep up the pretense and continue on their afternoon out, discussing love, life and art, and increasingly behaving like a long-married couple. But are they play-acting on a whim or is there more to their seemingly new relationship than meets the eye?” Certified Copy opens on Friday, April 29, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night- Per its Facebook page, this is a horror/comedy adapted from an Italian comic book, and it’s about “the world’s only paranormal investigator” who “wants to escape from a life of nightmares. However, a brutal murder, a missing artifact and a mysterious girl conspire to drag him back into the dark world of the undead….” Brandon Routh, Sam Huntington, Peter Stormare, Anita Briem, Taye Diggs, Kurt Angle and Marco St. John are all in the cast of this film, which (by my own standards) just barely qualifies as a limited theatrical release (when it comes to Indiana and the Indianapolis area, anyway). Dylan Dog starts on Friday, April 29, at the Movie Buff Theatre, the Georgetown 14, and the Galaxy 14 (all in Indianapolis), the Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, the Shiloh Crossing 18 in Avon, the Great Escape 10 in Noblesville, the Studio 10 in Shelbyville, the Showplace Bloomington 11, the Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, the Eastside 9 in Lafayette, the Showplace Muncie 7, the Evansville 16 and the Showplace East (also in Evansville), the Carmike 20 and Jefferson Pointe 18 (both in Fort Wayne), the Great Escape 16 in New Albany, the Showplace Michigan City 14, the Portage 16 and IMAX, and the Linway Plaza Cinema in Goshen. (I saw another movie based on the same source- Cemetery Man, with Rupert Everett- at Castleton Square approximately sixteen years ago. I have fond memories of that one, especially the bizarro ending; it will be interesting to see how the Dog compares to the Man….)
Kill the Irishman- Ray Stevenson stars as Danny Greene, whose efforts to take control of organized crime in Cleveland, OH, in the 1970s apparently led more than a few of his enemies to try to bump him off (just like the title says…). Christopher Walken, Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Linda Cardellini, Paul Sorvino, Vinnie Jones, Tony Lo Bianco, Steve Schirripa, Robert Davi, Bob Gunton, and Fionnula Flanagan also star in this crime film from co-writer/director Jonathan Hensleigh (the 2004 The Punisher); it starts on Friday, April 29 at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”) THIS WEEK IN INDIANA
Atlas Shrugged: Part 1- Per its official site, this adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel is a “drama/mystery” about Dagny Taggart, who “runs Taggart Transcontinental, the largest remaining railroad company in America, with intelligence, courage and integrity, despite the systematic disappearance of her best and most competent workers.” Taggart “is drawn to industrialist Henry Rearden, one of the few men whose genius and commitment to his own ideas match her own;” eventually, the pair discover evidence to support “the sinister theory that the ‘men of the mind’ (thinkers, industrialists, scientists, artists, and other innovators) are ‘on strike’ and vanishing from society.” Taylor Schilling, Grant Bowler, Graham Beckel, Matthew Marsden, Michael O’Keefe, Michael Lerner, and Jon Polito are in the cast of Atlas Shrugged- Part 1, which holds over this week at the Galaxy Park 14 in Indianapolis, the Village Park 17 in Carmel, the Coldwater Crossing in Fort Wayne, the Showplace Columbus 12, the Showplace Muncie 12, the Showplace Bloomington 12, the Showplace Marion 12, the Great Escape 16 in New Albany, and the Showplace East in Evansville (albeit with only one or two showings per day at some of these locations)- and starts on Friday, April 29, at the Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, the Evansville 16, and the Encore Park 14 in Elkhart.
Blue Valentine- Michelle Williams received an Academy Award nomination for her work in this drama, but Ryan Gosling- who plays Williams’ suitor and (later on) husband- did not (although he did get nominations from the Golden Globes, among others). The film is about a couple at both the beginning and (apparently) near the sad end of their relationship, flashing back and forth between the two time periods. Blue Valentine starts on Friday, April 29, at the Coventry 13 in Fort Wayne. (The Coventry 13 is a second-run theater, by the way. I guess this means that Blue Valentine didn’t make enough money in US theaters to open at either of the eight-screen second-run theaters in/near Indianapolis….)
Born to Be Wild 3D- Morgan Freeman narrates this documentary, which (per its official site) is about “orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them.” Born to Be Wild 3D holds over this week at the IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis, and the Showplace East in Evansville (which will have just a few showings per day).
