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November 30, 2012

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Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: November 30, 2012 Edition

by HELEN GEIB

Indianapolis and Fort Wayne are the places to be this week with a plethora of new releases, theatrical holdovers, and special screenings. There are some options elsewhere in the state, many but not all holiday-themed. The “not” includes a chance to revisit Quentin Tarantino’s career-making Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction on the big screen.

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

Anna Karenina- Keira Knightley and Jude Law star in this new adaptation of the classic novel which director Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna) has given an intriguing theatrical staging. It starts today at the AMC Bloomington 11, AMC Schererville 16, and Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Fat Kid Rules the World- This coming-of-age drama starts today at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne; no show Saturday or Tuesday due to event programming. From the Center’s website: “Troy Billings is seventeen, overweight, and suicidal. Just as he’s about to jump in front of a bus, he’s saved by Marcus, a charming high school dropout/street musician. The two begin an uneasy friendship when Marcus enlists the musically challenged Troy to become the drummer in a newpunk rock band. As Troy’s relationship with Marcus grows, Troy’s father becomes increasingly concerned about his son’s new friendship.”

Hitchcock- “When the tumultuous, against-the-odds production was over, nothing about movies would ever be the same, but few realized that it took two to pull it off.” Anthony Hopkins plays Hitch and Helen Mirren is Alma Reville, the director’s wife and filmmaking collaborator. Hitchock starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Talaash- This new Bollywood crime thriller starring Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, and Rani Mukerji starts today at the Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis. If it has an official website a quick Google search didn’t bring it up, but I did find the official Facebook page and that’s where the title link will take you.

What a Man- From the AMC website: “The young teacher Alex is abandoned by his girlfriend Caroline and therefore begins a journey in search of himself. But how he overcomes the pitfalls out there for a modern man? And what is it that makes a man a man?” Starts today at the AMC Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute and AMC Evansville 16.

Wuthering Heights- And for the week’s second new adaptation of a much adapted classic novel, this British drama starts today at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne; no show Tuesday due to event programming.

THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)

Jab Tak Hai Jaan- It seems to me that most Bollywood films offer a great deal of advance publicity material by way of their official sites, Facebook pages, and so on. At the same time, however, many or most of these films- like this one, and Son of Sardaar below- offer little or nothing in the way of a plot synopsis on these same official sites and pages. I can tell you that Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a romantic drama that stars Shahrukh Khan and Katrina Kaif, and that it is the last film from veteran director/producer Yash Chopra, who passed away last month. Jab Tak Hai Jaan holds over at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.

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 opens today at the Starplex Cinemas Coventry 13 in Fort Wayne.

The Sessions- John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, and William H. Macy star in this comedy/drama about a man in an iron lung who wants to have sex. It holds over at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Silver Linings Playbook- The new film from director David O. Russell is a romantic drama starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. “All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet—and to share their family’s obsession with their favorite Philadelphia football team. When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated.” It holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema, AMC Castleton Square 14 in Indianapolis, and the AMC Schererville 16.

Son of Sardaar- From the trailer, it looks like this Hindi-language film from India is an over-the-top-and-tongue-in-cheek action comedy. The film’s Facebook page notes that it is a remake of another Indian film, the Telugu-language Maryada Ramanna from 2010; the IMDb says that both Indian films are remakes of Buster Keaton’s 1923 silent Our Hospitality- although it looks like Son of Sardaar, at least, doesn’t retain either the setting or time period of Keaton’s original. Son of Sardaar returns by popular demand for a few more shows at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.

FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE

State Wide

Fathom Events offers two nights of the movies that put Quentin Tarantino on the map: Reservoir Dogs on Tuesday and Pulp Fiction on Thursday. “Each event in this two-night retrospective will also feature trailers hand-picked by Quentin Tarantino which influenced his work, and exclusive new interviews.” At theaters around the state; check the Fathom website for listings.

Indianapolis and Central Indiana

The Great American Songbook Movie Series at the Palladium in Carmel continues tonight with one of the greats: The Music Man. The series is co-presented by the Heartland Festival.

A Christmas Story is the weekend movie at the historic and community-run Artcraft Theatre in Franklin. The December Christmas movie program at the Artcraft is so popular that they’ve added two shows on Sunday to meet demand; showtimes are 2 and 7:30 Friday through Sunday. The Saturday night show is sold out as of writing.

The new documentary How to Survive a Plague will be shown tomorrow at 2 at The Toby at the IMA in observance of World AIDS Day; tickets are $9, $5 members.

