Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (October 29, 2010)

by MIKE MACCOLLUM

Well, it’s a quiet week in terms of limited theatrical releases in Indiana- only one truly “new” film opens this week (unless Stone actually materializes, as previously scheduled). Still, there’s a whole lot going on this week, what with (among other things) a number of horror movies, a series of Mexican films, and (combining both of the above) a movie or two involving one or more masked wrestlers. For all of the pulse-pounding details, read on below….

LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK

[Note: Follow the links in the “Outside the Multiplex” section of the sidebar for theater/venue information.]

Cairo Time– This one was in Indiana last week, so the main listing is in the next section, below. However, since Cairo Time does start at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis on October 29, I thought that I should put the title up here as well.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest– The cinematic version of the third book in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy features Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) and Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) once again fighting to expose powerful people who prey on others- although Lisabeth reportedly spends a fairly substantial chunk of this installment confined to an intensive care unit, recovering from the injuries she suffered at the end of The Girl Who Played With Fire. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest starts on Friday, October 29, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. (And the film’s US distributor also says that it is scheduled to open at the Yes Cinema in Columbus on November 26.)

(Stone– I’ve put this title in parentheses because while I don’t think that it is opening in Indiana this week, there’s still a small chance that it could be playing at the Village Park 17 in Carmel, starting on Friday, October 29. The Village Park 17’s schedule on Fandango’s site said (as of a few days ago) that they would indeed get Stone on October 29- and the film is in the theater’s directory listing in the Regal Entertainment Group ad in this week’s Metromix. However, Stone isn’t on the Village Park’s Fandango page for October 29 as of today (Thursday)- and a theater employee told me that it wasn’t on their list of movies starting Friday when I called the theater on Thursday afternoon. Considering that Stone has been out since October 8, and will be on over 120 screens in the US this week, per Moviefone- and considering that it stars Edward Norton, Robert De Niro, and Milla Jovovich- I’m surprised that this one hasn’t started in Indiana yet… and (apparently) won’t be in any theater in the state this week, either. In any event, Norton plays a convict up for parole, hoping to use his lovely wife (Jovovich, of course) to “persuade” his about-to-retire parole officer (De Niro) to let him out. By the way- if I hear that Stone really is at the Village Park 17- or any other theater in the state- this week, I’ll let you know in an update.)

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

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. Actually, tickets for this screening sold out- even after the film was moved into a theater with more seats- so another showing has been scheduled for 9:30 AM on Saturday, November 6, also at the Hamilton 16.

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.

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 Indianapolis, at least) at the Showplace Indianapolis 17- and starts on Friday, October 29, at the Portage 16 and IMAX.

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 starts on Friday, October 29, at the Keystone Art Center in Indianapolis- and plays through Monday, November 1, at the Cinema Center@ Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.

Catfish– Don’t worry- I won’t spoil the mystery* about this documentary, even though I’ve seen it 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 holds over this week at the Showplace South Bend 16 and the Showplace Bloomington 11 – and starts on Friday, October 29, at the Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, the Showplace Muncie 7, and the Coldwater Crossing 14 in Fort Wayne.

(*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 modern-day trailers are giving away too much about a movie (as the preview for Let Me In– and too many other movies to mention- 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 they might be. 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.)

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 holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis- and starts on Friday, October 29, at the Showplace Indianapolis 17, the Village Park 17 in Carmel, the Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, and the Showplace Schererville 16.

Drive-Ins Closing for the Season- Well, at least two of them that are in or near Indianapolis- the Tibbs and the the Centerbrook- will close for the season after this weekend. Unfortunately, this was another year where neither of these drive-ins showed anything not already showing (or previously shown) at indoor theaters; here’s hoping that both will be back- and show a little more variety in their programming- next year. Before it goes dark, however, the Centerbrook will show the original Night of the Living Dead at 11 PM this Friday and Saturday, as part of their annual end-of-season Horrorfest. Since NotLD is considered to be in the public domain- and hence widely available- you have many opportunities to see the film… but how often can you see it at a drive-in that was around when it first came out, and which (who knows?) might have shown it during its original theatrical release?

8 Wheels of Death– Zombies meet roller derby in this filmed-in-Bloomington horror comedy/romantic comedy, which will have its world premiere screening at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington on Sunday, October 31; the film starts at 8 PM.

