Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (October 22, 2010)

by MIKE MACCOLLUM

Hmm, so this week isn’t nearly as exciting as the last two weeks have been- at least not when it comes to the number of limited-release films opening in Indiana theaters. Still, we are getting some new movies this week, and a number of cool titles are holding over- so it still could be a busy week for those of us who need to play catch-up. For all of the details, keep reading below….

LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK

Conviction– Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell star in this based-on-fact story about a woman who spent many years trying to free her brother from prison, following his conviction on what she believed to be trumped-up charges. Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo, Peter Gallagher and Juliette Lewis are also in the cast; Tony Goldwyn directed. Conviction starts on Friday, October 22 at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Ghost Stories 4– The fourth in Indiana filmmaker Dan T. Hall’s series of documentaries about paranormal activities in the Hoosier state will have a premiere showing at 7:30 PM on Saturday, October 23, at the IMAX Theater in downtown Indianapolis’ Indiana State Museum. Another screening will follow at the Irving Theater in Indianapolis on Thursday, October 28, at 9 PM. The Irving is also the site of a “Paranormal Meet and Greet” event related to the film (featuring the director, among others), from noon to 5 PM on Saturday, October 23. The Irving is an appropriate site for both the meet and greet and the screening, apparently, since the official site for the film (which is forty-eight minutes long, according to the Irving’s site) says that one of its subjects is “infamous serial killer H. H. Holmes, who rented a cottage in historic Irvington for the express purpose of committing murder.”

Rakht Charitra– The Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis will have three showings of this action/crime/political/revenge drama from India on Friday, October 22- at 4:30, 7, and 9:30 PM. (More shows may be added later in the week, though, if the Friday screenings are a success- check the manoranjaninc site for more info.) According to this film’s official site, it is part one of a two part story, and is based on the real-life story of an initially shy man whose overpowering desire for revenge (following the deaths of his father and brother) led him to be accused of committing a number of extremely violent acts, including more than a few murders- and who was eventually able to become a minister in the government of an Indian state. Apparently, this film was shot in two different versions, one in the Telugu language, and one in Hindi- either that, or the Telugu version was dubbed into Hindi later on. I’ve read both versions online, and I don’t know which is correct. Whatever the case may be, it seems like the Georgetown 14 will be playing the Telugu version (which apparently lacks English subtitles). In spite of that, the link in the title above is for the Hindi version’s site, since it is more English-friendly- especially for the “About” tab, and for the (violent-looking) trailers.

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

Brindaavanam– This Telugu-language romantic comedy (well, it looks like it’s probably a comedy, but the IMDb says it’s a “romance”)- is scheduled to be shown (in a print that apparently does not have English subtitles) at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis this Friday, October 22, at 9 PM. There’s no plot summary on the official site, by the way- but I can tell you that the film stars N.T.R. Rao Junior- who is such a big deal that he is credited on the film’s site as just “NTR,” and the adress for the film’s site (following all of that http://www stuff, at least) begins with “ntr.”

Buried– Ryan Reynolds stars as Paul, a man who has been working as a truck driver in Iraq. He awakens in a dark, cramped space, and finds that he has been buried alive in a sort of coffin. While the people who did this to Paul left a flashlight and cell phone in the coffin with him, Paul also realizes that there isn’t all that much oxygen in there- and he’d better think fast if he’s going to have any hope of staying alive…. This suspense drama has been getting pretty good reviews from most critics, by the way, but it doesn’t sound like a good movie for anyone who suffers from claustrophobia- reportedly, the audience spends a great deal of time stuck in the same confined space as the main character. Buried continues its exclusive run (in the city and the state) this week at the Showplace Indianapolis 17.