There will be a benefit showing of Frank Capra’s holiday perennial It’s a Wonderful Life on Thursday at 6:30 at UA Circle Center 9 (located in the mall on the fourth floor; free parking in the mall garage with theater validation). The film is preceded by a silent auction starting at 5. Proceeds go to Indianapolis Downtown Beautification.

The annual holiday engagement of The Polar Express in 3D continues at the IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum.

Southern Indiana

Tonight and tomorrow night you can see National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation for $1 at the Yes Cinema in Columbus.

In Shelbyville, the Skyline Drive-In has a special free Christmas program for families tomorrow night. Santa will be on hand and Elf (at 6:20) and some Christmas shorts will be shown. The gates open at 5.

The IU Cinema has a program dedicated to controversial director Todd Solondz this weekend, starting with showings of Dark Horse and Welcome to the Dollhouse today; Solondz will speak at 3 this afternoon in the Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture Series. The program continues tomorrow with Happiness and Life During Wartine and Sunday with a second show of Dark Horse. Also tonight is a midnight show of the (even more) controversial Cruising (1980). There’s a matinee show of Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander tomorrow and of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey on Sunday. Ken Loach’s Bread and Roses will be shown Thursday. Finally, the new Danish historical drama A Royal Affair starts its next weekend run on Thursday.

Orchestra of Exiles, Photographic Memory, and 17 Girls have one show each today and tomorrow at IU in the Ryder repertory series. Orchestra of Exiles, a documentary about Jewish musicians who fled Europe for Palestine in the 1930s and formed a symphony that would become the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, has a third showing Sunday at Bear’s Place.

Northern Indiana

Sleepwalk with Me has two shows both today and tomorrow at Notre Dame’s DeBartolo. On Sunday, Frank Capra’s Meet John Doe will be shown at 3 as part of the Classic 100 series.

Made in Indiana drama East of Nowhere will be shown at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne on Sunday at 2; the filmmakers will be present for a Q&A. Activist documentary Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare will be shown on Tuesday evening at the Cinema Center. Tickets are $20 (post-movie munchies are included in the ticket price) and the evening will conclude with a panel discussion.

The penultimate film in the fall season of the Cinematheque for All repertory series in West Lafayette is the Dardenne brothers’ 1996 drama La Promesse. Screenings are Wednesday nights on the Purdue campus; fall season lineup.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND

The schedule is up for the 2013 edition of Winter Nights at the IMA’s Toby. The first film is the wonderful and neglected The Fall on January 4. The Friday night film series runs through February.

Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

It’s a Wonderful Life at the Artcraft

Art is the Permanent Revolution and A Royal Affair at the IU Cinema

13 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mike
    Nov 30 2012

    The Movie Buff Theater in Indy was late in posting their schedule this week, but they made up for it with a nice surprise: Dragon, starring Donnie Yen. They will have only three showings per day, but that’s still much better than most of the rest of the country- apparently, it is showing at only six to ten or so US theaters this week.

    Also, for next week, Chaos Cinemas will have two showings of an anime double feature at the Georgetown 14; no time to get the details now, but they are on the G14′s Facebook page.

  2. Nov 30 2012

    Wow, we really lucked out! DRAGON is the English release title of WU XIA, one of the top films from China last year. It was directed by Peter Chan (THE WARLORDS and COMRADES, ALMOST A LOVE STORY among other big titles) and co-stars Takeshi Kaneshiro. The Movie Buff’s website doesn’t specify subtitles but the trailer is subtitled so it should be safe. I am very, very excited… and very glad you checked their listings again, as I don’t know that I would have bothered.

  3. Mike
    Nov 30 2012

    I read a good/very good (8 out of 10) review somewhere online that said yes, it was subtitled, not dubbed, and that it really should be seen on a big screen…. even if the US version is missing about 15 minutes. That last part isn’t too surprising, since The Weinstein Company is releasing it, through their Radius/TWC arm….

  4. Miriam
    Nov 30 2012

    I couldn’t believe it when I saw a real ad in the Star for Dragon – they’re even promoting it, amazing twice over! Why, why do the distributors cut these films? No one but a fan is going to see this anyway so they only annoy their audience without making it any more attractive to the uninterested.

  5. Nov 30 2012

    I watched Wu Xia over half a year ago and now saw the poster to Dragon. It took me a while to realize that Dragon is Wu Xia. Now, it surprises me that Wu Xia was originally retitled as Swordsmen (a title that doesn’t make sense) and now Dragon. That makes even less sense! Heck, I don’t even know why it’s called Wu Xia. It’s basically CSI in ancient China but is a fascinating and entertaining film.

