Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: April 19,2013
by HELEN GEIB
There’s way too much to see this week. It’s a good problem to have.
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
Girl Rising– This feel good documentary about nine girls from around the world whose lives were transformed by education opens in the greater Indy metro area at the Regal Village Park 17 in Carmel and the Greenwood 14.
Home Run– “Baseball all-star Cory Brand knows what it takes to win in the big leagues but with memories of his past haunting him, his life quickly spirals out of control. Faced with a second chance he never expected, Cory embarks on a journey of faith, transformation and redemption, and along the way, he discovers a powerful truth: no one is beyond the healing of God.” Indie drama Home Run opens at the Regal Shiloh Crossing 18 in Avon, Regal Greenwood 14, Carmike Capri Cinema 8 in Crawfordsville, Carmike Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne, Goodrich Eastside 9 in Lafayette, and the Cinemark at Valparaiso.
It’s a Disaster– “Eight friends meet for their monthly ‘couples brunch.’ But what starts as an impromptu therapy session / airing of domestic grievances takes a sudden, catastrophic turn when the city falls victim to a mysterious attack. Trapped in the house and unsure of their fates, these seemingly normal people become increasingly unhinged to hilarious, surprising, and revealing results.” The indie comedy opens for a one week only engagement at Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center.
The Lords of Salem– Surprisingly, given the high profile of his first four slasher movies, Rob Zombie’s latest genre effort is getting only a token release before its imminent home video debut. If you’re so inclined you can see it at the AMC Indianapolis 17 this week.
To the Wonder– Love him or hate him, Terrence Malick’s latest opens at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, and Rachel McAdams star.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)
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 played for a week back in March at one of the Goodrich Theaters, and now opens (for probably only a week) at the AMC Indianapolis 17.
Lore– “Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother are interned by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents’ actions. Led by the eldest sibling, 14-year-old Lore (Saskia Rosendahl), they set out on a harrowing journey across a devastated country to reach their grandmother in the north.” The great reviews have me very interested in seeing Lore, which holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis at partial showtimes.
On the Road– Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, and Kristen Stewart star in this adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s groundbreaking novel. On the Road holds over at Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center.
The Place Beyond the Pines– This high-profile indie drama stars Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper as two men on opposite sides of a series of bank robberies. Ray Liotta, Ben Mendolsohn, and Eva Mendes lead the supporting cast. It expands this week into half-wide release, so check your local listings.
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 on at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Sadda Haq– I don’t know anything about this Punjabi movie, which holds over at the Regal Cinemas Shiloh Crossing 18 in Avon, but Mike found some info online suggesting it has English subtitles so it makes the cut.
The Sapphires– “Inspired by a true story, the dramatic comedy The Sapphires follows four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission as they learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968.” This comedy-drama-musical from Australia holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis and opens at the AMC Schererville 16.
Trance– Danny Boyle’s new movie is a thriller revolving around an art heist gone wrong. James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, and Rosario Dawson are the stars. Recommended for their charismatic performances and Boyle’s trademark high-energy filmmaking. Trance holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema and AMC Traders Point 12 in Indianapolis, Regal Village Park 17 in Carmel, and AMC Schererville 12.
FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
The annual silent movie at the IMA with live accompaniment by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra is tonight at 7:30. The movie is the delightful Hollywood-on-Hollywood comedy Show People, starring Marion Davies. Tickets are $30/$25 for members.
The Artcraft Theatre is joining with Heartland Film Festival to present a two-day festival of “Best of the Fest,” six films screened last year at Heartland. This page has the full list of films with synopses and showtimes. The films run this evening and tomorrow.
The monthly Vintage Movie Night at Indianapolis’ Garfield Park Arts Center is tomorrow at 8. This month’s movie is Bowery at Midnight (1942).
The Indy Film Fest’s Spring Series wraps up on Wednesday with Eating Alabama; at 7 (doors open at 6:30) at IndyFringe Basile Theater, and catered by Duos Mobile.
