Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (November 19, 2010)

by MIKE MACCOLLUM

If you like balance and symmetry, this is a good week- two limited release movies open at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, and two Indian movies open at the Georgetown 14 in the same city. (One of the Indian films doesn’t start until Wednesday- but still and all, it will be here at some point this week.) Also, the Landmark theater at Keystone at the Crossing will be paired with another Landmark theater a little over four miles south on Keystone Avenue- although “Landmark’s Glendale 12” most likely will not be an art house, unfortunately. In the rest of the state, limited release films are much harder to find this week (outside of a few venues, at least), as the wave of holiday releases start to flood into theaters everywhere. Read on below for news on all of the above, and more, more, more….

LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK

Break Ke Baad– Imran Khan, Deepika Padukone, Sharmila Tagore, Navin Nischol, Lillette Dubey, and Shahana Goswami star in this romantic comedy/drama from India. Khan and Padukone play Abhay and Aaliya, who have known each other since childhood, and go through an on-and-off romantic relationship that starts when they are in their teens. Per manoranjaninc’s site, Break Ke Baad (which is in Hindi, with English subtitles) is currently scheduled to open on Wednesday, November 24, at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis, and run through at least Thursday, December 2. (And see the “Next Week and Beyond” section below for more information on Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey– which is scheduled to start at the Georgetown 14 on December 3, and which also stars the busy Ms. Padukone.)

Fair Game– Doug Liman (Swingers, Go, The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) directed this ripped-from-the-not-all-that-recent headlines account of Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts), her husband Joe Wilson (Sean Penn), and the political firestorm in which they were involved beginning in 2003. Bruce McGill, Sam Shepard, Polly Holliday, Brooke Smith, Iris Bahr and Adam LeFevre are all in the supporting cast. Fair Game starts on Friday, November 19, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, and the AMC Showplace Schererville 16.

Guzaarish– Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai are the stars of this Hindi-language drama from India about a paralyzed magician who sues for the right to end his own life (prompting at least one poster on the IMDb to ask if Guzaarish might be in some way a remake of The Sea Inside). Guzaarish opens on Friday, November 19, at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis, and (according to manoranjaninc’s site) will be there through at least Thursday, November 25. (By the way: the graphic for this one on the manoranjan site reminds me of a poster for an Indian- or possibly Mexican- melodrama from the late forties/fifties; does anyone else out there get a similar vibe? And furthermore parenthetically, Guzaarish marks the second film starring Aishwarya Rai to play the Georgetown 14 in the space of a month- she was also in Action Replayy, which opened two weeks ago… and she was also the female lead in Robot, which opened a month or so ago.)

127 Hours– James Franco plays mountain climber Aron Ralston in Danny Boyle’s follow-up to Slumdog Millionaire- the second fact-based-but-not-a-documentary movie opening at the Keystone Art Cinema this Friday. (Fair Game will be on only one screen, however, while 127 Hours will be on two- at least through next Tuesday). Ralston’s name might not ring a bell, but you may remember hearing about the man who had to cut off one of his own arms- and survived- after the limb got trapped underneath a boulder. Well, that was Aron Ralston- and that scene is reportedly pretty intense. Amber Tamblyn, Treat Williams, Lizzy Caplan, Kate Burton, Kate Mara and Clémence Poésy are also in 127 Hours, per the IMDb, but maybe not for all that long- I’ve heard that Franco is onscreen by himself for the majority of the film.

NOTE: The big news with regards to local movie theaters this week is that the Kerasotes-turned-AMC theater at Glendale was purchased by… Landmark Theatres.* Does that mean that “Landmark’s Glendale 12” (as the theater will be known) will show more art/independent/limited release movies? I haven’t heard or read much about that, although I would guess that they probably will stay with mainstream movies, for the most part. But I do hope that Landmark will take advantage of the theater’s relative closeness to Broad Ripple (not to mention Butler), and try to program some more adventurous fare every once in a while (at least when they aren’t being overrun by summer/Christmas blockbusters)- maybe something like Enter the Void or Howl, or titles along those lines. We shall see….