Dum Maaro Dum- Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Deepika Padukone, Prateik Babbar, Rana Daggubati, and Aditya Pancholi star in this “Dramatic Suspense Thriller” (or at least that’s what the film’s Facebook page calls it) about several people who (for various reasons) get drawn into violence and conflict surrounding crime and drugs in the beautiful Indian state of Goa. (Or at least it sure looks cool in the films I’ve seen it in.) Dum Maaro Dum- which is in Hindi and apparently has English subtitles, according to information I’ve seen on the web- holds over through at least Thursday, May 5, at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.
Jane Eyre- Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) directed this latest version of Charlotte Bronte’s novel; Mia Wasikowska plays the title role, while Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Sally Hawkins, Judi Dench, Imogen Poots, and Simon McBurney are in the supporting cast. Jane Eyre continues this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, and starts on Friday, April 29, at the Showplace South Bend 16. (Also, per the site for the Yes Cinemas in Columbus, Jane Eyre will open there on Friday, May 6.)
Memphis- According to the site for Fathom Events, Memphis- the winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical- is “the story of a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break,” and features “explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love.” The version of Memphis that will be shown in theaters starting next Thursday, April 28, is either a recorded version of the stage musical, or a live presentation of same- I can’t tell which will be the case from Fathom’s page(s) for this event. Either way, it counts as a theatrical release, to my way of seeing things, since three theaters in Indiana (the Showplace Indianapolis 17, the Evansville 16, and the Showplace Schererville 16) will have screenings starting at 7:30 PM for three days (April 30, and May 1 and 3). Many other theaters across the state will show the film on at least one of those days, but not all of them; see Fathom’s Memphis pages (they have separate ones for each day it will be shown) for more information on locations.
Mr. Perfect- This Telugu-language film from India (which most likely does not have English subtitles) has one showing this week at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis- on Friday, at 9 PM- according to the site of manoranjaninc.
Of Gods and Men- Here’s the plot of this French drama, from its US press kit: “Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but to stay… come what may.” Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale star in this film from director Xavier Beauvois; it holds over (with two shows per day) at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Potiche (Trophy Wife)- This Seventies-set French comedy- which was directed by Francois Ozun (Under the Sand, Swimming Pool, 8 Women, Criminal Lovers), and stars Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu- continues this week (with two showings per day) at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. Deneuve plays Suzanne, the wife of rich businessman Robert Pujol, who rules both his factory and his family in the same dictatorial manner. But when the factory’s employees go out on strike- taking Robert as a hostage in the process- Suzanne eventually takes charge as manager of the factory, and has great success on the job. She also meets an old flame (Depardieu), who now happens to be a strong ally of the factory worker’s union; this complicates Suzanne’s relationship with her husband- especially when he wants to take charge of the factory once again…
Win Win- Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Alex Shaffer, Burt Young, and Melanie Lynskey are the stars of this comedy/drama about a lawyer and high-school wrestling coach (Giamatti) who thinks he has found a way to solve multiple problems in his life- until an unexpected reappearance makes him suspect that his “win win” plan might not work out after all. Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor) directed Win Win, which holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. (It’s also showing this week at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne- see below.)
FILM FESTIVALS, NON-THEATRICAL SCREENINGS, AND MOVIE-RELATED EVENTS IN INDIANA THIS WEEK
As noted several weeks ago, we’ve made some changes in this section. Instead of more detailed information on films, dates, and times, as in the past, we’re breaking things down into geographic regions of the state, with a listing of titles and locations following that. For additional information (on the films themselves, and when and where they’ll be showing), either click on the highlighted text, or go to the links for “Outside the Multiplex” at the left of the page.
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
Starting with the beginning of the week, Indy’s Cinema Underground concludes its April series of music-related films with screenings of Hedwig and the Angry Itch and Topsy-Turvy on Friday, April 29. One day later, the documentary The Edge of Dreaming (from PBS’ PoV) shows at Butler University (in room 156 of the Pharmacy Building, to be more specific), starting at 7 PM. On Tuesday, May 3, the 2009 drama The Wind Journeys- a recent theatrical release in the US- has a free showing as part of the Indiana Film Society’s Spring 2011 film series, “The Journey, Not the Destination;” the screening is at the Indianapolis Senior Center, and gets underway at 7 PM. The week closes out with Greta Garbo in George Cukor’s 1936 film Camille; it will be shown at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Toby Theater on Thursday, at 7 PM. Also, the Indianapolis American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights Palestinian Film Festival continues both in and out of Indy, with showings of One Family in Gaza, Something to Prove, Salt of This Sea, and With God on Our Side at various locations from Saturday, April 30, through Thursday, May 5.
