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July 5, 2013

Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: July 5, 2013


20 Feet from Stardom (2013)

Not much to tempt those of us staying home for the holiday weekend. Music lovers in the Indianapolis area will want to check out the documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, opening at the KAC.

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.


20 Feet from Stardom– “Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film 20 Feet From Stardom, director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.” Opens today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Lootera– Bollywood romantic drama with the unusual inspiration of an O. Henry story. Starring Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha, it opens at the AMC Castleton Square 14 and Regal Galaxy Stadium 14 in Indianapolis.


Much Ado About Nothing (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). At Any Price opens at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

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 Yes Cinema in Columbus.

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. It’s playing this week at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis and these AMCs: Bloomington 11, Columbus 12, Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, Kokomo 12.

The East– Anti-corporate thriller The East holds over at reduced showtimes 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 holds over at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

Ghanchakkar– Bollywood comedy starring Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi is playing at the Regal/UA Galaxy 14 in Indianapolis.

Jatt & Juliet 2– Punjabi comedy playing at the Cinemark Movies 8 in Indianapolis. I don’t know whether this one is subtitled.

Love Is All You Need– Susanne Bier’s (In a Better World, Things We Lost in the Fire) romantic drama stars Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dryholm as the father of the groom and mother of the bride. He’s a widower with a difficult personality and she’s reeling from her husband’s infidelity with a younger woman. It holds over at reduced showtimes at the 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. The completely delightful Much Ado About Nothing holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis and expands to the AMC Bloomington 11. 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 opens at the Starplex Coventry 13 in Fort Wayne. Highly Recommended.


Raiders of the Lost Ark

Indianapolis and Central Indiana

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 Raiders of the Lost Ark.

It’s the first Friday of the month which means First Friday in Fountain Square. A short film will screen at intervals through the evening at the Heartland Film Festival headquarters.

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 Miami Connection.

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

Southern Indiana

Olivier Assayas’ drama of ’70s student radicalism Something in the Air and French historical drama Renoir, about the famous father and son artists, are the movies on offer this weekend in the Ryder repertory series; showings Friday and Saturday at IU in Bloomington (Ryder film series page for showtimes and venues).

Northern Indiana

In West Lafayette, Cinematheque for All’s summer season continues with the 2011 Mexican film Abel. This page has the full lineup; all screenings are Wednesdays at 7 on the Purdue campus.

Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

Something in the Air, Renoir and Free the Mind at the Ryder

The King and I at the IMA

V/H/S/2 at the Keystone Art Cinema

The Egg and I at the Artcraft