(*And did anyone think that it was remotely possible that Landmark would wind up with Glendale? Since the news that AMC had to sell the theater became public, I thought of at least twenty different theater chains that could have bought Glendale- and Landmark was never anywhere close to getting on that list. So I was surprised by this news, to say the least- but I am hoping that it will turn out to be a pleasant surprise, at least every once in a while. As to whether Landmark will keep any of AMC’s $5 ticket prices- well, I’ll let you know when I hear something.)

Oh, and by the way- since Thanksgiving is next Thursday, a number of (mainstream, wide release) movies are supposed to start next Wednesday, November 24. This means that at least some of the theater and show time information below will be valid only through next Tuesday, November 23. I hope to have next week’s column up next Wednesday, so look for updates then.

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

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 will play through Monday, November 22, at the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.

Children of Invention – Elaine is a young single mother with two small children. After they get evicted, Elaine tries to do everything she can to stay afloat. She eventually decides to take part in a pyramid scheme- and soon afterward, she stops coming home to her children. No one else realizes that the children are now on their own, so it is up to her resourceful son, Raymond, to find a way for himself and his sister to live without their mother. Children of Invention will be shown at 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM on Friday, November 19, at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend.

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 (with daily showings at 12:45 and 7:30 PM), the Showplace Bloomington 11 (which will have two or three showings per day, depending on the day), and the Showplace East in Evansville (which will have one screening per day, at 4 PM). Conviction also opens on Friday, November 19, at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

Dark Carnival Film Festival– This annual festival starts next Friday in Bloomington and continues through Sunday, November 21. Among the events are a number of movie screenings (on the big screen at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater) and a VIP Banquet (featuring special guests Joe Bob Briggs and Tiffany Shepis, among others). For the whole schedule of events, click here. (Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be able to make it to this festival, although some of the films- especially El Monstro del Mar!, The United Montser Talent Agency, The Devil at Lost Creek and Maxwell Stein– strike me as very promising. Maybe next year….)

Erin Brockovich– Julia Roberts (who won an Academy Award), Aaron Eckhart and Albert Finney star in Steven Soderbergh’s fact-based drama; it will be shown (free of charge, apparently) at Franklin’s historic Artcraft Theatre on Friday, November 19 (at 2 and 7:30 PM) and Saturday, November 20 (at 7:30 PM).

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 (with daily showings at 12:30 and 6:30 PM- at least through next Tuesday); it also will be shown a number of times in Bloomington this weekend, along with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire– see The Ryder’s site for information on which movies will be showing when, and where. (And The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest will be part of the YesFest at the Yes Cinema in Columbus next weekend; see the link in the “Screenings and events for next Friday” section.)

Hubble 3D– Leonardo DiCaprio narrates this documentary about NASA’s space telescope, its much-publicized initial problems, and the efforts of astronauts to repair the Hubble. According to its official site, Hubble 3D lets moviegoers “journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings;” it will be shown at 11:20 AM this Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday at the IMAX Theater in downtown Indianapolis’ Indiana State Museum. (That Tuesday showing is the last one for Hubble 3D at the IMAX, by the way- at least for the time being.)

Note: And while we’re on IMAX movies, my editor Helen requested that films that have been showing (exclusively) at the IMAX Theater in downtown Indy for several weeks be moved to the “Also on big screens in Indiana” section (below). So as of next week, look for Titanica and Wild Ocean in that section, rather than up here.

Inside Job– Matt Damon narrates this documentary from director Charles Ferguson (whose No End in Sight received an Academy Award nomination as Best Documentary Feature several years ago). According to its American press kit, Inside Job is “the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008,” and “traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia” by means of “extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists.” Inside Job holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Last Train Home– Chinese New Year brings a mass migration of factory workers from the big cities (where they have found work) back to their homes in small villages. This documentary from Chinese-Candian filmmaker Lixin Fan is about the Zhangs, who became migrant workers sixteen years ago, moving to the city for high-wage jobs. The Zhangs hoped to use the money they made to provide better lives for their children, even though this meant that they had to leave the children behind in the village. Now, however, they learn that their daughter Qin has felt so angry over her parents leaving her behind that she has become rebellious, and has dropped out of school- meaning that she, too, will become a migrant worker. Now, the Zhangs do what they can to change their daughter’s mind…. Last Train Home will be shown at Indiana University’s Fine Arts Building on Friday and Saturday, November 19 and 20, at 7 PM.

