Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: December 13, 2013
by HELEN GEIB
No new movies in limited release this week, but All Is Lost is back after a brief absence from area screens. Meanwhile the rep circuit offers the usual holiday fare.
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.
All Is Lost– “Robert Redford stars in All Is Lost, an open-water thriller about one man’s battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea. Written and directed by J.C. Chandor (Margin Call), the film is a gripping, visceral and powerfully moving tribute to ingenuity and resilience.” AMC Indianapolis, Landmark Keystone Art Cinema
Blue Jasmine– Woody Allen’s latest film- starring Cate Blanchett in an acclaimed performance- makes an unexpected return, albeit at partial showtimes at one theater. Regal Shiloh Crossing in Avon
Dallas Buyers Club– From the Landmark’s website: “Matthew McConaughey stars in Dallas Buyers Club as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. Bypassing the establishment, the entrepreneurial Woodroof joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts—who he once would have shunned—and established a hugely successful [pharma] ‘buyers club.'” Landmark Keystone Art Cinema, AMC Castleton Square, AMC Indianapolis
Nebraska– The new film from writer-director Alexander Payne. From the Landmark’s site: “After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America.” I have mixed feelings about Nebraska overall but not about the gorgeous black and white photography. Landmark Keystone Art Cinema RECOMMENDED
Philomena– Judi Dench plays a woman searching for the son she unwillingly gave up for adoption 50 years before in this drama directed by Stephen Frears. Steve Coogan co-stars as a journalist interested in her story. Regal Village Park in Carmel, Landmark Keystone Art Cinema
The Wizard of Oz 3D– Cinemark Washington Market, Cinemark in Greenwood
FESTIVALS AND REPERTORY SCREENINGS
The Polar Express 3D is back for its annual holiday season engagement at the IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum. Shows daily through Christmas Eve; follow the theater’s link in the sidebar for showtimes.
The movie this weekend at the historic Artcraft Theatre on Franklin’s main street is White Christmas. Showtimes 2 and 8 Friday and Saturday and Sunday at 2; the evening shows come with pre-show entertainment starting at 7:30. Tickets are $5 for adults and go down from there for serving military, seniors, students, and children.
The recently opened Studio Movie Grill (in the location of the old Loews/AMC/Movie Buff Theatre at College Park) regularly shows an older movie on a weeknight for the low, low admission of $1. This week’s movie is the seasonally appropriate It’s a Wonderful Life; on Thursday at 7:30.