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Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: August 30, 2013

by MIKE MACCOLLUM

The Grandmaster (2013)

A snake, a mongoose, an unexpected baby, and a man who taught young Bruce Lee a thing or two all contribute to a busier-than-usual week on the local limited-release movie scene, with four films opening in and around Indy, one recent release making a comeback, and a variety of movies holding over on local screens. Also, one Indianapolis theater is also hosting a world premiere on Saturday night- and mere hours later, an “insane” screening gets underway at 2:15 AM. And yes, you read that right: the movie starts at 2:15 on Sunday morning. Curious? Read on below….

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

Zanjeer (2013)

Closed Circuit (2013)

Closed Circuit- “In the international suspense thriller CLOSED CIRCUIT, a high-profile terrorism case unexpectedly binds together two ex-lovers (Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall) on the defense team – testing the limits of their loyalties and placing their lives in jeopardy.” Jim Broadbent, Ciårán Hinds, and Julia Stiles are also in Closed Cicuit, which opened Wednesday at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema, AMC Castleton Square 14, Regal Village Park 17, AMC Showplace 17, and the Carmike Metropolis 18.

The Grandmaster- Per its official US site, The Grandmaster “begins as the story of Ip Man (Tony Leung), the legendary teacher of Bruce Lee and a master of the Wing Chun school of kungfu”, but “becomes the portrait of a bygone era and a lost world”. As you may have read elsewhere, approximately twenty minutes have been shorn from the American version of Wong Kar Wai’s film- but I still want to see it on a big screen anyway. Subtitled in English, from what I’ve read, so at least the US prints aren’t dubbed. Landmark Glendale 12, AMC Castleton Square 14, AMC Traders Point 12, AMC Showplace 17

Instructions Not Included- “Valentin (Eugenio Derbez) is Acapulco’s resident playboy–until a former fling leaves a baby on his doorstep and takes off without a trace. Valentin leaves Mexico for Los Angeles to find the baby’s mother, but only ends up finding a new home for himself and his newfound daughter….” In addition to starring in this comedy, Eugenio Derbez also wrote and directed it; veteran Mexican actor Hugo Stiglitz is in the supporting cast. AMC Showplace 17

Snake & Mongoo$e- According to its official site, this drama is about the “historic rivalry between Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen” as they “compete[d] aggressively for dominance in the nascent sport of drag racing”- along with the “unlikely friendship” between the two men that arose “out of the smoke of battle”. Jesse Williams and Richard Blake play the two main characters; Ashley Hinshaw, Kim Shaw, Tim Blake Nelson, Fred Dryer, John Heard, Ian Ziering, and Noah Wyle round out the cast. Snake & Mongoo$e started on Thursday at the Regal Shiloh Crossing 18 in Avon. In case you’re wondering why the film is playing at that theater- the Shiloh 18 isn’t all that far away from Lucas Oil Raceway, where the NHRA U.S. Nationals continue through Monday.

THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS AND “REOPENINGS”

In a World... (2013)

Blue Jasmine- Woody Allen’s new movie holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema, the Regal Village Park 17 in Carmel, and the AMC Castleton Square 14. Cate Blanchett has been receiving terrific reviews for her star turn as a woman unwilling to face the reality of a life that doesn’t measure up to expectations. Bobby Cannavale, Sally Hawkins, and Alec Baldwin lead the supporting cast.

Chennai Express- Bollywood action comedy starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. Personally, I thought that this was “Mediocrity, Bollywood style”- but it made a lot of money in the US and elsewhere, so many others apparently disagree. UA/Regal Galaxy 14

Fruitvale Station- Very well reviewed dramatization of the last day in the life of a young black man shot to death by a transit officer in a San Francisco subway station in 2008. Fruitvale Station returns to Indy this week thanks to the Georgetown 14.