Cairo Time– Patricia Clarkson stars in this romantic drama about Juliette, a married woman vacationing in Egypt. When her husband can’t get to Cairo on schedule, he suggests that a friend of his serve as a guide to the city for Juliette- and she finds that she may be falling in love with the other man. Cairo Time opens at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne on Friday, October 22. It is also supposed to start next Friday, October 29, at the Keystone Art Center in Indianapolis- making it one of the few movies to play at the Cinema Center ahead the KAC, rather than the other way around.

Catfish– Don’t worry- I won’t spoil the mystery* about this documentary, even though I’ve now seen it for myself. The basic story is that a fellow named Yaniv “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 starts on Friday, October 22, at the Eastside 9 in Lafayette, the Showplace South Bend 16, the Showplace Bloomington 11, and Showplace East in Evansville.

*And even though I think that what I’m going to say here is spoiler-free (except maybe towards the end of this paragraph), it still may reveal more than those who have yet to see the film may want to know- so at least some of you might want to not read what follows. Anyhow, I think that the two most egregious failings of trailers are giving away too much about a movie (as the preview for Let Me In– and too many other movies to mention- apparently did), and making a movie seem like something that it is not. Now that I’ve seen Catfish, I think that this film’s trailer falls into the latter category, to a certain extent, since it (in my opinion) tried to make Catfish seem like it’s a really creepy, scary, mysterious, and possibly disturbing doc- the non-fiction equivalent of Paranormal Activity or The Blair Witch Project, perhaps. While Catfish does have a few somewhat disturbing elements, they aren’t (to me) much like what the trailer seems to lead you to think you might see. Moreover (and this is the part that verges on spoilerdom), I just didn’t think the resolution of the film’s “mystery” was all that stunning/shocking/surprising- for reasons that I won’t go into further here.

So- and all potential/possible spoilers are over and done with at this point, by the way- while I did think that the film worked as an interesting portrait of human nature (when it comes to Nev, the filmmakers, and others), I also think that the misleading trailer is going to result in disappointment for at least some audience members. The trailer may get a few more people to see the film, perhaps- but if that also results in greater negative word of mouth than would have occurred if the distributor had gone with a more honest preview, than I still think that a misleading trailer does a disservice to a film.

Dalai Lama Renaissance– Harrison Ford narrates this documentary about the Dalai Lama, and a week-long conference in which he and a number of thinkers from around the world met to discuss how to resolve a number of pressing problems. Dalai Lama Renaissance will be shown at Bloomington’s Buskirk-Chumley Theater on Sunday, October 24. I couldn’t find a time for the screening on either the BCT’s site or the film’s official site, however- so if you want to go, a phone call to the BCT may be in order.

Deep Down– For their “4th Sunday Community Cinema” event for October, the KI EcoCenter in Indianapolis will be showing some movie with this title at some time on Sunday, October 24. As the preceding sentence implies, there is no show time for the film on the KI EcoCenter’s site (as far as I could tell)- so you might want to call them and ask about that, if you want to see the movie. And you might also want to ask what the movie is about, while you’re at it, since (again, as far as I can tell) they don’t really say anything about that on the KI’s site. My best guess is that it is this documentary about coal miners in Kentucky- given the title of the event, given that the KI has shown other docs from ITVS in the past, and given that a documentary about mining is still somewhat topical now, even after the rescue of the trapped Chilean miners.

(So there are two movies this week that start with “D,” and there’s apparently no start time information available for either one- what an odd coincidence…)

The Genesis Code– Here’s the synopsis for this drama, taken from its official site: “Kerry Wells (Kelsey Sanders), a college journalist and committed Christian with an effervescent personality, has been assigned to do a story on Blake Truman (Logan Bartholomew) the college’s newest and very popular hockey superstar. As a relationship between them begins to develop Kerry finds that Blake, who hides behind a tough and independent façade, is actually struggling through a difficult personal crisis and that he bears the cross of a secret he has kept hidden for years. Blake rebuffs Kerry’s suggestion that prayer might help ease his burden; he is convinced that modern science completely disproves the Bible, especially the opening verses of Genesis. Kerry – who is herself suddenly confronted with a challenge to her faith on another front – sets out to prove that science and Genesis are not in conflict and her quest leads to a startling revelation.” Lance Henriksen, Ben Murphy, Louise Fletcher, Ernest Borgnine and Fred Dalton Thompson also appear in The Genesis Code, which was directed by C. Thomas Howell and Patrick Read Johnson. It continues this week at the Showplace Schererville 16.

