Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: December 21, 2012
by HELEN GEIB
The repertory circuit is seasonally slow right now, although there are some good choices in the multiplexes to compensate. In Indianapolis news, Manoranjan, the local Bollywood movie distributor, has relocated its screenings to the Movie Buff Theatre (at College Park, 86th and Michigan Rd) from the Georgetown 14. My guess is this is a permanent move and not an expansion, but the weekly email didn’t specify. If you know anything more please leave a comment- after 10 years of Indian movies at the G14, I’m curious about the whys and wherefores.
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
Dabangg 2- Salman Khan returns as a heroic cop in Dabangg 2, a sequel to the hit 2010 Bollywood actioner. It starts today at the Movie Buff Theatre in Indianapolis.
Hyde Park on Hudson- This period drama was inspired by a weekend visit paid by England’s king and queen to Roosevelt’s country estate on the eve of World War II. Bill Murray stars as FDR, with Laura Linney as his mistress and Olivia Williams as Eleanor. It starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)
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 holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis and and AMC Bloomington 11 and expands to the Yes Cinema in Columbus.
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 holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, Regal Village Park 17 in Carmel, Goodrich Hamilton 16 in Noblesville, Goodrich Theaters Portage 16, AMC Schererville 16, Showplace Cinemas East in Evansville, and three of the four Indianapolis AMCs: the Indianapolis 17, Traders Point 12, and Washington Square 12. Ends Monday at some theaters, so check your local listings.
Holy Motors- From the official site: “[A] deliriously entertaining and defiantly strange journey of the soul that careens through the streets of Paris exuding comedy, mystery, romance, intrigue and melodrama. HOLY MOTORS is a love letter to both the City of Lights and the flickering lights of movie magic through the years, as embodied by one of the most mischievously original screen protagonists in memory.” It holds over, but only through Sunday at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower- “A funny and touching coming-of-age story based on the beloved best-selling novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a modern classic that captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up.” It holds over at the Starplex Cinemas Coventry 13 in Fort Wayne.
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 holds over for a few more shows at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne: no shows Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday.
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 Movie Buff Theatre in Indianapolis.
Silver Linings Playbook- The new film from director David O. Russell is a romantic comedy 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 says a lot- none of it good- about Hollywood and the state of theatrical exhibition that this excellent, and essentially conventional, movie is only playing on three screens in the state. It holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema, AMC Castleton Square 14 in Indianapolis, and AMC Schererville 16, and expands on Tuesday to the AMC Indianapolis 17. Ends Monday in Schererville.
FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
From December 27-29, the IMA will have three showings of the documentary Beauty Is Embarrassing about Wayne White, one of the co-creators of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. The same three days will bring three showings of the documentary Chasing Ice: “In 2005, National Geographic photographer James Balog was dispatched to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images of the Earth’s changing climate. Surpassing skepticism and sparked by the challenge, soon the photographer conceived a bold expedition: the Extreme Ice Survey.” Both films, which will be shown in The Toby, are co-presented by the Heartland Festival; tickets are $9/$5 for IMA members.
The annual holiday engagement of The Polar Express in 3D continues at the IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum.
Speaking of The Polar Express, it has a week-long 2D engagement at Columubus’ Yes Cinema.
The Ryder repertory film series offers one show each of documentary The Flat and Korean comedy In Another Country today and tomorrow on the IU campus.
The Cinema Center’s “Meet the Filmmakers” series continues on Thursday with Shakespeare High, “a riveting documentary about a socio-economic cross-section of teens in Southern California that study Shakespeare to compete in a drama festival run by the teacher organization.” The filmmaker who will be on hand is the film’s composer, who hails from Fort Wayne. The Q&A will follow the movie, which screens at 6:30.
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
The Indy Film Fest just released details for much of their programming for 2013, and they’ve got a lot going on. Check it out on the IFF blog here. The first event is a “Roving Cinema” showing of This Is Spinal Tap on January 24.
The Cinema Center recently (last month I think?) started a monthly midnight movie series, and the next entry is next Saturday: Brazil; running time is given as 131 min. which I assume is the director’s cut.
Films and events scheduled for next Friday:
The Sound of Music at the Artcraft
Beauty Is Embarrassing and Chasing Ice at the IMA