In a World…- Indie comedy centering on a father and daughter in cutthroat competition to take the top spot in the business of recording movie trailer voiceovers. Lead actress Lake Bell also wrote and directed; her script won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Landmark Keystone Art Cinema

The Spectacular Now- From Landmark’s website: “This is the tale of Sutter Keely (Miles Teller), a high school senior and effortless charmer, and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with “good girl” Aimee Finecky (Shailene Woodley). What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth.” Landmark Keystone Art Cinema

The Way Way Back- An unhappy 14 year old boy finds a welcoming refuge at a local water park in this coming-of-age comedy. Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Allison Janney, and AnnaSophia Robb are some of the name actors in the fine ensemble cast. Keystone Art Cinema

FESTIVALS AND REPERTORY SCREENINGS

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The Irving Theatre hosts a “World Premiere” screening of Sin of Her Father at 8 PM on Saturday night. Five dollars is the “suggested” admission price/donation, per the theater’s site.

If you don’t mind missing some sleep, Shelbyville’s Skyline Drive-In is the site for that Sunday, 2:15 AM screening mentioned in the intro. The Skyline’s “Drive-InSanity” feature for the week is the 1973 martial arts film SuperManChu: Master of Kung Fu.

The IMA‘s “Summer Nights” series closes out on Friday with a showing of The Breakfast Club. This is being noted just for the record, however, since tickets are already sold out.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND

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Salinger, a documentary about the author of Catcher in the Rye, is scheduled (as of now, at least) to open at the Keystone Art Cinema on Friday, September 6, per the theater’s page on Landmark’s site- and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints may start at the KAC as well, according to the “Showtimes” feature on the theater’s page. The Bollywood rom-com Shuddh Desi Romance is being theatrically released on the 6th, and it may start at the Galaxy 14 on that day, since the theater showed a trailer before the screening of Chennai Express that I attended. Also, the site for The Ultimate Life says that that drama will start at several area theaters on September 6. Meanwhile, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour take The Road to Morocco on Friday and Saturday at the historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin. And just after next weekend, the “Selections from the Tribeca Film Festival” series gets underway at the Hamilton 16 and IMAX in Noblesville with two showings of Greetings From Tim Buckley on Monday, September 9.

The only non-theatrical event that I now know of that is scheduled for next weekend takes place from 7 to 10 PM on Friday at the Heartland Film Festival’s Screening Room in Fountain Square, where the short film Evolution will be shown every fifteen minutes.

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  1. Aug 30 2013

    I’d watched THE GRANDMASTERS (the film’s international and appropriate title) about half a year ago and absolutely loved it. One can tell that it was intended to be a 4 hour film, as Wong Kar Wai had previously mentioned. But the only version that was shot is the 130 minutes version, the one that I’d watched and the one that really should be seen.

    I do recommend watching it on the big screen (well, it’s a Wong Kar Wai film!), however. And you are correct about the 20+ minutes that had been removed. It’s a shame. And what’s worse is that Martin Scorsese had plastered his name on the film. tsk tsk tsk

  2. Mike
    Sep 3 2013

    Nir- Thanks for the explanation regarding the title. Now I know why more than a few of the posters I saw when doing an image search for this movie had a plural title, not singular.

    And I will see the full/”real” version myself at some point, but I’ll see it on a big screen first, while I can.

  3. Mike
    Sep 3 2013

    Regarding Snake & Mongoo$e: Whoever is promoting this one- the distribution company? one or more of the producers? an independent company hired by one of the above?- actually is doing some good, old-fashioned promotion for the movie. The Broad Ripple neighborhood is a good 40+ minute drive from the theater showing Snake & Montoo$e, but I have seen several mini-posters taped up there, along with postcard-sized promos in some store windows, including the Three Dog Bakery.

    I also heard an ad on the radio a few days ago. I think it was a sixty-second spot (!), and it even mentioned the Shiloh Crossing 18 at the end of the ad. Radio spots, especially for lower-budgeted movies, are something of a rarity these days- either that, or I’m not listening to the right stations-and a mention of the theater showing the film is a real blast from the past…. fairly common back in the day (“Starts Friday at the Glendale I-III, the Eastwood, the Twin Theatair, the Shadeland Drive-In, and a theater or drive-in near you!”), but almost non-existent now.

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