Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: January 4, 2012
by HELEN GEIB
Life- and repertory cinema programming- is slowly returning to the university towns. There’s not much in theaters, but you can still catch Silver Linings Playbook.
My Top Pick for the Week
Friday nights in January and February, mark your calendars for the 2013 Winter Nights Film Series at the IMA. The series theme this year is the visual feast: “eight films known for their eye-popping art direction, sumptuous costumes or gorgeous cinematography.” They couldn’t have chosen a better movie to start the series than The Fall. Not only is it one of the most gorgeous movies to have come out in the last 10 years, it’s also a love letter to cinema and the power of storytelling. A young man and a little girl, both injured in falls, are patients at a Los Angeles hospital in the 1910s. As he starts telling her an Arabian Nights-style story, the audience is transported into the world created by her imagination. The movie was filmed entirely on-location in more than 20 astonishing and beautiful places around the world.
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
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel- This documentary about the life and career of the renowned fashion editor starts today at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)
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 but only for two more shows, both this evening (unless more shows are added later- a not uncommon practice for distributor Manoranjan).
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 and the Cinemark Movies 8 in Greenwood (partial showtimes at the latter).
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, crowd-pleaser is still in limited release but has expanded in a small way around the state. It holds over at the AMC Bloomington 12, AMC Schererville 16, Regal Village Park 17 in Carmel, Carmike Cinemas Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne, Carmike Cinemas Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, Showplace Cinemas East in Evansville, and three Indianapolis theaters: the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema, AMC Indianapolis 17, and AMC Castleton Square 14.
FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
The IMA’s annual Winter Nights film series starts tonight with Tarsem’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 short film Good Karma $1 will screen through the evening at the Heartland office in Fountain Square as part of the monthly First Friday event; free.
The Big Picture and In Another Country have shows today through Sunday and The Flat has a show today and tomorrow in the Ryder repertory series in Bloomington.
Programming resumes at the IU Cinema on Thursday with Tabu, which screens through the weekend. “A love story told in two unique parts, TABU is, quite simply, a film unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Deftly moving between contemporary Portugal, colonial Africa and the landscape of dreams, director Miguel Gomes conjures an enthralling story of obsession, memory and dangerous forbidden romance.”
In West Lafayette, Cinematheque for All’s winter season starts Wednesday with Italian drama Saturn in Opposition, about a group of friends in Rome who must deal with a death in their circle. This page has the full season schedule and information on the venue; screenings are at 7 on the Purdue campus.
The Cinema Center hosts a screening of Cosmopolis on Thursday at 7, preceded by a discussion with the Summit City Book Club at 6.
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
Alexander’s Ragtime Band will be shown next Friday at 7:30 in the “Great American Songbook Movie Series” at the Palladium in Carmel. The African Queen is next Saturday at 8 in Columbus’ Yes Cinema’s monthly classic film series.
The Cinema Center just announced a special silent movie with live accompaniment event in February. The movie is the Lon Chaney Phantom of the Opera and the music will be performed by the Andrew Alden Ensemble, which according to the Cinema’s event page is “a diverse group of musicians from different backgrounds whose goal is to bring forth new music for silent films.” On the 21st at 8:30; tickets are $15.
Films and events scheduled for next Friday:
Elvis in GI Blues at the Artcraft
Sin City at the IMA
Tabu at the IU Cinema
Alexander’s Ragtime Band at the Palladium