Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: February 1, 2013
by MIKE MACCOLLUM
It isn’t all about Oscar this time around, but it might as well be. Several Academy Award wannabes make their way to Indiana this week, including both a foreign language feature film and some mini-nominees. February 1 also features the Indiana debut of an Oscar-winning actor’s directorial bow, and a multiple Academy Award nominee returning to the big screen in the state. But in the “One of These Things Is Not Like the Others” department, we also get a Bollywood triple feature, of sorts, with three movies in one- but no known Oscar connection….
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
David is about three Davids, actually: a rising gangster in 1975 London, a young musician in 1999 Mumbai, and a 40-year-old fisherman in Goa, 2010. In addition to their names, all three Davids have something else in common, since all are on the brink of doing something that could change the rest of their lives. David shows this week at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis; according to the theater’s website, they will be showing the Hindi-language version of the film, not the Tamil-language one, so there most likely will be English subtitles.
Quartet- Dustin Hoffman makes his cinematic directorial debut with this comedy/drama starring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, Billy Connolly and Michael Gambon. Smith is the newest arrival at a retirement home for musicians. Her presence there reopens several old wounds, since her fellow residents include the other members of a quartet which broke apart when she left to pursue a solo career- a move that also eventually ended her marriage to another member of the group (Courtenay). Quartet shows this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
A Royal Affair- According to US distributor Magnolia Pictures, A Royal Affair is “the true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen’s heart and starts a revolution. Centering on the intriguing love triangle between the ever more insane Danish King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), the royal physician who is a man of enlightenment and idealism Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen) and the young but strong Queen Caroline Mathilda (Alicia Vikander), A ROYAL AFFAIR… is the story of a passionate and forbidden romance that changed an entire nation.” A Royal Affair has an Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign-Language Film category, but I’m guessing that even that won’t help it last beyond next Thursday at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis- so if you want to see it on a big screen, this could be the only week you can do so.
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 this week at the AMC Evansville 16 and the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.
Beasts of the Southern Wild- “In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis), a six-year-old girl, exists on the brink of orphanhood.” This multiple Academy-Award nominee (for Best Picture, Actress, Director, and Adapted Screenplay) returns to the big screen in Indiana this week with a run at the Georgetown 14 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 holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
The Master- Paul Thomas Anderson’s multiple Academy Award nominee gets six screenings in 70mm this week, at 7 PM Friday through Wednesday, 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
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 holds over this week at the Georgetown 14 and the Movie Buff Theatre, both in Indianapolis.
FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE
Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West- This 45-minute documentary will get multiple showings on Tuesday, February 5, 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 have to check your theater’s schedule from the “Tickets & Showtimes” tab in the upper left of the page to see when the venue nearest you will be showing the film.
Please Subscribe- According to its page on the Screenvision site, Please Subscribe “is a documentary that explains the phenomenon of some of the most influential and unique content creators raising the bar on Youtube and for online media in general. Through a series of intimate narrative vignettes, the film explores the different journeys taken by some of the medium’s top creators to get where they are today.” Please Subscribe will be at three Carmike theaters in the state- the Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, the Fort Wayne 20, and the Encore Park 14 in Elkhart- on Tuesday, February 5; check each theater’s schedule on the Carmike site for showtimes.
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
Oklahoma! (a late replacement for Kiss Me Kate thanks to the latter’s sudden unavailability- per a Facebook notice) shows at the Palladium in Carmel on Friday evening as part of The Great American Songbook series.
Also on Friday, The Indianapolis Museum of Art screens the 153 minute version of Apocalypse Now, from Blu-ray, for their Winter Nights series.
And the Heartland Film Festival’s office in Indianapolis’ Fountain Square offers repeated free screenings of the short documentary Kipp Normand on Friday 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.
At 7:30 on Monday, the Jewish Community Center in Indy has an “Israeli Movie Night” with a free screening of the 2006 drama Someone to Run With. More details about both the film and the screening can be found here.
Shelbyville’s Strand Theatre will have a “2013 Mid-Winter Film Festival” of Hollywood musicals at 7:30 PM from Wednesday, February 6th, through Saturday, February 9. The films, in order of appearance, will be Top Hat, Viva Las Vegas, Singin’ in the Rain, and the Hairspray remake. The link to the Strand’s site, which has details on pricing, can be found at the right side of this page.
And on Thursday at 7 PM, the Indianapolis Musuem of Art’s Toby Theater will show the documentary Views on Vermeer, the last entry for now in their “Art History on Film” series. According to the IMA’s page for the series, this 52-minute film will show how, after “350 years, writers, painters, photographers and architects are still being inspired by Johannes Vermeer.”
The PRIDE Film Festival continues through Sunday at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington. “The theme, ‘Your Story, Our History’ focuses on LGBTQ history, the present and the future.”
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.
For the rest of the week, the IU Cinema offers the 1948 noir Out of the Past and two more titles from Christine Vachon, I’m Not There and Shut Up and Play the Hits, on Saturday, with Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place and the 1993 music documentary Latcho Drom following on Sunday. The 1970 music doc Woodstock screens on Monday evening, while two documentaries by Jean Rouch- 1955’s The Mad Masters and 1958’s Moi, Un Noir- will be shown on Thursday, February 7. That same day also features the Indiana bow of 2012 German drama Barbara, the latest entry in the IUC’s “International Arthouse Series”.
Meanwhile, Bloomington’s The Ryder will present several screenings of The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action- the “mini-nominees” mentioned in the opening paragraph- on Friday through Sunday. Also, both Holy Motors and Starlet both will be shown through Saturday; check the link for The Ryder at the right side of the page for times.
On Friday, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center has screenings of recent docs Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry and How to Start a Revolution.
On Saturday night, the DeBartolo will have a 9:30 showing of the 2011 Algerian drama Normal!, with a screening of the 2006 documentary Beyond the Steps: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre following on Sunday at 3. And on Wednesday, Douglas Sirk’s 1959 (melo)drama Imitation of Life will be shown by the DeBartolo at 7:30 PM.
Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center offers free screenings of the Women Make Movies Film Festival on Friday through Sunday; details on titles and times are in the link at the right of the page. Also, the recent health care documentary Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare will be shown by the Cinema Center at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, February 5.
In West Lafayette, Cinematheque for All’s winter season continues with a showing of the 2011 British/Australian drama Oranges and Sunshine. This page has the full season schedule and information on the venue; screenings are at 7 on the Purdue campus.
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animation and The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action are both scheduled to open next week at both the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis and the Yes Cinemas in Columbus.
Also, the fact-based Bollywood crime drama Special 26- which takes place in the eighties, and has a poster appropriate to the period- is set to open at the Georgetown 14 in Indy.
Films and events scheduled for next Friday:
Doris Day, Jimmy Stewart, and a song that will stay in your head whether you want it to or not are all part of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much, at Franklin’s historic Artcraft Theatre.
Bela Tarr’s The Turin Horse- his last film, supposedly- shows at the DeBartolo.
And the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Winter Nights continues with a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Oddysey.