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May 31, 2013

Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: May 31, 2013


What Maisie Knew (2013)

This is one of those weeks where Indianapolis is the place to be, as we get three new movies at the KAC- Frances Ha, Kon-Tiki, What Maisie Knew– and a varied selection of repertory choices.

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.


Frances Ha (2013)

Frances HaFrances Ha is the new collaboration between writer-director Noah Baumbach and star and co-writer Greta Gerwig. Going by the trailer, it’s a sort-of comedy shot in black and white that claims the French New Wave as one of its inspirations. Frances Ha starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Kon-Tiki– Many years ago I read Thor Heyerdahl’s best-selling account of his 1947 trip across the Pacific Ocean in the eponymous raft, undertaken to prove the viability of his theory that Polynesia was settled by pre-Columbian South Americans. I do not recall the inter-personal conflict abundantly in evidence in the trailer, but I wouldn’t swear by my memory. Then again maybe he cut that part out- or the screenwriter thought the journey by itself wasn’t exciting enough. Whatever its historical accuracy, Kon-Tiki opens today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

What Maisie Knew– Henry James’ typically exquisite and unsparing novella about the toll divorce takes on children is given a contemporary staging in this indie drama. Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan play the neglectful parents. It also starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.


The Iceman (2013)

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 (for one show a day).

The Iceman– “Appearing to be living the American Dream as a devoted husband and father, in reality Kuklinski is a ruthless killer-for-hire. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters have any clue about his real profession.” The Iceman– starring Michael Shannon, Ray Liotta, James Franco, Chris Evans, and Winona Ryder- is sinking like a stone, holding over in its second week only at the AMC South Bend 16. It’s a shame it’s disappearing so quickly because it’s very good. Highly Recommended.

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 still doing well, playing this week- in some cases at partial showtimes- at the Yes Cinema in Columbus, Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, Showplace Cinemas East in Evansville, and these AMCs: Kokomo 12, Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, Bloomington 11, Evansville 16, and South Bend 16. 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 holds over at the Starplex Fort Wayne Coventry 13 at partial showtimes. Recommended.

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. Their charismatic performances and Boyle’s characteristically dynamic filmmaking power through the “gotcha” plotting. Trance holds over in Fort Wayne at the Cinema Center. Recommended (with qualifications).


Indianapolis and Central Indiana

Cape No. 7

Tonight at 7 at the IMA’s Toby: “Documenting hip hop culture in 1980s New York, Style Wars focuses on the struggle for young graffiti artists to express themselves in the face of those who called their work vandalism. Introduction by graffiti artist and painter, Samuel E Vazquez.” Tickets are $9/$5 for members.

The Landmark Keystone Art Cinema is having another of its midnight movie series through June and July; shows Friday and Saturday nights. The movie this weekend is Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

Tomorrow afternoon at 1 there will be a screening of the hit Taiwanese comedy Cape No. 7 on the IUPUI campus. More info here.

Indy Film Fest’s next Roving Cinema screening is Wednesday at 6:30 at Sun King Brewing Company. The movie is Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Bring your own chair.

Southern Indiana

The Spirit of St Louis (1957)

The IU Cinema has a reduced schedule during the summer. A new film in the “International Arthouse” series screens Friday and Saturday nights at 7 and Sunday at 3. This week’s title is Something in the Air, a French drama set in the 1970s from Olivier Assayas. Also at the Cinema this week: Upstream Color on Thursday evening.

Documentary/musician profile Levon Helm: Ain’t in It for My Health, indie NY-set comedy Gimme the Loot, and documentary/personality profile Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner 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 Strand Theatre in Shelbyville is showing The Spirit of St. Louis, the biopic of Charles Lindbergh starring James Stewart, on Sunday at 2; tickets $6.

Northern Indiana

Mountaintop confrontation in Frankenstein (1931)

Today at 4:30 is a showing of I Do at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

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. This week is the highly Expressionistic Frankenstein on Tuesday, followed by the Coens’ neo-noir Blood Simple on Thursday. The class portion starts at 7 and the movie at 7:30.

In West Lafayette, Cinematheque for All’s summer season continues with The Pope’s Toilet. This page has the full lineup; all screenings are Wednesdays at 7 on the Purdue campus.


Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

Willow at the KAC

The Room at the Cinema Center

Pillow Talk at the IMA

Levon Helm: Ain’t in It for My Health and Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner at the Ryder