(By the way- Ernest Borgnine is also in the big national release Red, which also opened at the same theater on October 15. I haven’t exactly researched this all that extensively, but I would be willing to bet that this makes the ninety-three-year-old Borgnine the only actor of that age (or older) to have two different, unrelated movies open in the same theater on the same day.)

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 through Monday, October 25, at the Cinema Center@ Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne. Also, it will be screened this Friday and Saturday, October 22 and 23, at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center- which will also show The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo on those same days. Dragon Tattoo is scheduled to show at 6:30 PM on both days, with Played With Fire scheduled to follow at 9:30 PM.

Halloween with Bugs- That’s “Bugs” as in “Bugs Bunny”, since this is a collection of classic Warner Brothers cartoons with monsters and other creepy elements added to the laughs. The University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center will show Halloween with Bugs at 3 PM on Sunday, October 24.

Heartland Film Festival– The 2010 edition of the Heartland continues through Saturday, Ocotber 23, with screenings at the Castleton Square 14 in Indianapolis and the Showplace Indianapolis 17- along with special events and screenings elsewhere. For more information, go to the Heartland’s official site (linked above).

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.

It’s Hard Being Loved by Jerks– Daniel Leconte directed this documentary about a French publisher’s legal woes after his satirical periodical reprinted several controversial cartoons. It’s Hard Being Loved by Jerks will be shown at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Thursday, October 28, at 6:30 PM.

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 holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema and Showplace Indianapolis 17 in Indianapolis, the Village Park 17 in Carmel, the Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, the Showplace Bloomington 11, and the Showplace South Bend 16.

Jack Goes Boating– Philip Seymour Hoffman makes his feature film directing debut with this romantic drama/comedy 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 (with only one showing per day, apparently) at the Showplace Bloomington 11; it also starts on Friday, October 22, at the Coldwater Crossing 14 in Fort Wayne.

Khaleja– The Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis will show this Telugu-language film from India at 2 and 9 PM on both Saturday, October 23, and Sunday, October 24. The IMDb says that Khaleja is an action movie, while the film’s Facebook page says that it is a romantic thriller. There’s no plot summary on the movie’s official site, so either- or both- of these descriptions could be correct. (By the way- 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.)

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 (with several showings per day) at the Showplace East in Evansville.

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 Cinema Center in Fort Wayne; it also opens on Friday, October 22, at the Yes Cinema in Columbus- which will show the film on Friday through Sunday, and next Thursday.

My Suicide– Gabriel Sunday and Brooke Nevin star in this comedy/drama, about a student who is planning to videotape his own self-inflicted death for a school project. This film- which has a supporting cast that includes David Carradine, Joe Mantegna and Mariel Hemingway- is scheduled for theatrical release next February, according to this page on The Ryder’s site. My Suicide will show at 7:30 PM on October 22 and 23 at IU’s Fine Arts Building. These showings will be introduced by actor and co-writer Gabriel Sunday. Other screenings are scheduled for 7:30 PM on Sunday, October 24 (at Bear’s Place in Bloomington) and 7:30 PM on Thursday, October 28 (at the Root Cellar Lounge at FARM– again in Bloomington).

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 holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis- albeit with only two showings per day, at 1:30 and 6:30 PM. (It is also scheduled to open on October 29 at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne, according to the Cinema Center’s site.)

