Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (May 6, 2011)
by MIKE MACCOLLUM
We’re on the cusp of the big summer movie season, but this week brings more than a few limited release films to the state- including an Academy Award winner and an acclaimed 3D documentary from a veteran director. Moreover, there’s news of even more limited release films on the way in the future- see “Next Week and Beyond” below. For all of this and more, keep reading…
By the way- this will be my last column, at least for a while. Helen will be filling in/taking over- after two years of columns, I need a break of a few weeks, or months- or longer. My thanks to Helen for inviting me to write for CT in the first place, and for getting these columns online, even when- as happened far too many times, including this week- I overshot my deadline by an hour or two, or three….
LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK
Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D– Werner Herzog directed this documentary, about the most ancient man-made works of art known to exist. These drawings are in a cave in France that is inaccessible to most people- but thanks to this film, you can see the art for yourself… in 3D, no less. Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D starts on Friday, May 6, at the Showplace Bloomington 11; here’s hoping that at least one theater in Indianapolis will play this one as well.
Dharti– It doesn’t seem like manoranjaninc books many Punjabi-language films at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis- but this film from India is indeed in Punjabi, per both manoranjan and the IMDb. (That most likely means that the theatrical prints won’t have English subtitles, unfortunately; if anyone hears otherwise, I’d like to know about it.) According to the IMDb’s plot summary, Dharti is a politically-themed suspense thriller; it opens on Friday, May 6 at the Georgetown 14, and is currently scheduled to play through at least Monday, May 9, per manoranjaninc.
Engeyum Kaadhal (a.k.a. Engeyum Kadhal)– Manoranjaninc’s site said that this Tamil-language romantic film from India started at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis on Thursday, May 5- but that’s close enough to put the film in this section anyway, especially since it once seemed like it would be starting on Friday, not Thursday. 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 any event, Manoranjan’s page says that Engeyum Kaadhal will have one showing per day this Friday, Saturday, and Monday.
In a Better World– The winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (among other honors) starts on Friday, May 6, 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.
Olivia and the Great Outdoors– Olivia the pig has several outdoor adventures- including a camping trip, a treasure hunt, and a game of soccer- in this children’s film. Or maybe it isn’t a film, but rather several episodes of a TV show edited together; with these Kidtoons titles, it’s hard to be sure. In any event, Olivia and the Great Outdoors has early matinee showings at some Indiana theaters on weekends only; other theaters will have early matinee shows throughout the week.
100% Love– This Telegu language romantic comedy opens at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis on Friday, May 6, and is scheduled to play through at least Monday, May 9, according to Manoranjaninc’s page. (And like both Engeyum Kaadhal and Dharti above, I doubt that theatrical prints of the film will have English subtitles; you’ll have to wait for the DVD(s) for subtitles, apparently.)
There Be Dragons– Well, actually, there aren’t any dragons in this movie at all, 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… !!!). There Be Dragons starts on Friday, May 6, at the Glendale 12 in Indianapolis, the Village Park 17 in Carmel, the Showplace Schererville 16, the Showplace South Bend 16, and the Movies 14 in Mishawaka.
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.
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 14 in Indianapolis, the Village Park 17 in Carmel, the Coldwater Crossing 14 in Fort Wayne, the Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, and the Encore Park 14 in Elkhart (albeit with only one or two showings per day at several of these locations)- and starts on Friday, May 6, at the Lafayette 7.
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.
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 holds over this week (with just two shows per day) at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
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 (with two showings per day) through at least Thursday, May 12, at the Georgetown 14 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, at least). Dylan Dog holds over this at the Movie Buff Theatre and the Georgetown 14 (both in Indianapolis), the Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, the Studio 10 in Shelbyville, 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 in Fort Wayne, the Great Escape 16 in New Albany, the Portage 16 and IMAX, and the Linway Plaza Cinema in Goshen. Many of these theaters will have just one showing per day, and some of these may be on weekends only; check with individual theaters for show times. I saw another movie based on the same source- Cemetery Man, with Rupert Everett- at Castleton Square approximately sixteen years ago. In this case, at least, the Man beat the Dog by a large margin- Dylan Dog was a dreary disaster.