Outside of Indy, Franklin’s historic Artcraft Theatre will be showing the 1993 film The Sandlot on Friday and Saturday. Elsewhere on Friday, Twilite: Eclipse of the Full Moon (a spoof of the Twilight series of books and films) has a last screening at Lafayette’s Eastside 9, starting at 11:30 PM. On Saturday, the Film Festival of Hendricks County- which will “showcase 17 independent short films and film makers from around the world,” including “a documentary from the United Arab Emirates, a drama dealing with World War II, [and] a local film from Brownsburg”- takes place at the Rave Metropolis 18 in Plainfield starting at 1 PM. Also on Saturday, the fifth annual Phantoscope High School Film Festival will be held at the Richmond Art Museum; a panel discussion starts at 5:30, while films will be screened beginning at 7. Monday, May 2, brings a screening of the documentary Only When I Dance at the West Lafayette Public Library at 6:45 PM; there is no cost for admission.
The Ryder offers further screenings of the documentary Strongman on Friday and Saturday, while Certified Copy (see above for more information) shows at various locations (see their site for the locations) on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday. The recent US theatrical release Korkoro (from director Tony Gatlif) starts on Thursday, meanwhile; it’s scheduled to play (off and on) through at least May 11.
And of course, the always-busy IU Cinema has a variety of films and events on tap. Both the documentary The Cry of Jazz and John Cassavetes’ A Woman Under the Influence screen on Friday; the former will be followed by a talk from the film’s director, musician/composer/filmmaker Edward Bland, as part of the Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture Series. Also, the theater’s recent mini-festival of works from Italy’s Michelangelo Antonioni continues with screenings of La Notte (on Saturday), The Eclipse (on Sunday), and Red Desert (on Monday). The Fifth Annual Iris Film Festival also gets underway on Saturday, followed by three sets of IU Student Film Productions- “a 3D presentation” on Sunday, “non-fiction short films” on Monday, and “fictional, art & experimental short films” on Wednesday. The week closes out with the recent US theatrical release A Screaming Man, which starts on Thursday and shows again on next Friday and next Sunday, May 6 and 8.
The Cinema Center in Fort Wayne will show Win Win (see above for fuller description) through at least Thursday, May 5. The Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech will screen 2010
Academy Award nominee The Illusionist and 2011 release Cedar Rapids through Monday, May 2.
On Friday, Julie Taymor’s version of The Tempest- which seems to have bypassed the rest of the state (in spite of a cast that includes Helen Mirren, David Strathairn, Russell Brand, Tom Conti, Alfred Molina, Alan Cumming, Djimon Hounsou, and Chris Cooper)- has two showings at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Saturday sees two showings of films (including Mars and Wisdom Teeth) from animator Don Hertzfeldt at the same venue, followed by a midnight (or 11:59 PM, to be exact) showing of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. On Sunday, an encore screening of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Strauss’s Capriccio gets underway at 1 PM.
Also on big screens in Indiana this week: Sea Rex 3D continue its runs at the IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis this week, with several showings per day (when Born to Be Wild 3D isn’t screening).
Top Gun, meanwhile, will be shown at six Indiana AMC theaters on Saturday afternoon and Tuesday evening, as this year is the 25th anniversary of the film’s release. (As long as we honor the classics, I suppose….) This page has more information, including show times and a link to a list of participating theaters.
Opera fans have their pick between screenings of three different productions. There will be a live broadcast of a production of Verdi’s Aida from the Teatro del Maggio Musicale in Fiorentino on Tuesday, May 3, and a live showing of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore on Saturday, April 30- while Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, from Teatro Regio di Parma, has an encore screening on Wednesday, May 4. (By the way: Both Aida and The Barber of Seville- like most recent entries in the “Opera in Cinema” series- seems to be exclusive to the Carmike chain in Indiana.)
Music of another sort hits a few Indiana screens on Thursday, May 5, when an encore showing of The Grateful Dead Movie starts at 7:30.
Finally, the children’s film Strawberry Shortcake: The Sky’s the Limit will have early matinee showings on a number of screens around the state again this week- at least through the weekend, apparently.
For more information on any of the above, click on the highlighted text above, and follow the trail of cyber-breadcrumb links until you find what you need to know.
