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November 2, 2012

Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (November 2, 2012)

by MIKE MACCOLLUM

Holy Motors

After the feast of last week comes the famine. Outside of two Indian films presumably without English subtitles, there is apparently only one movie opening in limited theatrical release in the state this week- and even then, you have to use a very broad and generous definition of “opening in theatrical release” to fit that one movie into that category. And another shoe drops this week as well, since relatively few limited release films from weeks past are hanging around in Indiana theaters this week. At least we have those holdover titles, and some very interesting repertory screenings, to hold us over this week- and it does look like there are some theatrical openings scheduled for next week….

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

Bitter Pill: America & Healthcare in America- This feature-length documentary was made by a brain surgeon based in Flint, MI. From the official site: “The United States of America is the only developed nation that does not guarantee decent healthcare to all of its citizens. When it comes to the wellbeing of its people, the wealthiest democracy in the world that is supposed to be by the people, of the people and for the people has failed to be for all the people of the nation. In spite of spending the highest for healthcare in the world, millions of Americans lack affordable, quality healthcare….” Bitter Pill is supposed to have two free screenings at all eight Goodrich theaters in Indiana this week- at noon on Friday, November 2, and at 7 PM on Monday, November 5. However, not all Indiana Goodrich theaters have these screenings listed on their online schedules for next week- or at least they don’t as of Thursday evening- so you might want to check with the individual theater’s online schedule, and/or call the theater, to be sure that a given screening actually will take place. It definitely will get at least two showings within the space of a week at at least one theater in Indiana, however- and that just barely meets my definition of a “theatrical release”, so that’s why Bitter Pill is listed here.

THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)

Chakravyuh- Wikipedia says that this Hindi-language film from India is a “political thriller”; according to its own official site, Chakravyuh involves “anger”, “deep social unrest”, the “bloodiest armed mutiny” that India has ever seen, and young people rebelling against “injustice, against tyranny, [and] against exploitation”. Chakravyuh holds over this week- with one or two showings per day- at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis, according to Manoranjaninc’s site.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower- “A funny and touching coming-of-age story based on the beloved best-selling novel by director Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a modern classic that captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up.” It holds over (albeit with limited showings per day, for most theaters) at Landmark’s Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, the Rave Jefferson Pointe 18 and Carmike 20 in Fort Wayne, Rave Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, Regal Village Park 17 in Carmel, Showplace Cinemas East in Evansville, the Bedford 7, the New Albany 16, and at six AMCs: the Bloomington 11, Indianapolis 17, Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, South Bend 16, Muncie 8, and Schererville 16; it also starts today at the Yes Cinema in Columbus.

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 returns to Indiana this week, opening at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

Simon and the Oaks- From the official US site: “An epic drama spanning the years 1939 to 1952, this is the gripping story of Simon (played as the adult by Bill Skarsgård, son of Stellan, and named by the Berlin Film Festival Jury as one of the Shooting Stars of 2012 for this performance), who grows up in a loving working class family on the outskirts of Gothenburg but always feels out of place…. SIMON AND THE OAKS is based on the Swedish bestseller of the same name, written by Marianne Fredriksson. It offers a unique depiction of fate, destiny and free will and vividly portrays the situation for Jews in Sweden during World War II. SIMON AND THE OAKS, has received a record 13 nominations for the 2012 Sweden’s Guldbagge Awards (the local equivalent of the Oscars), including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Cinematography.” Simon and the Oaks holds over this week at the 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

State Wide

A filmed production of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, from London’s Globe Theatre, will be shown at four Indiana theaters on Thursday evening; locations and times are here.

Indianapolis and Central Indiana

A kick-off party for the 2012 Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival takes place Thursday evening at restaurant/club Forty Five Degrees on Mass Ave in Indy; the event “An Evening With Amy Sedaris”- which takes place Thursday night at the Madame Walker Theatre in downtown Indy- is also listed on the festival’s event page. The festival itself takes place next weekend.