Mexican Cinema Double Feature– Melodrama meets masked maulers in this pairing, which gets underway at 7 PM on Friday, November 19. The location is the Indianapolis Museum of Arts’ Toby Theater, and there is no charge for admission to either the museum itself, or for the films. First up is Las Abandonadas, directed by Emilio Fernandez and starring Delores Del Rio and Pedro Armendariz. Del Rio- who won the Mexican equivalent of the Oscar for her work here- plays a woman who winds up in a house of ill repute after being mistreated by a man. When a high-ranking military officer falls for her, she thinks she may have found her way out- but alas, her new love may turn out to be not quite what he seems…. Next up, at 8:45, is 1969’s Santo y Blue Demon Contra los Montruos, in which masked wrestler/scientist/secret agent/etc. Santo and his also-masked fellow grappler Blue Demon take on a vampire, a wolfman, and more- including “Franquestain” (that’s how they spell it on the IMDb, at least).

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 will play through Monday, November 22, at the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.

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 other languages- will be shown at 3 PM on Saturday, November 20, at Cinemark’s Greenwood Corners Movies 8 on the south side of Indianapolis. The Five Fingers LLC site makes it sound like the Tamil-language version of the film will be screened, by the way- which (most likely) means that there will be no English subtitles.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show– The seventies cult classic returns to the screen with a midnight showing at the Irving Theater in Indianapolis on Saturday, November 20.

Sanjuro– Akira Kurosawa’s follow-up to Yojimbo (see below) will be shown at 9:30 PM on Saturday, November 20, at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend. The screening is part of the “Kurosawa at 100” series at the DeBartolo; after Sanjuro, “Kurosawa at 100” goes on Thanksgiving break for a while before returning with Ikiru on Saturday, December 4.

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 (except for Monday and Thursday, when there will be no screenings).

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 (which will have two showings per day, at 3:45 and 9:40 PM), the Linway Cinema 14 in Goshen (where it will have only one showing per day), and the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne (which will have a “Movie Talk” about the film following the 4 PM screening on Sunday, November 21).

The Wildest DreamThe Wildest Dream– which was part of this year’s Indianapolis International Film Festival, and which is about the first man who tried to make it to the top of Mount Everest- returns to the IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis with showings at 6:45 PM this Friday and Saturday (November 19 and 20). Liam Neeson narrates, by the way, and Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Hugh Dancy, and the late Natasha Richardson also contribute vocal performances.

Wild Ocean 3D– Per its official site, this documentary “is 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 and Thursday, when there will be no showings) at the the IMAX Theater in downtown Indianapolis’ Indiana State Museum.

Yojimbo– The “Kurosawa at 100” event continues at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend at 6:30 PM on Saturday, November 20, with a screening of the director’s 1961 classic; Toshiro Mifune heads the cast.

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Also on big screens in Indiana this week: The children’s film Care Bears: Share Bear Shines will show at a number of Indiana cinemas throughout the week; other theaters will show it only on the weekend.

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

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND

As of Thursday evening, the Keystone Arts Cinema’s home page had only one limited release movie on the theater’s upcoming schedule: Tamara Drewe. (It isn’t on the “showtimes” feature at the upper left side of the page- or at least it wasn’t as of Thursday afternoon- but scroll down to the bottom of the middle/right of the page, and there it is.) This comedy from director Stephen Frears had been scheduled to open this Friday, but now it has been pushed forward to December 3. Another movie that had been scheduled to open at the KAC this Friday- the documentary Cool It– grossed under $700 in its opening week at forty-one other theaters across the country (according to boxofficemojo). With results like that, it seems very unlikely that Cool It will make it to the KAC at all (in spite of the fairly large “Starts Friday” display ad that appeared in last Sunday’s Indianapolis Star).

That leaves only one really “new” limited-release title for Indianapolis theaters in future weeks; it showed up on manoranjaninc’s site within the last few days:

Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey– Ashutosh Gowariker (who made Jodhaa Akbar and the Academy-Award-nominated Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India) directed this fact-based account of a group of people who in 1930 banded together to resist the British in the port city of Chittagong. The film’s Facebook page calls it a “Period Thriller;” on the IMDb, the genres are “Action,” “Drama” and “History.” Abhisshek Bachchan and Deepika Padukone star in Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, which (according to manoranjaninc’s site) is in Hindi, with English subtitles- and will open at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis on Friday, December 3.

