Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (July 2, 2010)

by MIKE MACCOLLUM

Two movies with star names in the cast- Solitary Man and Cyrus– arrive at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis this week, along with a documentary on a veteran of the world of stand-up comedy. Meanwhile, out on the west side, another Indian film bypasses the Georgetown 14 for the Eagle Highlands- and an Academy-Award Winner from South America goes from Indy’s north side to the south side. To top it all off- at the bottom of the column, naturally enough- there is much more news than usual this week about upcoming limited-release movies in Indiana(polis)- including the follow-up to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo…. Just read on below for more, more, more.

LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK

Cyrus– John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill and Marisa Tomei star in the latest effort from the Duplass brothers, Mark and Jay. Reilly is John, a man in his mid-forties who is still alone, even though several years have passed since he and his ex-wife (Catherine Keener) got divorced. He finally meets Molly, the woman of his dreams (Tomei, of course)- and is shocked to discover that she really likes him, too. But then John meets Molly’s son, Cyrus, who is in his twenties, and has an unusually close relationship with his mother- leading to a battle between the two men for Molly’s affections. Cyrus– a most unusual romantic (?) comedy (and thus a very rare bird indeed; see below)- started on Friday, July 2, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

I Hate Luv Storys– Jay is a world-class cynic whose attitude towards romance is (mis)spelled out in the title, while Simran just loves (luvs?) love stories. Since they both work at a movie studio, it’s almost inevitable that this pair will meet- and meet cute, darn it all- sooner or later… and then (just mayyyyyyybeeeee) fall in love. I’m guessing that there won’t be many surprising twists and turns in the plot of this one- just like with 99.9999+% of all recent romantic comedies- but some Indian movies go in unexpected directions, so you never know…. I Hate Luv Storys (which is also known as “Take THAT, Spell Check!”*) opened on Wednesday, June 30, at the Eagle Highlands 10 in Indianapolis.

*No, it isn’t.

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work– You know who she is, and you most likely either love her or hate her- but you may not know Joan Rivers nearly as well as you think you do, according to this documentary from co-directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg. The film follows a year in the life of Rivers; fellow comedians Kathy Griffin and Don Rickles also appear, along with Rivers’s daughter, Melissa. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work starts on Friday, July 2, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Two other limited release films also open in Indiana this week: the kiddie “movies” Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue and Sesame Workshop: Summer Beach Party. Click on the title you’re interested in for more information (including theaters). (The quotation marks around “movies” above are there because I suspect that both of these are TV show episodes and/or DVDs stitched together to reach feature length. In any event, the Thomas site is worth a visit just for the bizarre visual of the helicopter….)

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

Epworth Green Team Movie Night- The Epworth United Methodist Church in Indianapolis will have another “Green Team Movie Night” on Friday, July 2, at 7 PM, according to the calendar on the church’s site. As of Thursday evening, however, there was nothing on the site to indicate which environmentally-themed film will be shown this month. Interested parties are advised to call the church in advance to see what the movie will be. (Since I live fairly close to the Epworth UMC, I went by there on June 4- the last time a “no title” Green Team Movie Night event was supposed to take place- just to see what the movie might be. Maybe I went into the wrong door or something, but it looked to me like the only event at the church that night was a wedding rehearsal.)

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 has been running for over two months at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, and which holds over there for another week- albeit with just one showing per day (at 4:20 PM). But even if this Thursday is the last day for TGWtDT at the KAC, fans shouldn’t despair- Salander ‘n’ Blomkvist will return to that theater later this month (see “This Week and Beyond” below). The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo also holds over this week at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne- and will be shown again in Bloomington this week on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (go to The Ryder’s site for show time and location information for these screenings).

Godkiller– This “sci-horror” animated film will be at the Cinema Grill in Indianapolis on Thursday, July 8, according to its official site- but the site for the Cinema Grill itself does not list this movie as showing on that day. If you’re interested, you might want to call the Cinema Grill- and/or keep close watch on the film’s site– to see what’s going on here.

