Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: October 11, 2013
by HELEN GEIB
A lush new adaptation of Romeo and Juliet and a romantic comedy about a mariachi singer are the promising titles opening this week in limited release. Plus, the Heartland Film Festival kicks off on Thursday.
Note: Theaters and other venues are Indianapolis except where otherwise noted. 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
Pulling Strings– This rom-com stars Jaime Camil as a mariachi singer in Mexico city who strikes sparks with the U.S. Embassy worker who recently denied his request for a visa. The good reviews and descriptions of the musical numbers have me intrigued. AMC Indianapolis, Georgetown Cinemas
Romeo & Juliet– Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Douglas Booth play the lovers in this new adaptation from writer Julian Fellowes (The Young Victoria, Gosford Park), which keeps Shakespeare’s original setting. Regal Village Park in Carmel, Landmark Keystone Art Cinema
Besharam– Bollywood action-comedy starring Ranbir Kapoor. AMC Castleton, Regal Galaxy
Blue Jasmine– 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 of Woody Allen’s new movie. Landmark Keystone Art Cinema
Enough Said– Julia Louis Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, and Toni Collette star in this divorce and remarriage comedy. Regal Village Park in Carmel, AMC Indianapolis, Landmark Keystone Art Cinema
Fruitvale Station– Very well reviewed dramatization of the last day in the life of a young black man who was shot to death by a transit officer in a San Francisco subway station. Cinemark Washington Market Highly Recommended
Grace Unplugged– From the official site: “Having just turned 18, Grace Trey aspires to more than just singing at her church, where the worship leader is her father—a former pop star. So, with the help of Mossy, her dad’s former manager, Grace records a cover version of her dad’s old Top-10 hit, runs off to Los Angeles, and begins to taste the kind of stardom she’s always dreamed about. Will everything she experiences lead her to reject her faith… or rediscover it?” AMC Indianapolis, Regal Village Park in Carmel
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. Regal Shiloh Crossing in Avon, AMC Castleton, AMC Indianapolis, AMC Washington Square, Georgetown Cinemas
V/HS/S and V/H/S/2– Double feature of the 2012 indie horror movie and its newly released sequel. Both fall into the found-footage subgenre and are anthologies of short films by different directors. Shows Friday and Saturday. V/H/S at 7 and V/H/S/2 at 9:15. IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum
The Wizard of Oz in IMAX 3D– Proving that Hollywood can always find a new low to sink to. Goodrich Hamilton in Noblesville
FESTIVALS AND REPERTORY SCREENINGS
The movie this weekend at the historic Artcraft Theatre on Franklin’s main street is the unique, neo-Expressionist masterpiece The Night of the Hunter. Showtimes 2 and 8 Friday and Saturday; the evening shows come with pre-show entertainment starting at 7:30.
The Landmark Keystone Art Cinema has one of its occasional midnight movie series in October. The theme is (predictably) horror movies. This week’s title, showing tonight and tomorrow, is the original Killer Klowns from Outer Space.
The Goodrich Theaters “Selections from the Tribeca Film Festival” series continues at the Hamilton in Noblesville with two showings of indie The English Teacher, starring Julianne Moore and Michael Angarano; at 5 and 7 PM on Monday.
The annual Heartland Film Festival starts on Thursday and runs through the 26th. The opening night event is the premiere of Gimme Shelter, a drama about pregnant, homeless teen girls starring Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser, and James Earl Jones. Check out the schedule and buy tickets at this page.