by MIKE MACCOLLUM
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo finally opens in Indiana, as does an Academy-Award nominee- and an Academy Award winner is on the way. With all that, and a number of cool film festivals and other events going on around the state, what’s not to like about the next few weeks in Indiana?
LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK
City Island– Vince Rizzo is a prison guard, father, and would-be actor. Vince fathered a son, Tony, twenty years ago, but abandoned him. When the two meet again, Vince decides to take Tony home to his “new” family- but he doesn’t tell them the truth about Tony’s identity. That isn’t all that unusual, though, since everyone else in his family has some pretty big secrets of their own- until everything starts unraveling, and some embarrassing truths are revealed. Andy Garcia stars as Vince, and Julianna Margulies plays his wife; Emily Mortimer and Alan Arkin are also in the cast of this comedy, which starts Friday, April 23, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Darling– The Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis is currently scheduled to show this (apparently unsubtitled) Telugu-language film from India four times this weekend; see manoranjaninc’s site for details. As far as I can tell (the film doesn’t have an official site- or if it does, I couldn’t find the site), it appears to be a romance of some sort, and the cast is headed by “Young Rebel star Prabhas.”
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo– A smash-hit in Europe, and based on an international best-seller, this is a thriller about an investigation into the decades-old disappearance of a young woman, Harriet Vanger, from a small Swedish island- most of which is owned by her wealthy and powerful family. Harriet’s now-elderly uncle Henrik is convinced that she was murdered- most likely by a member of their own very odd family. Henrik wants to get to the bottom of the mystery before he dies, so he hires investigative reporter Mikael Blomkvist to look at the case with fresh eyes. Blomkvist eventually finds himself working with a most unexpected partner- a hyper-intelligent (and extremely anti-social) computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander (the dragon-tattooed girl of the title). As the pair gets closer to discovering what really happened, they find themselves in greater and greater danger…. Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Sven-Bertil Taube and Gunnel Lindblom (Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal, The Virgin Spring, Scenes from a Marriage) star in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which opens Friday, April 23, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
The Secret of Kells– Brendan Gleeson provides one of the voices for this hand-drawn animated film, which is about a young monk in a remote medieval abbey who embarks on a journey to put the finishing touches on an ancient, magical tome. The stills on the film’s official site make it look like the animation tries to capture the feeling of medieval drawings, so this definitely doesn’t look like your average animated film. The Secret of Kells starts Friday, April 23, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. (By the way- the film’s official site is linked in the title; this link to the film’s page on the site of its US distributor, has additional interesting information.)
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS, FILM FESTIVALS, REVIVAL SCREENINGS, AND OTHER SPECIAL SHOWINGS IN INDIANA THIS WEEK
Breaking Away– This Bloomington-set film from 1979 will be shown at Franklin’s historic Artcraft Theatre at 2 and 7:30 PM on Friday, April 23, and at 7:30 PM on Saturday, April 24.
Care Bears: Care Bears to the Rescue– This was a stunner- I thought the Care Bears had gone extinct a decade or so ago, but some marketing genius somewhere has brought them back, apparently. (Assuming, that is, that they ever really went away at all.) Anyhow, the story is set against the backdrop of an awards show for the most helpful rescue bears, such as- nope, I won’t spoil the suspense. If you want to find out for yourself, this will be at the Showplace East in Evansville this week, with daily shows; the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis, the Studio 10 in Shelbyville, the Carmike 20 in Fort Wayne and the Encore Park 14 in Elkhart will have Saturday and Sunday-only shows; see the sites for the theater in question if you have a burning need to see this one.
Enlighten Up!– This documentary- about a man who has serious doubts about yoga, only to become a big advocate- will be showing several times this week at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne; go to their site for dates and times.
“Food for Thought” Film Series- The University of Notre Dame’s Browning Cinema (see link at right for more info) will be the site for this four-film series of food-related films. First up (on Friday, April 23, at 7 PM) is the much-praised documentary Food, Inc., on the state of America’s food supply. The End of the Line– a doc on the consequences of overfishing the world’s oceans- follows at 9:30 PM on April 23. Director Sanjeev Chatterjee is scheduled to be present at 6:30 PM on Saturday, April 24, for a screening of the documentary One Water, which focuses on the many ways that humans have been connected to water over the centuries- and what we will do as fresh, drinkable water gets to be harder to find. A panel discussion will follow the screening. Finally, the series closes out with a 9:30 PM showing of the 1987 Danish film Babette’s Feast on April 24.