Nowhere Boy– Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass), Kristin Scott Thomas, David Threlfall and Anne-Marie Duff star in this drama about the early life of John Lennon; apparently, the film follows Lennon from his teens right up to the point that he and his bandmates depart for Hamburg, Germany. Nowhere Boy holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis and the Showplace Bloomington 11 (although the latter theater will have only two showings per day, apparently). Nowhere Boy also starts on Friday, October 22, at the Portage 16 and IMAX.

N-Secure– According to its official site, this drama has been described as “a cross between Fatal Attraction and CSI.” The story centers on a young man whose problematic romantic entanglements lead to big trouble- including murder. Tempestt Bledsoe, Lamman Rucker, Essence Atkins, Elise Neal, Cordell Moore and Toni Trucks star in N-Secure, which holds over this week at the Showplace Glendale 12, Georgetown 14, Galaxy 14, Circle Center 9, Eagle Highlands 10, and Showplace Traders Point 12 (all in Indianapolis), and the Carmike 20 in Fort Wayne (which will have only one or two showings per day, depending on the day) and the Portage 16 and IMAX in Portage.

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 at 4:30 or 5:30 (depending on the day) from Saturday, October 23, through Thursday, October 28.

Note: I saw this movie a while ago, by the way, and it was… different. Even though I’ve seen over one hundred Indian films, this was really 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 even many other Indian films I have seen, 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.

Starship Troopers– The bugs are back in town- or at least South Bend, since Paul Verhoeven’s 1997 science fiction/action adventure/dark comedy whatsit will be screened at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Thursday, October 28, at 9:30 PM.

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.

Waiting for Superman– Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) directed this documentary about education in America- in particular, the film deals with public schools vs. charter schools, and the fate of five individual students, each of them hoping to get a good education. Waiting for Superman holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

What If…– 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…. What If… holds over this week (with two or so showings per day, depending on the theater) at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis, the Hamilton 16 and IMAX in Noblesville, and the Studio 10 in Shelbyville.

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.

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 will be shown through Monday, October 25, at the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.

Young Frankenstein– Mel Brooks’ 1974 comedy classic will be shown at 7 PM on Wednesday, October 27, at the Irving Theater in Indianapolis. Admission is $5.

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger– Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Pauline Collins and Freida Pinto are the stars of Woody Allen’s latest romantic comedy, about several couples- past, present, and potential. It holds over for a second week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, although with only two showings per day (at 4:15 and 9 PM). You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger also starts on Friday, October 22, at the Showplace Bloomington 11, the Showplace Schererville 16, the Evansville 16, the Showplace Muncie 7, the Showplace South Bend 16, and the Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute.

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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.

Also on some theater screens in Indiana this week (and take a deep breath- there’s more than usual in this section): Ultimate Fighting Championship 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez, on Saturday, October 23; a live showing of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov (also on October 23); an encore presentation of the Sound of Music Sing-a-Long (on Tuesday, October 26); an encore showing of a (formerly) live-on-stage version of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion (on Monday, October 25); an encore presentation of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold (on Wednesday, October 27); and a “live” presentation of the Rifftrax guys (Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett) mocking (an apparently colorized print of) the Vincent Price version of House on Haunted Hill (on Thursday, October 28).

For more information on any of the above titles (including theater locations and show times), click on the relevant highlighted text above, and follow the trail of cyber-breadcrumb links until you find what you need to know.

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.

