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May 10, 2013

Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: May 10, 2013


The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The repertory scene is a trifle slow south and north due to finals/summer break, while Indianapolis has options to spare. On the limited release front, Mud is still going strong and No migrates north to Fort Wayne. All the details for that and more after the break.

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.


No One Lives– This reputedly extremely violent low-budget horror movie is getting a very limited national release. Unless I missed a theater the only place it’s playing in Indiana is the AMC Indianapolis 17. There doesn’t seem to be an official page so here’s the Wikipedia page for the gory details.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist– Mira Nair directed this adaptation of the novel by Mohsin Hamid. It’s to be hoped the movie is more persuasive than its trailer, which identifies police profiling as the proximate cause of Islamic terrorism. It starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.


No (2012)

The Angels’ Share– Ken Loach’s new movie is a very appealing comedy-drama about a Glasgow small-time loser who discovers an unknown talent for rating whiskey. Will he stick to the straight and narrow or try for the rare spirits heist of the century? It holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. If you don’t have Mother’s Day plans, come out for the 1:50 show on Sunday and meet up with me and the Indy Film Buffs. Highly Recommended

The Company You Keep– Director/star Robert Redford’s apologia for 1970s violent anti-war radicalism holds over at Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, AMC Evansville 16, and AMC South Bend 16.

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) holds over at the AMC Indianapolis 17 and AMC Bloomington 11, for one show a day at each, AMC Schererville 12, AMC South Bend 16, and the the Carmike 20 in Fort Wayne.

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.

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. The Southern Gothic element doesn’t really come off, but most of the film is excellent, starting with the core story of two boys who are suddenly confronted with the complexities of adult relationships. Mud is doing quite well with engagements this week at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema and AMC Indianapolis 17 in Indianapolis, AMC Bloomington 11, Regal Village Park 17 in Carmel, Carmike Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne, Carmike Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, AMC Kokomo 12, AMC Terre Haute 12, AMC Schererville 12, AMC South Bend 16, and AMC Evansville 16 and Showplace Cinemas East in Evansville. Highly Recommended

No– This nuanced and thoughtful historical drama from Chile was one of the Oscar nominees for best foreign language film. Gael García Bernal stars as a hotshot adman who helps devise the opposition’s marketing campaign before the 1988 plebiscite on Pinochet’s presidency. I saw it on the last day of its one week run in Indy, so I’m glad to have the opportunity to recommend No upon its move north to the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne. Highly Recommended

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 holds over at the Carmike Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne.

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 on its way out but holds on at the Goodrich Portage 16, Cinemark Movies 14 in Mishawaka, Yes Cinema in Columbus, AMC Bloomington 11, AMC Schererville 12, and Showplace Cinemas East in Evansville. Recommended

To the Wonder– Love him or hate him, Terrence Malick’s latest movie is here. Specifically, at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne. Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, and Rachel McAdams star.


Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)

Indianapolis and Central Indiana

The movie this weekend at Franklin’s Artcraft Theatre is the marvelous musical The Music Man; showtimes 2 and 8 Friday and Saturday, with pre-show entertainment at 7:30 before the evening shows.

Indy Film Fest and Big Car Service Center present “The Bigger Picture Show” tonight; from 7-11 at Big Car. This is the annual art show of posters designed by local artists and inspired by movies. The theme for the exhibition is 50 Greg Kinnear movies. Beer and wine will be served, there will be food trucks outside, and all the posters will be sold in silent auction.

In conjunction with the official opening of the Cultural Trail, the Heartland will show a selection of short films in its Fountain Square screening room from 10-2 on Saturday.

The Indy Film Fest is also joining the Cultural Trail festivities with a screening in White River Park of Tiny: A Film About Living Small. Gates open at 6:30 and the movie starts at dusk; admission is free.

The Irving’s sometime monthly showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is tomorrow night at- of course- midnight.

On Thursday, the IMA offers the first of three showings of the recent documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry in the Toby. Tickets are $9/$5 for members and showtime is 6:30; the other shows are Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. The screenings are in connection with the “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” exhibit, which runs through July 21. I recommend the visit- the work inspired by the tragedy of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake is especially powerful.

It is in fact a very busy week for the Indy Film Fest as the Roving Cinema series returns on Thursday with Fight Club. The venue is the Catacombs Under City Market (for the faint of heart: it’s really just the basement). This is a popular series and this event is already sold out; to those interested I recommend keeping tabs on the Fest’s Facebook page for event announcements.

Note: Special screenings at the Goodrich Theaters are listed in the Northern Indiana section.

Southern Indiana

The Yes Cinema’s “dinner and a classic movie” series continues tomorrow night with The Godfather. You can see the movie- no meal attached- again on Sunday at 3.

The IU Cinema is currently on finals break, but programming starts up again on Thursday night with the documentary Room 237, which has a couple more showings next weekend. It’s about all things The Shining (Kubrick’s, not King’s).

The Angels’ Share, Abbas Kiarostami’s Like Someone in Love, 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).

Northern Indiana

The Goodrich Theaters’ “Documentary Days” bi-monthly series continues Monday with The Waiting Room. Shows are 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 summer season starts this week; however, at press time the first title hadn’t been announced. All screenings are Wednesdays at 7 on the Purdue campus.


Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry at the IMA

Room 237 at the IU Cinema

The Angels’ Share, Like Someone in Love, and Gimme the Loot at the Ryder