Four Short Films by Dylan Griffith– These four films will be shown at the Earth House Collective in Indianapolis, starting at 7 PM on Thursday, April 29. “Thank You for Calling Information Dynamics” will be premiered, as will the video “Singer/Tastemaker;” “Red Harvest” and “An Everyday Occurrence” round out the program.
The Ghost Writer– A talented British ghostwriter (Ewan McGregor) signs on to finish the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), even though the previous writer who was working on the project– who was also the ex-PM’s longtime assistant– died before he could complete his work. Soon after the new writer and the politician meet to discuss the project, one of Lang’s former cabinet members claims that Lang authorized a war crime. The writer starts to suspect that his predecessor’s death wasn’t an accident– and that the former British leader may have been doing the CIA’s bidding while he was in office. Roman Polanski’s political thriller- which co-stars Kim Cattrall and Olivia Williams, and features appearances by Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Hutton, Jim Belushi, and Eli Wallach- holds over for another week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
The Girl on the Train– Catherine Deneuve plays Louise, who lives with her daughter Jeanne in the suburbs, and makes a living by taking care of other people’s children. Jeanne is sort of/kind of trying to find a job for herself, and Louise suggests that she contact Louise’s childhood friend Samuel Bleistein, who is now a lawyer. Louise and Samuel (Michel Blanc) now live very different lives – and they find themselves on opposite sides of the media controversy that arises when Jeanne claims that she was the victim of an anti-Semitic assault. Andre Techine (Wild Reeds; Ma saison preferee) directed The Girl on the Train, which will be shown in Bloomington this Friday and Saturday, courtesy of The Ryder; see their site for when and where.
Greenberg– Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) directed this comedy/drama about forty-something Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller), who has come back to Los Angeles so that he can housesit for his brother Phillip while Phillip and his wife and children are on a long vacation out of the country. Roger had been part of a band in LA back in the day, and he uses his return to the city to catch up with both fellow former band member Ivan (Rhys Ifans) and ex-girlfriend Beth (Jennifer Jason Leigh- who co-wrote the film’s story with Baumbach and co-produced with Scott Rudin). While Ivan and Beth have done something with their lives in the intervening years, Roger tells the world that he has been “doing nothing.” But even Roger may be inspired to do “something” after he meets Florence (Greta Gerwig), who has been working as a personal assistant to Phillip Greenberg and family while pursuing her dream of becoming a singer…. Greenberg holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
The Horse Boy– This documentary about a family who travels the world in a search for some insight into their autistic son did not make it to the Keystone Art Cinema, as its official site said it would, but it will be shown at 4 PM this Sunday at the KI Eco Center in Indianapolis.
Hubble 3D– Leonardo DiCaprio narrates this documentary about NASA’s space telescope, its much-publicized initial problems, and the efforts of astronauts to repair the Hubble. According to its official site, Hubble 3D lets moviegoers “journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings;” it continues this week (with morning and/or early afternoon showings, depending on the day) at the IMAX Theater in downtown Indianapolis’ Indiana State Museum.
It is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE.– Crispin Glover co-directed this much-praised film about the romantic/sexual fantasies of a man with an extreme case of cerebral palsy. A screening of It is Fine! will be preceded by an hour or so of Glover providing “dramatic narration” (per the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s event page) of eight heavily illustrated books, under the title The Big Slide Show, Part 1; the film will be followed by a question and answer session and a book signing. This event will take place at the IMA’s Toby Theatre on Saturday, April 24, starting at 7 PM.
The Joneses– Demi Moore, David Duchovny, and Amber Heard star in this comedy about a phony “family” who are actually undercover marketers paid to conspicuously consume new products and fashions so that their wealthy, trend-setting neighbors will want them too. The Joneses continues this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D– This concert documentary it will be shown at several times over the next week at the Kerasotes ShowPlace 16 and IMAX, ShowPlace 12 Traders Point, and Castleton Square 14 in Indianapolis, the Hamilton 16 and IMAX in Noblesville, the Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, the Greenwood Square 14 in Greenwood, and fifteen other theaters around the state; for more information on theaters and show times, visit the film’s official site.
