Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (September 21, 2012)
by HELEN GEIB
Five new limited releases in Indianapolis to make up for the near total absence of repertory screenings in the city this week. (The documentary Searching for Sugar Man, playing at the KAC, sounds particularly interesting.) If you live around Bloomington or South Bend, repertory pickings are much richer.
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
Bachelorette– “Based on her critically acclaimed play “Bachelorette,” Leslye Headland writes and directs this razor-sharp comedy about women on the verge of hilarious breakdowns, spectacular breakthroughs, and even closer friendships.” This indie comedy, starring Kirsten Dunst and Isla Fisher as bridesmaids out for a wild night on the town, starts today at the Movie Buff Theatre in Indianapolis and the Goodrich Eastside 9 in Lafayette.
Heroine– Kareena Kapoor is the star of this Bollywood-on-Bollywood drama about the high price of success. It starts today at the Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 and, in a surprise, the Regal/UA Galaxy Stadium 14 in Indianapolis, where I don’t recall an Indian movie playing before.
Samsara– “‘Samsara’ is a Sanskrit word that means ‘the ever turning wheel of life’ and it is the point of departure for filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson (Baraka, Chronos) as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Made over a four-year period in twenty-five countries on five continents, Samsara transports us via stunning cinematography to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.” It starts today at the AMC Castleton Square 14 and Landmark Keystone Art Cinema, both in Indianapolis.
Searching for Sugar Man– This documentary chronicles the incredible-but-true story of how an obscure record by a Mexican-American singer-songwriter named Rodriguez became the anthem of the Afrikaners’ anti-Apartheid resistance movement in South Africa. It sounds fascinating, it’s attracted rave reviews, and it starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Unconditional– “Inspired by true events, Unconditional stars Michael Ealy (Think Like A Man) and Lynn Collins (John Carter). As Sam watches ‘Papa’ Joe care for and love the kids in his under-resourced neighborhood, she begins to realize that no matter life’s circumstances, the love of God is always reaching out to us.” This indie drama starts today at the Showplace Cinemas East in Evansville, Rave Cinemas Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne, Regal Greenwood 14, Landmark Glendale 12 in Indianapolis, AMC Kokomo 12, and AMC Schererville 16.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)
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 opens today at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.
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 holds over at the AMC Castleton Square 14 in Indianapolis.
Barfi!– This Bollywood comedy starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra holds over at the Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis and opens at the Rave Cinemas Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne.
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 at partial showtimes and opens at the Yes Cinema in Columbus.
For a Good Time, Call…– The title of this sex comedy means what you think it does. It holds over for one show a day at the AMC Castleton Square 14 in Indianapolis.
The Intouchables– French drama “The Intouchables is the inspiring true story of two men who should never have met—a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.” After more than a month’s absence from Indiana screens, The Intouchables returns to the state this week at the Cinemark Movies 14 in Mishawaka, AMC Muncie 7 and the Movie Buff Theatre in Indianapolis.
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 (at partial showtimes) and the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.
Raiders of the Lost Ark– If you missed the in-IMAX-one-week-only week and you live in Indianapolis, you have another chance, because it’s holding over, albeit at partial showtimes and not in IMAX, at the AMC Indianapolis 17.
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 Rave Cinemas Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne and, at partial showtimes, 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 holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE
Get ready for Skyfall by watching Dr. No on the big screen, at participating AMCs around the state, on Monday at 7.
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
Vintage Movie Nights at the Garfield Park Arts Center continues Saturday at 8 with Niagara Falls, one of Marilyn Monroe’s early films.
You can see The Artist for free tonight at Shelbyville’s Strand Theatre at 7; the main feature is preceded by a student film festival at 6:30.
Sleepwalk with Me has an evening show today and a matinee tomorrow at the IU Cinema in Bloomington. The Brazilian drama Neighboring Sounds has an evening show tomorrow and matinee on Sunday. Also this week: Two Years at Sea this evening; Tibetan drama Old Dog tomorrow evening; Hollywood political drama The Contendor Sunday evening; Polish political drama Camouflage Monday evening; and indie comedy-drama A Bag of Hammers on Tuesday evening.
The Imposter, Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present, Meet the Fokkens, and The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls are the week’s movies in the Ryder film series in Bloomington.
The Homegrown Hoosier Film Festival- selection criteria: “an Indiana tie”- is this weekend at the Paramount Theatre in Anderson. Visit the fest website for the full schedule. There will be Q&A sessions with the filmmakers after several of the films.
The annual Tourness touring festival of French cinema comes to the DeBartolo this weekend with Bertrand Tavernier’s period drama The Princess of Montpensier tonight and crime drama Outside the Law on Thursday. The theater’s Hayao Miyazaki retrospective continues Sunday with Spirited Away, and the Classic 100 series continues Tuesday with Buster Keaton’s The General.
There will be a free showing of the documentary They Call it Myanmar at the Cinema Center on Sunday at 6:30.
The Cinematheque for All repertory series in West Lafayette continues with Farewell, a based on a true story Cold War spy thriller (my review is here). Screenings are Wednesday nights on the Purdue campus; fall season lineup.
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
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.
The Fathom TCM Event Series of one-night-only showings got underway this past week with The Birds and continues in October with E.T. on the 3rd and Lawrence of Arabia on the 4th. If you’ve never seen Lawrence of Arabia on the big screen, you owe it to yourself to go.
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:
Beasts of the Southern Wild at the DeBartolo
The Room at the KAC
Derek Jarman Super 8 Films, Blue and Fleshpot on 42nd Street at the IU Cinema
Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present, Meet the Fokkens, Neighboring Sounds at the Ryder