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March 15, 2013

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Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: March 15, 2013

by HELEN GEIB

Stoker (2013)

Nothing’s really grabbing me this week but it’s not for lack of variety in the listings. I might catch Lost in Translation tonight at the IMA or Emperor at the KAC. Anything look good to you?

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

Chasing Ice

Camp- The plot description for this indie drama strongly indicates a patently well-intentioned but painfully cliched movie about a troubled child who bonds with his reluctant counselor at a camp for abused, neglected, and abandoned children. Camp starts this week at the Goodrich Theaters Lafayette 7.

Chasing Ice- Following on some repertory showings around the state over the past months, this documentary is opening for a regular engagement at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne. “Acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.”

Mindless Behavior: All Around the World- When I first saw the title I figured it was a Jackass wannabe, but that merely reveals my ignorance of the world of hip-hop boy bands. This concert documentary is an AMC exclusive playing at the following theaters around the state: Indianapolis 17, Washington Square 12 in Indianapolis, Evansville 16, Bloomington 12, Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, Schererville 16, and South Bend 16.

Stoker- “In director Park Chan-wook’s (Oldboy) thriller Stoker, India’s (Mia Wasikowska) father dies in an auto accident, and her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.” It starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)

Emperor (2013)

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 holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema 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 holds over at the Cinema Center 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 is fading after its unexpected expansion a couple of weeks ago but is still on a number of screens around the state, so check your local showtimes.

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

FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE

Indianapolis and Central Indiana

Hoosiers

The IMA’s Asian Art Society is sponsoring a three film series that concludes tonight with Lost in Translation. Showtime is 7 in the Toby; tickets are $9/$5 IMA members.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is back on at the Irving tomorrow night.

On Sunday, the Heartland is throwing a benefit party at the Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis. The event is built around the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s induction of the screenwriter-producer and director of Hoosiers. The movie will be shown on the scoreboard. The inductees, players from the real-life winning team, some of the actors from the supporting cast, and local celebrity Indiana basketball players will be there. Doors open at 1 and the movie starts at 2; tickets are $20/$15 for members of the Heartland Film Society and other sponsoring organizations.

There are two sponsored showings of Restless Heart, a biopic of St. Augustine, on Tuesday at the Legacy Cinema in Greenfield.

Southern Indiana

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2013)

The Yes Cinema must have done well with its fall classics series because the next four-film series starts this weekend. Airplane! will be shown tomorrow night at 7:30 and Sunday at 3. The Saturday screening follows a dinner at Garage Pub, though you can also buy a ticket to just the movie. The Yes website has more details on this weekend and the rest of the series.

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 (Ryder film series page for showtimes and venues).

The IU Cinema returns from spring break on Sunday with a matinee of Amour and an evening show of the documentary Just Do It: A Tale of Modern-Day Outlaws. Other films this week at the Cinema: documentary Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984-1992 on Monday evening (the director is scheduled to attend); 2010 Israeli drama The Human Resources Manager on Tuesday; and two films paired as “The Lost Films of Kathleen Collins”, a playwright and indie filmmaker.

Northern Indiana

Oslo August 31st

Not Fade Away, the coming-of-age music drama that faded quickly from theaters last fall, has two evening shows both today and tomorrow at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Theater. The musical Finian’s Rainbow, the improbable pairing of Fred Astaire and director Francis Ford Coppola, has a matinee Sunday. One of the key films of the ’90s indie scene, Richard Linklater’s Slacker is Wednesday at 7:30.

The Goodrich Theaters is running a short series of films under the banner “Best of the Key West Film Festival.” The first title is Gayby, showing Monday at 7 and Thursday at 5; this page has the series info.

In West Lafayette, Cinematheque for All’s winter season is back from spring break and showing the very well-reviewed 2011 Norwegian drama Oslo, August 31st, a study of one day in the life of a drug addict. This page has the full season schedule and information on the venue; all screenings are Wednesdays at 7 on the Purdue campus.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND

Sparrows (1926)

The IMA starts a four film silent movie series next Friday with a 2011 experimental Japanese horror movie, which will be accompanied by a Japanese percussionist “using his own invented instruments.” The other three titles- with live piano accompaniment- are Hollywood star vehicles from the silent era: Mary Pickford in Sparrows; Douglas Fairbanks in The Matrimaniac; and W.C. Fields in So’s Your Old Man. The Fields film will be followed by his own talkie remake, You’re Telling Me!.

Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

Sanguivorous at the IMA

Easter Parade at the Artcraft

Rust and Bone at the DeBartolo

Hop at the Paramount

Portrait of Jason at the IU Cinema

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  1. Mar 15 2013

    I watched Stoker on its opening weekend it very highly recommend it. It’s the best film of 2013, and also the only film that I’d watched in theatres this year. But it’s top 10 list material, already, and will remain there, even if I have to kick off future films that might also belong on it.

    Also, a few months back I watched Oslo, August 31th and while I don’t hate it, I don’t quite recommend it. If it’s easier for you guys to watch a film in its entirety in the theatres then maybe the video route won’t be the better one. But it’s just far too long. It’s 95 minutes in length and feels like it’s 3 hours long; it could easily have been a 60 minute film, tops. But that’s just me.

    Anyway, Stoker: fantastic, and the cinematography is gorgeous and terrifically inventive, because it has to be. Watch it and you’ll see why.

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