Flor Silvestre (Wildflower)– Delores Del Rio, Pedro Armendariz, and director Emilio Fernandez star in this Mexican drama about a man who is willing to forgo a large inheritance in order to marry the woman he loves- only to go face a much more desperate challenge years later, when his wife and son are kidnapped. The Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis will have a free showing of Flor Silvestre on Thursday, November 4, at 7 PM.

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 on Friday and Saturday, October 29 and 30, at 8 PM. Another screening is scheduled for 7:30 PM pm Thursday, November 4, at the Root Cellar Lounge at FARM in Bloomington.

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken– Don Knotts (you were expecting Sir Laurence Olivier, maybe?) stars in this 1966 comedy, which features Dick Sargent and busy character actor Charles Lane in the supporting cast. The Strand Theatre in Shelbyville will show The Ghost and Mr. Chicken at 2 PM on Sunday, October 31.

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, November 1, at the Cinema Center@ Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.

Horror Fest: All Day Fun– That’s the title of this event at Shelbyville’s Strand Theatre; it starts at 10 AM on Saturday, October 30, and runs until either 10 PM or midnight (depending on where you look on the Strand’s site). For a mere $5, you can see any (or all) of the following: Invisible Ghost (1941); Dementia 13 (1963); The Vampire Bat (1933); The Terror (1963); Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959); The Devil Bat (1940); and It’s Alive (1969)- presumably in that order, although there are no specific times for the individual films on the Strand’s site, as far as I can tell. In any event, if they are showing the 1969 It’s Alive– and not another film with that same title- then it was directed by Larry Buchanan. And while I haven’t seen his It’s Alive, I have viewed one other title in Mr. Buchanan’s oeuvre- and if It’s Alive is anything like that one, then I’m guessing that (whenever the Strand is showing It’s Alive), you may well need to consume massive quantities of caffeine if you want to stay awake until the end. (I taped Buchanan’s Curse of the Swamp Creature off of Channel 4 decades ago, and watched it in the middle of the day after getting a good night’s sleep. The movie still put me to sleep- and I’ve read several accounts of other Buchanan films having a similarly soporific effect on other viewers….)

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.

The Italian Zombie Movie, Parts 1 and 2: Zombie Abomination and Zombie Atrocity– Actually, this was made in the US 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 on Friday, October 29; the venue is Shelbyville’s Strand Theatre.

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. It’s Kind of a Funny Story also starts on Friday, October 29, at the Hamilton 16 and IMAX in Noblesville, the Eastside 9 in Lafayette, and the Huntington 7 (which- like the Keystone Art Center in Indianapolis- will have only two showings per day).

Jack Goes Boating– 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 starts on Friday, October 2, at the Hamilton 16 and IMAX in Noblesville, the Yes Cinema in Columbus, the Eastside 9 in Lafayette, and the Portage 16 and IMAX.

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- will be shown at 7:30 PM on October 29 and 30 at IU’s Fine Arts Building.

Marion Bridge– Molly Parker, Rebecca Jenkins, Ellen Page and Hollis McLaren star in this 2002 Canadian drama about a trio of sisters who take care of their terminally-ill mother. Marion Bridge– which is part of the Indiana Film Society’s 2010 series, the (Northern) Ties That Bind- will be shown free of charge at 7 PM on Tuesday, November 2; the location is the Indianapolis Senior Center.

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 on Friday, October 29 at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

The Nightmare Before Christmas– This entertaining 1993 film will be shown Friday, October 29 and 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.

Night of the Living Dead– See the entry for “Drive-Ins Closing for the Season” above.

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 (where it will be shown daily at 4 and 9:15 PM) and the Showplace Bloomington 11. Nowhere Boy also starts on Friday, October 29, at the Showplace Schererville 16.

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 (albeit with only two shows per day, at some theaters) at the Showplace Glendale 12, Georgetown 14, Galaxy 14, Circle Center 9, Eagle Highlands 10, Showplace Washington Square 12 and Showplace Traders Point 12 (all in Indianapolis), and the Portage 16 and IMAX in Portage. N-Secure also starts on Friday, October 29, at the Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, the Showplace Muncie 7, and the Lafayette 7.