Harry Brown– Michael Caine plays Harry, a widower and veteran of the Korean War who lives in a neighborhood that is increasingly overrun by amoral and violent hooligans. After his best friend is killed by some of the vicious young punks- and the police aren’t especially helpful- Harry decides that he has to take on the youths himself, and that he must do so using their own violent methods. Harry Brown will have two shows per day this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis (at 1:15 and 6:40 PM).

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 will have several shows per day this week at the IMAX Theater in downtown Indianapolis’ Indiana State Museum.

Mother– Bong Joon-ho (The Host; Memories of Murder) directed this murder mystery about a single mother with a twenty-seven year old son, Do-joon, who is (as the film’s page on the official site of its US distributor puts it) “simple-minded” and frequently “behaves in foolish or simply dangerous ways.” After getting drunk one night, Do-joon sees a schoolgirl, and he follows her until he loses track of her. When the girl’s body is found the next morning, Do-joon is accused of committing the crime. Since the local police don’t really put a lot of effort into the case- and since the Do-joon has less-than-top-flight legal representation- he is quickly convicted. Do-joon’s mother, however, cannot believe that her son is a killer, and sets out to find the real murderer. Mother will be shown in Bloomington this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; go to The Ryder’s site for time and location info

Mother and Child– Karen and Elizabeth have had their lives changed by adoption, while Lucy longs to adopt a child. Karen (Annette Bening) gave birth to a daughter when she was fourteen, but gave the baby up; she has been wrestling with the issue of never having met her daughter ever since that time. Lucy (Kerry Washington) and her husband Joseph are just starting the process of adopting a child; she really wants to be a mother, and hopes that everything will work out. Elizabeth (Naomi Watts) was adopted herself as a child; now, she is a lawyer who has difficulty establishing personal and romantic relationships with others. Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Smits, Cherry Jones, Elizabeth Pena, Lisa Gay Hamilton, David Morse, Amy Brenneman, Lawrence Pressman, Elpidia Carrillo, S. Epatha Merkerson, LaTanya Richardson and Tatyana Ali are just some of the actors in the cast of this ensemble drama from writer/director Rodrigo Garcia; it holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis- although there will be only two showings per day (at 1:30 and 8 PM).

Please Give– Kate (Catherine Keener) and her husband Alex (Oliver Platt) run a pricey, faddish furniture store in Manhattan. Unbeknownst to their customers, Kate and Alex stock their store with items they buy on the cheap at estate sales- and then massively mark up. That’s just one thing that’s been bothering Kate, however- she also has concerns about her marriage, and wants to discourage her daughter’s materialistic tendencies. At the same time, Kate worries about the homeless people and general poverty in New York City- and she also must deal with her crotchety old neighbor Andra, and Andra’s two granddaughters. Please Give is the fourth collaboration between Catherine Keener and writer/director Nicole Holofcener; Rebecca Hall, Amanda Peet, Kevin Corrigan, and Ann Guilbert (“Millie Helper” from The Dick Van Dyke Show) are in the supporting cast. This comedy/drama holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

The Secret in Their Eyes– Retired criminal court worker Benjamin Esposito decides to use his new-found free time to write a book. Following the maxim “write what you know”, Benjamin bases his novel on a 1974 murder case which he tried to help solve at the time. But Benjamin lived in Buenos Aires, and the Argentina of 1974 could be a dangerous, violent place- so his investigation puts him and the friends who are helping him in peril. As the present-day Benjamin writes his novel, his memories of the past- especially the mistakes he made, and the opportunities he lost- threaten to overwhelm him…. The Secret in Their Eyes– which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film a few weeks ago- has departed from the Keystone Art Cinema, but the AMC Showplace 17 on Indy’s south side will have two showings per day of The Secret in Their Eyes (at 1:15 and 7:15 PM) throughout the week.