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 the Showplace South Bend 16; it also opens at the Yes Cinemas in Columbus (and Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center- see below) on Friday, May 6.
Kill the Irishman– Ray Stevenson stars as Danny Greene, whose struggle against the men who controlled organized crime in Cleveland, OH, in the 1970s 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); holds over this week (with two showings per day) at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
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” in the sidebar.
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
Starting with the beginning of the week, the made-in-Indiana film Creed of Gold is scheduled to have a World Premiere screening at the Pershing Auditorium (part of the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis) at 7 PM on Friday, May 6; a premiere party follows the showing. Elsewhere in Indy, the Epworth United Methodist Church in Indianapolis shows the documentary Ghost Bird (about the search for the possibly extinct ivory-billed woodpecker) on May 6 at 7 PM; it’s the latest in the Epworth’s “Green Team” series of environmentally-themed films. Also, the Cinema Underground apparently inaugurates its May series, “On the Road,” on Friday- although they don’t have the titles posted for that date yet, as far as I can tell. This Youtube video promises some cool titles– but I can’t tell you what’s showing when…
On Saturday, the Vintage Movie Night offering for May at the Garfield Parks Art Center in Indianapolis is the “extremely rare” 1934 crime drama I Can’t Escape, starring Onslow Stevens and Lila Lee; tickets are $3, and the screening gets underway at 7 PM. From what I heard the last time I was at a Vintage Movie Night event, a recently discovered Charlie Chaplin short just may be on the bill as well, if the print is ready. (By the way: I put “extremely rare” in quotes because the film is available on DVD from Alpha Video- and because you can see I Can’t Escape for free on a link available at the film’s IMDb page. While film prints of this title may be rare indeed, it doesn’t seem to me like the film itself is rare, considering…. Still, I would go down to the Garfield Parks Art Center to see this one myself, if I wasn’t otherwise engaged on Saturday.)
Outside of Indianapolis, the Metropolis 18 in Plainfield will have a one-time-only showing of the autism documentary Wretches and Jabberers at 7:30 PM on Thursday, May 12.
The Yes Cinema in Columbus will likewise have a one-time-only showing of the autism documentary Wretches and Jabberers at 7:30 PM on Thursday, May 12.
In Bloomington, The Ryder offers further screenings of Certified Copy (see above for more information) on Friday and Saturday, and additional showings of the recent US theatrical release Korkoro (from director Tony Gatlif) at various locations in and around Bloomington (see their site for the locations) on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday. On Thursday, May 12, The Ryder brings the romantic comedy/drama Queen to Play to the Root Cellar Lounge at FARM in Bloomington. This last title is another recent US theatrical release, and stars Kevin Kline and Sandrine Bonnaire, with Jennifer Beals in the supporting cast. I doubt that I’ll be able to make it down to Bloomington for this one, but I’m really hoping that it will make it to the Keystone Art Cinema- or some other theater- in Indianapolis.
Elsewhere in Bloomington, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater has a screening of the 2000 film Redemption on Sunday, May 8. Cast member Jenilee Harrison is scheduled to be present, along with other cast and crew members.
And of course, the IU Cinema has a several films on tap- but fewer than usual, apparently because of summer vacation. The recent US theatrical release A Screaming Man shows on next Friday and Sunday, May 6 and 8- while Bertrand Tavernier’s The Princess of Montpensier (yet another recent theatrical release in America) starts on Thursday, May 12 (with additional showings scheduled for May 13 and 14). I like historical dramas, so I’d love to see this one at a theater in Indianapolis as well- but I’ve heard nothing to indicate that the KAC or anyone else in Indy will be playing this one.
