Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: September 6, 2013
by MIKE MACCOLLUM
This is one of those rare weeks when only one big movie opens in nationwide release. That means limited-release movies will be on more local screens than usual, including such rarely-mentioned-in-this-column venues as the Circle Centre 9 and the Tibbs Drive-In. It also means we get approximately four-and-a-half new movies opening in limited release in and around Indy this week- and yes, that sounds strange, but I’ll try to explain it all 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
Laughing to the Bank– From the Facebook page: “Laughing to the Bank is the story of an almost famous actor striving to get to the next level of stardom. After being rejected by Hollywood, he sets out to raise the funds to create his own project.” Brian Hooks stars in and directs this indie comedy, which opens at the Georgetown 14, UA Circle Centre 9, AMC Traders Point 12, and the AMC Castleton Square 14.
Shuddh Desi Romance– The official site for this Bollywood rom-com has no discernible plot summary, and the film’s Facebook page provides no answers, just questions, which are quoted here verbatim: “Does what starts physical always turn into love? And what reaches love, always turn into commitment? How do you figure out?” Showing at the new home for Bollywood-in-Indy, the UA Galaxy 14.
Thoofan– This is the Telugu-language version of the Hindi-language action/revenge drama Zanjeer, which also starts in Indy on Friday. Apart from the language difference, at least one of the supporting characters is played by one actor in the Hindi film, and by another actor in the Telugu film- but still, it sounds like they have the same story, and so that’s why it seems to me like we have four-and-a-half new limited-release movies in town this week, rather than five. NOTE: Theatrical prints of most Telugu films lack English subtitles, but I suspect this will be an exception, since Zanjeer has subtitles, and it would seem like most of the plot and dialogue would be the same for Thoofan. Still, you might want to call the AMC Castleton Square 14 before you go, just to be sure.
The Ultimate Life– “Between the pressure of running a foundation started by his late grandfather, being sued by his greedy extended family, and seeing his beloved Alexia leave on an extended mission trip to Haiti, Jason Stevens’ world is unraveling…. With everything he loves hanging in the balance, Jason hopes he can discover THE ULTIMATE LIFE”. Michael Landon, Jr. directed this follow-up to The Ultimate Gift; Peter Fonda, Bill Cobbs, Ali Hillis and Lee Meriwether are in the cast. AMC Castleton Square 14, Regal Village Park 17, Carmike Metropolis 18.
Zanjeer– Per the official Facebook page: “Vijay is a brutally honest police officer who has been transferred yet again by the system for chasing the corrupt underworld goons…. Vijay on the other hand is also battling his inner demons where he is searching for his parents killers. He witnessed their cold blooded murder as a child and the nightmares continue to haunt him till date…” Ram Charan, Priyanka Chopra, Sanjay Dutt and Prakash Raj are in the cast, and lots of stuff gets blowed up real good in the trailer. UA Galaxy 14.
Blue Jasmine– Woody Allen’s new movie holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema, and (with reduced showtimes) at the Regal Village Park 17 in Carmel. 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 Galaxy 14
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 co-star. Holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema, AMC Castleton Square 14, Regal Village Park 17, AMC Showplace 17, and (with reduced showtimes) at the Carmike Metropolis 18.
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 holds over at the Georgetown 14, and shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Tibbs Drive-In Theatre as a second feature to The Butler.
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 at least it’s subtitled in English, and not dubbed. Holds over at the Landmark Glendale 12, AMC Castleton Square 14, AMC Traders Point 12, and the AMC Showplace 17– and opens this week at the UA Circle Centre 9, Carmike Metropolis 18, and the Regal Village Park 17.
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
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….” In addition to starring in this subtitled family comedy, Eugenio Derbez also wrote and directed it; veteran Mexican actor Hugo Stiglitz is in the supporting cast. Holds over at the AMC Showplace 17, and starts Friday at the Georgetown 14, AMC Castleton Square, AMC Washington Square 12, and the Regal Shiloh Crossing 18 in Avon.
Snake & Mongoo$e– According to its official site, this drama is about the “historic rivalry between Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen”, and the “unlikely friendship” between the two men as they “compete[d] aggressively for dominance in the nascent sport of drag racing”. 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. Holds over at the Regal Shiloh Crossing 18 in Avon.
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
The “Drive-InSanity” movie this week at Shelbyville’s Skyline Drive-In is the one and only Inframan; it shows late Saturday night, or possibly very early Sunday morning, after the double-feature of current releases.
From 7 to 10 PM on Friday, the Heartland Film Festival’s Screening Room in Fountain Square will show the short film Evolution– an official selection of the 2012 Heartland Festival- every fifteen minutes.
Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour take The Road to Morocco at 2 and 7:30 PM on Friday and Saturday at the historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin.
The last “bike-in” movie night of the season at Garfield Park is Ghostbusters; it starts on Friday at 9, and admission is free.
The Rifftrax crew takes on Starship Troopers again thanks to a “rebroadcast” at 7:30 on Thursday, September 12. AMC Castleton Square 14, UA Galaxy 14, AMC Showplace 17, Goodrich Hamilton 16 and IMAX, Carmike Metropolis 18, Goodrich Brownsburg 8.
And the IMA’s Toby Theatre will have a screening of the fashion-industry doc Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution on Thursday, September 12, at 6 PM; director Deborah Riley Draper is scheduled to be present.
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
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 13, per the theater’s page on Landmark’s site…. or maybe it will be postponed again, or possibly dropped from the schedule altogether- a fate which seems to have befallen Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, which for a day or so was supposed to start at the KAC on September 6.
Also currently scheduled to open at the KAC on Friday the 13th: the award-winning, very well-reviewed drama Short Term 12– and maybe, depending on which part of the Landmark Indianapolis page you believe, the rom-com Austenland, with Keri Russell.
All of you out there who are fans of Marty Ingels- and you know who you are- can give your DVDs of I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster a rest for a while in order to catch A Strange Brand of Happy at the Carmike Metropolis 18 in Plainfield. This “faith-friendly romantic comedy”, which was shot in Cincinnati, co-stars Rebecca St. James and Academy-Award winner Shirley Jones.
The Irving Theater will have another showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday at midnight.
And the historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin will show the documentary Bill W. on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM; both screenings are benefits for the Tara Treatment Center.