A Matter of Size- This English-subtitled comedy/drama from 2009 shows on Saturday night at 7 PM as part of the Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts at the JCC in Indianapolis; tickets are $5, or $3 for JCC members. From the festival’s site: “This comedic film takes place in Israel, an unlikely setting for Sumo wrestling. But when four overweight friends tire of dieting and discover this ancient Japanese sport, the film becomes not only funny, but sensitive to the struggle to find acceptance of oneself.”

The Noise of Cairo- The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s series New Cinema from the Middle East series gets underway with a screening of this new documentary on Saturday afternoon at 1 in the museum’s DeBoest Lecture Hall. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for IMA members. Here’s how the IMA describes the film: “Crisply produced and swiftly edited, this film by German director Heiko Lange offers a fresh and unexpected viewpoint about the 2011 revolution that changed the course of the region’s history. Voices of influential individuals from Egypt’s cultural scene – from curators and gallery owners, dancers and street musicians, to poets and graffiti artists – all long repressed during Hosni Mubarak’s regime, now speak eloquently about the role that artists played during this crucial event in Egyptian history.”

Southern Indiana

This week at the IU Cinema: Two films by Shirley Clarke- Ornette: Made in America (1995) and Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel With the World (1963)- will be shown on Friday; classics The Third Man and From Here to Eternity screen on Saturday; the recent, very cool-looking French film Holy Motors starts Thursday night (I really hope that somebody will show this- and All Together, mentioned below- at a theater in Indianapolis- please!); and several titles by French filmmaker Claire Denis will screen throughout the week- Chocolat (1988) on Sunday, I Can’t Sleep (1994) on Monday, and Nenette and Boni (1996) on Wednesday. Denis herself is scheduled to be at the IU Cinema next week, when more of her films will be shown.

The documentary Two Angry Moms -about two mothers concerned about the food being served to their children at school- and the drama Keep the Lights On- which “chronicles an emotionally and sexually charged journey of two men in New York City through love, friendship, and addiction”, per its official site- arrive in Bloomington this week, thanks to The Ryder. Friday and Saturday also feature additional screenings of both the must-see-for-any-film-fan documentary Side by Side and the French/German comedy All Together, with Jane Fonda and Geraldine Chaplin in the cast; see The Ryder’s site for dates, times and locations for all four films.

Northern Indiana

The Cinematheque for All repertory series in West Lafayette continues with the Oscar-nominated Israeli drama/comedy Footnote (2011). Screenings are Wednesday nights on the Purdue campus; fall season lineup.

Meanwhile, This Is Not a Film, a recent doc on the life of Iranian director Janar Panahi while under house arrest, will be shown on Friday evening at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Citizen Kane will be shown at the same venue on Tuesday night, while the DeBartolo hosts a screening of the 2010 doc My Perestroika- with the director scheduled to attend- on Thursday evening.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND

Comedy/drama The Sessions and doc Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel are scheduled to open next Friday at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. Two Hindi-language films from India- romantic drama Jab Tak Hai Jaan and the over-the-top-and-mostly(?)-tongue-in-cheek-looking action-comedy Son of Sardaar- are set to start next Tuesday at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis. The former is the final work of veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra, while the latter is reportedly a very loose remake of Buster Keaton’s Our Hospitality (!)- marking the second reference in as many weeks to Mr. Keaton in this column. And in case you were wondering why two Indian movies are opening on a Tuesday, it all has to do with Diwali.

And while The Madame Walker Theatre in Indianapolis does not show movies on a regular basis these days, it seems to me that it should be noted that the venue will celebrate its 85th anniversary next week, with events including a fundraiser. Another long-lasting Indiana venue, Parke County’s Ritz Theater, has a 100th-anniversary party next Saturday; click here for more info.

Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

The Frank Capra classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington will be shown at Franklin’s Historic Artcraft Theatre on Friday (and on Saturday, too).

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