Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (September 14, 2012)
by HELEN GEIB
Five new movies in limited release, all of them- for better or worse- Indianapolis exclusives. The greater Columbus-Shelbyville-Franklin area is the place to be this weekend for B-movie lovers. Meanwhile, Hitchcock fans, wherever they live, should live close enough to a Fathom Events-hosting multiplex to see The Birds on the big screen. For all the details, and the rest of the week’s offerings, read on….
My Top Pick for the Week
Shelbyville’s Strand Theatre and Skyline Drive-In host a “Super Monster Movie Fest” of classic horror and sci-fi movies. The program includes a Saturday $5 matinee double feature of 1950s favorites Destination Moon and The Earth vs. the Flying Saucers at the Strand. The Skyline’s lineup received the ultimate endorsement when my film club co-organizer and B-movie-loving friend Gary remarked that if he ran a drive-in, those were just the kind of movies he’d program on a Saturday night. Follow the link for titles and showtimes.
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
Arbitrage– Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Roth head the high-profile cast of this thriller about a duplicitous financier. As the website summary puts it, “Will he make it out before the bubble bursts?” Arbitrage starts today at the AMC Castleton Square 14 in Indianapolis.
Barfi!– This Bollywood comedy starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra starts today at the Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.
For a Good Time, Call…– The title of this sex comedy means what you think it does. It starts today at the AMC Castleton Square 14 in Indianapolis.
Neil Young Journeys– Jonathan Demme’s music documentary combines footage from a 2011 concert with reminiscences by Young about his childhood and hometown. This is Demme and Young’s third documentary collaboration, following Heart of Gold and Trunk Show. It starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Sleepwalk with Me– “Comedian Mike Birbiglia brings his hilarious semi-autobiographical story—already an off-Broadway smash and a best-selling book—to the screen as writer/director/star in his cinematic debut. Occasionally commenting ruefully on the action (“Remember: you’re on my side!”), Birbiglia plays alter-ego Matt Pandamiglio, a struggling stand-up comedian avoiding commitment with his long-time girlfriend.” It starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. Birbiglia is scheduled to be at the evening shows tonight.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)
2 Days in New York– “2 Days in New York is director/co-writer Julie Delpy’s deliciously witty follow-up to her film 2 Days in Paris. …With their unabashed openness and sexual frankness, the triumvirate is bereft of boundaries or filters… and no one is left unscathed in its wake.” It holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
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 Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.
Branded– Branded, “a dark and mind-bending journey into a surreal, dystopian society where mega-corporations have unleashed a monstrous global conspiracy to get inside our minds and keep the population deluded, depending and passive,” holds over at the Goodrich Quality Theaters Hamilton 16 in Noblesville at partial showtimes.
Celeste and Jesse Forever– “Celeste and Jesse Forever transforms the conventional romantic comedy with a bracingly honest real-life vibe, exploring both the comedy and complexity of love and friendship.” It holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis and the AMC Bloomington 11.
Killer Joe– Matthew McConaughey stars as a contract killer in this controversial and violent (reflected in its NC-17 rating) indie. “Based on the play by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, Killer Joe is a garish, provocative black comedy from Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin.” It holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis and expands to the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.
Raiders of the Lost Ark– If you missed it last week and you live in Indianapolis or Schererville, you have another chance, because it’s holding over, albeit at partial showtimes, at the AMC Indianapolis 17, AMC Traders Point 12 in Indy, and AMC Schererville 16.
Robot & Frank– In this indie drama with a sci-fi twist, Frank Langella plays a retired cat burglar who presses his new robot butler into service as his assistant in crime. It holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis and expands to the Rave Cinemas Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne.
FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE
On Wednesday, the Fathom Events “TCM Event Series Presents” kicks off with The Birds (at theaters around the state; visit the Fathom website for the list). Upcoming films in the series are E.T., Lawrence of Arabia and a double feature of James Whales’ Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein in October and To Kill a Mockingbird in November.
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
Samsara will screen tonight at the IMA’s Toby theater at 7; $5/$3 IMA members. “Filmed over a period of five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on 70 mm film, Samsara transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders in the company of monks, garbage pickers, robots, prisoners and pilgrims.” The movie is scheduled to start a regular theatrical run at the Keystone Art Cinema next Friday and as a consequence tonight’s showing, billed as a sneak peek, is limited to 100 people. More info at the IMA’s event page.
In the first of several events competing this weekend for the attention of B-movie lovers, Gila!, a remake of the 1958 “classic” The Giant Gila Monster, premieres at the Artcraft Theater in Franklin, where the movie is set and was filmed; today and tomorrow at 2 and 7:30.
