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January 25, 2013

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Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: January 25, 2013

by MIKE MACCOLLUM

Race 2 (2013)

It’s yet another slow week, as the Bollywood import Race 2 is the only limited release film opening theatrically in Indiana this week, apart from the documentary Boogie Stomp!, which only just barely qualifies under this heading thanks to two screenings Monday night at four theaters across the state. Of course, we also get the usual variety of holdovers and repertory screenings, along with several one-time-only theatrical showings of films both new and old. And next week holds the promise of an Indiana theatrical opening for an Academy Award nominee in the category of Best Foreign Language Film, with the Indiana debut of another nominee looming on the horizon. Read on below for the moderately thrilling details….

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

Boogie Stomp! (2012)

Boogie Stomp!- From the official site: “Written and directed by Bob Baldori, Boogie Stomp! tells the story of boogie woogie, its origins, subsequent history and ongoing development while profiling its two greatest living players – Bob Seeley and Bob Baldori.” Boogie Stomp! shows at 5 and 7 pm on Monday, January 28, at the Hamilton 16 and IMAX in Noblesville, the Eastside 9 in Lafayette, the Wabash Landing 9 in West Lafayette, and the Portage 16 and IMAX; the showings are part of the Goodrich Quality Theaters’ “Documentary Days” series. This is a great idea for a movie series, by the way, and I thought the one movie in the series that I’ve had the chance to see so far, Booker’s Place, was powerful and effective. But seriously, folks- 5 and 7 PM? If you have to work for a living, go home, feed and/or walk a pet, get yourself some dinner, and then go to the theater, are you going to have an easy time making it to a 7 PM screening? Probably not. The Documentary Days films are very welcome, but those show times are way too early; the “late” show should start at 7:30 or 7:45 if they want to get a bigger crowd, methinks.

Race 2- Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Deepika Padukone star in this Bollywood “action thriller”, the sequel to Race (2008). There doesn’t seem to be an official site out there, but the plot apparently has something to do with Khan’s character avenging the death of a former (?) lover and partner. Brothers Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla and Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla co-directed, as with the original Race. The film itself apparently is subtitled, but I couldn’t find an English-friendly online trailer. If you want to check out the visuals and test your Hindi, however, a link to the trailer is here. Personally, I was not impressed- add a few ridiculous sound effects and some lousy comedy relief, and I think they would have hit every item on my list of “What’s Wrong with Mainstream Bollywood Today”. Race 2 starts Friday at the Georgetown 14 and the Movie Buff Theatre, both in Indianapolis.

THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)

Rust and Bone (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 this week at the AMC Evansville 16, and starts this Friday at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

Hitchcock- “When the tumultuous, against-the-odds production [of Psycho] 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 with reduced show times at the Starplex Cinemas Coventry 13 in Fort Wayne.

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 Master- Paul Thomas Anderson’s multiple Academy Award nominee gets a week’s worth of screenings in 70mm, at 7 PM daily, thanks to the IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis. I’m guessing that this will be the only way to see The Master in 70mm without going out of state, but I could be wrong about that.

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 with reduced show times at the Starplex Cinemas Coventry 13 in Fort Wayne.

Rust and Bone- The new film from writer-director Jacques Audiard (The Beat That My Heart Skipped, A Prophet) is a romantic drama starring Marion Cotillard as a whale trainer who suffers a devastating accident. It holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE

Plan 9 from Outer Space

State Wide

Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West- This 45-minute documentary will get four showings on Wednesday, January 30, at seven of the Goodrich Quality Theaters in the state, including the Hamilton 16 and IMAX in Noblesville. More relevant details are near the bottom of Goodrich’s Documentary Days page, but you’ll still have to check each theater’s schedule to see when they will have their four showings on Monday.

One Night Stand- Per its official site, “One Night Stand is a funny, intimate, behind-the-scenes journey from the blank page to the live stage, as top Broadway and television writers, actors, and directors produce four original short musicals, all within 24 hours. Think A Chorus Line meets Project Runway – a window into the creative process with a compressed time frame: the spark, the camaraderie, the sheer panic and the ultimate thrill of expression.” Alicia Witt, Nellie McKay, Roger Bart, Rachel Dratch, Richard Kind, and Tamara Tunie appear in this doc, which will be shown at fourteen Indiana theaters on Wednesday, January 30. Click on the link to the Fathom Events site for more info.

Plan 9 from Outer Space- Does Ed Wood’s most infamous film really need the RiffTrax gang to make it funny? Of course it doesn’t- but maybe they’ll make Plan 9 that much funnier. Check it out for yourself on Thursday, January 31, at sixteen theaters across the state; again, the Fathom Events link has the details.

Indianapolis and Central Indiana

Landmark’s Keystone Art Cinema will be the host to two one-time-only screenings of recent/new theatrical films this week. Bill W., a documentary about Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder William G. Wilson, returns to the KAC for a showing at 7 PM on Tuesday, January 29. Meanwhile, Dave Grohl’s doc Sound City- about a unique recording studio, the performers who made albums there over the years, and Grohl’s efforts to make a collaborative album with a number of well-known musicians- screens at 7 PM on Thursday, January 31.

