by MIKE MACCOLLUM
LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK
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. I have no idea why there are two “y”s in the title, but I can tell you that this movie has a cool, seventies-style poster and web site, for those of you who like retro styling. Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai star in Action Replayy, which starts Friday, November 5, at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.
Golmaal 3– Ajay Devgan and Kareena Kapoor star in this comedy sequel from India- though from one review I’ve read online, the story isn’t all that similar to the first two Golmaal films. Number 3’s basic plot apparently has to do with two rival groups who really, really do not like each other. Golmaal 3 starts on Friday, November 5, at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.
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 starts on Friday, November 5, at the Keystone Art Center in Indianapolis.
Stone– This drama never made it to the Village Park 17 in Carmel last week, but it does start on Friday, November 5, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. Edward Norton plays a convict up for parole; he must not think that his chances are all that good, though, since he tries to use his lovely wife (Milla Jovovich) to “persuade” his about-to-retire parole officer (Robert De Niro) to let him out. John Curran (The Painted Veil, We Don’t Live Here Anymore) directed.
NOTE: A few weeks ago, the Regal theaters in and around Indianapolis started a “Value Days” program, where they charge $5 for all non-3D movies shown on Tuesdays (with the possible exception of certain holidays). This week, they ran an ad saying that the program will now be in place Mondays through Thursdays at one Indianapolis theater- the Eagle Highlands 10; it remains a Tuesday-only event at other area Regal theaters.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS, FILM FESTIVALS, REVIVAL SCREENINGS, AND OTHER SPECIAL SHOWINGS IN INDIANA THIS WEEK
Anonimo Mortal (Anonymous Mortal)– Masked wrestler/hero Santo is called into action when a group of anonymous killers (with possible links to Nazis) start bumping off a variety of people. The auditorium at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis is the place to see this cool-sounding Mexican film from 1972; the date is Saturday, November 6, and the time is 10 AM. While there is no charge to see the film itself, you may have to pay to get into the museum- see the entry for Bugambilia below.
Beverly Lane– A retirement party goes horribly wrong when zombies show up in this Indiana-made horror comedy; it will be shown at 9:30 AM on Saturday, November 6, at the Hamilton 16 and IMAX in Noblesville.
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 in its auditorium on Friday, November 5, at 5 PM; there is no charge for admission to the movie, although you may or may not have to pay to get into the museum itself ($7 for adults; see their site for other prices)- I’ve called the museum about this twice, and heard two different things from two different people.
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 holds over this week at the Portage 16 and IMAX (where it will have two showings per day) – and starts Friday, November 5, at the Lafayette 7.
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 Bloomington 11, the Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, and the Showplace Muncie 7.
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, the Showplace Indianapolis 17, the Village Park 17 in Carmel, the Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, and the Showplace Schererville 16- and starts Friday, November 5, at the Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne.
Every F*@king Day of My Life– This documentary- which is also known as One Minute to Nine– is about a woman who spent 18 years in an abusive marriage, and what she did to get out of it. It will be shown at 7:30 PM on Thursday, November 11, at the Earth House Collective in Indianapolis.
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.
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, November 5 and 6, at 8 PM. Another screening is scheduled for 7 PM on Sunday, November 7, at Bear’s Place in Bloomington.
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. An additional screening will take place at 7:30 PM on Thursday, November 11, at the Root Cellar Lounge at FARM in Bloomington.
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 holds over this week 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.)
High School– Adrien Brody, Michael Chiklis, Colin Hanks and Yeardley Smith star in this 2010 comedy, which has a title with a double meaning. The film is about a very smart kid who fails a drug test- and then (in conjunction with his friend) comes up with a plan to ensure that every other student in the school will fail the same test. The University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center will show High School at 9 PM on Thursday, November 11; the film’s screenwriter (a Notre Dame graduate) is scheduled to be there.
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 (except for Monday, when there will be no showings) at the IMAX Theater in downtown Indianapolis’ Indiana State Museum.
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 (Sugar) – and which holds over this week at the Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, the Showplace Bloomington 11, the Hamilton 16 and IMAX in Noblesville, and the Eastside 9 in Lafayette. It’s Kind of a Funny Story also starts on Friday, November 5, at the Yes Cinema in Columbus.
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 will show through Monday, November 8, at the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.
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 Cinema Center in Fort Wayne, where it will show every day except Wednesday, November 10.
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 starts on Friday, November 5, at the Showplace East in Evansville.
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, depending on the theater) at the Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute and the Showplace Muncie 7.
October Country– The problems facing the working-class Mosher family are the subject of this documentary, which was shot over the year-long period between one Halloween and the next one. October Country ” described on its official site as a “collaboration between filmmaker Michael Palmieri and photographer and family member Donal Mosher”” will be shown at 6:30 PM on Thursday, November 11, at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
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 in its auditorium at 7 PM on Friday, November 5; there is no charge for admission to the movie, although you may or may not have to pay to get into the museum itself ($7 for adults; see their site for other prices)- I’ve called the museum about this twice, and heard two different things from two different people.