Cairo Time– See above for a description of this one, since it will be showing at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne this week. It is also supposed to start next Friday, October 29, at the Keystone Art Center in Indianapolis.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest– The third part of the Millennium Trilogy (following The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire) is set to open at the Keystone Art Center in Indianapolis next Friday, October 29. Or at least that’s what the theater’s page on Landmark’s site says. Interestingly enough, there was no mention of that date (or any other Indiana showing, as far as I could tell) on this film’s page at the site of its US distributor, Music Box Films (or at least that was the case on late Thursday afternoon, October 21). That’s a reversal of the usual pattern, where a hopeful distributor will put a dates and theaters on their site- as Music Box Films itself did several times with dates for the Mesrine films at the KAC- only to have those bookings get changed around later on, or vanish entirely (as with the Mesrine films at the KAC). Granted, Cairo Time also does not mention a booking for the KAC on its site- but in that case, it’s more understandable, since Cairo Time has been in US release since August, and its distributor just hasn’t updated the film’s release schedule recently. But Music Box Films has many theaters and cities on its page for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, up through November 19- and there’s nary a mention of the Keystone Art Cinema or Indianapolis on there, as far as I can tell (as of now, at least). What’s even more interesting is- unless I’m misremembering something here- this would be the first of the Millennium Trilogy to open in Indianapolis on the same day that it opens in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and other major American markets… if it opens in Indianapolis on the 29th at all, that is. Curiouser and curiouser….

In other Keystone Art Cinema news, the theater has added two titles to their schedule for November 12. Inside Job– Charles Ferguson’s documentary on the financial collapse of 2008- is one of those movies; this corresponds with the date for the KAC that has been on the film’s official site for a week or so now. Fair Game– which stars Naomi Watts and Sean Penn in the story of Valerie Plame and her husband, Joe Wilson, and which was directed by Doug Liman (Swingers, Go, The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith)- is the other title. Inside Job will definitely be a limited release, but I can’t tell yet if Fair Game will be a limited or wide release as of November 12 (although I’m guessing it won’t go wide until a little while later).

Meanwhile, manoranjaninc has added two upcoming Indian movies to their site this week. Both are scheduled to be at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis on “FRI 5th OCT,” according to manoranjan’s site- but I suspect that that is a typo for November 5. First up is Action Replayy (which is not a typo, by the way), a comedy about a guy who somehow goes back to the seventies in an attempt to prevent present-day troubles in his parents’ relationship. (This one has a cool, seventies-style poster and site, by the way.) Also on the itinerary for the same date is the comedy sequel Gomaal 3, which stars Ajay Devgan and Kareena Kapoor. (Both movies are currently scheduled for only one showing each- but I suspect that more screenings will be added later on for both Action Replayy and Gomaal 3.)

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Screenings and events for next Friday (a much busier one than most, it would appear):

Beverly Lane– A retirement party goes horribly wrong when zombies show up in this Indiana-made horror comedy; it will be shown at midnight on October 29 at the Hamilton 16 and IMAX in Noblesville. Tickets for the premiere have been selling fast, by the way, according to Beverly Lane’s Facebook page– so if you want to see this next Friday, you might want to get your ticket ASAP.

The Bride of Frankenstein– Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Ernest Thesiger, and Dwight Frye star in James Whale’s 1935 classic, which will be shown at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Toby Theater on October 29 at 7 PM. Admission is $9 for the general public, and $5 for IMA members.

Freakonomics– This documentary with dramatizations (and possibly some other features not found in more traditional docs, apparently) may not make it to the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis- but Bloomington residents who want to get their Freakononmics on can do so at IU’s Fine Arts Building next Friday and Saturday at 8 PM

The Italian Zombie Movie, Parts 1 and 2: Zombie Abomination and Zombie Atrocity– Actually, this was made in the U.S. of A. (Michigan, to be more specific, from what I’ve read online)- but apparently, the title fits (or the titles fit) otherwise. The gore and guts start to hit the fan at 8 PM next Friday; the venue is Shelbyville’s Strand Theatre.

The Nightmare Before Christmas– This entertaining 1993 film will be shown next Friday, October 29 (and next Saturday, October 30) at the historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin. The nightmare begins at 2 and 7:30 on both days, according to the Artcraft’s site.