Or you can see Eating Alabama– without the food truck option- on Thursday at the IMA. “Andrew and Rashmi return to Alabama with the hopes of eating as their grandparents did- locally and seasonally- only to result in a 2 day, 700 mile journey for their first week’s groceries. As the couple struggles to fulfill their year-long challenge to eat local, we meet family farmers struggling to make a living and neighbors trying to regain a connection to their food. Grace’s personal desire to find a simpler way of life provides a glimpse into how our relationship with food and farming has changed in the last one hundred years.” Screening in the Toby at 7; tickets are $9/$5 for IMA members.
The IU Cinema continues its director retrospectives dedicated to Brazilian Nelson Pereira dos Santos- two films on Sunday- and Italian Roberta Torre- one each today and tomorrow, with Ms. Torre scheduled to attend today’s film. Monday is a black history documentary double feature. Patang, an indie drama from India, will be shown Thursday evening; the director will speak in the Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture Series that afternoon.
Rounding out the Cinema’s lineup, 2012 Cannes Grand Prix winner Reality, a satirical drama from Italy, will be shown Tuesday and Thursday (and again next weekend): “From acclaimed director Matteo Garrone [(Gomorrah)], Reality is a darkly comic look at Luciano, a charming and affable fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on the reality show ‘Big Brother’ leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia. So overcome by his dream of being on reality TV, Luciano’s own reality spins out of control, making for one of the most compelling tragicomic character studies since Scorsese’s The King of Comedy.”
Columbus’ Yes Cinema offers two chances to see Hoosier favorite Breaking Away; Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 3, with dinner (optional) attached to the Saturday show.
Stephen Fry’s meditation on the composer Wagner and Me is the movie on offer this weekend in the Ryder repertory series; showings Friday thru Sunday at IU and Bear’s Place in Bloomington (Ryder film series page for showtimes and venues)- normally, but this weekend there’s just one show, on Sunday at Bear’s Place.
In South Bend, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center offers music studio documentary Sound City tonight and tomorrow night and the new English coming-of-age drama Ginger & Rosa tomorrow evening and Sunday afternoon. Documentary about South Africa Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony is Wednesday evening. Thursday evening is a double feature in an Irish film series, an hour long documentary on novelist Liam O’Flaherty called Irishman Abroad (in Irish, making it a rare chance to hear the language on film) and The Devil’s Playground, a 1937 romantic drama for which O’Flaherty is one of the credited screenwriters.
On Sunday at 2, the Cinema Center will screen Everything Is Illuminated, an adaptation of the novel by Jonathan Foer. “Jonathan (Elijah Wood) is a lifelong collector of any and all objects pertaining to his family, and he has become obsessed with a woman he’s never met. The woman saved the life of his grandfather during World War II, when the Ukrainian town where he was born was destroyed by Nazi troops.” Stick around after the show for “Movie Talk” in the lounge.
Sunday at 4:30 you can see Hope Springs at the Paramount, Anderson’s 1920s movie palace. Tickets are $2.
The Goodrich Quality Theaters chain is running a series of films under the banner “Best of the Key West Film Festival.” Up next is coming-of-age story Not Waving But Drowning, showing Monday at 7 and Thursday at 5; this page has the series info.
The Goodrich Theaters’ “Documentary Days” bi-monthly series also continues Monday with Harvest Empire. Shows at 5 and 7; visit the series page on the Goodrich website for more info, including the list of participating theaters.
In West Lafayette, Cinematheque for All’s winter season continues with the well received 2011 Polish Holocaust drama In Darkness. 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
Films and events scheduled for next Friday:
classic screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby at the Artcraft
the DeBartolo’s Irish film series continues with a double feature of John Ford’s The Informer– adapted from an O’Flaherty novel- and Jules Dassin’s 1960s re-imagining of the story, Up Tight!
possible-future mockumentary Ghosts with S- Jobs at the IMA
Wagner and Me, Night Across the Street, and Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder in the Ryder rep series
and on Saturday: the Wet Your Pants Comedy Film Festival hosted by the Movie Buff Theatre in Indy