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April 27, 2012

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Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (April 27, 2012)

by HELEN GEIB

My pick for the week is below. What’s yours?

My Top Pick for the Week

The word “unique” is bandied about pretty freely these days, but if there’s one filmmaker around who’s earned the description it’s Canadian auteur Guy Maddin. I loved his Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary, a singular work that brings Stoker’s story to the screen as a ballet filmed like a silent movie. While other of his films have produced reactions closer to befuddlement than love, they’re always worth seeing. His latest, Keyhole, has its Indiana premiere at the IMA on Thursday night. Given the venue it’s safe to assume this will be both first and only theatrical showing in Indianapolis.

Note: For trailers, cast and crew info, and suchlike follow the title link to the movie’s official website. For showtimes and directions for the non-multiplex venues, follow the links under “Outside the Multiplex” in the sidebar.

OPENING THIS WEEK IN LIMITED RELEASE

Delicacy- This French romantic comedy about a seemingly mismatched couple stars Audrey Tautou and Francois Damiens. It starts today at the Landmark Theaters Keystone Art Cinema; it is advertised on the Landmark’s website as a one-week engagement.

Tezz- This Bollywood action thriller filmed in England and starring Anil Kapoor and Ajay Devgan starts today at the Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.

We Have a Pope- Nanni Moretti’s new film opens at the Landmark Theaters Keystone Art Cinema; it’s also advertised as a one-week engagement.

THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)

Blue Like Jazz- A coming of age story based on Donald Miller’s semi-autobiographical novel, Blue Like Jazz is better known as a movie funded through the Kickstarter website. It holds over at the AMC Castleton Square 14 in Indianapolis (at reduced showtimes).

Bully- This documentary about school bullying holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema and AMC Showplace Indianapolis 17 (at reduced showtimes) in Indianapolis, and the Regal Village Park Stadium 17 in Carmel, and expands beyond the Indianapolis area to the Showplace Cinemas East in Evansville.

Casa de mi Padre- Will Ferrell’s limited release comedy (who’d have thought we’d ever see that phrase?) holds over at the Movie Buff Theatre in Indianapolis.

Healed by Grace- “Healed By Grace is a charming, romantic, and heart wrenching journey of faith that will take you from the excitement of elite dance competition to the heartwarming horse ranch where Riley (Natalie Weese) rediscovers her will to succeed.” It’s playing at the Rave Cinemas Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne, where it must have done well last weekend because it’s expanded to full showtimes.

In Darkness- One of this year’s nominees for best foreign language film, Polish director Agnieszka Holland’s drama is inspired by the true story of a city worker who discovers a group of Jews hiding in the sewers of Nazi-occupied Lvov. It returns to Indiana for an engagement at Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center.

Jeff, Who Lives at Home- Well-reviewed indie comedy-drama about two brothers trying to make sense of their lives. Jason Segel and Ed Helms star. Jeff, Who Lives at Home holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis (at reduced showtimes), Cinema Center in Fort Wayne, Yes Cinema in Columbus (the Yes is closed Monday and Tuesday), and Movie Buff Theatre in Indianapolis.

The Kid with a Bike- This French drama follows a troubled boy who was abandoned by his father and the woman who takes him in. The Dardenne brothers’ latest film, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

The Raid: Redemption- The amazing, hotly-anticipated-by-action-movie-fans-everywhere Indonesian martial arts and gunfight extravaganza holds over at the Landmark Theaters Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis (at reduced showtimes).

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen- Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt star in this romantic drama about a fisheries expert hired to introduce salmon, for sport fishing, to the Yemen River by the local sheikh. It holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, AMC Showplace Bloomington 11, and AMC Showplace Muncie 7 (at reduced showtimes).

Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day- A couple’s young son is kidnapped in this follow-up to 2004′s Woman Thou Art Loosed, which was based on T.D. Jakes’ best-selling self-help novel. It holds over at the AMC Showplace Hobart 12 and AMC Showplace Washington Square 12 in Indianapolis.

FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE

Indianapolis and Central Indiana

Today is the Indy Film Fest’s monthly Nooner program of short films at Earth House in downtown Indy.

My favorite Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film, Top Hat, is the weekend movie at the Artcraft Theatre in Franklin; matinee and evening shows today and tomorrow.

Buster Keaton’s Seven Chances is tonight at the Toby at the IMA; film historian and Toby projectionist Eric Grayson will speak about the restoration of the movie’s two-color Technicolor sequence. Guy Maddin’s new film Keyhole will be shown at the Toby on Thursday: “Idiosyncratic, cheeky and uncategorizable, Maddin’s films are testaments to a singular cinematic vision, often filmed in black-and-white. Keyhole is a gangster ghost drama, loosely based on Homer’s ‘Odyssey,’ shot through with surrealism.”

On Tuesday, the Indiana Film Society will show the documentary The King of Kong at the Indianapolis Senior Center.

Southern Indiana

The theme at the IU Cinema is films made in Indiana, with programs of features and short films, some student-made, playing Monday through Thursday. Full program information at the Cinema’s website. Showing this weekend: Water and Power, a 1989 experimental film listed on the National Film Registry is tonight; Orson Welles’ late work Chimes at Midnight is Saturday; and Monika Treut’s documentary The Raw and the Cooked is Sunday.

Oscar-nominated animated musical Chico and Rita is one of the films in Bloomington’s Ryder film series this week; also showing: 2011 French drama The Fairy.

Northern Indiana

Norwegian comedy A Somewhat Gentle Man, starring Stellan Skarsgard, is the final film in the Spring program in the Cinematheque for All repertory series; screening Wednesday night at 7 on the Purdue campus in West Lafayette.

Irish drama Death of a Superhero will be shown tonight at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend. The annual Angelus Student Film Festival of short films highlighting the dignity of the human person is tomorrow at 7:30. On Wednesday, there will be a screening of Ken Loach’s 2000 drama Bread and Roses and on Thursday, a showing of the new documentary Wagner’s Dream, about the Met’s production of the Ring cycle. (Wagner’s Dream will be shown around the state as a Fathom Events special on May 7.)

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND

The KAC now lists Whit Stillman’s new film Damsels in Distress, Oscar-nominated Israeli drama Footnote, and Australian thriller The Hunter, starring Willem Dafoe, for May 4.

“The Bigger Picture Show” of local artists’ posters inspired by classic films, sponsored by Indy Film Fest and Lodge Design, will be held May 11 at the Big Car Service Center (on Lafayette Road in the mall parking lot). The theme is films nominated for the best adapted screenplay Oscar.

The annual 36 Hour Film Challenge, where competitors make a short film in- you got it- 36 hours, is May 18-20. The completed films will be screened at the G14 in June. More details at the official website. The Yes Cinema’s annual film festival Yes Fest is the same weekend; info about the program here.

Summer Nights at the IMA start June 1 with What Ever Happened to Baby Jane.

Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

We Need to Talk About Kevin at the DeBartolo

The Fairy, Chico and Rita, and 444: Last Day on Earth at the Ryder

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Ken
    Apr 27 2012

    That’s one big list of viewing possibilities!

  2. Mike
    Apr 28 2012

    I just noticed today that Show Me Your Glory: The Movie is showing at 5 PM Saturday and Sunday at the Rave Metropolis 18 in Plainfield and the Rave Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne. The film’s official site says that it “follows Jackie Powers as she recounts her tumultuous story of emotional and physical abuse as a former prostitute”- and shows how the main character eventually changes her life through “faith, determination, and perseverance”.

    http://www.showmeyourglorythemovie.com/

  3. Apr 29 2012

    @Ken: It’s good to have options but I often wish they were spread out more evenly across the year. I hope it stays busy for a while since “The Avengers” is the only movie calling me out to the multiplex next month.

  4. Mike
    May 1 2012

    And Show Me Your Glory is back at both Indiana Rave theaters for one more showing, at 7 PM on Thursday, May 3.

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