The Pearl– Emilio Fernandez directed this Mexican drama about a pearl diver who hopes to save his injured son; the script was co-written by John Steinbeck (based on his own book), and stars Pedro Armendariz and Maria Elena Marques. The Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis will have a free screening of The Pearl at 5 PM on Thursday, November 5.

Ran– The University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center kicks off its “(Akira) Kurosawa at 100” series with a screening of the Japanese director’s 1985 adaptation of King Lear; it gets underway at 7 PM on Thursday, November 4.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show– The cult favorite returns to the big screen in Indiana this week with screenings at the Irving Theater in Indianapolis (on Saturday, October 30, at midnight), the Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute (on Friday and Saturday at midnight), and the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington (at 8 PM on Saturday, October 30, and at 12 AM on Sunday- and no, I don’t know if that means late Saturday night or late Sunday night… you might want to call the theater to clarify).

Santo and Blue Demon vs. the Monsters– The valiant masked Mexican wrestlers take on some seasonally-appropriate adversaries in this fun-sounding film from 1969; it will be shown (on DVD, I’m guessing) at 10 AM on Saturday, October 30, at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis. This is the first in the “Mexican Film Cycle” series of screenings at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis; there is no charge for admission. (And if you can’t make this showing, the Indianapolis Museum of Art will screen Santo and Blue Demon vs. the Monsters on Friday, November 19.)

Santo and the Wolves- Santo goes solo this time, apparently, taking on the newly-installed (and- but of course- young and beautiful) queen of the wolf women without the assistance of Blue Demon or other allies. This 1972 film from Mexico will be shown at 12 noon on Saturday, October 30, at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis; admission is free.

Titanica– The IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis will be showing this 1995 documentary about the doomed ocean liner daily (except for Monday).

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- and starts on Friday, October 29, at the Hamilton 16 and IMAX in Noblesville, the Showplace South Bend 16, the Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne, the Showplace Schererville 12, and the Showplace East in Evansville.

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.

The Wildest Dream– The 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- returns to the IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis with a showing at 6:45 PM on Thursday, November 4. Liam Neeson narrates, by the way, and Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Hugh Dancy, and the late Natasha Richardson also contributed vocal performances.

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.

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 University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg!– Aviva Kempner (The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg) directed this very well-reviewed documentary about Gertrude Berg, who created the radio (and later TV) show The Goldbergs. Berg also wrote many of the scripts for The Goldbergs and was the star of the show (she won the first-ever Emmy Award for Best Actress, in fact). Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg!- which features interviews with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Susan Stamberg (from NPR) and TV producer Norman Lear, among others- will be shown at 7 PM on Tuesday, November 2, at the Jewish Community Center in Indianapolis. The screening is part of the JCC’s 12th annual Ann Katz Festival of Books.

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 this week at the Showplace Bloomington 11, the Evansville 16, the Showplace Muncie 7, 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 both on Thursday, November 4, coincidentally enough): Race Across the Sky 2010 Live (an event that features an all-new documentary on the Leadville Trail 100 high-altitude bike race, along with a panel discussion) and Suzanne Somers’ Breakthrough Tour (which- per its official site- brings “one of her most popular talks on aging and wellness to a national cinema audience”).

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.

Heartbreaker– Romain Duris and Vanessa Paradis star in this French romantic comedy about Alex, a guy who (for a price) breaks up couples by seducing women- but only if he thinks that these women are unhappy in their relationships. Now, though, Alex has been hired by the father of a wealthy heiress to make sure that her planned wedding (to a man the father doesn’t care for) never happens- and he finds that he may actually feel something for the woman in question. Heartbreaker is scheduled to start on Friday, November 5, at the Keystone Art Center in Indianapolis.

In other Keystone Art Cinema news, the theater has added three titles to their schedule for November 19. First up is Tamara Drewe, described in its press kit as a “contemporary comedy of manners” set in the English countryside. Gemma Arterton stars as the title character, a former ugly duckling who causes quite a stir when she returns to the village where she was born; Stephen Frears directed.

Another British director, Danny Boyle, will also be present at the KAC on the nineteenth. His contribution is 127 Hours, a based-on-fact drama about mountain climber Aron Ralston (James Franco)- and the drastic steps he took to survive after one of his arms got trapped beneath a boulder.

