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December 28, 2012


Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: December 28, 2012


Anna Karenina (2012)

This is one of those rare weeks when no new movies open in limited release anywhere in the state. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see, however. For myself, I still need to see Anna Karenina. If Hitchcock is on your list, don’t delay as it’s on its way out. I highly recommend The Silver Linings Playbook, which is starting to expand at last.

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.


The Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

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, AMC Bloomington 11, and Yes Cinema in Columbus (no showing on Thursday at the Yes).

Dabangg 2– Salman Khan returns as a heroic cop in Dabangg 2, a sequel to the hit 2010 Bollywood actioner. It holds over at the Movie Buff Theatre in Indianapolis.

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, in most cases at reduced showtimes, at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema, AMC Indianapolis 17, and AMC Washington Square 12 in Indianapolis, the Goodrich Hamilton 16 in Noblesville, Goodrich Theaters Portage 16, Showplace Cinemas East in Evansville, and AMC Schererville 16.

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 holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

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.

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.” This excellent, and essentially conventional, movie is still in limited release but does expand to a few more theaters around the state. It holds over at the Regal Village Park 17 in Carmel, AMC Bloomington 12, AMC Schererville 16, and three Indianapolis theaters: Landmark Keystone Art Cinema, AMC Indianapolis 17, and AMC Castleton Square 14, and opens at the Showplace Cinemas East in Evansville, Carmike Cinemas Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne, and Carmike Cinemas Metropolis 18 in Plainfield.


The Sound of Music

Indianapolis and Central Indiana

The Sound of Music is the weekend movie at Franklin’s Artcraft Theatre; shows Friday and Saturday at 2 and 7:30.

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.

Southern Indiana

The (sometime) monthly “Friday Night Frights” at Shelbyville’s Strand Theatre tonight offers a double feature from 1964: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians and The Last Man on Earth, starring Vincent Price in the first movie adaptation of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend. One of those is reputed to be a good movie. Showtime is 8:00.

The Yes Cinema in Columbus on Thursday will have a one-night-only showing of music documentary Big Easy Express: “BIG EASY EXPRESS captures history in the making as Indie folk heroes Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Tennessee’s Old Crow Medicine Show, and Britain’s acclaimed Mumford & Sons climb aboard a beautiful vintage train in California, setting out for New Orleans on a “tour of dreams”. Part road movie and part concert film, BIG EASY EXPRESS bears witness to the birth of a new musical era.” The event- which starts at 7- includes a pre-movie concert by The Banister Family; tickets are $10.

Northern Indiana

The Paramount, the 1920s movie palace in Anderson, started having occasional movie showings without my noticing. The next is tonight at 7:30. Tickets are $2 and the movie is Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

The Cinema Center recently (last month I think?) started a monthly midnight movie series, and the next entry is tomorrow: Brazil; running time is given as 131 min. which I assume is the director’s cut. Tickets are $5. Also tomorrow but in the AM is what I assume from the time and titles to be a children’s program of Snafu in Santa’s Workshop, Hansel & Gretel, and The Falling Christmas Elves.


The Fall (2006)

The IMA’s annual Winter Nights film series starts next Friday with Tarsem Singh’s wonderful tribute to the magic of storytelling, The Fall. Showtime is 7 in the Toby. The full lineup of films and everything else you need to know at the museum’s event page for the series.

The Indy Film Fest has released details for much of the 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.

1960s-set coming of age drama Not Fade Away (official site) is on the Landmark’s coming soon list for next Friday, but unusually for the Glendale 12 instead of the KAC. According to the synopsis on the Landmark’s site, the main characters are in a New Jersey local band and the music of the period features prominently.

Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

The Fall at the IMA

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  1. Mike
    Dec 28 2012

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower also opened today at the Cinemark Movies 8 on East Stop 13 Road (on Indianapolis’ south side).

    Also, in a technical-schmechnical sense, two limited release films did open in the state this week, or soon will: Ko Antey Koti and Yamudiki Mogudu both will open at the Movie Buff Theatre in Indy on Saturday, per Manoranjaninc’s site. Both are in Telugu, however, so it’s very unlikely either has English subtitles- hence the tech-schmech qualifier.

    Speaking of the Movie Buff- if they are going to be playing art/limited release films, I wish they would mention the titles on their site under the “Coming Soon” heading near the top right of the page, and/or in their weekly showtimes email. The official US site for Holy Motors now says that it will open at the MBT on January 11- but the film isn’t mentioned on the theater’s site as of yet, as far as I can tell, and it wasn’t in the weekly email, either.

    I also rechecked the Georgetown 14’s Facebook page yesterday to see if they had any updates on their upcoming international film series. As of Thursday, however, they still had just the one Indian film- in Hindi, with English subtitles- set to open on January 11.