Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (August 17, 2012)
by HELEN GEIB
If you’re a documentary lover and you live in the Indy area, you’re in luck- Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry and The Queen of Versailles open at the KAC and Bill Cunningham New York has a special screening at the IMA. If not, the pickings are slim. It’s a good week to store up some energy for all the special events coming in September.
Note: For trailers, cast and crew, 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
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry- “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.” Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Ek Tha Tiger- This Bollywood thriller starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif started Wednesday at the Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis. Manoranjan evidently anticipates a hit, as it’s playing at full showtimes.
The Queen of Versailles- “With the epic dimensions of a Shakespearean tragedy, The Queen of Versailles follows billionaires Jackie and David’s rags-to-riches story to uncover the innate virtues and flaws of the American dream. We open on the triumphant construction of the biggest house in America, a sprawling, 90,000-square-foot mansion inspired by Versailles.” The Queen of Versailles starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)
Beasts of the Southern Wild- “In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis), a six-year-old girl, exists on the brink of orphanhood.” Beasts of the Southern Wild has been receiving rave reviews for the individual vision of its first-time writer-director and the performances by the non-professional cast. It holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis and expands to the Yes Cinema in Columbus.
Hysteria- An English sex comedy with a period Victorian setting, Hysteria returns to the state for an engagement at Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center.
Ruby Sparks- In the new film from the directors of Little Miss Sunshine, Paul Dano plays a novelist suffering from chronic writers-block. When his newest character shows up in person, is he going crazy or is she the change he needs in his life? Ruby Sparks holds over at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE
There’s a Fathom Events showing of Singin’ in the Rain on August 22; at theaters around the state- visit the Fathom website for the listings.
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
The IMA’s Summer Nights series of movies on the terrace continues tonight with Tim Burton’s Batman; full lineup and screening details. On Thursday, the documentary Bill Cunningham New York will be shown in the Toby as part of a short series in connection with the museum’s “Snapshot: Painters and Photography” special exhibition; admission is free.
Beasts of the Southern Wild is the weekend featured movie at the IU Cinema, with one show a day today through Sunday. Tomorrow at 3 is a children’s program of short films. The Czech animated- but not for children- film Surviving Life is Monday and the indie movie about a (werewolf) movie Silver Bullets is Thursday.
The Well Diggers Daughter, Polisse, and The Pigeoneers are the weekend movies at the Ryder.
The Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso is showing the documentary Bill W., on the life of one of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, on Sunday evening. Sadly this will be the last movie showing at the Opera House, according to an announcement on their website.
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
Next Friday is the Strand’s monthly double feature, unexpectedly including a silent Stan Laurel short comedy, Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde, with live accompaniment on the house organ.
It’s back to school time and that means exciting fall programs at the IU Cinema and DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. In exciting news, Werner Herzog will visit the Cinema in early September. (The IU Cinema program booklet is available here as a downloadable pdf.) At the DeBartolo, the Classic 100 series returns in September with the great silent films The Last Laugh, Man With a Movie Camera, The Passion of Joan of Arc, and The General; also in September is a Hayao Miyazaki festival.
The Keystone Art Cinema’s coming soon page now lists Robot & Frank and Farewell My Queen for next Friday and Killer Joe, Cosmopolis, and Journeys Neil Young for the 31st- expect one or more of those to slip (or disappear).
Films and events scheduled for next Friday:
Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm at the Artcraft
Pulp Fiction at the IMA
Sun Don’t Shine and Alexander the Last at the IU Cinema
Friday Night Frights double feature at the Strand
The Well Diggers Daughter, The Pigeoneers, Take This Waltz at the Ryder