Cool It makes up the last of the trio; it’s a documentary about Bjorn Lomborg (author of the book The Skeptical Environmentalist), and what the film’s official site describes as “his mission to bring the smartest solutions to climate change, environmental pollution, and other major problems in the world,” Ondi Timoner (Dig!, We Live in Public) directed.

Action Replayy– This Hindi-language comedy from India is about a guy who somehow goes back to the seventies in an attempt to prevent present-day troubles in his parents’ relationship. (It also has a cool, seventies-style poster and site, by the way.) As of now, it is scheduled for only one showing at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis- on Friday, November 5, at 9 PM- but I’m betting that more showings will be added later on.

Golmaal 3– Ajay Devgan and Kareena Kapoor star in this comedy sequel from India. Manoranjaninc’s site lists only one showing, as of now- on Friday, November 5, at 9:15 PM- but (as with Action Replayy) I strongly suspect that more show times will be added to the schedule at some point.

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

Bugambilia (Bougainvillea)– Delores Del Rio and Pedro Armendariz star in director Emilio Fernandez’s 1944 romantic drama/melodrama about a pair of star-crossed lovers. The Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis will show Bugambilia free of charge on Friday, November 5, at 5 PM.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off– Dan Quayle’s favorite movie will be shown at 2 and 7:30 PM on Friday, November 5 (and at 7:30 PM on Saturday, October 6) at the historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin.

Food, Inc.– The Epworth United Methodist Church in Indianapolis will show this very successful, Academy-Award-nominated documentary about America’s food supply at 7 PM on Friday, November 5. The screening is part of the 2010 Eco-Film Series, and there is no charge for admission.

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould– This documentary explores the little-known private life of the late pianist through interviews with those who knew him well, through Gould’s own diaries, and (if I recall the trailer correctly) through at least a few reenacted scenes from Gould’s life. Genius Within will be shown at 7:30 PM on Friday, November 5 (and Saturday, November 6) at IU’s Fine Arts Building in Bloomington.

Pueblerina– This 1948 Mexican film- which has a title that translates as “Hick,” according to the Indiana State Museum’s site- is a drama (and/or melodrama) about a man who returns to his small town after serving a prison sentence for avenging a crime- only to find that the evil men who committed the act of violence won’t let him and his girlfriend live in peace. The Indiana State Museum will show Pueblerina at 7 PM on Friday, November 5; there is no charge for admission.

Soul Kitchen– Director Fatih Akin (The Edge of Heaven, Head On) takes a turn at comedy with this film about a restaurateur in Hamburg, Germany. Soul Kitchen will be shown at 6:30 and 9:30 PM on Friday, November 5, at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

8 responses to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (October 29, 2010)

  1. Wow, there’s really a lot going on this week! The Mexican film festival at the state museum is intriguing. Do you know if there’s an exhibit tie-in, or something like that? I don’t recall the museum hosting a film festival before.

    Action Replayy sounds like it could be fun (I’m getting a Back to the Future vibe from that summary). I haven’t seen a Bollywood film in what feels like ages so that might be a good pick for next weekend.

    I’m glad Soul Kitchen is coming to the state, but I wish it was playing closer than South Bend! And they get Ran on the big screen this week, the lucky stiffs….

  2. Helen-

    First, an update: While there’s no admission charge to see the films in the “Mexican Film Cycle” at the Indiana State Museum, you do have to pay an admission charge- $7 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $4 for children- to get into the museum itself. (Plus, if you park in the museum’s garage, there’s a fee for that, too.) But, once you’re inside the museum, there’s no extra charge to see the movies.

    Also, I don’t think that there’s an exhibit at the museum in conjunction with the films. Here’s what it says on the Indiana State Museum’s home page for the Mexican Film Cycle: “In commemoration of Mexico’s bicentennial of independence and the centennial of the Mexican revolution, the Indiana State Museum is proud to celebrate with the Mexican Consul of Indianapolis by showing some of the finest films from the golden age of the Mexican cinema as well as the stories that surround one of Mexico’s most treasured folk heroes. Enjoy films by Mexican director and screenwriter Emilio Fernández who portrays the trials and tribulations of rural Mexicans affected by years of revolution. Children and adults will delight in films that feature one of Mexico’s greatest heroes — El Santo. Watch his fantastic feats as El Santo fights for the common man against an array of evil foes. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy these cultural treasures at the Indiana State Museum for a limited time!” So that’s the explanation as to why they’re doing this now; if there was something about an accompanying exhibit on the museum’s site, I didn’t see it.