The Cinema Center in Fort Wayne will show Win Win (see above for fuller description) and Jane Eyre (ditto) through at least Thursday, May 12. The Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech, however, will be closed for the next few months for summer break.
In South Bend, 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. Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus and the 2011 Angelus Student Film Festival both follow on Saturday, with an encore showing of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore closing out the DeBartolo’s cinematic schedule for the week on Sunday.
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 on most days (when Born to Be Wild 3D isn’t screening).
Opera fans have their pick between screenings of two different productions. There will be an encore showing of a production of Verdi’s Aida from the Teatro del Maggio Musicale in Fiorentino on Wednesday, May 11, and an encore showing of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Strauss’s Capriccio– also on Wednesday, May 11. (By the way: Aida– like most recent entries in the “Opera in Cinema” series- seems to be exclusive to the Carmike chain in Indiana.)
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
Two limited release films are on track to start next Friday- and more good news is on the way….
Dumbstruck– This documentary about five ventriloquists is scheduled to start on Friday, May 13, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. Director Mark Goffman and producer Lindsay Goffman are scheduled to appear at the theater in person for the 7 PM showing on May 13, and for the 4:15 and 7:00 PM showings on May 14.
Everything Must Go– Will Ferrell stars in this drama/comedy, which was adapted from a short story by Raymond Carver. Ferrell plays Nick Halsey, an alcoholic whose latest fall off of the wagon leads him to move onto his own front yard- along with everything he owns. In an attempt to get his life back on track, Nick puts all of his possessions on sale- hence (at least one meaning of) the title. Rebecca Hall, Laura Dern, Stephen Root, and Shannon Whirry are in the supporting cast of Everything Must Go, which starts on Friday, May 13, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. (It may also be coming to the Movie Buff Theatre in Indy, since the poster is on that venue’s “Coming Soon” page; I can’t find any sort of theater listing on EMG’s official site or Facebook page, however, so I don’t know if any other theater in the state will be playing the film.)
(Note: Morgan Spurlock’s documentary on product placement, Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, had been scheduled to start at the KAC and two other Indiana theaters on May 13 as well. Now, however, Landmark’s Indianapolis page says PWP:TGMES will start at the KAC on Friday, May 20. The film’s official site, however, says that the Showplace 16 in South Bend is the only Indiana theater that will open the doc on May 20- while the KAC, the Showplace Indianapolis 17, and the Evansville Stadium 16 will start playing the film on May 27, per the official site.)
And two new films have been added to the “showtimes” feature on the left side of Landmark Theatres’ Indianapolis page. Both the Italian drama/mystery/suspense/crime film The Double Hour and the Kenya-set drama The First Grader are set to open at the Keystone Art Cinema on Friday, May 27. (I couldn’t find theatrical information on The Double Hour’s official US site, but the site for The First Grader also gives May 27 as the date the film will hit Indy. Landmark’s site also has an interview with The Double Hour director Giuseppe Capotondi in which he names filmmakers Mario Bava and Dario Argento as some of his heroes. Now I’m realllllllly looking forward to The Double Hour…)
I’ve also heard that the KAC will be showing the documentary Bill Cunningham New York starting on Friday, June 10 (the same date is on the film’s official site), and Errol Morris’ doc Tabloid (which will open sometime in August). Additionally, all of the upcoming releases from Focus Features, Fox Searchlight, and Sony Pictures Classics are said to be coming to the KAC as well. That last one isn’t much of a surprise- everything that Sony Classics releases (or close enough to everything) gets to the theater anyway- but all of the other information above is heartening evidence that the theater seems to be taking a turn back to showing more actual art films, even in the face of the onslaught of summer wide releases.
Other films and events for next Friday:
The Cinema Underground’s May series of films- under the heading “On the Road”- apparently continues next Friday… but I still don’t know what titles they’ll be showing.
Outside of Indianapolis, the historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin will be showing The Wizard of Oz (the 1939 version- not the earlier one with Oliver Hardy) on both Friday and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 PM.