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
Engeyum Kaadhal- According to the site of Manoranjaninc, this Tamil-language romantic film from India will start at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis on Friday, May 6. It most likely will not have English-language subtitles- theatrical prints of non-Hindi-language films from India rarely do- but you never know.
In a Better World- The winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (among other honors) hits Indiana on May 6, when it opens at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. Susanne Bier (After the Wedding, Brothers (2004), Things We Lost in the Fire) directed the film, which is a “drama/thriller,” according to the IMDb. The short version of the plot on the official US site for In a Better World runs like this: “Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness.” Ulrich Thomsen (Adam’s Apples, Brothers (2004), The International, Season of the Witch) was the only name I recognized in the cast on the IMDb; you may do better.
There Be Dragons- Not literally, apparently- per its official US site, this film “is an epic action-adventure romance set during the turmoil of the Spanish Civil War. The story traces the lives of two young men, Josemaria Escriva (Charlie Cox) and Manolo Torres (Wes Bentley), childhood friends who are separated by the political upheaval of pre-war Spain to find themselves on opposite sides as war erupts….” Olga Kurylenko, Dougray Scott, Rodrigo Santoro, Golshifteh Farahani, Ana Torrent, Unax Ugalde, Jordi Mollà, Geraldine Chaplin, Lily Cole, Charles Dance and Derek Jacobi co-star in the film, which was directed by Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields, The Mission, City of Joy- and Captivity… !!!). According to Landmark’s Indianapolis page, There Be Dragons starts on Friday, May 6, at the Glendale 12 in Indianapolis; the US site for TBD says that it also will open at the Village Park 17 in Carmel, the Showplace Schererville 16, and the Movies 14 in Mishawaka on the same day (with a possibility that other theaters will be added to that list later on).
Winter in Wartime- Here’s the synopsis for this 2008 war drama, from its official US site: “Nazi-occupied Holland, 1945. In a snow-covered village, thirteen-year-old MICHIEL (Martijn Lakemeier) is drawn into the Resistance when he aids a wounded British paratrooper. Michiel’s boyish sense of defiance and adventure soon turns to danger and desperation, as Michiel is forced to act without knowing whom to trust among the adults and townspeople around him. Wartime’s harsh reality encroaches on childhood innocence as Michiel confronts good and evil, courage and duplicity, and his own burden of responsibility.” Winter in Wartime- a Dutch/Belgian co-production, per the IMDb- starts on Friday, May 6, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Further off in the future, Landmark’s Indianapolis page says that Morgan Spurlock’s documentary on product placement, POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, will open at the Keystone Art Cinema on Friday, May 13 (joining the already announced ventriloquism doc Dumbstruck). The official US site for The Greatest Movie Ever Sold says that it will also start at the Showplace South Bend 16 and Showplace Schererville 16 on May 13. Also, the Mel Gibson/Jodie Foster drama The Beaver (directed by Ms. Foster, and co-starring Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence- but no Jerry Mathers, apparently) starts at the KAC on May 20, per Landmark’s Indy page. This may be a wide release by that date, or it may be at just the KAC in the Indy area- it’s hard to tell at this point. (And watch the trailer for this one at your own risk, by the way- I’ve seen it twice now, and it looks like it may well give away pretty much everything that happens in the whole movie; thanks, trailer makers!)
And in case you didn’t read the third comment on last week’s column, the drama Incendies- which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film- will be at the Keystone Art Center in Indianapolis on Friday, June 3 (and the IU Cinema in Bloomington on June 16), per the film’s official US site.
Also, Manoranjaninc’s site says that the Telugu language romantic comedy 100% Love will open at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis at some point; as of now, however, there’s no specific opening date on the site.
Other films and events for next Friday:
The Epworth United Methodist Church in Indianapolis has another entry in its “Green Team” series of environmentally-themed films on Friday, May 6, at 7 PM- the documentary Ghost Bird (a fairly recent theatrical release), about the search for the possibly extinct ivory-billed woodpecker. Elsewhere in Indy, the Cinema Underground inaugurates its May series, “On the Road,” on Friday- although they don’t have the titles posted for that date as of yet, as far as I can tell. This Youtube video promises some cool titles- but I don’t know what’s showing when….
In northern Indiana, meanwhile, the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center offers a screening of the 2011 film Zuretzako- from the Basque region of Spain, apparently- on Friday night at 7 PM. The film’s director, Javi Zubizarreta, is scheduled to be present for the screening.