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Screenings and events for next Friday:

Orange– As far as I can tell, this Telugu-language film from India does not have an official site. Orange does have a Wikipedia page, however, which says that the movie is a romantic comedy. And Orange is also (as of now) the only limited-release film set to open in Indiana next Friday, when it will have two showings at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis. More showings may be added later on; we shall see. And if Orange is like the majority of Telugu films released in America, the theatrical prints will not have English subtitles (although if I hear differently, I’ll let you know).

The Bells of St. Mary’s– Franklin’s historic Artcraft Theatre will have four showings of this 1945 film next weekend- at 2 and 7:30 PM on both Friday, November 26, and Saturday, November 27. Bing Crosy stars as Father O’Malley (the same character he played in Going My Way), while Ingrid Bergman plays Sister Mary Benedict; Henry Travers, William Gargan, Ruth Donnelly and Joan Carroll head the supporting cast.

Yes Fest– The Yes Cinema in Columbus doesn’t have a schedule with show times on their site yet for this event, but most (or all?) of the titles have been posted. Several recent theatrical features (including Get Low and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) are scheduled to be part of the festival, along with two documentaries and a short subject. According to the Yes Cinema’s site, the festival will run from Friday, November 26, through Sunday, November 28.

(And while the theater’s site had said- as of several weeks ago- that The Concert was supposed to be part of this event, that title is now missing from the Yes’s page for the festival. It sounds like The Concert will also not make it to the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, which is too bad; it didn’t look like a classic for the ages, from the trailer, but I still wanted to see it.)

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Finally, we turn to films that do not appear on the schedule pages or sites of any Indiana theaters as of yet, but which are supposed to be showing in at least one Indiana theater in the near future (according to a web site, poster, or other source).

Made in Dagenham– Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James and Rosamund Pike head the cast of this based-on-a-true-story comedy/drama from Britain. The official US site for the film (which opens in America on November 19) doesn’t have a schedule of future play dates as of Thursday afternoon, but the word is that Made in Dagenham will be at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis on Friday, December 17.

No Problem– The IMDb says that this Indian film is a comedy, and the images on the web site for No Problem also make it look like a wacky comedy- but it may have elements of a crime drama, too, since the synopsis on the official site mentions a few things that aren’t exactly knee-slappers (like a number of people getting shot and killed in a diamond heist, and another character being tortured to death). Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Sushmita Sen, Neeetu Chandra, Akshaye Khann, Paresh Rawal, Sunil Shetty and Kangana Ranaut are all in the cast of No Problem, which is supposed to open on December 10, according to a lobby standee I saw at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis the other day. And while that doesn’t guarantee that the film will be at the G14 on December 10, the person at the theater who I asked about this said that they most likely wouldn’t have the standee in their lobby if the film wasn’t going to play there.

ZENITH– According to its Facebook page, ZENITH is a “retro-futuristic steampunk thriller” that deals with two different men, who live in two different decades. The story also involves “a grand conspiracy” that “seems to rule the world,” and people who have been genetically transformed so that they are always happy. And while the poster for ZENITH calls it “The film they don’t want you to see,” ZENITH’s American distributor (Cinema Purgatorio) apparently does want people to see the movie, since their site has a schedule of upcoming play dates for the film– including a scheduled January 21-27, 2011, run at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.

2 responses to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (November 19, 2010)

  1. As soon as I heard about the Glendale theater sale I emailed a comment to the home Landmark site basically begging them to show Indy little respect and program some of the interesting stuff they have in some of their other multi-theater cities. I dream of Minneapolis…

  2. Miriam-

    I did some e-mailing myself regarding Glendale, but not to the Landmark HQ; I’ll try that as well, however.

    Regarding the prices at the Glendale theater, the Landmark’s site has a page for “tickets”, and the tab for the Glendale 12 does make it look like prices are $5 on Monday-Thursday, and before noon Friday-Sunday. In other words, the price is still $5 at the same times as when AMC ran the theater- with the possible exception of “weekday openings”, which would seem to cover holidays and the like (including the movies opening this coming Wednesday).

    Also, the Sony Pictures Classics sites now has December 17 as the “official” opening date for Made in Dagenham at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

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