Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (April 30, 2010)

by MIKE MACCOLLUM

For those of us who like a little variety in their theatrical releases, the good times keep on rolling in Indiana this week- veteran Italian director Marco Bellocchio returns to an Indianapolis big screen for the first time in a quarter of a century, a Bollywood rom-com opens in Indy, the 3D Phish concert film starts at several theaters around the state, and a family-friendly film shot in Ireland starts in Indy as well. For all of that and more, read on below….

LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK

Housefull– Akshay Kumar, Lara Dutta, Deepika Padukone and Boman Irani are in the cast of this romantic comedy from India about an extremely unlucky man and his search for romance. It starts a full-week run at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis on Friday, April 30.

Phish 3D– This is one of those movies where the title tells you pretty much everything you need to know- it’s Phish, in concert, in 3D. The Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, the Carmike 20 in Fort Wayne, and the Encore Park 14 in Elkhart will all have one showing per day of this concert film; the Showplace East 18 in Evansville will have two showings per day throughout the week. See each theater’s site for show times.

A Shine of Rainbows– Connie Nielsen and Aidan Quinn star in this drama about an Irish couple who adopt a young orphan, Tomas. While Maire instantly bonds with the boy, her husband Alec is put off by Tomas’ shyness- and that makes Tomas even more uncertain about whether he really belongs in the family. After a tragic turn of events, Tomas finds that he must undertake a dangerous quest in order to hold on to what he loves. A Shine of Rainbows opens on Friday, April 30, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Simha– This Telugu-language action film from India (which is not subtitled in English, if it is like most Telugu films to hit the US) is scheduled for several showings this weekend at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis; see the manoranjaninc.com site for show times and days. If Simha has a website, I couldn’t find it- but a link to its Wikipedia page can be found here.

Vincere– Veteran Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio (Fists in the Pocket; Devil in the Flesh; The Eyes, the Mouth; Leap Into the Void) directed this story about Benito Mussolini and his first wife, Ida Dalser. She was mesmerized by the charismatic future dictator, and fervently supported him- until he vanished during the first World War. Later, Ida discovers that Mussolini has abandoned both her and the son she bore him, and has married another woman as well. Soon, both Ida and the child are thrown into asylums- and though they are locked up for years, the strong-willed Ida is not the sort of person who will just accept this sort of thing and suffer in silence. Vincere– which was shown at Cannes, Toronto, Telluride, and other film festivals in 2009- starts Friday, April 30, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis (for what will apparently be a one-week-only run).

Also getting theatrical play in Indiana this week: Barbie in a Mermaid Tale; the Mayweather vs. Mosley boxing bout, and the Metropolitan Opera’s production of the opera Armida. For information about each of these- including theaters, show times, and days- click on the individual titles.

THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS, FILM FESTIVALS, REVIVAL SCREENINGS, AND OTHER SPECIAL SHOWINGS IN INDIANA THIS WEEK

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.

Burma VJ– This documentary- about a 2007 uprising in Myanmar/Burma, and shot by an independent group of journalists in that country – will be shown through Monday, May 3, at the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.

Chloe– Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, and Amanda Seyfried star in this Atom Egoyan-directed drama/thriller, which starts Friday, April 30, at the Yes Cinema in Columbus.

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 holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Enlighten Up!– This documentary- about a man who has serious doubts about yoga, only to become a big advocate- will be shown through Monday, May 3, at the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne; go to their site for dates and times.

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. It will also be playing this week at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne- with the exception of Wednesday, May 5.

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.

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 that someone is very determined to prevent them from finding the truth…. Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Sven-Bertil Taube and Gunnel Lindblom (Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal, The Virgin Spring, Scenes from a Marriage) are all in the cast of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

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 for two shows per day (at 6:40 and 9:15 PM). Greenberg is also scheduled to start next Friday at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

Handmade Nation– The American crafting community might not be the first subject some might choose for a documentary film- but Handmade Nation isn’t about old-school, fuddy-duddy crafters, according to the official site for the film. Instead, Handmade Nation focuses on the “emerging artists, crafters, and designers working in traditional and non-traditional media” who have “united in the new wave of craft”- which is defined as “a marriage between historical technique, punk culture, and the d.i.y. ethos.” Handmade Nation– which opened theatrically in the US just last Friday- will be shown on Saturday, May 1, at the Irving Theater in Indianapolis. The screening is part of a fundraiser for a new shop in Irvington. Live music, a silent auction, and Sun King beer are also part of this event, which is scheduled to get underway at 7 PM.

Hannah Free– Sharon Gless stars in this drama as a woman reminiscing about her long-term lesbian relationship; it will be shown (free of charge) at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, May 5, at Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center.

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.

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 on Sunday, May 2, 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 a number of other theaters around the state; for more information on theaters and show times, visit the film’s official site.

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.

Lunafest– This festival of films “celebrating women filmmakers” will take place at IUPUI’s Campus Center in Indianapolis on Wednesday, May 5, starting at 6.

A Prophet– Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center will screen Jacques Audiard’s French art film/crime drama throughout the upcoming week- with the exception of Wednesday night.

River Bend Film Festival– South Bend is the location for this festival of features and shorts, which runs through Saturday, May 1. Lloyd Kaufman of Troma is a special guest. For more information of films, show times and locations, click here.

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 starts Friday, April 30, at the Yes Cinema in Columbus and the ShowPlace East 11 in Bloomington.

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 continues this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, with two shows per day (at 2:30 and 4:30 PM).

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.

Séraphine– Bloomington will have several screenings on Friday and Saturday 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.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND

The Keystone Art Cinema’s home page has one new limited release film on its page this week; Michael Caine plays the title role in Harry Brown, which is currently scheduled to open on May 21. More immediately, both Exit Through the Gift Shop and Babies are still set to open next Friday.

Manoranjaninc has no new Indian movies on its site this week, but Badmaash Company is still scheduled to play at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis next Friday, May 7.

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