Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: May 17, 2013
by HELEN GEIB
Just one new release this week- an indie up in Fort Wayne- but Mud is still going strong around the state and there are a few other titles playing here and there. Tonight I’ll be seeing the documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry at the IMA’s Toby with the Indy Film Buffs.
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
Gimme the Loot– “Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teens from the Bronx, are the ultimate graffiti-writers. When a rival gang buffs their latest masterpiece, they must hatch a plan to get revenge by tagging an iconic NYC landmark, but they need to raise $500 to pull off their spectacular scheme.” Indie comedy Gimme the Loot opens at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)
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 partial showtimes at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. 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, Yes Cinema in Columbus, and AMC Evansville 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 South Bend 16, for one show a day, and the AMC Schererville 12.
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 Legacy Cinema in Greenfield.
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 in Indianapolis, Regal Village Park 17 in Carmel, Carmike Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne, Carmike Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, Showplace Cinemas East in Evansville, and these AMC theaters: Indianapolis 17, Kokomo 12, Terre Haute 12, Bloomington 11, Evansville 16, and South Bend 16. 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.
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 playing this week at the AMC Muncie 7 and AMC Bloomington 11. Recommended.
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 holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, where it’s sharing a screen with The Angels’ Share.
FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
The IMA has two showings of the recent documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry in the Toby. Tickets are $9/$5 for members; Friday evening at 6:30 and Saturday afternoon at 2. 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.
The monthly Vintage Movie Nights at Garfield Park Arts Center is tomorrow night at 8; tickets are $4. The movie is House of Mystery (1934), from Poverty Row studio Monogram Pictures. There’s a gorilla on the poster.
Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes are touring with their latest production: Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie is Monday night at 8 at Clowes Hall on the Butler University campus. Tickets are $55 floor/$40 balcony plus Ticketmaster fees- which are positively outrageous. Speaking for myself, if I was interested in this show I’d take my chances on buying a ticket at the door. Clowes is a big place.
Note: Special screenings at the Goodrich Theaters are listed in the Northern Indiana section.
The IU Cinema screens the documentary Room 237 today and tomorrow at 7. It’s about all things The Shining (Kubrick’s, not King’s). Speaking of, The Shining will be shown tomorrow at 3. The documentary The Source Family is Thursday at 7.
Bogart and Bacall classic To Have and Have Not is tomorrow at 7 at the Yes Cinema in Columbus; tickets $10. The showing is part of the Yes’ tribute to Hoagy Carmichael (this was his first credited appearance) and will be preceded by a concert by Tom Pickett and friends.
The Angels’ Share, Abbas Kiarostami’s Like Someone in Love, and indie comedy Gimme the Loot 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).
The Michiana Jewish Film Festival starts Monday and runs through Thursday at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on the Notre Dame campus. There are two films each evening; the lineup is a mix of features and documentaries, all recent. Included are Oscar-nominated documentary The Gatekeepers and Israeli romantic drama Fill the Void. Visit the DeBartolo’s site for more info.
In West Lafayette, Cinematheque for All’s summer season continues with Duck Season, a 2006 black-and-white film from Mexico. This page has the full lineup; all screenings are Wednesdays at 7 on the Purdue campus.
The Cinema Center this summer is hosting a six week free, open attendance IPFW (Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne) summer film class on film noir and horror. The first movie is the great Double Indemnity this Tuesday, followed by Chinatown on Thursday. The class portion starts at 7 and the movie at 7:30.
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
Films and events scheduled for next Friday:
the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at the Artcraft
Breaking Away at the Cinema Center
The Reluctant Fundamentalist at the IU Cinema