Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: May 16
by HELEN GEIB
Another strong week at the Keystone Art Cinema with three interesting new releases joining several arthouse holdovers. More than any of the week’s new movies I’m excited for the chance to see Spartacus on the big screen. It’s this week’s “AMC Classics” selection- and unlike many of the titles that screen in that series, an indisputable classic.
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.
OPENING THIS WEEK IN LIMITED RELEASE
Belle– From the Landmark’s website: “Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.” Landmark Keystone Art Cinema
Locke– Indie drama with an experimental narrative. Tom Hardy stars- and apparently is alone on screen for the whole movie- as a man whose life starts to disintegrate when he receives an unexpected phone call. Locke was written and directed by Steven Knight, the screenwriter of Eastern Promises and Amazing Grace. Landmark Keystone Art Cinema
God’s Pocket– Based on a novel by Pete Dexter, God’s Pocket is a drama/black comedy set in a gritty working class neighborhood in Philadephia. This is one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last completed films; John Turturro, Richard Jenkins, and Christina Hendricks are in the supporting cast. Landmark Keystone Art Cinema
Fading Gigolo– John Turturro wrote, directed, and stars in the title role. Woody Allen plays his pimp. 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
Only Lovers Left Alive– Writer-director Jim Jarmusch’s latest is an idiosyncratic and unabashedly arts-literate meditation on a whole bunch of things, including love, death, Detroit, and the creative impulse. It stars 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 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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
FESTIVALS AND REPERTORY SCREENINGS
The AMC’s “Classic Series” continues this week at the AMC Indianapolis 17 on the south side with an indisputable classic, Spartacus; Sunday at 2 and Wednesday at 2 and 7.
The Studio Movie Grill regularly shows an older movie on a weeknight for $2. This week’s selection is Back to the Future; on Wednesday at 7:30.
The IMA is showing documentary Watermark on Thursday at 7 in the DeBoest Lecture Hall as part of its “Planet Indy” series; tickets $9/$5 IMA members.