Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (August 27, 2010)

by MIKE MACCOLLUM

Wow- only one new limited release movie opens anywhere in Indiana this week, and it’s a very limited release, when you take into consideration the total number of showings. Still, I guess you have to be grateful for whatever you can get…. And with that, let’s meet the one new limited release film opening in the state this week….

LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK

Suck– Not to be confused with Vampires Suck, this is a musical comedy/horror film about vampires; its cast includes Jessica Pare, Dave Foley, Moby, Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Alice Cooper, and Malcolm McDowell, and it was an official selection at SXSW 2010. It will be shown at 8 PM on Thursday, September 2 (and at 11:59 PM on Friday, September 3, and Saturday, September 4) at the Rave Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, while the Carmike 20 in Fort Wayne will show it at 7 and 9:30 PM on September 2. Evansville’s Showplace Cinema East will also show Suck on September 2, but show times at that location have yet to be announced.

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

Aardman Shorts- Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death (an Academy Award nominee this year) is but one of the shorts from the Aardman folks that Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center will show free of charge on Saturday, August 28, at 12 and 2 PM. Click here– and then scroll down to the bottom of the page- for a complete list of titles.

The Big Uneasy– Actor and writer Harry Shearer (This Is Spinal Tap, The Simpsons, and way too many other credits to mention) directed this documentary about the levee system that failed to protect New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (and which apparently is being rebuilt using the same likely-to-fail standards). The Big Uneasy will be shown at 7 and 9:30 PM on Monday, August 30, at the Carmike 20 in Fort Wayne.

Decade of Disturbed– The Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis will have a free, one-time-only screening of this documentary about the rock band Disturbed, and how they have stayed together through a decade of great changes in the music industry. For those of you (like me) who know little or nothing about the band, they made four albums that received critical raves, and have a very dedicated bunch of fans- so expect the screening (which gets under way at 9:30 PM on Friday, August 27) to be crowded.

Exit Through the Gift Shop– So once upon a time, a Los Angeles-based French shopkeeper, Thierry Guetta, got a video camera, and started filming everything he could. Eventually, he met some folks involved in the street art movement and decided to document their activities; at some point, he came up with the idea of turning his footage into a movie about street art, and those who practice it- including Banksy, the internationally known graffiti artist who makes great efforts to remain anonymous (and who is especially keen not to be photographed), in order to avoid being arrested. When Guetta’s cut of his tapes turns out to be unwatchable, Banksy instead winds up taking over the movie- and makes Guetta its subject. Or at least that’s what you see in the film itself- some critics suspect that Guetta is a fiction, and that the entire film is (on some level) basically a prank… but prank or not, many of these critics have given Exit Through the Gift Shop very positive reviews. Rhys Ifans narrates this (semi? psuedo? not-at-all-a?) documentary whatsit, which will be shown at the University of Notre Dame’s Browning Cinema at 6:30 and 9:30 PM on Thursday, September 2.

Get Low– Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, and Lucas Black star in this comedy/drama about Felix Bush, a longtime recluse in Depression-era rural Tennessee who ends his self-imposed exile so that he can throw a large “funeral party” for himself- while he is still alive. Felix says that anybody who has heard any of the many wild stories that have been told about him over the years can do so at the party- but he actually may have another motive for holding the unusual event, as it turns out…. Get Low holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, and starts on Friday, August 27, at the Village Park 17 in Carmel, the Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, and the Carmike 20 in Fort Wayne.

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 will be shown at 8 PM this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at IU’s Fine Arts building in Bloomington, while The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo will be shown at 7:30 PM this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, at the same location.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo– See above.

Hamburger America– This 54 minute documentary- about eight very distinctive restaurants across the US, all known for their hamburgers- will be shown free of charge at 4 and 5 PM on Saturday, August 28, 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 will have several shows per day this week at the IMAX Theater in downtown Indianapolis’ Indiana State Museum, the AMC Showplace Indianapolis 17, the Hamilton 16 and IMAX in Noblesville, the Portage 16 and IMAX in Portage, and the Showplace East in Evansville.