  6. Mike
    Nov 30 2012

    A few other updates-

    Here is the info on the anime double feature briefly mentioned in the first comment, cut and paste from Chaos Cinemas’ Facebook page:

    THE FINEST IN JAPANESE ANIME! 2 DAYS ONLY!
    MAGICA MADOKA PART 1 & 2
    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 @ 7:00 P.M.
    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 @ 7:00 P.M.
    TICKETS $20 (INCLUDES PART 1 & 2 OF 4 HOUR SHOWING)

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chaos-Cinemas/197122953710621

    http://madokamagicausa.com/

    Also, the Skyline Drive-In’s event Saturday night now also includes a post-Elf, 8 PM screening of the American/K. Gordon Murray version of the 1959 Mexican film Santa Claus. That should be a surreal sight on a big screen; I’ve seen it only on video…

  7. Mike
    Nov 30 2012

    A few brief thoughts for now-

    Boxofficemojo now says that Dragon is on 14 screens in the US, and possibly Canada- I’m not sure if they include Canadian screens in their totals; Moviefone lists only seven theaters showing Dragon in the US. They include the Movie Buff in that number; the nearest theaters in other states are in West Virginia and Ohio.

    Miriam- Thanks for mentioning that today’s Star had an ad for Dragon. I bought a paper today just for that. And I’m not sure that the theatrical version is cut- the review I read was based on a festival screening some time ago, and might not be the same print. The person who wrote the review also just might have been wrong about the running time of the version he saw, the length of the original version, or both. I’ll try to remember to time the movie when I see it this weekend and see how that compares with what the IMDb gives as the running time for the original.

    As for why there was an ad in the Star- I’m guessing that maybe the deal the Weinstein Company made for the US rights required a theatrical release on at least “X” number of screens, and a certain amount of money spent to promote that theatrical release. That’s just a guess, though….

  8. Miriam
    Dec 2 2012

    Harvey Weinstein is laying up a lot of bad karma by savaging the asian movies he persists in buying. Watching Dragon I kept thinking (and if you’re thinking much during a martial arts movie it’s a bad sign) that there were the remains of a fine movie there. I still want to see Wu Xia but I’ll have to wait for a dvd of the entire film.

  9. Mike
    Dec 3 2012

    Dragon runs about 97 minutes. I used a cell phone clock to time it- didn’t think to use the timer/stopwatch feature, so not that precise, but still…. The IMDb says that Wu Xia runs 114 minutes, while Wikipedia mentions three apparent variants: 111, 114, and 116 minutes- so Dragon is clearly missing footage. I still enjoyed Dragon, and I’m very glad I saw it on a big screen; now I’d love to see Wu Xia, to see the real movie- how it plays, and what got chopped out….

  10. Mike
    Dec 3 2012

    There doesn’t seem to be much solid information online yet about exactly what got cut out of Wu Xia to make it into Dragon. Maybe I need to do some more searching; the two links below offer the best guesses/most information I’ve found so far as to what is missing:

    http://twitchfilm.com/2012/02/china-beat-exclusive—peter-chan-on-the-fate-of-wu-xia.html

    http://www.craigskinnerfilm.com/the-problem-with-the-weinsteins-part-one-wu-xia/

  11. Mike
    Dec 3 2012

    On another topic altogether, I didn’t see anything on Tugg’s site about upcoming screenings in the Indy area this week. However, I’ve foundtwo companies that also offer movies for theatrical screenings- if enough people buy advance tickets- with Indiana events listed. The British drama Codebreaker will be shown in Vincennes on Thursday, December 6, if enough tickets are sold- while music doc Big Easy Express will be at the Yes Cinemas in Columbus on January 2 by way of Gathr- which also says a screening may take place in Huntington on December 13, if enough people get tickets:

    http://tickets.todpix.com/codebreaker/vincennes/

    http://gathr.us/films/big-easy-express

  12. Mike
    Dec 4 2012

    In all the hubbub over Dragon, I forgot to mention that The Perks of Being a Wallflower also opened at the Movie Buff Theatre on Friday.

  13. Mike
    Dec 4 2012

    I haven’t found much of anything online yet about exactly what got cut out of Wu Xia to make it into Dragon- maybe there isn’t much out there yet, or maybe I just need to spend more time looking for it. This link has the most I’ve seen so far:

    http://www.craigskinnerfilm.com/the-problem-with-the-weinsteins-part-one-wu-xia/

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