by MIKE MACCOLLUM
This is a good week for movie lovers in Indianapolis- two new limited release films show up at the Keystone Art Cinema, two new Indian films will be at the Georgetown 14, the Indianapolis International Film Festival concludes, and there are a number of interesting one-shot screenings in the city this weekend as well. And not only that, but several other limited release/art films (including one that apparently will bypass Indy-area theaters) will be showing elsewhere in the state as well. For all of the news on this and more, just read on below….
LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky– In 1913, Coco Chanel attended the Paris premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s groundbreaking work The Rite of Spring. Chanel loved The Rite of Spring, but most of the audience was outraged by it, and lustily booed the composition. Seven years later, following the Russian Revolution, Stravinsky is broke and living in Paris, and Chanel is now a wealthy fashion designer. She invites him (and his wife and children) to live in her villa, so that he can work on his music- but the pair also fall passionately in love with each other…. Anna Mouglalis and Mads Mikkelsen play the title roles in this romantic drama, which starts Friday, July 23, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Khatta Meetha– Akshay Kumar stars as Sachin Tichkule, a road construction contractor who is having more than a few problems. He is too broke to bribe the government officials whose approval he needs to win the big jobs- and the new local building commissioner is none other than his former girlfriend, who really hates Sachin after their break-up. This Indian comedy (in Hindi, with English subtitles) starts on Friday, July 23, at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis, and is scheduled to play there through at least July 29 (although there may be no showings on Sunday, July 25- as of Thursday afternoon, all it says for that date on the manoranjaninc.com site is “TBD”).
The Kids Are All Right– Lisa Cholodenko (High Art, Laurel Canyon) directed and co-wrote this comedy about a pair of lesbian mothers, Nic and Jules (Julianne Moore and Annette Bening), who have a pair of teenaged children (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) by way of an anonymous sperm donor. When the older of the kids turns eighteen, she decides to track down the donor, Paul (Mark Ruffalo). Paul is much more laid back than Nic, and his increasing involvement with the family leads to a number of complications. The Kids Are All Right starts (on two screens) at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis on Friday, July 23.
Maryada Ramanna (aka Maryadha Ramanna)– In thisTelegu-language action film (which is apparently not subtitled in English), a good guy (played by Sunil) returns to his hometown in India’s Andhra Pradesh region several years after his father and a bad man’s brother killed each other. Sunil and the bad guy don’t recognize each other at first, so the bad man offers to put him up at his house. When the bad man realizes just who his guest really is, he decides to let him stay at his house in peace- but when Sunil leaves, the bad man vows that he will hunt Sunil down, and kill him. Maryada Ramanna will be shown four times at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis on Sunday, July 25, according to manoranjaninc.com’s site- and it may well have an 8 PM showing at the G14 on Monday, July 26, as well. (Manoranjan hasn’t posted that Monday show time as of yet, but it’s out there on at least one site for Indian films- and there does seem to be an opening at the G14 on Monday night at that time, so who knows?)
NOTES- For the fifth or sixth 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 continues through Saturday, July 23 at the University of Notre Dame’s Browning Cinema. For a full list of titles, click on the link for the Browning at the right of the page.
Building for Meaning: The Architecture of Evans Woollen– The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art’s exhibition on architect Woollen concludes with a screening of this 56 minute documentary from 1994 at 7 PM on Friday, July 23, at the Mount Comfort Gallery in the Murphy Art Center in Indianapolis.
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. Casino Jack will also be at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne this week (except for Wednesday, July 28).
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 on Friday, July 23, at the AMC Richmond 10 in Richmond.
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 Mollys 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, the Rave Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, the Coldwater Crossing 8 in Fort Wayne, and the ShowPlace 16 in Schererville.
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 holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
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. 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 are all in the cast of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which will be shown at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne on July 24, 25 and 28.
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 (where it will have daily showings at 12:45 and 6:30 PM). 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 runs through this Sunday, July 25, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (either at the Toby, or the DeBoest Lecture Hall). Sunday’s screenings, by the way, are for the yet-to-be-determined winners in various categories (documentaries, American Spectrum, World Cinema, audience award) for both features and shorts.
Ingredients– Bloomington’s Buskirk-Chumley Theater will have two screenings of this documentary on the local food movement, at 5 and 7 PM on Sunday, July 25. Bebe Neuwirth (from Cheers) narrates Ingredients, which has been shown at a number of film festivals across the US.
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 opens on Friday, July 23, at the AMC Showplace Bloomington 11.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail– One of the best comedies ever made will be shown at midnight this Friday at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s amphitheater, as part of the IMA’s “Summer Nights” film series. The doors open at 10:30 PM (or at 10 PM, if you’re a member of the IMA).
Ondine– Colin Farrell plays an Irish fisherman who finds that he has caught a young woman, Ondine, in his net. As the fisherman falls head over heels in love with Ondine, his daughter starts to believe that Ondine has magical powers- and the people in the village start to come up with their own ideas about her…. In spite of Farrell’s presence in a leading role- and in spite of the fact that this film was directed by Neil Jordan- it looks like it will be bypassing theatrical release in Indianapolis; instead, Ondine will be playing this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Bloomington, by way of the folks at The Ryder (go to their site for information on show times and locations).
One Run Elmer and Three Ages– Two Buster Keaton comedies will be part of this month’s Vintage Movie Night at the Garfield Park Arts Center in Indianapolis. The first is a sound short from 1935; the second is a (60 minute) silent feature from 1923, and will be accompanied by a live musical score from the Indianapolis-based group Tonos Triad. As usual, local film collector and historian Eric Grayson will provide an introduction; a donation of two dollars is suggested for admission to the event. The screening is Saturday at 8 and will be preceded-temperature permitting- by an old-fashioned baseball game.
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 from the families of dead people- 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 opens on Friday, July 23, at the Yes Cinema in Columbus; it is also scheduled to start on Friday, July 30, at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.
Rebel Without a Cause– James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus, Ann Doran, Dennis Hopper and Edward Platt are all in Nicholas Ray’s classic 1955 drama, which will be shown at 2 and 7:30 PM on Friday, July 23, and at 7:30 PM on Saturday, July 24, at the historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin.
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 (except for Wednesday, July 28).
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 has a few more shows this week at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne (on Friday, July 23 through Sunday, July 25, and again on Wednesday, July 28); it will also be shown as part of the AND Kids festival (see above) at the University of Notre Dame on Saturday, July 24, at 6:30 PM.
Slice of Pie– The Yes Cinema in Columbus will have a screening of this short (35 minutes) romantic comedy on Friday, July 23, at 7 PM. Live music will follow the showing of the film- and real slices of pie will be sold at the concession stand.
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, with daily showings at 3:45 and 9:15 PM.
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 face stiff competition from their main rivals- 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 holds over this week at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis (where it will be shown daily- except Sunday- at 1:10 PM).
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 Carmen will have two encore screenings (on Wednesday, July 28, and Thursday, July 29) at several theaters throughout the state; a special screening of the concert documentary Elvis on Tour (in honor of the 75th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s birth) gets a one time showing on Thursday, July 29; Eric Clapton and other musicians in concert at the 2010 edition of Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival will have a one-time-only showing, on Tuesday, July 27; 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
As predicted by Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, and Criswell, both Winter’s Bone and the Italian comedy/drama Mid-August Lunch have been pushed forward to July 30 on the Keystone Art Cinema’s schedule. As of Thursday afternoon, the war documentary Restrepo was still set to open at the KAC on August 6.
Manoranjaninc’s site had no news about Indian films coming to the Georgetown 14 (or any other theater) in future weeks as of Thursday afternoon.