Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: June 7, 2013
by HELEN GEIB
Again this week three new movies open at Indianapolis’ Keystone Art Cinema (pushing one of last week’s new titles out altogether and another into limited showtimes). The capital city gets the state’s fourth and final new release as well, a Bollywood action-comedy vehicle for Dharmendra and his sons. Details, the list of holdovers, and the repertory lineup 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.
OPENING THIS WEEK IN LIMITED RELEASE
At Any Price– This drama about a farm family under pressure from the realities of modern agri-business as well as its own internal conflicts is on my to-see list for Dennis Quaid’s highly-praised performance as the father. It was directed and co-written by acclaimed indie filmmaker Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo). At Any Price starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, although only for two shows a day.
The Kings of Summer– This indie coming-of-age tale was a hit at Sundance (or so I read on the Landmark’s website): “The Kings of Summer is a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents’ rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family—whether it is the one you’re born into or the one you create—is something you can’t run away from.” It starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Stories We Tell– Sarah Polley’s best effort to destroy her family starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Yamla Pagla Deewana 2– Bollywood action comedy starring the father and sons team of Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, and Bobby Deol. Surprisingly it’s playing at the AMC Washington Square 12 in Indianapolis.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)
Frances Ha– Frances 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 holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis and opens at the AMC Evansville 16, AMC Schererville 16, and AMC South Bend 16.
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 holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, where it’s sharing a screen with At Any Price.
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 holds over- in some cases at partial showtimes- at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, Yes Cinema in Columbus, Showplace Cinemas East in Evansville, AMC Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, and AMC 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.
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 is playing this week at the Starplex Fort Wayne Coventry 13 and the Cinemark Movies 8 in Greenwood.
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 returns to the state for an engagement at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.
FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE
There’s a Fathom Event screening of Spirit of the Marathon 2 on Wednesday at 7: “From the producers of the award-winning documentary Spirit of the Marathon (2008), this highly-anticipated sequel follows seven runners from around the world as they journey to the starting line of the 2012 Rome Marathon.” Check the Fathom website for a list of participating theaters.
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
It’s First Friday in Indianapolis which means the Heartland will be screening a short film at 15 minute intervals through the evening in its Fountain Square theater; from 7-10.
The IMA’s annual Summer Nights series is every Friday in June through August. Location is the terrace amphitheater, doors open at 7 and the movie starts at dusk (around 9:30), and tickets are $10/$6 for members. Tonight’s movie is 1960s Doris Day/Rock Hudson vehicle Pillow Talk.
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 Willow. On Monday at 7, the KAC will have (another) one-night-only show of Bill W., a documentary about one of the founders of AA.
Also at the IMA this week but inside in the Toby, on Thursday night at 7 is a showing of Trashed, a documentary on the global impact of, per the title, trash. Tickets are $9/$5 for members.
The IU Cinema has a reduced schedule during the summer. This weekend is the “Indie Film Con 2013” convention. This page has the lineup and ticket info; starts Friday evening at 5 and Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10. Also at the Cinema this week: Frances Ha on Thursday night.
Documentary/musician profile Levon Helm: Ain’t in It for My Health, French historical drama Augustine about Freud’s famous patient, 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).
Tonight at 9 at the Cinema Center is a showing of The Room: “An American black comedy about love and passion, betrayal and lies. It depicts the depths of friendship and relationships in one’s life and raises life’s real and most asked question: ‘Can you ever really trust anyone?…Are you ready to see reflections of your life?’ A successful banker, Johnny, is madly in love with his fiancee, Lisa, and plans to be married next month. His plans take a horrid turn when he finds the truth about Lisa and the people surrounding him.”
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 Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce on Tuesday, followed by horror classic Dawn of the Dead 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 Pool, an indie set in India. This page has the full lineup; all screenings are Wednesdays at 7 on the Purdue campus.
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
Films and events scheduled for next Friday:
The Court Jester at the Artcraft
Jurassic Park at the IMA
Levon Helm: Ain’t in It for My Health, Augustine, A Place at the Table at the Ryder