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May 9, 2014


Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: May 9


Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)

Welcome to the new, slightly slimmed down TOTM in IN. Something had to give so I’ve decided to focus on what interests me, namely movies in movie theaters. Screenings in movie theaters and theater-like venues like auditoriums are in. Folding chair venues (e.g., pop-up cinema, outdoor screenings) and movie-related events are out.

Options are good this week thanks to the Keystone Art Cinema- the Landmark being in one of its occasional, highly welcome all-arthouse periods- and a varied lineup of repertory screenings.

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 more information on venues, follow the links under “Outside the Multiplex” in the sidebar.


Fading Gigolo– John Turturro wrote, directed, and stars in the title role. Woody Allen plays his pimp. Landmark Keystone Art Cinema

Only Lovers Left Alive– I’m very much intrigued by writer-director Jim Jarmusch’s latest, an offbeat comedy/drama/horror movie starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as vampire lovers with wildly different perspectives on the merits of an immortal life. Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Jeffrey Wright, and Anton Yelchin are in the supporting cast. Landmark Keystone Art Cinema


The Lunchbox (2013)

Finding Vivian Maier– Documentary about a street photographer who supported herself as a nanny and whose work was discovered in a storage locker after her death. Landmark Keystone Art Cinema

The Lunchbox– When a woman’s lunchbox for her husband is delivered to the wrong office worker (played by Bollywood star Irrfan Khan), it’s the start of an exchange of letters leading to an unexpected friendship that could become something more. It’s easy to see why this Indian independent film has been so popular at film festivals, and why it caused so much domestic controversy when it was passed over as India’s official submission to the Oscars in the best foreign-language film category. This is one of those movies that hits all the right notes. Don’t miss it. Landmark Keystone Art Cinema HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Le Week-end– From the Landmark’s site: “Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan give exquisite performances as Nick and Meg, a long-married British couple revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship. This magically buoyant, bittersweet comedy-drama is a new peak in the ongoing collaboration between Notting Hill director Roger Michell and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi (Venus, The Mother).” Landmark Keystone Art Cinema

The Railway Man– Colin Firth is a WWII veteran still tormented by the horrors of his experiences in a Japanese POW camp in this based-on-a-true-story drama. Nicole Kidman, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Stellan Skarsgard lead the supporting cast. Landmark Keystone Art Cinema


Hey Bartender (2013)

The movie this weekend at the historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin is Jaws. Showtimes 2 and 8 Friday and Saturday; 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.

A touring festival of new Italian films at the Lilly Auditorium at IUPUI concludes tomorrow. The schedule is at this page on the festival website.

The AMC’s “Classic Series” continues this week at the Indianapolis 17 on the south side with Titanic; Sunday at 2 and Wednesday at 2 and 7.

Mixology documentary Hey Bartender will be screened on Tuesday evening at the IMAX at the Indiana State Museum.

The Studio Movie Grill regularly shows an older movie on a weeknight for $2. This week’s selection is Pretty Woman; on Wednesday at 7:30.

The IMA is showing documentary Sol Lewitt on Thursday at 7 in the DeBoest Lecture Hall as part of its occasional “Art History on Film” series; tickets $9/$5 IMA members.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mike
    May 11 2014

    I’m fairly certain that Hey Bartender was at the IMAX last Tuesday; the title isn’t on the theater’s site this week.

    The downtown IMAX also was the venue for several movies that came and went in the last few weeks- for the record, Proxy had four Friday/Saturday only showings there, while Goodbye, World had two weekend-only showings.

    Also for the record: Dom Hemingway (two weeks), Under the Skin (three weeks), and Jodorowsky’s Dune (one week only) came and went from the Keystone Art Cinema; From the Rough was at the AMC Washington Square for a week; Punjabi-language, English-subtitled rom-com Jatt James Bond (seriously, nobody sued them over that title?) was at the Greenwood Cinemark for two weeks; Bollywood romantic comedy/drama 2 States was at the AMC Castleton Square for three weeks; the anime anthology Short Peace had two screenings at the Georgetown 14; the documentary Farmland had a single screening at the KAC; Decoding Annie Parker had a Gathr screening at the Studio Movie Grill; and the first Indianapolis Jewish Film Festival took place at several locations around Indy (I saw the doc on Hank Greenburg, and recommend it to anyone else who has a chance to see it).

    I think that’s everything, but I’ll add another comment if I remember anything else.

    Oh, and I noticed earlier today that the Studio Movie Grill had two showings of Mary Poppins earlier today, one at 11 AM, I think, the other early in the afternoon. I’m not sure if they screen classic films on most Sundays, or if this was a special event.

  2. May 12 2014

    i probably misread the listing for HEY BARTENDER. The theater’s website is user unfriendly.

  3. May 12 2014

    This comment was submitted by David from the Jewish Indianapolis Film Festival via the “contact us” form:

    Mike, and all other TOTM readers, thanks for your support of the first Indianapolis Jewish Film Festival that concluded Saturday night. It was a first for us and we learned a lot! Do you have suggestions about how we can make it an even more valuable film experience for movie lovers in our area?

    Thanks again!

  4. May 14 2014

    I watched Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) a few months ago and it was awesome. I recommend it with a small side-note: it’s a Jarmusch film, so it’s a tad slow. But it’s consistently fascinating and ultimately very rewarding.

  5. Mike
    May 15 2014

    David- Sorry to take so long to get back to you. My only real disappointment (besides not having enough to time to see more movies) was that Where I Stand started before the scheduled time, with no announcement or warning, as far as I could tell. I don’t think I missed much, but still….

    Also, if you have another flyer (?- or whatever) in NUVO next year, it would be great if you would mention all of the different ways to buy tickets there. If that info was in the flyer this year, I missed it, and did not know tickets were available in the lobby (the easiest way for me to buy them) until I was there that night.

    Thank you for starting the Festival, by the way, and I hope to see it back in the future.

  6. May 28 2014

    Mike: Great observations about the first ever Indianapolis Jewish Film Festival! Thanks again for your support! See you at the movies — next year!