Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana: June 27
by HELEN GEIB
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.
OPENING THIS WEEK IN LIMITED RELEASE
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
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
FESTIVALS AND REPERTORY SCREENINGS
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.