Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: February 15, 2013
by HELEN GEIB
Oscar junkies alert: Multiple nominee and guaranteed foreign-language film winner Amour starts today at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indy. Meanwhile, the Oscar nominated short film programs are playing in Indy, Bloomington, Mishawaka, and South Bend.
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
56 Up– The latest installment of Michael Apted’s documentary series, composed of interviews conducted every seven years since the subjects were seven years old, opens today at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.
Amour– Michael Haneke’s new film is a multiple Oscar nominee, for best picture, best foreign-language film, and best actress. Revered French stars Jean-Louis Trintignant (A Man and a Woman, Z, The Conformist) and Emmanuelle Riva (Hiroshima Mon Amour) play a married couple in their 80s who are tested by the wife’s illness. It opens today at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Singh vs. Kaur– I’m listing this Punjabi film, which starts today at the Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis, because Mike found info online that it has English subtitles. That’s great if true, but personally I would call the theater first to confirm. The poster suggests it’s a romantic comedy.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)
Anna Karenina– Keira Knightley and Jude Law star in this excellent adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic novel, which director Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna) has given a remarkable theatrical staging. It opens this week at the Starplex Cinemas in Fort Wayne. Highly recommended.
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 AMC Showplace Bloomington 11.
The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animated and The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action- The short film programs hold over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, where they share a screen. They’re also playing at the Cinemark Movies 14 in Mishawaka as a single admission double feature.
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.
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 Cinema Center in Fort Wayne. Highly recommended.
Special 26– Akshay Kumar is the star of this new Bollywood crime drama set in the 1980s. It holds over this week at the Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 and Movie Buff Theater in Indianapolis.
Top Gun 3D– If you have a burning curiosity to see what Top Gun looks like in 3D IMAX, this is your week. It’s playing at the AMC Indianapolis 17.
FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
The classic Astaire and Rogers musical Top Hat is the penultimate movie in the IMA’s Winter Nights film series, dedicated to the visual feast; tonight at 7 in the Toby Theater. Coincidentally Top Hat is the Indy Film Buffs movie of the month (it really is a happy coincidence- I chose the lineup for the year before the IMA announced the Winter Nights series); the group will be at the screening and we’ll discuss the movie at our regular fourth Tuesday (Feb. 26) meeting at Cornerstone Coffee from 7-9.
Romance classic Roman Holiday is the weekend movie at Franklin’s Artcraft Theatre; shows 2 and 7:30 on Friday and Saturday.
Eric Grayson’s monthly Vintage Movie Night at the Garfield Park Arts Center presents James Whales’ mystery-comedy Remember Last Night? tomorrow at 7.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is tomorrow night at midnight at the Irving Theater in Irvington.
Later in the week, the IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum starts a special weekend program of James Dean’s three movies. East of Eden will be shown on Thursday at 7; tickets are a steal at $5.50. The retrospective, which runs Thursday through Saturday, is in connection with the museum’s exhibit Eternal James Dean on the star’s life and career.
The IU Cinema kicks off the movie week with two experimental-exploitation-horror films by Crispin Hellion Glover (you may remember him as plain Crispin Glover from the Back to the Future series). It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE is today at 7 and What Is It? is tomorrow at 7, each film to be preceded by a live presentation of Glover’s “Big Slide Show”: “A one-hour dramatic narration of eight different profusely illustrated books that he has made over the years. Each evening’s slideshow will be different.” The Cinema directs the curious to Glover’s personal website for more info.
Evidently the days can’t hold any more. However, regular programming resumes on Sunday at 3 with documentary We Can’t Go Home Again, part of the Cinema’s Nicholas Ray mini-retrospective, and an evening double feature of two ethnographic documentaries by Jean Rouch, The Lion Hunters and Mammy Water. Monday is a 2007 Led Zeppelin concert film- the title of which the Cinema says it’s contractually prohibited from listing online- and Rust and Bone will be shown Thursday at 7.
Tuesday the Cinema has a free showing of the intriguing Romanian drama The Phantom Father: “An American professor embarks on an adventurous and amusing journey through Bucovina to find Sami the projectionist, the only person alive who can tell him anything about his Romanian Jewish descent. His symbolic journey is filled with danger, the unknown and the surreal, but finally rewarded with a double love; one romantic in nature, and the other for old cinema.” Director Lucian Georgescu will speak at 3 in the Jorgenson Lecture Series, and will also attend the screening.
The Ryder does the other venues showing the Oscar nominated short films one better with a program for the documentaries as well as the live action and animated shorts; on Friday and Saturday in the Fine Arts building at IU. The animated and live action programs have an additional show on Sunday at Bear’s Place.
This week’s program at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center starts with the recent British adaptation of Wuthering Heights, which has evening shows on Friday and Saturday. Free form documentary Samsara has a show each day today through Sunday; the Sunday show is a matinee. Wednesday at 7:30 is the first of two programs of Oscar nominated short films (the second part is next Saturday). Rounding out the week is the documentary Band of Sisters on Thursday night.
The Cinema Center will show “sorority slasher” Alpha Girls tomorrow at midnight. In a more classic spirit, the silent The Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney will be shown Thursday night at 8:30. The Andrew Alden Ensemble will provide live accompaniment. Tickets are $15.
In West Lafayette, Cinematheque for All’s winter season continues with Greek director Theo Angelopoulos’ Eternity and a Day on Wednesday. This page has the full season schedule and information on the venue; screenings are at 7 on the Purdue campus.
BBC wildlife documentary One Life plays in the Goodrich Theaters Documentary Days series on Thursday at 7 (note the date change from the series’ usual Monday slot).
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
Put yourself in the Oscar mood next Friday with the Cinema Center’s Oscar Party from 6-9, followed by a showing of Hitchcock. The festivities include Oscar trivia, food, music, a silent auction, and more.
The Asian Art Society at the IMA starts a three film series on Friday, March 1 with the modern English classic My Beautiful Laundrette. The other titles are Wong Kar-Wai’s rapturously beautiful romantic drama In the Mood for Love and Sofia Coppola’s acclaimed Lost in Translation.
Films and events scheduled for next Friday:
The Night of the Hunter at the IMA
Franklin High School film festival at the Artcraft
Oscar nominated short films, animated and live action, at the DeBartolo
Friday Night Frights at the Strand
Casablanca at the Paramount
Oscar nominated short films at the Ryder
Night of the Living Dead with the soundtrack replaced by live accompaniment by the Andrew Alden Ensemble at the Yes Cinema
program of experimental shorts at IU Cinema