Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: February 8, 2013
by MIKE MACCOLLUM
This week is something of a repeat of the last one, as Indiana once again gets some more newly-arrived Oscar nominees on a few big screens around the state, along with a Bollywood newbie with no Academy Award nominations. The gravitational sway of the little golden man also can be seen in the nomination-heavy movies that make up a number of the limited releases being held over in Indiana theaters this week. And it isn’t over yet, either, as we have a film nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Director scheduled to open in the Hoosier state next week. Read on below for all of the 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
How to Survive a Plague– According to its official site, this Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature is “the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition”. How to Survive a Plague will be shown at 5 and 7:10 PM Monday evening at the Hamilton 16 & IMAX in Noblesville, the Portage 16 & IMAX, the Eastside 9 in Lafayette, and the Wabash Landing 9 in West Lafayette as part of the Goodrich Quality Theaters’ “Documentary Days” series.
The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animation and The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action both open this week at both the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis and the Yes Cinemas in Columbus. Filmgoers in the greater Bloomington metropolitan area can see both of those shorts programs in their fair city as well, thanks to The Ryder, which also raises the ante for Bloomingtonians by adding screenings of the The Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts to the mix. And while The Ryder’s online schedule says that they will have all three sorts of nominated shorts playing next weekend as well, I suspect that this will be the one and only week you can see the Animated and Live Action nominees on big screens in Indianapolis and Columbus.
Special 26– Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Kajal Agarwal and Divya Dutta star in this Bollywood crime drama, based on a real-life gang of con artists who stole large amounts of cash in the 1980s by doing what must have been a very convincing impersonation of government officials who were authorized to raid businesses and residences in order to seize illegally-held money. Special 26 starts Friday at the Georgetown 14 and the Movie Buff Theatre, both in Indianapolis. The IMDb says it is a Hindi-language film, by the way, so there should be English subtitles.
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, although it will not be shown on Wednesday at the latter venue.
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) holds over 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 with slightly reduced showtimes at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, and starts Friday at both the Yes Cinema in Columbus and the AMC Showplace Bloomington 11.
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 yet again this week, with reduced show times at the Starplex Cinemas Coventry 13 in Fort Wayne
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 holds over 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, which may be why it managed to hold over this week, with one show per day, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
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 starts Friday at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.
FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE
Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West– This 45-minute documentary will get multiple showings on Wednesday, February 13, at seven of the Goodrich Quality Theaters in the state, including the Hamilton 16 & 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.
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
The Irving Theater in Indianapolis has a “Movie Premiere” on Wednesday night with an 8 PM screening of Alpha Girls, which is described on its own site as a “sorority slasher”. Schooly D and Ron Jeremy are both in the cast of the film, which has a soundtrack composed by the band Southwork. Tickets are $7, and admission is restricted to those 17 and older, per the theater’s site. Alpha Girls also will be screened next Saturday at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne, by the way.
Bill W., a documentary about the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, gets a one-time-only screening at 1 PM on Saturday at Indy’s Movie Buff Theatre, followed by a showing of the drama October Baby at the same time on Sunday. Will the MBT continue with one-shot showings like these? I certainly hope so, but the ways of the Movie Buff Theatre can be mysterious indeed.
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, which shows at 2 and 7:30 PM on both Friday and Saturday at Franklin’s historic Artcraft Theatre.
The “2013 Mid-Winter Film Festival” of Hollywood musicals at Shelbyville’s Strand Theatre concludes with showings of Singin’ in the Rain at 7:30 on Friday, and the Hairspray remake at 7:30 on Saturday.
The documentary Naptown Rock Radio Wars gets a free screening at 1:30 PM on Saturday at The Irving Theater in Indianapolis. An “after-movie reception” at Irvington Vintage is scheduled as well.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Winter Nights series continues at 7 on Friday evening with a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Oddysey, from Blu-ray.
And the documentary Urban Roots will be shown free of charge at 7:30 PM on Friday as part of the 2013 Interfaith Eco-Film Series at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. According to this page on the series, Urban Roots “portrays the seeds of change taking root in Detroit amid the boarded-up shops, empty lots and defunct factories” by showing how “Detroit residents are reclaiming their spirits by growing food” on the now-abandoned land.
William Wyler’s 1958 Western The Big Country will be shown at 7:01 (and yes, it actually does say that) on Saturday at the Yes Cinemas in Columbus. The big cast includes Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, and Burl Ives, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work here. Tickets are $5 for just the movie, or $15 for the film and dinner, too.
As noted above, The Ryder has screenings of Academy Award Nominated Short Films through the weekend, in three categories: Animated, Documentary, and Live Action.
The IU Cinema starts off the movie week with screenings of documentary Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film and an “International Arthouse Series” entry, the 2012 German drama Barbara, on Friday. The animated Tales of the Night screens on Saturday, along with what the IUC calls an “ethnofiction”, Jaguar, and a repeat screening of Barbara. The latter film will be shown again on Sunday, along with Nicholas Ray’s Rebel Without a Cause. On Monday, the IUC will show what they they are apparently contractually obligated to refer to as Unlisted Concert Film #2, but it seems that this is actually Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii. An encore showing of Tales of the Night will take place on Tuesday, followed by a screening of the 1951 classic comedy The Man in the White Suit on Thursday.
The documentary Urban Roots– see above for description- shows at 7 PM on Wednesday at Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center. The same venue also screens the religious drama Disconnect Reconnect at 8 PM on Sunday.
Bela Tarr’s The Turin Horse– his last film, supposedly- shows at the DeBartolo on Friday evening. Things get much lighter with several screenings of Back to the Future on Saturday and Sunday, while Oscar nominee The Sessions will be shown several times on Saturday. Silent classic The Crowd screens on Wednesday, while the most recent version of Wuthering Heights will be shown on both Thursday and Friday.
In West Lafayette, Cinematheque for All’s winter season continues with a showing of their “Valentine’s Day offering”, the 2010 French film Romantics Anonymous, on Wednesday. This page has the full season schedule and information on the venue; screenings are at 7 on the Purdue campus.
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
Multiple Oscar nominee (Best Picture, Director, Actress, Original Screenplay and Foreign Language Film) Amour finally may make its way to our fair state (’bout time!) with a scheduled opening at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Films and events scheduled for next Friday:
Crispin Glover’s provocation It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine. at the the IU Cinema, with the screening preceded by Glover’s “Big Slide Show”.
Oscar nominated shorts of all sorts continue in Bloomington, thanks to The Ryder.
Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in William Wyler’s classic Roman Holiday at the historic Artcraft Theatre.
Wuthering Heights continues at the DeBartolo.
And the IMA’s Winter Nights series continues with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Top Hat.