The IMA’s annual Winter Nights film series continues tonight with Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven. The theme for the series is “the visual feast”; 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 documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead will have a free showing at the Georgetown Market in Indianapolis on Saturday, January 26, at 11 AM. A “juicing demo” will follow the film.

Disney’s live action/animation combo Pete’s Dragon screens at Franklin’s historic Artcraft Theatre at 2 and 7:30 PM on both Friday and Saturday.

And Shelbyville’s Strand Theatre supposedly has another double feature edition of Friday Night Frights on their screen tonight at 8. You might want to call before you go, however, since the theater’s site did not mention the titles of the films they will be showing as of late Thursday evening.

Southern Indiana

The PRIDE Film Festival started yesterday and runs through the weekend at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington. “The theme, ‘Your Story, Our History’ focuses on LGBTQ history, the present and the future.”

Bloomington’s IU Cinema shows recent documentary Chasing Ice on Friday and Saturday, a 16mm program of experimental shorts from the Ann Arbor Film Festival and Rene Clair’s Le Million (1931) on Saturday, Nicholas Ray’s They Live by Night (1948) and Todd Haynes’ Far From Heaven (2002) on Sunday, 2012 cold fusion doc The Believers (with the directors scheduled to be present) on Monday, and a lecture by writer/filmmaker Parvez Sharma and a screening of 2011 doc Dragonslayer, both on Thursday.

The Ryder, meanwhile, offers Holy Motors and The Loneliest Planet on Friday and Saturday, and screens Starlet on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. And since Le Million will be at the IU Cinema on the same weekend that the Ryder has Holy Motors, that means you can take two very different cinematic trips across Paris on the same day.

And the 2009 Christian-oriented drama To Save a Life shows at the Yes Cinemas in Columbus at 5:30, 6:15, and 7:40 on Monday, January 28.

Northern Indiana

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid gets two “digitally restored” screenings (on DVD?), at 2 and 7 PM on Wednesday, January 30, at the Cinemark Movies 14 in Mishawaka and the Cinemark at Valparaiso. The showings are part of Cinemark’s “Classic Series“, which of course bypasses the theater chain’s two Indianapolis locations.

The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend has the Notre Dame Student Film Festival on Friday and Saturday, followed by 1992′s Newsies (Really? Sheesh….) at 3 PM on Sunday, John Ford’s Young Mr. Lincoln at 7:30 on Wednesday, and Academy Award nominated doc 5 Broken Cameras at 7 on Thursday.

In West Lafayette, Cinematheque for All’s winter season continues with Jim Sheridan’s In America, a drama about an Irish family who immigrate to NYC where they form a bond with an African who lives in their apartment building. This page has the full season schedule and information on the venue; screenings are at 7 on the Purdue campus.

And campy cult relic of days gone by Reefer Madness will be shown at 11:59 PM on Saturday, January 26, at Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND

A Royal Affair (2012)

Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award Nominee A Royal Affair is scheduled to open at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis on February 1, while Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, Quartet, may open on the same day. Further down the road, The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animation and The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action are both scheduled to open on at the theater on February 8, while multiple Oscar nominee Amour finally may make its way to the KAC on February 15.

Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

Kiss Me Kate- not in 3D, presumably, but you never know- shows at the Palladium in Carmel as part of The Great American Songbook series.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art screens the 153 minute version of Apocalypse Now, from Blu-ray, for their Winter Nights series.

Producer Christine Vachon gives a lecture at the IU Cinema on Friday, followed by screenings of episode 1 of the mini-series version of Mildred Pierce and the 1996 drama I Shot Andy Warhol, both co-produced by Vachon.

The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center has screenings of recent docs Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry and How to Start a Revolution.

And the Heartland Film Festival’s Office in Indianapolis’ Fountain Square offers repeated free screenings of the short documentary Kipp Normand from 6 until 10 PM. The director of the film, Jonathan Frey, is scheduled to be present, as is the subject of the doc, Mr. Normand himself.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jan 25 2013

    RACE was so ridiculous it was entertaining. The musical numbers left a lot of room for improvement though. As to the sequel, Bipasha Basu, who played Saif Ali Khan’s love interest in the first film, isn’t in the main cast so I think it’s safe to assume it’s her death that he’s out to avenge. I’m a fan of Khan and Anil Kapoor is always good value.

  2. Mike
    Jan 26 2013

    I had really enjoyed China Town 36, the first movie I saw co-directed by “Abbas-Mastan”, since it struck me as a very well-done mix of mystery, music, comedy, and romance. I saw it as something like a typical 30s Hollywood movie combining all of the above elements, except in color, widescreen, and blown up to typical Bollywood length- and without the wisecracking reporters. After that, I was really looking forward to the first Race, and then deeply disappointed to see it was all slick, shallow, surface-y, brain dead nonsense, and so diametrically the opposite of China Town 36. Anil Kapoor is indeed always a welcome presence, but I can’t imagine spending any more time with a second round of Race.

  3. Thanks for all of the updates and extra notes for each film. It is helpful. I’m looking forward to committing to films outside of Lafayette in the coming weeks . ..

  4. Feb 1 2013

    Thanks for the kind words Steven. Writing this column- or reading it when Mike’s at the helm- has been a real eye-opener about all the options out there. Your rep series is always interesting.

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