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March 8, 2013

Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: March 8, 2013


Emperor (2013)

The listings are comparatively thin this week thanks to spring break at the universities. Indianapolis gets the only- numbering two- new limited releases, but my top moviegoing priority is In the Mood for Love tonight at the IMA.

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.


Damien Echols as himself in the Peter Jackson film West of Memphis

Emperor– This period drama is set during the post-war occupation of Japan. “[General MacArthur] assigns an expert in Japanese culture—and psychological warfare—General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox), to covertly investigate the looming question hanging over the country: should the Japanese Emperor, worshiped by his people but accused of war crimes, be punished or saved?” It was directed by Peter Webber and Tommy Lee Jones co-stars as MacArthur. Emperor starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

West of Memphis– This documentary about three teenagers wrongfully convicted of murder, and later exonerated after almost two decades in prison, starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.


Quartet (2013)

Amour– Michael Haneke’s new film was a multiple Oscar nominee and won the award for best foreign-language film. 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, where it’s sharing a screen with A Place at the Table.

The Attacks of 26/11The Attacks of 26/11 is a new film from India dramatizing the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. It has evening shows this week at the Movie Buff Theatre 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. Hyde Park on Hudson returns to the state after a brief absence for an engagement at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

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 holds over, for at least a few more shows, at the Movie Buff Theatre in Indianapolis.

A Place at the Table– The activist documentary A Place at the Table holds over at partial showtimes at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema.

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 has expanded beyond my patience threshold for listing where it’s playing, so check your local showtimes.


Indianapolis and Central Indiana

In the Mood for Love (2000)

The IMA’s Asian Art Society is sponsoring a three film series that continues tonight with Wong Kar-Wai’s rapturously beautiful romantic drama In the Mood for Love. I’ll be there with the Indy Film Buffs (we’ll be in the Toby lobby after the movie if you want to stop and say “hi”). Showtime is 7 in the Toby; tickets are $9/$5 IMA members.

Airplane! is the weekend movie at the Artcraft Theater in Franklin; shows today and tomorrow at 2 and 7:30.

On Wednesday, the Indy Film Fest presents Toast, based on a scandalous autobiographical novel by a cooking celebrity; the showing is at IndyFringe Basile Theatre.

Southern Indiana

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2013)

The IU Cinema is showing Willow this afternoon at 3 and tomorrow morning at 11. The Cinema also has two shows of Amour this weekend, today and tomorrow at 7. Douglas Fairbanks’ The Thief of Bagdad has a matinee tomorrow at 3; it will be shown with a Carl Davis recorded score.

Werner Herzog’s new documentary Happy People: A Year in the Taiga and 56 Up, the latest installment of the every seven years documentary series, are the movies on offer this weekend in the Ryder repertory series; showings at IU and Bear’s Place in Bloomington (check the Ryder’s website for showtimes and venues).

Northern Indiana

The Master (2012)

The Master has two evening shows today and tomorrow and a Sunday matinee at Nroe Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. The DeBartolo also has an evening show of Bully on Thursday.

The Goodrich Quality Theater’s “Documentary Days” bi-monthly series continues Monday with The House I Live In, on the war on drugs. Shows at 5 and 7; visit the series page on the Goodrich website for more info.


Lost in Translation

The Banff Mountain Film Festival, an annual touring festival, is March 30-31 at the Buskirk-Chumley in Bloomington. “This year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the festival. Traveling to exotic landscapes and remote cultures, and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2012/2013 World Tour is an exhilarating exploration of the mountain world.” Tickets are on sale now- and it does sell out in advance most years.

Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

Not Fade Away at the DeBartolo

Lost in Translation at the IMA