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June 21, 2013

Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: June 21, 2013


Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

I’ve really been looking forward to Much Ado About Nothing, filmed by director Joss Whedon on a minuscule budget and in his own house. It’s only playing- at least for now- in Indianapolis, but the week’s other big name limited release The Bling Ring opens on a number of screens around the state.

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.


The Bling Ring (2013)

The Bling Ring– Sofia Coppola’s new movie is a based on a true story tale of hedonistic teenagers who break into celebrities’ houses in LA to steal designer clothes and other accessories of fashionable living. Regal Village Park 17 in Carmel, AMC Schererville 16, AMC Bloomington 12, AMC Muncie 12, AMC Castleton Square 14, AMC Indianapolis 17, and Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Much Ado About Nothing– Shakespeare’s comedy is given a modern staging in this new film version directed by Joss Whedon. Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker play sparring lovers-to-be Benedict and Beatrix. Much Ado About Nothing, which has been a crowd and critical favorite on the festival circuit, opens today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Raanjhanaa– This Bollywood romance stars Dhanush- a star in Tamil movies making his Bollywood debut- and Sonam Kapoor; the music is by A. R. Rahman. It starts today at the AMC Castleton Square 14.

The Source Family– Documentary about a 1970s LA commune and its polygamist leader opens at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.


At Any Price (2013)

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). After an extremely limited run in Indianapolis, At Any Price moves this week to the Yes Cinema in Columbus.

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 Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis and AMC Bloomington 11.

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

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 at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema (for one show a day) in Indianapolis and the AMC Muncie 7.

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 reduced showtimes 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 reduced showtimes at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. Highly Recommended.

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 holds over at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.


Indianapolis and Central Indiana

Pulp Fiction (1994)

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 Dirty Dancing.

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 Pulp Fiction.

On Saturday, Indy Film Fest offers a free outdoor screening of Racing Dreams in Highland Park on the near east side.

The annual Charley Creek Artsfest in Wabash includes two movies sponsored by the Heartland Film Festival, A Bottle from the Gaza Sea on Wednesday at 7 and documentary Rising from Ashes on Thursday at 7:30; the director of the latter title will attend the screening and a post-movie Q&A.

Back in Indianapolis, the IMA continues its series of events in connection with the Ai Weiwei special exhibit on Thursday, when there will be a showing of the artist’s film Fairytale: “This film documents a project produced for the European art event, Documenta 12, in which Ai invited 1,001 Chinese citizens of various ages and backgrounds to come to Kassel, Germany. They were asked to examine their dreams for the future, as well as the artist’s own.” In the Toby at 7; tickets $9 / $5 members.

Southern Indiana

Blancanieves (2012)

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 with an additional Saturday matinee. This week’s title is Blancanieves, which I have to say sounds like a movie I would really love: “Once upon a time there was a little girl who had never known her mother. She learned the art of her father, a famous bullfighter, but was hated by her evil stepmother. One day she ran away with a troupe of dwarves, and became a legend. Set in southern Spain in 1920s, Blancanieves is a tribute to silent films and was Spain’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for 2012.” Also at the Cinema this week: in its first year at the Cinema is the film festival Slapsticon, featuring old (I hesitate to say “classic”) comedy shorts; it starts on Thursday at noon and runs through the weekend.

Olivier Assayas’ drama of ’70s student radicalism Something in the Air, 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

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride is tonight at Anderson’s Paramount, the town’s 1920s movie palace. The show starts at 7:30; tickets are a steal at $2.

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 program wraps up this week with Psycho on Tuesday. The class portion starts at 7 and the movie at 7:30.

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

Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

Charlotte’s Web at the Artcraft

National Lampoon’s Animal House at the IMA

Friday Night Frights at the Strand

Spice World at the KAC