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June 14, 2013

Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: June 14, 2013


Before Midnight (2013)

In what I believe to be a first the AMC Hobart 12 in Merrillville appears in this column. That’s thanks to Before Midnight, which opens on a surprisingly large number of screens around the state. All the “outside the multiplex” news 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.


Renoir (2012)

Before Midnight– “Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) first met in their twenties in Before Sunrise, reunited in their thirties in Before Sunset, and now, in director/co-writer Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight, they face the past, present and future.” It’s playing at the Carmike Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne, Carmike Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, Regal Shiloh Crossing 18 in Avon, AMC Muncie 12, AMC Evansville 16, AMC Bloomington 11, AMC Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, AMC South Bend 16, AMC Schererville 16, AMC Hobart 12, and AMC Indianapolis 17 and Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

The East– Hysterical anti-corporate thriller The East opens at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. The good cast includes Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, Julia Ormond, and Patricia Clarkson.

Renoir– “Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos’ lushly atmospheric drama RENOIR tells the story of celebrated Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in declining health at age 74, and his middle son Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I.” Renoir opens at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.


The Kings of Summer (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 is playing this week, in some cases at reduced showtimes, at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, AMC Evansville 16, AMC Bloomington 11, and AMC Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute.

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 holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

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 at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis and Yes Cinema in Columbus. 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.

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 Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

Stories We Tell– Sarah Polley’s best effort to destroy her family holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis for two shows a day.


Indianapolis and Central Indiana

The Court Jester

The movie this weekend at the historic Artcraft Theatre on Franklin’s main street is the incomparable The Court Jester. Showtimes 2 and 8 Friday and Saturday; the evening shows come with pre-show entertainment starting at 7:30.

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 Jurassic Park.

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 The Room.

The monthly Vintage Movie Night at Garfield Park Arts Center is tomorrow at 8. The movie is the sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still.

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

Later in the week, the Indy Film Fest is throwing a “Preview Party” for the festival, which goes on in July. It’s Thursday evening at Big Car’s Service Center in Lafayette Square; admission is free.

Southern Indiana

Frances Ha (2013)

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. This week’s title is Frances Ha. Also at the Cinema this week: indie experimental drama Upstream Color on Thursday evening.

Documentary/musician profile Levon Helm: Ain’t in It for My Health, French historical drama Augustine, and activist documentary A Place at the Table 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

Near Dark (1987)

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 two modern titles, Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs on Tuesday and Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark 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 French period drama The Well-Digger’s Daughter, starring Daniel Auteuil. This page has the full lineup; all screenings are Wednesdays at 7 on the Purdue campus.


Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

Pulp Fiction at the KAC

Dirty Dancing at the IMA

Blancanieves at the IU Cinema

The Princess Bride at the Paramount

A Place at the Table, Something in the Air, Augustine at the Ryder