by MIKE MACCOLLUM
There’s plenty to keep the independent-minded film lover busy this week in central Indiana, with the Indianapolis International Film Festival kicking into gear and two promising films opening in limited release in Indianapolis- the highly intriguing true crime documentary Cropsey at the G14 and the highly anticipated sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, at the Landmark KAC. For more on these films- and for the complete listing of limited release and festival films playing around Indiana this week- read on below….
LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK
Cropsey– “A True Crime Story, About Urban Legends, and the Defense of Community.” That’s the heading on the page for this documentary on the site of its US distributor, Cinema Purgatorio. Cropsey is set on Staten Island, NY. When the directors were growing up there, they kept hearing stories about “Cropsey,” a scary old dude who killed kids. It seemed like an urban legend back in the ‘70s- but in the eighties, it started to look like Cropsey was all too real…. Roger Ebert called Cropsey a “chilling horror documentary;” other review quotes compare the film to a ‘70s drive-in horror movie, and use words like “unsettling,” “disturbing,” and “creepy.” (Cropsey was at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes as of Wednesday evening, by the way.) Cropsey starts Friday, July 16, at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.
The Girl Who Played With Fire– This follow-up to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo finds computer hacker Lisbeth Salander framed for murder. Most people just assume that she’s guilty- but Mikael Blomkvist, Salander’s partner in a previous investigation, is determined to prove her innocence… and to find out which governmental and/or political bigwigs set up Salander. The Girl Who Played With Fire starts Friday, July 9, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Standing Ovation– An underdog group of junior high school students hope to win a big national musical contest- and the million dollar prize- with their newly-formed group. But they must face off against another group, composed of five sisters from a very well-off family. (Gosh, who do you think will win the prize?) Please note- these kids are JUNIOR high students, so this couldn’t possibly be a rip-off of any other movie(s) about high school and musicals. (By the way- if any of you are on the fence about seeing this one, director Stewart Raffill’s other credits include The Ice Pirates, Mac and Me, Mannequin: On the Move, and Tammy and the T-Rex– so plan accordingly.) Standing Ovation starts Friday, July 16, at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis, the Shiloh Crossing 18 in Avon, the Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, the ShowPlace 17 in Greenwood, the Studio 10 in Shelbyville- along with three theaters in Evansville, and one theater each in Bedford, Connersville, Fort Wayne, Greensburg, Michigan City, New Albany, Newburg, South Bend, and Terre Haute.
NOTES- For the fourth or fifth time this season, the Tibbs Drive-In in Indianapolis has not posted their schedules for the upcoming week as of Thursday night. It isn’t very likely that the Tibbs will be showing anything that other theaters in town aren’t already showing (or didn’t show a few weeks ago)- but if they do, I will try to post an update late Friday afternoon/early evening.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS, FILM FESTIVALS, REVIVAL SCREENINGS, AND OTHER SPECIAL SHOWINGS IN INDIANA THIS WEEK
AND Kids Festival- This festival gets underway at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, July 21, with a screening of the 1924 version of Peter Pan at the University of Notre Dame’s Browning Cinema. Most of the other films in the fest are of much more recent vintage, however- for a full list of titles, click on the link for the Browning at the right of the page.
Casino Jack and the United States of Money– Academy-award winning filmmaker Alex Gibney directed this documentary-with-a-point-of-view about Jack Abramoff, the formerly high-flying lobbyist who is now serving a prison term for his illegal activities. But beyond the focus on Abramoff himself, the film examines the way that the crushing need for money to fund re-election campaigns enables the lobbyists to trade cash for favors, and thus negatively impact the American political system. Casino Jack and the United States of Money will be shown in Bloomington again this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday by way of The Ryder; click on their link at the right of the page for information on show times and locations.
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- holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis; it also starts on Friday, June 16, at the Traders Point ShowPlace 12 in Indianapolis, the Regal Village Park 17 in Carmel, the Rave Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, the Coldwater Crossing in Fort Wayne, and the ShowPlace 16 in Schererville.
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. Harriet’s now-elderly uncle Henrik is convinced that she was murdered. 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 are all in the cast of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which 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); it will also be shown on Friday through Sunday and on Wednesday and Thursday at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.
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.
I Am Love– Tilda Swinton, Marisa Berenson, and veteran Italian actor Gabriele Ferzetti star in director Luca Guadagnino’s drama, which holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. Ferzetti plays Edoardo, the patriarch of the powerful Recchi family; he causes turmoil when he names two heirs- his son and grandson, Tancredi and Edo- to control his business empire after he passes away. Swinton’s character Emma- who is married to Tancredi- then causes further strife in the family when she falls head over heels in love with one of Edo’s friends….
Indianapolis International Film Festival– This year’s festival continues this week, with showings of many (many, many) features and shorts. Most showings are at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (either at the Toby, or the DeBoest Lecture Hall)- but the large-format documentary The Wildest Dream will be shown at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, July 20, at the IMAX Theatre in downtown Indianapolis. (By the way- for those of you who prefer your schedules in print rather than online, this week’s editions of NUVO has the festival’s program/schedule as an insert.)
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’ daughter, Melissa. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, where it will be shown two times per day (at 1:45 and 7:45 PM).
Micmacs– Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s latest is about a fellow named Bazil, whose father was killed by a landmine. Since Bazil is now also homeless after getting a stray bullet lodged in his head, it’s not hard to understand why he bands together with some other societal outcasts to get revenge on the companies and people who made the weapons that harmed him. Micmacs– which looks like a (somewhat dark?) comedy with an eccentric visual style reminiscent of Delicatessen and City of Lost Children– continues this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, where it will have two showings per day (at 5 and 9:50 PM).
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. 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
The Rocky Horror Picture Show– Rocky’s summer vacation from the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis continues, but the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s “Summer Nights” film series comes to the rescue for anyone who needs to see Rocky on the big screen RIGHT NOW. TRHPS will show at the IMA’s amphitheatre at midnight on Friday, July 16; the gates open at 10:30.
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 months ago- will be at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne this week.
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 holds over this week at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne; the 4 PM showing on Sunday, July 18 will be followed by a “Movie Talk.”
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 at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Son(s) of Perdition– Son of Perdition is the title on the site of the Hamilton 16 and IMAX in Noblesville, which will be showing this film at midnight on Friday. Unfortunately, the theater’s site has no further information about the film- and my attempts to find out more by way of search engines met with frustration. I suspect that this is actually Sons of Perdition, a documentary about several teenagers expelled from the polygamous cult once led by Warren Jeffs- but then again, I have no idea why such a film would be showing at midnight, and there is no mention of the screening on the doc’s official site. I called the theater to see what was going on here, and they said they would look into it- but the e-mail they sent me said that they had no further information on the film. (They did use the title Sons of Perdition in the e-mail, though, for whatever that’s worth.) If anyone actually sees this one, I would be very curious to know what film is being shown….
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 Turandot will have two encore screenings (on Wednesday, July 21, and Thursday, July 22) at several theaters throughout the state- and the children’s films (or edited-together-TV-shows-or-videos, as the case may be) Sesame Workshop: Summer Beach Party and Thomas and Friends: Misty Island Rescue will be shown at a number of Indiana theaters as well. For more information on which theaters will be showing these titles- and other information, such as show times- click on the dates or title above, and follow the trail of cyber-breadcrumb links until you find what you need to know.
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
Winter’s Bone and Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky are back on the Keystone Art Cinema’s home page; both of these films are now set to open on July 23, along with the Italian comedy/drama Mid-August Lunch and Lisa Cholodenko’s comedy The Kids Are All Right (which stars Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, and Mark Ruffalo. I am guessing that at least one of those movies will be pushed forward by a week or more (or pushed off of the schedule altogether), but I hope I’m wrong. The only new title on the KAC’s page this week is the war documentary Restrepo, which is now set to open on August 6.
Manoranjaninc’s site has added one new title this week- Khatta Meetha, a (romantic?) comedy starring Akshay Kumar. As of now, only one showing is scheduled at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis- on Friday, July 23, at 9:30 PM- but I expect that more will be added later.
Also, I noticed this week that the web site for the film The Dry Land (a drama about an Iraqi war veteran trying to readjust to life back home in Texas, starring America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama, Jason Ritter and Melissa Leo) claims that it will open in Indianapolis theaters on August 27- but no locations are on the site as of yet.