I Am Love– Tilda Swinton, Marisa Berenson, and veteran Italian actor Gabriele Ferzetti star in director Luca Guadagnino’s drama, which starts Friday at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne. 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….

John Calvert Double Features- Actor and magician John Calvert- an Indiana native who turned ninety-nine this month, per the IMDb- is probably best known for playing “The Falcon” in several films from the forties. Mr. Calvert is scheduled to perform at Shelbyville’s Strand Theatre on October 16, so the Strand will be showing several films starring Calvert this month and next. Return of the Durango Kid (1947) and Appointment With Murder (1948) will be shown starting at 7 PM on Friday, August 27; Search for Danger (1949) and Devil’s Cargo are scheduled for 7 PM on Saturday, August 28. Admission for both double features is just $4. For more information, go to the Strand’s site.

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 holds over this week at the Keystone Art Center in Indianapolis (where it will be down to two shows per day as of Wednesday, September 1), the AMC Showplace Bloomington 11 (where it will have two shows per day through at least Tuesday, August 31), and the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

Mid America Filmmakers Summer Screenings– The Century Center’s Recital Hall in South Bend is the site for this event, which takes place on Saturday, August 28. There are two sets of free, “general audience” screenings, at 2 and 4 PM; more adult-oriented fare starts at 8 PM, and has a $5 admission charge. For more information on the titles to be shown at this event.

Mid-August Lunch– One of the writers of Gomorrah, Gianni Di Grigorio, stars in and directs this film- which is quite a change of pace from grim crime drama. Di Grigorio plays Gianni, who lives in an apartment in Rome with his nonagenarian mother. Mother and son are both pretty much broke, but the manager of their building is willing to forget about their ever-increasing debt if they will host his mother over the course of the big summer holiday “Pranzo di Ferragosto.” Gianni and his mother agree- but then the manager decides to bring not only his mother but one of his aunts, too… and one of Gianni’s friends leaves his own mother at the apartment as well. With limited money and a small apartment, Gianni does his best to keep his mother and their guests happy. Mid-August Lunch– which is described on its official site as “both a warmly vibrant family drama and a delicately balanced comedy of manners” that “won numerous prizes at international festivals”- will be shown on Friday, August 27, and Saturday, August 28, at the University of Notre Dame’s Browning Cinema.

Movie Fundraising Party- Indiana native Jaron Henrie-McCrea plans to shoot his next film, Pervertigo, in Indianapolis – and he’ll be throwing a party at Yats (659 Massachusetts Avenue in Indianapolis) to get money to make the movie. The event takes place from 7:30 to 10:30 PM on Friday, August 27, and costs $15- and 15% of the money from ticket sales will go to area art charities.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?– George Clooney first film for the Coen brothers is the last title in the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s “Summer Nights” film series for this year; the screening takes place on Friday, August 27. As usual, the film starts at dusk; the doors open at 6 PM for IMA members (and 6:30 for everyone else), and the film will be shown in the IMA’s amphitheater.

Oklahoma!– The historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin will have three showings of this classic musical this weekend- at 2 and 7:30 PM on Friday, August 27, and at 7:30 on Saturday, August 28.

Peepli [Live]– Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan co-produced this satirical comedy (or tragic-comedy) about the mass media sensation that erupts when two poverty-stricken men (both facing the loss of their farms) are told by a politician that their families might be better off if they commit suicide- and one of the farmers seriously starts to consider whether or not he really should kill himself. Peepli [Live]– which is doing very well on both Rotten Tomatoes and the IMDb’s “User Rating” system as of now (for whatever that’s worth)- has just two more shows this week at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis- at 9:30 PM on both Friday and Saturday, August 27 and 28. (According to Manoranjaninc.com’s site, Peepli [Live] is in Hindi, but is subtitled in English- so Indianapolis art film fans who’ve already seen everything on offer at the Keystone Art Cinema this week might want to give this atypical-sounding Indian film a try….)

Sabrina– Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden star in Billy Wilder’s classic comedy, which will be shown free of charge in Bloomington’s Bryan Park on Friday, August 27, at 9 PM. The Ryder is presenting this screening, so go to their site for more information.