My Name Is Khan– Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan plays the lead role in this drama, which will be shown at the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne through Monday, April 26.
Native American Film Series 5– Bloomington’s Buskirk-Chumley Theater will be the site for this festival, which runs from 2 PM to midnight on Sunday, April 25. The theme of this year’s film series is “Cultural Survival: Beyond Boarding Schools,” and the only title mentioned on the BCT’s site is Older Than America, a thriller directed by scheduled guest Georgina Lightning; it is scheduled to show at 4:45 PM, and will be followed by a talk.
North Face– In the mid-thirties, the Nazis decide to boost German national pride by setting up a competition to climb the north face of the Swiss mountain, the Eiger. It hasn’t been climbed before, due to the extreme danger; this film follows the struggles of two not-overly-enthusiastic German climbers to finally conquer the Eiger. North Face is “a suspenseful adventure film” that was “[b]ased on a true story,” according to its US site; it starts Friday at the Yes Cinema in Columbus, and will be shown on Friday and Saturday in Bloomington; go to The Ryder’s site for more information on those screenings.
The Perfect Game– Monterrey, Mexico, 1957. A group of boys from poor families start to play baseball, with the help of a would-be Major League coach. Their team- and their coach- are so good that they eventually make it to the Little League World Series…. Do they win? Well, I won’t spoil anything here (but, ya know, they did make a movie about the team- a movie called The Perfect Game, even) soooooo…. The Perfect Game holds over this week (with two showings per day) at the Portage 16 and IMAX in Portage.
Pirate Radio– Nashville’s Lotus Petal Cinema apparently will be screening this one sometime this week- but it’s hard to say when, since the “calendar” feature seems to have vanished from the theater’s site.
River Bend Film Festival– South Bend is the location for this festival of features and shorts, which starts on Thursday, April 29, and runs through Saturday, May 1. Lloyd Kaufman of Troma is a special guest. For more information on films, show times and locations, click here.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show– The ‘seventies cult perennial can be seen in its usual 10 PM time at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis this Saturday; there is also some sort of pre-show activity (I forget the exact wording that I saw on the poster the last time I was at the theater) starting at 9:30 PM.
The Runaways– Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning star as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie in this film about the all-girl-band, which was written and directed by Floria Sigismondi. The Runaways co-stars Michael Shannon, Alia Shawkat, Tatum O’Neal and veteran actress Peggy Stewart, and was co-executive-produced by Joan Jett herself. The Runaways holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis; the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne will show it through Monday, April 26.
The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry– Gavin MacLeod, Robert Guillaume and Jansen Panettiere star in this Christian-oriented film about an older man (MacLeod) who imparts his wisdom to a trio of pre-teen boys in 1970; it continues this week at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis, the Hamilton 16 and IMAX in Noblesville, the Studio 10 in Shelbyville, and the Eastside 9 in Lafayette.
The Tiger Next Door– This documentary about an Indiana man who breeds and sells tigers- and must fight to keep them from being taken away from him- will be shown at Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center through Tuesday, April 27; the 4 PM showing on Sunday, April 25, will be followed by a discussion.
Coming soon: A new and improved- or at least different- “Opening Elsewhere.”
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
The Keystone Art Cinema’s home page has added two new titles in the past week: the self-proclaimed “world’s first Street Art disaster movie” Exit Through the Gift Shop (an experimental film that purports to have started out as a documentary about internationally famous-but secretive- graffiti artist Banksy, but then became a film by Banksy about the original filmmaker) is scheduled for May 7, while Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award winner The Secret in Their Eyes is set for May 14.
Manoranjaninc has no new Indian movies on its site this week, but the romantic comedy Housefull is set to play at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis from next Friday, April 30, through May 6.
The Angelus Student Film Festival– This festival will unspool at the University of Notre Dame’s Browning Cinema starting at 7 PM on Saturday, May 1. More information on titles can be found here..
Leach: The Movie– This Indiana-made horror film will have a one-time screening at 9:30 AM (yes, AM) on Saturday, May 1, at the Hamilton 16 and IMAX in Noblesville.
Séraphine– Starting next Friday, Bloomington will have several screenings of this 2009 French film about a “naïve” painter of the early twentieth century. Go to The Ryder’s site for more information about times and locations.