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May 23, 2014

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Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: May 23

by HELEN GEIB

The Immigrant (2014)

Belle and The Railway Man expand to a couple more screens around town while three new movies open at the Keystone Art. Music lovers should take note that a new documentary about BB King has two mid-week shows at the Studio Movie Grill. And on another note, no column next week while I’m in trial.

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

Chef (2014)

Chef– Jon Favreau stars in- and wrote and directed- this comedy about a chef who takes a road trip in a food truck, accompanied by his son, after a blow up with the owner of the restaurant where he works. The high-profile supporting cast includes John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Dustin Hoffman, Bobby Cannavale, and Scarlett Johansson. Landmark Keystone Art Cinema

Fed Up– Activist documentary that attempts to pin the blame for America’s obesity epidemic on big companies in the food business. Landmark Keystone Art Cinema

The Immigrant– Period drama set in 1920s New York and starring Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Renner, and Joaquin Phoenix. Directed by James Gray (Two Lovers, We Own the Night). Landmark Keystone Art Cinema

THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS

Belle (2014)

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.” AMC Indianapolis, Regal Village Park in Carmel, 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

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. AMC Indianapolis, Studio Movie Grill, Landmark Keystone Art Cinema

FESTIVALS AND REPERTORY SCREENINGS

BB King: The Life of Riley (2014)

The movie this weekend at the historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin is American Graffiti. 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.

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

The Studio Movie Grill has one evening show on both Tuesday and Wednesday of the new music documentary BB King: The Life of Riley.

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  1. Mike
    May 31 2014

    For the record: The well-reviewed thriller Cold in July opened at the Keystone Art Cinema on Friday, May 30. Also, found-footage horror film Delivery: The Beast Within screens at the Hamilton 16 and IMAX in Noblesville on Friday and Saturday nights at 11. (According to its official site, Delivery has played at a number of film festivals, and is being theatrically released in only four other cities: LA, San Diego, Chicago, and NYC.)

    Additionally, Mundeyan Ton Bachke Rahin, a Punjabi-language film from India, started Friday at the Greenwood Cinemark. Wikipedia’s page for the movie says it’s a rom-com, and Cinemark’s site says that it has English subtitles. And another Indian film, Manam, started Friday at the Metropolis 18 in Plainfield. This comedy/drama is in the Telugu language, which means that it probably lacks English subtitles. However, I thought it was worth mentioning for the cast: it was the last film for veteran actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao; it is the 951st film (!- per the IMDb) for very active actor Brahmanandam; and it features a guest appearance by Bollywood’s Amitabh Bachchan.

    http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/cold-in-july

    http://www.delivery-movie.com/

  2. Mike
    May 31 2014

    Correction: Delivery, per it official site, is a documentary-style horror film, consisting of footage from a (non-existent) reality TV show and interviews with those who knew the couple who were to be the stars of the show. But it does not sound like a found-footage horror film, as I unthinkingly typed in my first comment above.

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