To Save a Life– This drama about a teen who is a popular, successful student at his high school- but finds that he must reevaluate his life after a tragic incident involving one of his childhood friends- will have one showing at the Yes Cinema in Columbus this week- on Saturday, August 28, at 8 PM.

The Wildest DreamThe Wildest Dream– which was part of this year’s Indianapolis International Film Festival, and which is about the first man who tried to make it to the top of Mount Everest- holds over this week at the IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis. Liam Neeson narrates, by the way, and Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Hugh Dancy, and the late Natasha Richardson also contributed vocal performances.

Winnebago Man– Outtakes from a late-eighties sales tape sent to Winnebago dealers- outtakes which featured a man using more than a bit of foul language- were traded on VHS tapes in the nineties, and went viral on the Internet in 2005. This documentary focuses on both the viral video phenomena, and the “Winnebago Man” himself- who apparently had no idea that he had become an Internet superstar. Winnebago Man will be shown on Friday, August 27, and Saturday, August 28, at the University of Notre Dame’s Browning Cinema.

Winter’s Bone– After her criminally-inclined father takes off on yet another of his mysterious, unexplained absences, seventeen-year-old Ree Dolly learns that dad put the family home up for bail- and if he doesn’t show up for his hearing, Ree and her mother and siblings will be homeless. Facing lack of convenient transportation, harsh winter weather, and defiantly uncooperative kinfolk, Ree doggedly searches for her father- all too aware of the dire consequences if she doesn’t succeed…. Winter’s Bone– which was based on Daniel Woodrell’s excellent novel- won two major prizes at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and the Grand Jury Prize in the Drama category), and features a much-praised performance by Jennifer Lawrence as Ree. It holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Also on big screens in Indiana this week: Another Ultimate Fighting Championship bout- Edgar vs. Penn 2– will be shown in a number of Indiana theaters on Saturday, August 28. Also, the children’s film (or edited-together-TV-shows-or-videos, as the case may be) Strawberry Shortcake: The Glimmerberry Ball Movie will be shown at a number of Indiana theaters as well. For more information on which theaters will be showing these- along with other information, such as show times- click on the relevant title above, and follow the trail of cyber-breadcrumb links until you find what you need to know.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND

The home page of the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis now says that Bruce Beresford’s latest film, Mao’s Last Dancer, will open at the KAC on September 10, rather than September 3. Apart from that, unfortunately, there is nothing new about any limited release movies coming to the KAC on their home page this week. The Cold War espionage drama Farewell– which had been set to open at that theater on Friday, August 27- is not mentioned on the KAC’s page as of now; neither is Alain Resnais’ Wild Grass. Here’s hoping that both of these movies- especially Wild Grass, which has received excellent reviews- make it to the KAC some day.

Manoranjaninc’s site added one new movie to its site this week, the romantic (melo?)drama We Are Family. It is set to open at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis on Friday, September 3, and is currently scheduled for a full week of three showings per day.

And now for films that aren’t appearing on the schedule pages or sites of any Indiana theaters yet, but which list at least one Indiana play date on their official sites. First up is What If…, which is aimed at Christian audiences, and was mentioned here a few weeks ago. Its official site still says that it will be coming to some unspecified theater in Noblesville some time in October, but just this week it also added a new date and location: Friday, September 3, at the AMC Showplace Richmond 11 in Richmond.

Patricia Clarkson, Danny Glover and John Cena star in the drama Legendary, which is about a teenager whose late father was a “legendary” wrestler; the teen becomes a wrestler as a way of bringing his family together. The folks at World Wrestling Entertainment produced Legendary; the film’s official site says that it will open at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis and the Studio 10 in Shelbyville on Friday, September 10.

The US site for the French crime drama Mesrine: Killer Instinct has a September 17 start date for the film at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. Mesrine‘s US distributor, Music Box Films, does a pretty good job of getting its films to the KAC, so the odds are good that Killer Instinct (which stars Vincent Cassel, Cecile De France, and Gerard Depardieu) will make it to the KAC sooner or later. And while Music Box Films is also distributing the sequel (Mesrine: Public Enemy #1) in the US, their site had no opening date for the KAC on it the last time I checked; I guess they’re waiting to see how the first one does in the US. (Thanks, by the way, to Miriam, who let me know about Mesrine: Killer Instinct coming to the KAC in a comment on last week’s column.)

