Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: February 22, 2012
by HELEN GEIB
Another busy week outside the multiplex in Indiana. Only two new (very) limited releases, but plenty of holdovers and lots of options on the repertory circuit. For those in an Oscar frame of mind, there are showings of the nominated short film programs in Indianapolis, 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
Bless Me, Ultima- “A drama set in New Mexico during WWII, centered on the relationship between a young man and an elderly medicine woman who helps him contend with the battle between good and evil that rages in his village.” Bless Me, Ultima, which was directed by Carl Franklin and is based on the novel by Rudolfo Anaya, starts today at the AMC Schererville 16.
Kai Po Che!- “Based on Chetan Bhagat’s bestselling novel “The 3 Mistakes of My Life”, Kai Po Che (meaning a triumphant yell in Gujarati uttered when flying kites) is an unforgettable ode to friendship and the magical moments one shares with one’s closest pals.” It starts today at the Movie Buff Theatre and Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)
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 holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
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 holds over at the Starplex Cinemas in Fort Wayne. It also has one show a day at the AMC Muncie 7. Highly recommended.
Hitchcock- “When the tumultuous, against-the-odds production 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 returns to the state for an engagement at Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center.
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 (one show a day each). They also hold over at the Cinemark Movies 14 in Mishawaka, where you can see them 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 opens at the AMC Bloomington 11 and holds over at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Singh vs. Kaur- Unusually, this Punjabi film, which holds over for a few more shows at the Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis, has English subtitles. The poster suggests it’s a romantic comedy.
Special 26- Akshay Kumar is the star of this new Bollywood crime drama set in the 1980s. It holds over this week for at least a few more shows at the Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 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, surprisingly, still playing at the AMC Indianapolis 17.
FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
The IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum started a special weekend program of James Dean’s three movies yesterday with East of Eden. Rebel without a Cause is tonight and Giant is tomorrow; both shows at 7 and tickets are a steal at $5.50. The retrospective is in connection with the museum’s exhibit Eternal James Dean on the star’s life and career.
Neo-expressionist masterpiece The Night of the Hunter is the final film in the IMA’s Winter Nights series, devoted this season to the theme of the “visual feast”. Tonight at 7 in the Toby; tickets are $9 / $5 IMA members.
The Artcraft Theatre hosts a festival of short films made by the students at Franklin High School tonight at 7:30.
The Heartland Film Festival presents family film 3 Day Test on Sunday at 3 at Christ Lutheran Church in Zionsville. On Tuesday, the Heartland is co-sponsoring a Tugg screening of Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet; at the AMC Castleton Square 14 at 7.
BBC nature documentary One Life, narrated by Daniel Craig, has a one night only showing on Wednesday at 7 at the Keystone Art Cinema. “Edited together from some 10,000 hours of footage from the BBC’s natural history archives, the film focuses on the cyclical journey taken by all living things, from their own birth to the moment they deliver youngsters of their own and the next generation is born.”
In Shelbyville, the Strand Theatre’s (sometime) monthly series Friday Night Frights is back tonight with the double feature The Last Woman on Earth (1960) and Fangs of the Living Dead (1969).
See Night of the Living Dead in a new way: with the soundtrack replaced by live accompaniment by the Andrew Alden Ensemble; the dialogue is apparently projected as subtitles. Tonight at 8 at the Yes Cinema in Columbus.
Jacques Audiard’s new film Rust and Bone has two shows tomorrow, at 3 and 7, and one show Sunday at 3 at the IU Cinema. Tonight at the Cinema is a program of experimental shorts they’re calling “Festival of (In) Appropriation”. Later in the week: Jacques Tati’s Playtime Monday at 7; Emir Kusturica’s Time of the Gypsies Tuesday at 7; and on Thursday at 7, a double feature of current documentaries about Haiti, Sun City Picture House and Baseball in the Time of Cholera.
The Ryder film series has more shows this weekend of the Oscar nominated documentaries, live action, and animated short films; today through Sunday in the Fine Arts building at IU. The animated and live action programs have an additional show on Sunday at Bear’s Place.
The Ryder is also co-presenting a showing of documentary Degenerate Art: The Art and Culture of Glass Pipes on Sunday at 3 at Bloomington’s Buskirk-Chumley Theater; free. There will be a post-movie Q&A with a local artist.
Put yourself in the Oscar mood tonight at 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. Tomorrow night at the Center is a midnight showing of- I assume cult horror movie- The Dead Will Rise 2.
The Oscar nominated animated and live action short films are also showing at Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center today and tomorrow. Also tomorrow is the second part of a two part presentation of the nominated documentary short films. Wednesday at 7:30 the DeBartolo is showing Gimme Shelter, an unusually late dated entry in the Classic 100 series. Wrapping up the week’s program is German drama Barbara, about a doctor in East Germany in 1980.
One Life (see the Indianapolis section) is also showing this week in the Goodrich Quality Theaters’ Documentary Days series; on Sunday at 2 and Wednesday at 7. In the usual Documentary Days Monday slot- shows at 5 and 7- is the Oscar nominated The Invisible War, an expose of rape within the ranks of the US military.
In West Lafayette, Cinematheque for All’s winter season continues with Russian drama Elena, directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Return) 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
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:
Middle of Nowhere at the DeBartolo
First Friday at the Heartland screening room in Fountain Square
My Beautiful Laundrette at the IMA