Women Without Men– Artist Shirin Neshat makes her directorial debut with this drama, which follows the lives of five Iranian women after a coup (backed by the US and Britain) overthrows Iran’s freely elected government in 1953. Per the film’s official site, the five women eventually come together in “a metaphorical garden,” while the world around them is changed by powerful forces beyond their control. Women Without Men will be shown at 7:30 PM, October 29, at the the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

6 responses to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (October 22, 2010)

  1. If Catfish isn’t a serial killer movie, then the trailer was seriously misleading.

    I’m with you all the way on the two biggest failings of trailers, and that selling a movie as something it isn’t is a remarkably short-sighted marketing strategy.

  2. I’ll have to go “no comment” with regards to your comment on the Catfish trailer, since if I said anything one way or the other…

    And by the way- I don’t want to give anyone the impression that the Catfish trailer is over the top in its deceit; for one thing, there isn’t anything in the trailer that isn’t in the movie, as far as I can tell. Then again, I may have forgotten a few things about the version of the trailer that I’ve been talking about here- I saw it only once, and a while back (a month or so ago). But even through the mists of time, I was expecting one sort of movie, based on that trailer- and got another sort of movie, in a number of ways (some minor, some not so minor).

    In other news, Music Box Films (I’m assuming it must have been them) had a “Starts Friday” ad in yesterday’s Indianapolis Star for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest- and the ad said that the film would open at the Keystone Art Cinema. So even though Music Box Films has yet to add the KAC to their list of theaters for the film (for 10/29 or any other date on the site), it looks like TGWKtHN will be at the KAC on Friday. (Both TGWKtHN and Cairo Time were still on the KAC’s schedule for Friday when I checked their home page a few minutes ago, by the way.) It looks like Never Let Me Go and You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger are leaving after Thursday to make room.

    Also, Manoranjaninc added a few shows (Mon-Thurs at 8 PM) for Khaleja at the Georgetown 14. (They also changed the date for both Action Replayy and Golmaal 3 to November 5th on their site, by the way- but they have yet to add any more show times for either film).

  3. More updates-

    First, the 2003 anime film The Cat Returns will be shown (in Japanese, with English subtitles)at 7 PM on Wednesday, October 27, in the theater at Tilt, the arcade on the fourth floor of the Circle Centre Mall in downtown Indianapolis. I can’t tell if there’s a charge for admission- I didn’t see anything about one, at least- although I know from experience that there is a (relatively minor) charge to park in the mall’s parking garage. (Those of you who are extremely frugal can try to find parking on the street, since I don’t think that you have to feed the parking meters after 6 PM- although that may be changing, soon enough…) Getting back to the movie itself, Studio Ghibli (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle) was one of the companies behind it, per the IMDb.

    Also, the Keystone Art Cinema’s schedule for next week is now up- and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest and Cairo Time are both on it.

    And for anyone who didn’t get a ticket to the now sold-out showing of the made-in-Indiana zombie comedy Beverly Lane this Friday at midnight, another show has been added at the Hamilton 16 and IMAX in Noblesville- on Saturday, November 6, at 9:30 AM.

  4. And for anyone who’s been wondering when Stone (with Edward Norton, Robert DeNiro and Milla Jovavich) would open in (or near) Indy, the answer is this Friday, when it will be at the Village Park 17 in Carmel. (It may be at other theaters too, but that’s the only one of the theaters with their schedules up so far that will be showing it.)

    The Village Park 17 will also get a print of Conviction on Friday as well.

  5. Oops- Not so fast on Stone, apparently. I just checked the Fandango site again for the Village Park 17’s schedule for next Friday, and Stone isn’t there any more. Just to confirm this, I called the theater- and they said they won’t be getting the movie this Friday.

    I just checked on both IMDb and Moviefone. It looks like Stone will be in over 120 theaters in the US tomorrow- including at least one screen in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio- but none in Indiana. You wouldn’t think that a movie with Robert DeNiro, Edward Norton and Milla Jovovich in it would take that long to get here… (or maybe not get here at all).

  6. The Star ran a review of Stone today, so someone else thinks it’ll be here (somewhere).

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