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January 20, 2012


Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (January 20, 2012)


The Golden Globes aren’t completely pointless: The Artist is expanding following on its best picture win there. Carnage crashed and burned on takeoff, retracting from 11 theaters in its first week to one in its second. Although still in limited release (as in, not playing everywhere), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Iron Lady, and The Descendants have expanded beyond the scope of this column. My Week With Marilyn holds on at a few theaters to continue a very respectable run. More details on these films and the rest of the week’s “outside the multiplex” listings after the break.

Note: For trailers, cast and crew info, and suchlike follow the title link to the movie’s official website.


Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos– A new anime feature film set during the timeline of the popular series. Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos starts today at the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech (the theater is open Friday thru Monday).

Pariah– From the Landmark’s website: “The contemporary drama Pariah stars Adepero Oduyeas as Alike, a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) and younger sister in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. A good student at her local high school and with a flair for poetry, Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian.” Pariah starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.


The Artist– The movie of the year for cineastes, The Artist is a charming valentine to the movies. Set in a Hollywood transitioning to the sound film era, Jean Dujardin stars as a matinee idol of the silent screen who falls in love with a rising star made for the talkies. “Writer/director Michel Hazanavicius daringly shot the film completely in the style of a silent feature, in black and white and without sound (with a few striking exceptions), filmed on location in Hollywood, set to a wonderful original score by Ludovic Bource.” In Indianapolis, The Artist continues at the Landmark Theatres Keystone Art Cinema and expands to the AMC Castleton Square 14 and AMC Showplace Indianapolis 17, and also expands to the Regal Village Park Stadium 17 in Carmel, Rave Cinemas Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, and Showplace cinemas East in Evansville.

Carnage– Adapted from a play, this dark comedy directed by Roman Polanski is a chamber piece starring Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster, and John C. Reilly. Two couples who become locked in their own squabbling when they meet after their sons’ get into a playground fight. Carnage holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Theatre in Indianapolis.

My Week With Marilyn– That’s Marilyn Monroe, and she’s played by Michelle Williams in this dramatization of an interlude in the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl. My Week With Marilyn holds over- at reduced showtimes- at the AMC Evansville 16, AMC Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, AMC Muncie 7, and the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne. It expands to the Yes Cinema in Columbus and, going against the multiplex current, UA/Regal Circle Centre 9 in Indianapolis has also picked it up.

Take Shelter– Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, the Boardwalk Empire TV series) has gotten rave reviews for his performance as a Midwestern family man suffering the onset of mental illness in this drama. Take Shelter starts today at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.


For additional information on venues and showtimes, follow the links under “Outside the Multiplex” in the sidebar.

Indianapolis and Central Indiana

Tonight at the IMA in the Winter Nights film series: the brilliant fantasy drama A Matter of Life and Death by the Archers. “A Royal Air Force pilot is forced to jump without a parachute, before giving his last words to a female radio operator—only to wake up alive due to a bureaucratic mishap in heaven. He must then plead his case to a heavenly committee for a second chance at life and love.” The feature will be preceded by the cartoon short The Rabbit of Seville. Tickets are $9 / $5 for IMA members and students.

The acclaimed 2008 drama Frozen River will be shown Thursday at the Eiteljorg Museum as part of the four film series co-presented by the Eiteljorg and IMA in connection with current exhibitions of Indian art at the two museums. Tickets are $5 / $3 for museum (either one) members.

Southern Indiana

You didn’t think you’d escape hearing something about the Super Bowl just because this is a movie blog, did you? The Strand Theatre for one knows the value of a natural tie-in. The Blind Side will be screened on Saturday as part of the theater’s occasional Dinner and a Movie series. The event begins at 6 and the movie starts at 7:30 (or thereabouts); the dinner menu is, appropriately enough, a “Tailgate style” buffet. Tickets are $20 for the whole shebang and for the movie only, $10 (includes popcorn and a soda).

The ninth annual PRIDE Film Festival starts Thursday and runs through the weekend in Bloomington, with film screenings at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater and the IU Cinema (full events schedule). Films at the Buskirk include the documentary Gen Silent and the family drama Gun Hill Road. On Sunday, the IU Cinema will screen the seminal 1970s drama Boys in the Band at 3, followed by making-of documentary Making the Boys at 6:30.

The IU Cinema this weekend has a 1970s Australian cinema retrospective, with Walkabout, Mad Max, and Long Weekend today starting at 6:30 and Breaker Morant and Newsfront tomorrow, also starting at 6:30. The “Once Upon a Time in Indiana” series picks up again with Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, a major new film from Turkey that starts its (next) weekend run with two shows on Thursday. Also showing this week at the Cinema: Pather Panchali, the first film in Satyajit Ray’s acclaimed Apu trilogy, Saturday at 3 and the 1999 drama Sunshine on Monday at 7.

Also in Bloomington, the Ryder series has more showings of The Whistleblower, The Way, Young Goethe in Love, and Le Havre through the weekend, with an additional showing of Le Havre on Thursday. Check the Ryder’s site for locations and showtimes.

Northern Indiana

This week’s movie in the Cinematheque for All repertory film series is the Mexican family drama Alamar filmed on the coast of the Mexican Caribbean. All screenings are Wednesday nights at 7 on the Purdue campus.

In South Bend, the 23rd edition of the Notre Dame Student Film Festival continues through January 21 at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. The festival screens films made by undergrads. Also screening at the DeBartolo this week: Munich on Sunday at 3 and The Debt Wednesday at 7, both part of “The Mosaad in Film” series; Italian “docu-essay” Le Quattro Volte on Thursday at 7.


