Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: December 20, 2013
by HELEN GEIB
Several theaters offer opportunities to see classic holiday titles on the big screen. Meanwhile, non-Christmas movie highlights of the week are Inside Llewyn Davis– only at the KAC, at least for now- and the IMA’s Peter O’Toole tribute screening of Lawrence of Arabia on Sunday.
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
Dhoom 3– Odd couple crime-fighters Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra are back. More significantly, this is the first Bollywood movie released in IMAX. The first two installments are available for streaming on Netflix if you need to get caught up (I decided to call it quits after one). AMC Castleton, UA/Regal Galaxy
Inside Llewyn Davis– The Coen brothers hotly anticipated new drama is scheduled to expand into wide release soon, but for now it’s only at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema.
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
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. Landmark Keystone Art Cinema
FESTIVALS AND REPERTORY SCREENINGS
It’s a Wonderful Life is showing at Regal Circle Centre for one evening show today and tomorrow.
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 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. 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.
White Christmas plays tonight at 7:30 at the Palladium in Carmel as part of The Great American Songbook Movie Series, co-sponsored by Heartland Film Festival; tickets $7.50.
Eric Grayson’s monthly Vintage Movie Nights at Garfield Part Arts Center is tomorrow at 8. The film is The Curse of the Cat People (1944).
The Irving’s sometime monthly showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is tomorrow night at- of course- midnight. Admission is $6 or (this week only) a canned good for donation to a local food pantry.
The IMA has a tribute screening of Lawrence of Arabia– starring the late Peter O’Toole in his greatest performance- on Sunday at 12:30 in the Toby. The film will be projected in 35MM.