Finally, Bran Nue Dae– an Australian musical comedy with a phonetically spelled title- is set to open at the KAC on Friday, September 24, according to the film’s official US site. Geoffrey Rush and Ernie Dingo are the two cast members most likely to be familiar to US audiences.

Screenings for next Friday:

Exit Through the Gift Shop (see above) also will be shown next Friday at Notre Dame University’s Browning Cinema in South Bend.

5 responses to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (August 27, 2010)

  1. Bran Nue Dae is definitely worth seeing! I was skeptical because I HATE musicals with a passion. For more info, see the article I wrote about the film “Bran Nue Dae” after seeing it as part of the SWAIA Indian Art Market film series. I went because I heard that some old-schoolers were objecting to including film, were objecting to including films by non-southwest Native, and were objecting to showing films by *gasp* indigenous people from off-continent! This is all hearsay… maybe no one said anything like it. But it made me go see this film.
    http://travelpeapod.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/bran-nue-dae-for-indian-art-market/

  2. “Hamburger America” is right up my alley. I’m always watching the Food Channel and I’m sure some of the eight restaurants mentions are ones I have seen.

  3. I am happy to contribute my mite to the cause. I always appreciate any advance notice you’re able to give in this column, especially for the chancy ones. KAC will occasionally show something really surprising (I’m thinking of the recent Police, Adjective) but we never know when. Just the possibility of something interesting reminds me to check the listings regularly.

  4. Lara, Indiana HSA, and Miriam- I will try to respond to all of you tomorrow.

    But first, a big-time CORRECTION!! I noticed today that FLIPPED is an exclusive at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis- so we did indeed get at least one new limited release film in Indiana last Friday…. and I didn’t mention it. The problem was, I had seen something on Boxofficemojo about how FLIPPED was expanding, and I could have sworn that the note (at that time) said that FLIPPED was going wide last Friday.

    Well, it didn’t. According to several online sites, it is at less than thirty screens across the US this week- and the KAC is the only one of them in the state.

    So, my apologies to the KAC, and everyone associated with FLIPPED, and anyone who read this week’s column, for not noticing that FLIPPED was a (very) limited release in Indiana last Friday.

  5. Lara-

    Thanks for the recommendation of Bran Nue Dae. I see most of the art house releases at the Keystone Art Cinema, except when I’m too broke in a given week. I read your review, and will make the effort to see BND.

    (I’m not a huge musical fan myself, but I have enjoyed some over the years- Singin’ in the Rain in particular. I’ve also liked a few more recent musicals (or semi-musicals), although the only one coming to mind right now is Starstruck (also from Australia, and not even all that recent- early 80s- but again, it’s all that I can think of right now- apart from some numbers in several Bollywood films). Usually, though, I’m more in sync with movies/TV shows making fun of the inherent ridiculousness of musicals/musical numbers- Mel Brooks, Monty Python, and so on. I guess it all goes back to being extremely literal-minded as a kid, when I watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (and maybe The Sound of Music, too) and thought, “Hey! How do they all know the words to that song, at the same time?! This is fake!”)

    Indiana HSA- I’m in Indy, so Fort Wayne is a bit of a drive, for me- but I will try to check out Hamburger America when I get a chance.

    Miriam- Not much news on the KAC this week- no new releases on Friday, and (as of now) only Mao’s Last Dancer on the tenth. I’m Still Here and Animal Kingdom are now scheduled for 9/17, with The Tillman Story and Bran Nue Dae on the theater’s home page for 9/24. Nothing really surprising here, given what’s been posted on the sites for these films (and given the posters they have had up at the theater), but it’s still good to see that these titles are now “officially” coming to the theater. (Although, of course, the release dates could change, and some of these movies could be taken off of the “Coming Soon” list altogether- but still, it’s nice to see them there.)

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