Rakta Charitra– The Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis will have three showings of this action/crime/political/revenge drama from India this weekend; check the manoranjaninc site for show times. 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- either that, or the Hindi version doesn’t have subtitles, since I received an email from the Manoranjan folks saying that there will be no English subtitles on the version shown at the G14).
Rashomon– Akira Kurosawa’s classic film will be shown at 3 and 9:30 PM on Saturday, November 6, at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend; it’s part of the DeBartolo’s “Kurosawa at 100” series/celebration.
Santo Y Blue Demon En La Atlántida (Santo and Blue Demon in Atlantis) – The valiant masked Mexican wrestlers take on each other (due to a mind control device created by a mad scientist who used to work for the Nazis) in this fun-sounding film from 1970; it will be shown (on DVD, I’m guessing) at 12 noon on Saturday, November 6, in the auditorium at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis. While there is no charge for admission to the film itself, you may or may not have to pay to get into the museum itself ($7 for adults; see their site for other prices) – I’ve called the museum about this twice, and heard two different things from two different people.
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 in South Bend.
Thirteen Most Beautiful– This collection of silent screen tests shot for Andy Warhol in the mid 60s will be shown at 9 PM on Wednesday, November 10, at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne, with live music at 8 and 10 PM.
Throne of Blood– “Kurosawa at 100” continues at 6:30 PM on Saturday, November 6, at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend, with a screening of the director’s 1957 take on Shakespeare’s “Scottish play.”
Titanica– The IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis will be showing this 1995 documentary about the doomed ocean liner again this week.
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, the Showplace South Bend 16, the Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne, and the Showplace East in Evansville; it also starts Friday, November 5, at the Encore Park 14 in Elkhart, and the Linway Cinema 14 in Goshen.
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… starts on Friday, November 5, at the Great Escape 7 in Bedford.
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 showings at 6:45 PM this Friday, Saturday, and Thursday (November 5, 6, and 11). 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 (except for Monday, when there will be no showings) at the the IMAX Theater in downtown Indianapolis’ Indiana State Museum.
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 Muncie 7, with one showing per day- and it starts Friday, November 5, at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne (which will have showings every day this week except Wednesday).
Also on big screens in Indiana this week: The children’s film Care Bears: Share Bear Shines will open at a number of Indiana cinemas on Friday, and play at these venues throughout the week; other theaters will show it only on the weekend.
Also on some theater screens in Indiana this week: encore showings (on November 9, in both cases) of Race Across the Sky 2010 (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”). Also on November 9, at one Indiana theater, is a birthday party for the late Carl Sagan (featuring some episodes of the program Cosmos), while another Indiana theater will be showing the documentary Skiing Everest on the same day. Meanwhile, Bon Jovi: The Circle Tour will be on some Hoosier screens on Monday, November 8, while an encore showing of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Boris Godunov will take place on Wednesday, November 10.
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.
Inside Job– As of now, this documentary about the 2008 financial collapse is the only limited release movie that I know of scheduled to start in Indiana on Friday, November 12; as you might suspect, it will be opening at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
The only change in the Keystone Art Cinema’s upcoming schedule this week is that Fair Game got shifted to November 19; it may be a wide release by then, but I don’t know. I do know that this means that the KAC now has four movies scheduled to open on the 19th; Tamara Drewe, 127 Hours and Cool It are the three others. Anyone want to start a betting pool on which of these will get moved to another date, or removed from the KAC’s schedule altogether?
On the Bollywood front, manoranjaninc recently added one title to their site: Guzaarish, a drama about a paralyzed magician who sues for the right to end his own life. Aishwarya Rai- who was in Robot (which opened a few weeks ago), as well as this week’s Action Replayy– co-stars with Hrithik Roshan, who plays the lead role. As of now, Guzaarish is scheduled for just one showing- on Friday, November 19, at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis- but I suspect that more will be added later on. (Check out the graphic for this one on the manoranjan site, by the way- does it remind anyone else of a poster for an Indian- or possibly Mexican- melodrama from the late forties/fifties?)
Screenings and events for next Friday:
The Hidden Fortress– “Kurosawa at 100” continues with a screening of the director’s 1958 film (which inspired some aspects of Star Wars, apparently); it will take place at 9:30 PM on Friday, November 12, at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend.
The Lower Depths– One of my favorites from the Kurosawa canon will be shown at 6:30 PM on Friday, November 12, at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend.
South Pacific– The historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin will show Joshua Logan’s movie version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical (which was itself based on James Michener’s book) at 2 and 7:30 PM on Friday, November 12 (and at 7:30 PM on Saturday, November 13). Rossano Brazzi and Mitzi Gaynor head the cast- while Ray “My Favorite Martian” Walston and Tom “Billy Jack” Laughlin are in the film as well.