Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: July 12, 2013
by HELEN GEIB
Indianapolis offers lots of movie options again this week while the rest of the state continues to slumber over summer break. For starters, two high caliber foreign films- Neil Jordan’s vampire movie Byzantium and Israeli drama Fill the Void- open at the Keystone Art Cinema and two film festivals play the IMA.
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
Byzantium- Vampire movies aren’t one of my interest areas but I think I’ll make an exception for Neil Jordan’s Byzantium. The trailer promises high visual style and the good cast is headed by Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, and Johnny Lee Miller. It opens today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Fill the Void- A young woman is faced with a difficult choice when her family asks her to marry her older sister’s grieving widower in this drama from Israel. Fill the Void starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)
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.” It holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
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 holds over 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 reduced showtimes at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
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 AMC South Bend 16.
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 Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.
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 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 holds over at the Starplex Coventry 13 in Fort Wayne. Highly Recommended.
FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
The movie this weekend at the historic Artcraft Theatre on Franklin’s main street is The Egg and I. 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 The King and I.
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- a new movie this time- is V/H/S/2.
The annual Indy Film Festival starts Thursday and runs through July 28. Most showings are the IMA, split between the Toby and DeBoest. Info on the opening night movie Drinking Buddies and the full festival schedule.
Olivier Assayas’ drama of ’70s student radicalism Something in the Air, French historical drama Renoir, about the famous father and son artists, and documentary Free the Mind 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).
In West Lafayette, Cinematheque for All’s summer season continues with Be with Me, from a country from which I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie: Singapore. This page has the full lineup; all screenings are Wednesdays at 7 on the Purdue campus.
Also on Wednesday, Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center hosts an event in the 3 Rivers Film Festival at 8: “Now in its third year – this is a combined effort between Cinema Center and PBS39 to highlight and celebrate the visual arts – specifically local amateur talent working with film and video. This event, part of the 2013 Three Rivers Festival, combines a public celebration and showcase with a television broadcast on PBS39.” Admission is free.
The Paramount in Anderson has its monthly movie showing on Thursday; this month is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Tickets are a steal at $2.
Films and events scheduled for next Friday:
The Exorcist at the IMA
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan at the KAC
Indy Film Fest continues at the IMA