The Bollywood revenge thriller Agneepath, starring Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, and Sanjay Dutt, starts next weekend at the Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.

Turning to the Landmark’s coming soon listing, Shame has been pushed back to January 27, where it joins David Cronenberg’s new drama A Dangerous Method and the recently added Albert Nobbs, which has been garnering a lot of praise for Glenn Close.

In another Super Bowl tie-in, the Artcraft Theatre will have free showings of the popular underdog sports drama Rudy on February 3 at 7:30 and February 4 at 2; the weekend is sponsored by Franklin College.

Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

The Muppets Take Manhattan at the Artcraft

Tom Tykwer’s new movie 3 at the Ryder

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia and “Oddities from the David Bradley Collection” at the IU Cinema

The African Queen at the IMA

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  1. Jan 20 2012

    Frozen River was amazing, saw it a couple of years back, and Mad Max is a classic. I’m looking forward to George Miller’s fourth installment starring Tom Hardy.
    There’s also a terrific Australian film noir called The Square. I also saw it a couple of years back.

  2. Jan 20 2012

    I didn’t know there was a “Mad Max 4” in the works. All three films are good but “The Road Warrior” is the best.

    I have to admit to having only a superficial acquaintance with Australian cinema. I think “Mad Max” might be the only Aussie film I’ve seen that was made before 1980.

  3. Jan 20 2012

    If you want to see a cool, trippy, quasi-horror film you should check out Razorback (1984). It’s so well shot and eventually trippy that it’s impossible to dislike. And for a low budget film (yes, it’s Australian) it’s extremely stylish.

    @Mad Max, I’ve attempted to watch Max Max Beyond Thunderdome several times in my life and always fell asleep just after Max escapes Thunderdome. I can never stay away beyond that high point which is, sadly the beginning of the film. But Road Warrior is a true classic.

    Btw, do you know why it was called Road Warrior instead of Mad Max 2?

  4. Jan 20 2012

    Know for a fact, no, but I’ve always assumed it was because the US distributor figured people wouldn’t pay to see a sequel to a movie they hadn’t heard of, let alone seen. Since Max and the post-apocalyptic setting are the only points of continuity there’s no drawback to starting with the second film.

    And while I agree that the opening is the high point of MMBT, having seen the whole thing a couple of times I believe it is worth staying awake for. ^_^

  5. Jan 20 2012

    I have a feeling that one day I will stay awake throughout the entire film. :O)

    And you’re correct about the name change for The Road Warrior. It is, however a sequel in nature. But the film film wasn’t distributed properly in the US so no one got to see it. Plus, the Australian accents were apparently “too thick” for American audiences so they dubbed Mel Gibson’s voice over. *Sigh*

    For first timers I’d recommend watching the first film first because a) it’s terrific, b) the second’s a direct sequel that recaps the original’s story in its intro, and c) the sequel’s even better. Might as well leave the best for last. :O)

    I’d go as far as saying that Road Warrior is one of the top 5 greatest action films ever made. Spielberg’s Duel is up there, Hard Boiled is up there, and, even though it’s heavily philosophical (but in a great way) Equilibrium is up there.

  6. Miriam
    Jan 20 2012

    I saw Road Warrior in its original release in the theater and to say it was an overwhelming experience would be no exaggeration. I saw Mad Max on TV much later so it’s hard to compare fairly. RW is certainly a sequel but it can stand alone thanks to the initial recap.

    You’re right, I think, to suggest watching them in order the first time because the story does flow and the intensity builds from one to the next. MMBT hasn’t put me to sleep but it feels like a letdown after the first two.

    I love action movies but somehow have missed both Duel and Equilibrium. I will be happy to accept the assignment of seeing them to see if they belong in the ‘best’ list. Hard Boiled is great, though I first saw it dubbed and wondered what the big deal was; original language is essential – even thick Aussie accents are better than dubbing! How about Ronin for the greatest list?

  7. Jan 20 2012

    Equilibrium takes story cues from Fahrenheit 451 and 1984, blends a unique form of gunplay martial art called Gun-Kata, and stars Christian Bale as a dangerous enforcer that switches sides, a la Winston from 1984. It has brains, terrific performances, and incredible action sequences. It’s a memorable experience. And it’s low budget film which goes to show what imagination and good filmmaking knowledge can do. :O)

    Duel is Spielberg’s first feature film, a made for TV film about a man driving from one state to another that it accosted and chased for days by a trucker whose identity is never revealed. It’s a great piece of the early Spielberg, the earliest really, and is thrilling all the way until the end credits. You’ll love it.

    And another great road movie/film noir is Breakdown with Kurt Russell. Terrific film.

  8. Jan 21 2012

    “Equilibrium” is a strong contender for most polarizing movie of the 2000s. Not many people have seen it but those that have, love it or hate it. Like Nir, I thought it was fantastic. I think it’s most similar to “Brotherhood of the Wolf” in pairing philosophy with amazing action.

  9. Mike
    Jan 21 2012

    I noticed that the School of Metaphysics will be showing something called Ten Powers of Dreaming at the Glendale Library branch in Indianapolis on Sunday, January 22, at 1:30 PM. I didn’t have much time to look into it, but I did find this site:

    Also, manoranjaninc’s site now says that Agneepath will start Wednesday night at the Georgetown 14.