Tomorrow night is the monthly Rocky Horror showing at the Irving Theatre in Irvington on Indy’s east side.
The Indy Film Fest’s music-themed Fall Film Series starts Thursday with Shut Up and Play the Hits, the recently releases documentary about LCD Soundgarden’s farewell concert. The venue is the IMAX theater at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indy; full lineup at the festival blog.
Concert movie Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest is scheduled to play three shows at the KAC, the first next Thursday (the other dates are September 23 and 27).
Today and tomorrow, Shelbyville’s Strand Theatre and Skyline Drive-In host a “Super Monster Movie Fest” of classic horror and sci-fi movies. The program includes a Saturday $5 matinee double feature of 1950s favorites Destination Moon and The Earth vs. the Flying Saucers at the Strand. The Skyline’s lineup received the ultimate endorsement when my film club co-organizer and B-movie-loving friend Gary remarked that if he ran a drive-in, those were just the kind of movies he’d program on a Saturday night. Follow the link for titles and showtimes.
The annual B Movie Celebration, now in its sixth year, is today through Sunday at the Yes Cinema in Columbus. Visit the festival’s website for this year’s lineup of movies, which boasts “OVER 30 Films! 15 World Premieres!” A festival pass, to movies and festivities, is $65; single tickets are also available.
The IU Cinema’s excellent program on Werner Herzog continues today with Grizzly Man, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans, and (at midnight) Nosferatu the Vampyre. The screenings follow a lecture by Herzog at 3. The retrospective takes a day off Saturday, but resumes- and concludes- on Sunday with The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser and Into the Abyss.
Saturday’s lineup at the Cinema is typically diverse, starting with a matinee of the marvelous Hollywood classic adventure The Treasure of the Sierra Madre before moving into the Tibetan “New Wave” with the drama Silent Holy Stones and the Nigerian fantasy-drama Oganigwa. Also showing this week: documentary Kordavision on Monday; Brazilian drama Neighboring Sounds on Tuesday; and a Japanese drama about teenage girls selling themselves for spending money, Bounce Ko-Gals, on Thursday.
The Imposter, Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present, and The Queen of Versailles are the week’s movies in the Ryder repertory series in Bloomington.
Whit Stillman’s new comedy Damsels in Distress has two shows today at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend. The theater’s Hayao Miyazaki retrospective starts tomorrow with Kiki’s Delivery Service, followed by Princess Mononoke on Sunday. Brazilian drama Neighboring Sounds (also showing this week at the IU Cinema) is tomorrow evening; the director is scheduled to attend. The ongoing Classic 100 series continues its fall program of great silent films on Tuesday with Carl Dreyer’s magnificent The Passion of Joan of Arc. Two recent Hollywood releases are on the schedule as well: The Cabin in the Woods is the midnight movie tomorrow and 50/50
The Cinematheque for All repertory series in West Lafayette continues with Kinyarwanda, an episodic drama set against the Rwandan genocide. Screenings are Wednesday nights on the Purdue campus; fall season lineup.
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
Manoranjan- the distributor of the Indian movies that play the Georgetown 14- is promising Kareena Kapoor’s Heroine, a Bollywood on Bollywood drama, for next Friday. Also for next week in Indianapolis, the Keystone Art Cinemas’s coming soon page lists the documentaries Samsara and Searching for Sugar Man. The KAC’s fall midnight movie series starts on September 28 with The Room.
The Artcraft’s 90th Anniversary Party, September 28-29, finishes with a fundraising event that includes a showing of Harold Lloyd’s delightful silent comedy Grandma’s Boy accompanied by the Franklin Chamber Players; the show will be preceded by a performance by the retro Lil’ Darlin’s Vaudeville troupe.
In an alternative to October’s inevitable horror film programming, the IMA is hosting a free double feature of the Mexican films Maria Candelaria, a 1940s award-winning drama starring Dolores del Rio, and 1960s sex farce Modisto de Senoras on Friday, October 12 at 7 in the Toby. The showings are presented in cooperation with the Mexican Consulate.
October also brings the Heartland Film Festival (October 18-27; most showings at the AMC Castleton Square 14 and AMC Traders Point 12). The opening night movie is High Ground, a documentary about disabled veterans who participate in a Himalayan mountain climbing program.
Films and events scheduled for next Friday:
The Artist at the Strand
The Princess of Montpensier at the DeBartolo
Two Years at Sea and Sleepwalk with Me at the IU Cinema
The Imposter, Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present, The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls at the Ryder