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June 27, 2014


Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: June 27


Lucky Them (2014)

The manager at the State Museum’s IMAX theater seems to have an in with IFC films because they’ve got two new indie dramas opening there, albeit for short runs; one this weekend and one next (but starting this coming Thursday). Do a lot of people take extra vacation around the 4th? There’s a number of other new and holdover titles covering a range of interests, plus a Heartland mini-fest and the usual weekly 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.


Hellion (2014)

Ek Villain– Bollywood revenge thriller. AMC Castleton

Hellion– From the theater’s website: “Hard-drinking Texas single dad Hollis (Aaron Paul) struggles to raise his two boys, including rebellious teenager Jacob (first-time actor Josh Wiggins in a stunning breakthrough performance). Seething with anger, Jacob finds release in the high-risk, white-knuckle world of motocross—but his increasingly reckless behavior threatens to spin out of control. Academy Award nominee Juliette Lewis co-stars in this thrilling saga of fathers and sons that builds towards a heart-stopping climax, all set to an electrifying heavy metal soundtrack.” Starts Thursday (with shows through Saturday next weekend). IMAX at the Indiana State Museum

Lucky Them– From the theater’s website: “Ellie Klug has one last chance to prove her value to her aging music magazine, Stax. As luck would have it, her editor has just the assignment: a no-stone-unturned search to discover what really happened to long lost local rock god, Matt Smith. Joined on the road by well-meaning but music-hating documentarian Charlie, Ellie delves into her past and quickly discovers that hype and mythology have not soothed the pain of her own.” Shows Friday and Saturday only. IMAX at the Indiana State Museum

Obvious Child– Indie dramedy about a twentysomething aspiring stand-up comedian forced by life circumstances to finally grow up. Landmark Keystone Art Cinema

Punjab 1984– Drama based on true events of anti-Sikh riots in the titular year. The Cinemark website claims it has English subtitles, which is highly unusual for a non-Bollywood (in this case, Punjabi) Indian movie. Cinemark Greenwood


The Grand Seduction (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.” Landmark Keystone Art Cinema

The Grand Seduction– This charming looking comedy, set and filmed in a fishing village in Newfoundland, stars Brendan Gleeson as a mayor trying every stratagem he can think of to recruit a desperately needed town doctor (Taylor Kitsch). Landmark Keystone Art Cinema

Humshakals– Bollywood comedy from the director of the Housefull films. Starring Saif Ali Khan, Ram Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh- all in multiple roles. Regal Galaxy

The Signal– Indie horror movie. From the official site: “Three college students on a road trip across the Southwest experience a detour; the tracking of a computer genius who has already hacked into MIT and exposed security faults. The trio find themselves drawn to an eerily isolated area when suddenly, everything goes dark. When one of the students, Nic, regains consciousness, he is in a waking nightmare….” AMC Indianapolis


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

The Heartland Festival’s “Summer Rewind” mini-fest, at its building in Fountain Square, started yesterday and runs through tomorrow. Event page for the lineup, ticket info, etc.

The movie this weekend at the historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin is Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair. 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 Keystone Art’s occasional midnight movie series- with Friday and Saturday shows- continues this weekend with The Room.

The AMC’s “Classic Series” continues this week at the AMC Indianapolis 17 on the south side with The Godfather Part 2; 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 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; on Wednesday at 7:30.

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  1. Mike
    Jun 27 2014

    I’ve seen at least one source claiming that Autonagar Surya, the Telugu-language Indian film that opened today at the Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, also has English subs. I will call the theater this weekend to see if this is correct. If it does have subtitles, it will be at least the fifth non-Hindi-language Indian movie with English subs theatrically releases in or near Indy in recent months. The recent switch to digital projection may have something to do with this, since I suspect that it may be easier/faster/cheaper to add subtitles to digital prints than to film prints.

  2. Mike
    Jun 28 2014

    I just called the Metropolis 18 about Autonagar Surya, and the woman who answered put me on hold so she could check with a projectionist. When she came back on the line, she said the projectionist told her that AS does indeed have English subtitles. The IMDb says it is an action/crime drama:

  3. Mike
    Jun 28 2014

    And since you noted that Hellion starts on Thursday at the downtown IMAX theater, here’s some ambiguous news: the “screenings” page for the bastardized/Weinsteinized American version of Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer recently was updated to indicate that it will open at the non-existent Showplace 16 in Indianapolis on Wednesday, July 2. I think they mean what is now the AMC 17 on Indy’s south side, but I’d like to know who put together that list of theaters, since I noticed at least one other obsolete theater name there as well. Also, given who the US distributor is, we might get Supermensched again, and find that the Indianapolis theatrical release gets canceled a few days before it’s scheduled to happen….

  4. Mike
    Jun 30 2014

    Oops, my bad- per a story I heard on NPR last night and checked with online sources today, Snowpiercer will be released uncut in the US. Now, it just needs to make it to Indy….

  5. Mike
    Jun 30 2014

    And the AMC Indianapolis 17 now has updated their schedule for Wednesday, and Snowpiercer is indeed listed as playing at the theater. So we are getting the movie, and the full, uncut movie, no less: