by MIKE MACCOLLUM
It’s a big week at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema, which opens three new films across the arthouse spectrum- an American indie, a foreign drama, and a documentary. For more on these and all the limited release films opening in Indiana this week- plus a preview of coming (maybe) attractions- read on below….
LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK
It’s Kind of a Funny Story– Keir Gilchrist stars as Craig, a young man suffering from depression; when Craig checks into a psych ward, he meets some people who have a big impact on his life. Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Lauren Graham, and Jim Gaffigan also star in this comedy/drama, which was directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson, Sugar)- and which starts on Friday, October 8 at the Keystone Art Cinema and the AMC Indianapolis 17 in Indianapolis, the Village Park 17 in Carmel, the Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, the Portage 16 and IMAX, the Showplace Schererville 16, and the Showplace South Bend 16.
Khaleja– There isn’t anything about this on the site of the theater itself, but this site says that the IMAX Theater in downtown Indianapolis’ Indiana State Museum will have a showing of this Telugu-language action film from India at 9:30 PM on Friday, October 8. (Most Telugu language films that are shown in US theaters are not subtitled in English, it seems- and as far as I can tell, Khaleja is no exception to this general rule).
Never Let Me Go– Here’s another one of those movies where big surprises loom in the story- at least for those who haven’t read too much about the plot online (or read the book on which the film is based). To preserve the mystery, all I’ll say is that Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley star as a trio of young people who went to Hailsham, an isolated boarding school in England. In addition to all of the normal pressures and concerns faced by young adults, it turns out that Hailsham grads also must deal with some other, very different problems…. Charlotte Rampling and Sally Hawkins are also in this drama with elements of a suspense film; Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) directed. Never Let Me Go starts at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis on Friday, October 8.
The Tillman Story– This documentary is about not only Pat Tillman- the professional football player who volunteered for the Army Rangers and was killed in Afghanistan- but also about the cover-up of the true circumstances surrounding his death, and the investigation that led to the revelation of the truth. The Tillman Story opens at the Keystone Art Center in Indianapolis and the Showplace Schererville 16 on Friday, October 8.
What If…– Well, it isn’t really “opening” in Indiana this week, as such- but this movie does return to Indiana screens this October 8 (after playing in Richmond a few weeks ago), starting at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis, the Hamilton 16 and IMAX in Noblesville, the Studio 10 in Shelbyville, the Shiloh Crossing 18 in Avon, and the Eastside 9 in Lafayette. Kevin Sorbo stars in this Christian-oriented film as Ben Walker, a well-paid businessman with a hot young fiancée. Fifteen years ago, Ben left his college girlfriend Wendy (Kristy Swanson) and abandoned his plans to become a preacher. Now, tow-truck driver Mike (John Ratzenberger) offers to give Ben a tow when his new car breaks down- but Mike also claims to be an angel who has been sent to show Ben what his life would be like if he had stayed with Wendy, and had become a preacher….
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS, FILM FESTIVALS, REVIVAL SCREENINGS, AND OTHER SPECIAL SHOWINGS IN INDIANA THIS WEEK
Anjaana Anjaani– This romantic comedy – which was produced by an Indian company, but (per the IMDb) shot in the US and Malaysia- features Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra as the leads, while Siddharth Anand directed. Here’s the film’s (edited for space) synopsis, from its official site: “Akash and Kiara meet. But they meet in a situation as unusual as no other. But what if the two people who meet as strangers want to stay that way? They want to end right where they started- as strangers…. A series of hilarious misadventures trace their bi coastal road journey as they go about fulfilling their last wishes. But then life interrupts, as is its habit; and painful choices must be made. The duo part with the understanding that their days together were a brief interlude of insanity that had to succumb to real life….” Well, those references to “last wishes” and “painful choices”- which aren’t really explained in the rest of the synopsis- makes it sound like Anjaana Anjaani might go to some rather unusual places, both for a rom-com, and for a Bollywood film…. If you’d like to find out if Anjaana Anjaani breaks the mold- or stays within the lines- you can do so this Friday and Saturday at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis; according to manoranjaninc’s site, the G14 will have three showings on Friday and two on Saturday.
Breathless– Jean-Paul Belmondo stars as Michel Poiccard, a small-time crook who steals a car and then kills the motorcycle cop who pulls him over. Michel wants to flee to Italy with Patricia (Jean Seberg), a beautiful American student staying in France- but the police may be closer to apprehending Michel than he realizes…. The University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center will show Breathless at 6:30 PM on Friday, October 8.
Catfish– Don’t worry- I won’t spoil the mystery about this supposedly creepy documentary, since I don’t know what it is myself. All I do know is that you aren’t supposed to read very much in advance about the movie, in order to keep the apparently stunning surprise(s) intact. What I do know (and again, no spoilers here) is that a fellow named Nev Schulman became acquainted with a woman named Megan by way of the Internet. Nev’s brother Ariel and fellow filmmaker Henry Joost went with Nev on a trip to meet up with Megan, only to run into something or other most unexpected…. Catfish holds over this week at the Castleton Square 14 in Indianapolis.
The Cove– This Academy-Award winning documentary about a well-hidden hunting ground for dolphins in Japan will be shown at 7:30 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at IU’s Fine Arts Building in Bloomington.
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 tell that story 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, with two showings per day (at 1:15 and 6:30 PM- although there won’t be a 6:30 show on Tuesday, October 12). Get Low will also be shown through Monday, October 11, at the Cinema Center@ Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.
The Girl Who Played With Fire– This follow-up to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (see below) 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 Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center (except for Tuesday, October 12), and the Yes Cinema in Columbus (which will have no showings of the film Sunday through Tuesday).
Heartland Film Festival– The 2010 edition of the Heartland gets underway on at 7:30 PM on Thursday, October 14, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, with a screening of Snowmen (which stars Ray Liotta, Christopher Lloyd, and Bobby Coleman). A reception- which starts at 6 PM- will precede the screening, and a question and answer session (and a dessert reception) will follow the film. Other screenings for Heartland get underway starting next Friday, by the way; most films will be shown at the Castleton Square 14 and the Showplace Indianapolis 17.
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 holds over this week at the IMAX Theater in downtown Indianapolis’ Indiana State Museum.
Jack Goes Boating– Philip Seymour Hoffman makes his feature film directing debut with this romantic comedy/drama set in New York City. Hoffman also stars as Jack, a limo driver who loves reggae music- and who has had little success when it comes to love. His friends Clyde and Lucy (John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega) introduce Jack to Connie (Amy Ryan), in the hope that the two can find romance. But as Jack and Connie’s relationship starts to bloom, Clyde and Lucy start to experience troubles in their marriage…. Jack Goes Boating holds over this week- albeit with only one showing (at 1:15) per day- at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
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 will be shown through Monday, October 11, at the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.
Jules et Jim– François Truffaut directed this highly regarded 1962 romantic drama, which stars Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, and Henri Serre. The University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center will show Jules et Jim at 3 PM on Sunday, October 10.
Like Dandelion Dust– Mira Sorvino, Barry Pepper, Kate Levering and Cole Hauser star in this family drama about a pair of birth parents who decide that they want to reclaim the young boy they gave up for adoption. It holds over this week at the Castleton Square 14 in Indianapolis, the Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne, and the Showplace 16 South Bend. It is also scheduled to start on Friday, October 15, at the Showplace East in Evansville.
Ma and Pa Kettle– The first “official” entry in the Kettles’ series (following their debut in The Egg and I) will be shown at Franklin’s historic Artcraft Theatre on Friday, October 8 (and Saturday, October 9) at 2 and 7:30 PM.
Made in U.S.A.– Jean-Luc Godard’s arty 1966 crime drama/mystery- apparently long legally unavailable in the US- will be shown at 9 PM on Friday, October 8, at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
Mao’s Last Dancer– Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercies, Breaker Morant, Driving Miss Daisy) directed this drama, which is based on the autobiography of dancer Li Cunxin. As a young boy, Li was taken from his home by China’s government so that he could study ballet. After enduring years of practice- and a lengthy separation from his family- Li finds success as a dancer. After being given the chance to dance in America, Li eventually decides to defect to the US- but finds that the Chinese authorities aren’t willing to let him go without a fight…. Dancer Chi Cao (making his film debut) stars as Li, and Bruce Greenwood, Joan Chen, Kyle MacLachlan and Amanda Schull are in the supporting cast. Mao’s Last Dancer holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, with two showings per day (at 3:50 and 9 PM- although there will be no 3:50 showing on Tuesday, October 12). And according to the site for the Yes Cinema in Columbus, Mao’s Last Dancer is supposed to start at that venue on Friday, October 22.
Movies Through Time– Dr. Raymond Haberski- Chair of History and Science at Marian University- will “[e]xplore censorship in the movies and what happens as censors change,” according to the description of this event on the site of the Indianapolis-Marion County Library. The presentation will get underway at 2 PM on Sunday, October 10; the location is the Nora Library in Indianapolis.
Robot– The lovely Aishwarya Rai Bachchan plays the female lead in this supposedly long-in-the-works, lavishly budgeted Indian film about an inventor who creates a very lifelike mechanical man, with surprising consequences for all concerned. The male lead- the guy who plays both the inventor and the invention (and who is nearly a quarter of a century older than his love interest here)- is Rajnikanth… or as he is billed in the credits (by contractual decree, apparently), SUPERSTAR Rajnikanth! Robot– which (apparently) was originally shot in Tamil, but then dubbed into Hindi- will be shown with English subtitles at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis on Saturday (with one showing only, at 9:30 PM), and on Sunday through Tuesday (when the theater will have three showings per day). Also, this site says that the Telugu (I think) version of the film will be shown at the Great Escape Theater in Noblesville on October 8- but as of Thursday afternoon, the only information on the time of the show on the site was “after 7:00 PM” (and the theater’s site had nothing about the film at all).
Note: I saw this movie a few days ago, by the way, and it was… different. Even though I’ve seen over one hundred Indian films, this was something else. Most of the Indian movies I’ve seen have been Bollywood movies, which this is not- and that may well account for at least part of the difference. Anyhow, I would recommend this to anyone who wants to see something REALLY out of the ordinary. More so than just about any other movie I can think of (OK, Grindhouse excepted), Robot is like its own double feature- the first half is mostly comic, the second part is primarily an action movie. Come to think of it, though, I think the second half may have had the part with the talking _______, which was (I think) intended to be funny. And if you what to find out just what was talking- well, look it up online, or see the movie yourself.
Seraphine– This very well-reviewed French film (official site)- based on a true story about a self-taught female artist in early 20th-century France- will be shown at 6:30 PM on Thursday, October 14, at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
Titanica– The IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis will be showing this 1995 documentary about the doomed ocean liner starting this Saturday- the same day that Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition opens at the museum.
Welcome– After young Kurdish refugee Bilal spends three months trying to get through Europe, French officials in the coastal town of Calais prevent him from going any further. After this happens, Bilal- who wants to make it to England, where his girlfriend now lives- thinks that he can get to his intended destination only by swimming the English Channel. While practicing in a local pool, Bilal meets a swimming instructor named Simon, whose wife is divorcing him. Since Simon’s wife is a volunteer with a group that aids immigrants- and since Simon does not want a divorce- he decides to help Bilal, thinking that he might be able to persuade his wife to get back together with him by doing so. And although both Simon and Bilal are both initially motivated by self-interest, the relationship between the two eventually takes some unexpected turns…. Welcome will be shown at 9:30 PM on Thursday, October 14, at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
Wild Ocean 3D– Per its official site, this documentary “is in an uplifting, giant screen cinema experience capturing one of nature’s greatest migration spectacles,” which lets viewers experience “an underwater feeding frenzy, amidst the dolphins, sharks, whales, gannets, seals and billions of fish.” Wild Ocean 3D holds over this week at the the IMAX Theater in downtown Indianapolis’ Indiana State Museum.
Wings of Desire– Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Curt Bois and Peter Falk star in Wim Wenders’ 1987 drama/fantasy, which will be shown at 7 PM on Tuesday, October 12, at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne. This screening– which is part of the “Sister Cities Film Festival”- will be preceded by “a tasting of German cuisine” at 6 PM.
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 and some 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 Showplace Muncie 7 and the Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute. Winter’s Bone also starts on Friday, October 8, at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne (which will show the film on every day of the week except Tuesday, October 12).
The Wizard of Oz/Dark Side of the Moon– Awesome, man! The Ryder folks in Bloomington will be showing The Wizard with its audio turned off (so you don’t have to listen to all those words and songs from the movie) while playing Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, to see how the movie’s images match up with the album’s words and music. I suspect that this has been done before, by individuals in homes across the nation- but if you’d like to see this combo on a bigger screen, it all goes down next Friday (and Saturday and Sunday) at IU’s Fine Arts Building.
Also on big screens in Indiana this week: The children’s film Spookley, the Square Pumpkin will show at a number of Indiana cinemas throughout the week; other theaters will show it only on the weekend- and another movie for the kiddies, Thomas & Friends: The Lion of Sodor, will also be at one Indiana theater this weekend. Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold will be shown live on a number of theater screens in the Hoosier state at 1 PM on Saturday, October 9- and a live showing of Bizet’s Carmen may* take place at one theater in Indiana on Wednesday, October 13. For more information on any of the above titles (including theater locations), click on the relevant highlighted text above, and follow the trail of cyber-breadcrumb links until you find what you need to know.
(* I put “may” here because the Opera in Cinema folks claim that this screening will take place at the Rave Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne- but the theater’s schedule page for October 13 on the movietickets.com site says nothing about this.)
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
Instead of rehashing titles from past columns that are still scheduled to start at the Keystone Art Cinema (or elsewhere) on the same dates mentioned in previous columns, this week I am just noting movies that actually are supposed to start next Friday- along with movies that just showed up on the radar for dates beyond next week, and movies that have been mentioned here before, but now have new release dates.
I Want Your Money– which looks like a political doc on federal spending and the national debt from the conservative/right-wing side of the political spectrum- is supposed to open on October 15 at the Traders Point 12 and Washington Square 12 (both in Indianapolis), the Hamilton 16 and IMAX in Noblesville, the Eastside 9 in Lafayette, the Portage 16 and IMAX, the Showplace Schererville 12, the Great Escape 16 in New Albany, the Honey Creek West in Terre Haute, the Richmond 11, the Muncie 7, the Kokomo 12, the Columbus 12, the Showplace East 11 in Bloomington, the Showplace East Evansville, the Evansville 16, and somewhere in Marion, according to the film’s site.
Nowhere Boy– Kristin Scott Thomas is the big name in the cast of this film about the early life of John Lennon, but don’t worry- there’s no stunt casting going on here… KST plays young John’s aunt, not John himself. Nowhere Boy is scheduled to start on Friday, October 15 at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Waiting for Superman– Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) directed this documentary about education in America; it opens at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis on Friday, October 15.
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger– Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, and Freida Pinto are the stars of Woody Allen’s latest romantic comedy; it’s scheduled to start at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis on Friday, October 15.
Eradane Maduve– This Kannada-language comedy from India is now supposed to be at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis on “Saturday, October 22,” according to the manoranjaninc site; show times had yet to be posted as on the site as of this Thursday evening, however. (And the 22nd is a Friday, in any event… so this information has to be updated, one way or the other, at some point…)
Meanwhile, the opening date for A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop has now shifted on the KAC’s home page as well- look for the Blood Simple remake on October 22. Freakonomics, however, is off of the Keystone Art Cinema’s upcoming schedule- possibly for good, given how it opened in other cities last Friday.
And in the “I wish it weren’t so” category, Music Box Films no longer has an Indiana opening on its site for either Mesrine: Killer Instinct or Mesrine: Public Enemy #1. Again, if anyone out there would like to contact the folks at Music Box Films to suggest alternate venues to the overcrowded KAC, contact information for MBF can be found here.
Screenings (and other events) for next Friday:
Daddy Longlegs– Lenny is an irresponsible man in his mid-thirties who spends just a few weeks with his children every year. This year, however, the two week period is different from all of those that have taken place in the past- and Lenny starts to seriously consider whether he should do some growing up himself. Daddy Longlegs will be shown at 7 PM on Friday, October 15, at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
I Am Love– Tilda Swinton, Marisa Berenson, and veteran Italian actor Gabriele Ferzetti star in director Luca Guadagnino’s drama, which will be screened next Friday (and Saturday) at the IU Fine Arts building in Bloomington. 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….
My Suicide– Gabriel Sunday and Brooke Nevin star in this comedy/drama, which has a supporting cast that includes David Carradine, Joe Mantegna and Mariel Hemingway. Director David Lee Miller will introduce the film and answer questions on Friday, October 15 (and Saturday, October 16) at IU’s Fine Arts Building in Bloomington.
Psycho– Alfred Hitchcock’s classic will be shown at 2 and 7:30 PM next Friday (and at 7:30 PM next Saturday) at the historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin.