Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: May 3, 2013
by HELEN GEIB
The university-aligned repertory cinemas are starting to dial back their programming for the off-season. Fortunately there’s still a good number of interesting titles in limited release around the state. Most notably, Mud expands considerably while Ken Loach’s new film The Angel’s Share opens in Indy and indie thriller Disconnect opens in Indy, Bloomington, and Fort Wayne.
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
The Angels’ Share- Ken Loach’s new movie is a very appealing-looking comedy about a Glasgow loser who discovers an unknown talent for Scotch whiskey. “For distillers the angels’ share is the whiskey lost to evaporation each year, and that little fact makes a rare cask of whiskey the perfect target for a heist.” It opens today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Disconnect- “A hard-working lawyer, attached to his cell phone, can’t find the time to communicate with his family. A couple is drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online. A widowed ex-cop struggles to raise a mischievous son who cyber-bullies a classmate. An ambitious journalist sees a career-making story in a teen that performs on an adult-only site. They are strangers, neighbors and colleagues and their stories collide in this riveting dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today’s wired world.” The ensemble cast features Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Paula Patton, and Alexander Skarsgard, among other familiar names. Disconnect, the first narrative feature by documentarian Henry-Alex Rubin (Murderball) starts today at the Carmike 20 in Fort Wayne, AMC Bloomington 11, and AMC Indianapolis 17.
Not Today- “Traveling with his friends to Hyderabad, India on a whim, Caden’s expectations of a never-ending party crash hard. But not as hard as his conscience when he refuses to help a starving man and his little girl. NOT TODAY challenges moviegoers with a purpose that goes beyond its gripping story. The movie was produced by Friends Church Yorba Linda, a congregation committed to educating the Dalits and ending human trafficking in India. NOT TODAY is a powerful reminder that change is possible if we’re willing to open our eyes… today.” It opens today at the Carmike Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne.
Starbuck- French-Canadian comedy about a man-child sperm donor with a horrifying number of biological children, many of them wanting to know who their father is. It opens today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)
Arthur Newman- Despite starring Colin Firth, Emily Blunt, and Anne Heche, the road trip-themed romantic-comedy Arthur Newman is playing on only one screen in the state, the AMC Schererville 12.
The Company You Keep- Director/star Robert Redford’s apologia for 1970s violent anti-war radicalism retracts considerably in its second week, but holds over at Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, Carmike 20 in Fort Wayne, AMC Evansville 16, AMC Bloomington 12, and AMC South Bend 16.
Filly Brown- “FILLY BROWN is an inspiring and gritty portrait of a young artist striving to find her voice and seize her dreams without compromise. Majo Tonorio, aka, “Filly Brown” is a young, raw hip-hop artist from Los Angeles who spits rhymes from the heart. With a mother in prison and a father struggling to provide for his daughters, Majo knows that a record contract could be her family’s ticket out. But when a record producer offers her a shot at stardom, she is suddenly faced with the prospect of losing who she is as an artist, as well as the friends who helped her reach the cusp of success.” This indie drama is playing this week at the AMC Schererville 16.
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 holds over at the Regal Shiloh Crossing 18 in Avon, Cinemark at Valparaiso, Carmike Capri Cinema 8 in Crawfordsville, Carmike Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne, and Goodrich Eastside 9 in Lafayette.
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, although only at one late night show a day.
Mud- Two boys form a bond with a fugitive (Matthew McConaughey) hiding out on an island in the Mississippi in this indie drama written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter), and which also features Reese Witherspoon, Sam Shepard, and Michael Shannon in the adult cast. Mud holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis and expands to the AMC Schererville 12, AMC Evansville 16, AMC Bloomington 11, AMC Indianapolis 17, Showplace Cinemas Evansville East, Regal Village Park 17 in Carmel, and Carmike Metropolis 18 in Plainfield.
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. The Place Beyond the Pines is still at a number of theaters around the state so check your local listings. Recommended.
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.
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 holds over at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.
FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
The monthly First Friday event at Fountain Square on Indianapolis’ near south side includes the short film It Ain’t Over, screening at intervals through the evening at Heartland’s office. Refreshments will be available.
Tomorrow night Franklin’s Artcraft Theatre is hosting the premiere of an indie drama called The Challenge, which was filmed in Indiana. From the movie’s website: “Jamison’s competitive fire begins to burn again when he competes in a local golf tournament: The Carlos Diaz Challenge. Winning The Challenge quickly becomes Jamison’s obsession. He endangers his health, his sanity and his marriage trying to become The Challenge champion… all raising the question: What would you sacrifice to realize your dreams?” There’s more than a bit of self promotion involved on the part of writer-director Carlos Diaz…. Showtime is 7:30; tickets are $10 and all proceeds go to charity.
In more Heartland news, the fest is sponsoring a showing of the documentary BESA: The Promise, about Albanian Muslims who sheltered Jews during the Holocaust, at the Jewish Cultural Center on Thursday at 7; tickets are $8/$5 members.
The IU Cinema in Bloomington is on break, presumably for finals.
Stephen Fry’s meditation on the composer Wagner and Me, Raul Ruiz’s final film Night Across the Street, and Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder, a documentary about the Beat poet, are the movies 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).
In South Bend, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Irish film series continues tonight with An tOilean, a fantasy-drama in Irish: “Years after her mother dies, on the small island of Inishbofin, a young girl notices that something strange is happening with the island’s mural. The mural’s images, depicting the island’s culture, are beginning to disappear without a trace.” Lowering the tone of the Center’s programming considerably, there will be three shows of Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers today and tomorrow.
And also this weekend at the DeBartolo is a matinee showing of Yoyo, part of a retrospective of the films of 1960s French director Pierre Etaix. That series continues Wednesday night with As Long As You’re Healthy, preceded by two related short films, and Thursday night with a double feature of Le Grand Amour and Land of Milk and Honey.
Saturday Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center is showing Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance Trilogy- Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Old Boy, and Lady Vengeance- as a lead-in to the evening screening of the director’s new film Stoker. The marathon starts at 1 and tickets are just $10 for a day pass.
You can see The Bourne Legacy for $2 at Anderson’s Paramount Theater on Sunday at 4:30.
West Lafayette’s Cinematheque for All is also on break this week.
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
Films and events scheduled for next Friday:
The Music Man at the Artcraft
“Get Down with Movies!” short film program at the Heartland screening room in Fountain Square, in conjunction with the grand opening of the Cultural Trail
Indy Film Fest’s “Bigger Picture Show” at Big Car Service Center