    Also, now I’m 99.99+% certain that Stone is not at the Village Park 17 this week- although there’s a review in today’s Indianapolis Star, and in their “Starts Today” feature, the Star says that Stone is at the VP17. But Stone isn’t one of the titles listed for the VP17 in today’s Regal directory ad in the Star, and it wasn’t on the list of titles for the theater when I called Fandango’s toll-free number for info on what was playing there.

    So now I wonder who pulled the booking- the theater, its booker, the distributor, or someone else? Also, when did they cancel the booking- and will Stone ever show up in the Indy area at all?

    And while I haven’t read much plot information for Action Replayy myself yet, I thought it sounded a bit Back to the Future-ish myself.

  3. Manoranjaninc has posted many more show times for both Action Replayy and Golmaal 3. Both will run for seven days, and have three or four shows per day (except next Sunday, when the latter has just two showings). Also, Manoranjan has added one new movie, Guzaarish, to their list of upcoming titles. As of now, it is scheduled for just one showing- at 9:30 PM on November 19. (And like about 50% or so of the movies that Manoranjan has booked/presented/whatever at the Georgetown 14 in recent weeks, Guzaarish stars Aishwarya Rai. She’s also the female lead of Action Replayy, and was in the recently departed Robot- and she was the co-star of Ravaan, which played at the G14 a few months ago.)

    Also, an ad in today’s Indianapolis Star notes that the Eagle Highlands 10 will now have “Value Days”- when all movies cost just $5 (or more, for 3D movies)- every Monday through Thursday (with the possible exception of some holidays, per the fine print). The other Regal venues in and near Indy will continue to have “Value Days” only on Tuesdays, per the ad. I hope this isn’t a sign that the Eagle Highlands is in some kind of trouble- or, if it is in trouble, I hope that the extra Value Days boost attendance enough to keep the theater going. They don’t play exclusive/limited engagements all that often at this theater- but they do so often enough that I would certainly miss it, if it were to be closed.

  4. So it looks like Stone will be at the Keystone Art Cinema on November 5, along with Heartbreaker.

    Cairo Time, Nowhere Boy, and It’s Kind of a Funny Story are leaving to make room for the newcomers. (Or at least that’s what the KAC’s page says as of now; the official schedule for next week isn’t up yet.)

  5. A Woman, A Gun, etc. seems to have vanished from the KAC’s schedule (as has The Concert)- for now, or (more likely) forever. Of course, we’re heading into one of the busier times of the year, moviewise, which means the KAC will be crowded with mainstream stuff (I noticed today that they’re getting Burlesque later this month- #@%&!!!!), which means they’ll have less room for the likes of The Concert and A Woman, etc.

    I’m still going to make requests for both of the above (along with other titles I’d love to see at the KAC, like Mademoiselle Chambon, Inspector Bellamy, Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen, and Alex de la Iglesia’s A Sad Trumpet Ballad- and (with somewhat less enthusiasm/interest) Enter the Void) the next time I’m at the theater. It can’t hurt- and if enough people request any of these titles (and they make enough money in theaters in other cities, as Mademoiselle Chambon and (even more so) The Concert seem to have done already), they just might make it to the KAC.

    • Well, that’s discouraging, to say the least. I do try to request films when I’m there, but I haven’t asked about A Woman… because- after seeing the preview literally 10 times at the KAC and the fact it’s a Zhang Yimou film- I assumed I didn’t need to advocate for it! The Concert I’ve always figured was a long shot. At least seeing the trailer alerted me it exists, so I’ll know to look for it on DVD.

  6. UPDATE-

    This may be pointless, given the nearness of the hour, but I found out about it just today: The Earth House Collective in Indianapolis will be showing the documentary Tar Creek- about the environmental disasters (including lead poisining in children) from a mine in Oklahoma- tonight (Nov. 4) at 7 PM.

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