Solitary Man– Ben Kalmen used to have a big-time car dealership, but lost it all when he made some big-time mistakes. Now, Ben might be able to make a return to the auto biz- or his old habits might ruin everything all over again. Michael Douglas is Ben; Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Jenna Fischer, Mary-Louise Parker, Jesse Eisenberg and Richard Schiff are in the supporting cast. Solitary Man– which was written and directed by Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Knockaround Guys)- continues this week (with one show per day) at the AMC Showplace Schererville 16, and opens on Friday, July 2, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Stella Dallas– Barbara Stanwyck plays the title role in King Vidor’s 1937 melodrama, which will be shown at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s amphitheatre on Friday, July 2. The doors open at 6 for IMA members, and at 6:30 for everyone else; the movie starts at dusk.

The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti 3D– World champion surfer Kelly Slater is your guide through this 3D thrill-ride of a surfing movie, which continues this week at the IMAX Theatre in downtown Indianapolis’ Indiana State Museum.

Also on big screens in Indiana this week: The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Eugene Onegin will have two encore screenings (on Wednesday, July 7, and Thursday, July 8) at several theaters throughout the state. For more information on which theaters will be showing this one- and other information, such as show times- click on either date and follow the trail of cyber-breadcrumb links until you find what you need to know.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND

The home page for the Keystone Art Cinema has added a number of titles for July within the last few days. Some of the movies and dates that follow have been noted in this space in past columns, based on information from the sites of the films in question, but I thought I would mention them again now- not only in case anyone missed any of them the first time around, but also because these release dates are more likely to turn out to be “legit” now that they have appeared on the KAC’s page.

Here’s the lineup as of now (although of course the dates are tentative- and at least one of the movies listed below might not show up at all, if the KAC gets too stacked up with other films): The rural drama Winter’s Bone is set to open July 16, along with Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (the second film from Sony Pictures Classics in the last twelve months with Coco Chanel as a major character- what gives?), and The Girl Who Played With Fire (the follow-up to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; supposedly, it will be arriving in Indy just one week after opening in eighty-plus theaters in other cities across the US). The Italian comedy/drama Mid-August Lunch is set for July 23, along with Lisa Cholodenko’s comedy The Kids Are All Right, which stars Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, and Mark Ruffalo. Also, just as a reminder, both Micmacs and I Am Love are still scheduled to start at the KAC next Friday, July 9. And finally, the movie that I am looking forward to more than any of the above, Wild Grass– from veteran French director Alain Resnais- is set to open at the KAC on August 20, according to the film’s official US site.

As of Thursday evening, there was nothing posted about new/upcoming Indian films at the Georgetown 14 on manoranjaninc’s site.

In festival news, the Indianapolis International Film Festival won’t be the only one in Indy this month. The Indiana Black Expo Film Festival starts next weekend, and will feature shows at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Saturday, July 10, and Sunday, July 11.

And the second (at least) horror movie convention of the year in Indianapolis, the Famous Monsters Convention, is set for next weekend as well. A number of film screenings are part of the convention, including at least one world premiere, and a 16mm screening of a copy of what is supposedly the only complete print of Life Begins (a film from the 1930s that was produced by major studio Universal- but then disowned by them). Many, many guests are scheduled to be there as well- way too many, in fact, to list (or type)…. so anyone interested can click here for the complete rundown.

3 responses to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (July 2, 2010)

  1. If there’s anyone in Indianapolis who’s reading this column and hasn’t yet seen The Secret In Their Eyes, I can only say: What are you waiting for?! It’s a wonderful movie. I’ll be seeing it a second time on Monday at the Showplace 17, because I want to see it again and to encourage the theater to show more arthouse fare. (btw it looks like the showtimes change after the holiday weekend)

  2. Joan Rivers was incredibly open in this movie, she gave the camera full access to her life, which in my opinion really upped the quality of the film. Brilliantly edited, it was really visually stimulating, and the subject matter was actually quite moving.

  3. UPDATE- I apologize for the last minute nature of this update, but I just found out tonight that Godkiller will in fact be at the Cinema Grill in Indianapolis tonight, at 10 PM.

    Also, it’s too late to be worth mentioning now for anything but the record, but the film Pearl- about Pearl Carter, a pioneer Native American aviatrix- had a free screening at 7 tonight at the Keystone Art Cinema. I saw the notice about this last night, but I didn’t have any internet access to post it until now.

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