Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (November 26, 2010)

by MIKE MACCOLLUM

Due to Thanksgiving, most of the new movies- both limited and wide releases- started on Wednesday. As far as I know, the only limited release movie opening in Indiana on Wednesday was the Indian film Break Ke Baad (After the Break)– and the only limited release film starting in Indiana on Friday is from India as well. But while wide release movies may have taken over most theaters in Indiana this week, there is some good news for fans of art films in the state- the Yes Cinema in Columbus will have a cool-sounding festival this weekend, while some movies I would very much like to see will be in Bloomington over the next few months. See the “This Week and Beyond” section for that news; for the fairly slim pickings on offer elsewhere this week, just read on below….

LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK

(NOTE: This column usually materializes on Fridays; it is appearing on another day this week due to the holiday. If I find out more information about limited release/art house movies that will be shown in Indiana this week after this column goes online, I will add that info in the form of a comment.)

Orange– According to its US distributor, this Indian film is a romantic comedy about a playboy and his girlfriend. It is currently scheduled for three showings (at 2:45, 6:00, and 9:30) on Friday, November 26 at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis; additional showings are scheduled for Saturday (at 2 and 9 PM) and Sunday (at 2 and 5:30 PM). The Saturday and Sunday showings were added at some point after Wednesday evening, and it is possible that additional showings may be added later on. The site for manoranjaninc- which says that Orange is in Telugu, and does not have English subtitles- is the place to go for information on any possible additional show times.

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

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.

Break Ke Baad (a/k/a After the Break)– 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- will have at least two showings per day (through at least Wednesday, December 1) at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis. (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 Friday, December 3, and which also stars the busy Ms. Padukone.)

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 will be shown at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne this Friday through Monday, November 29- and again on Wednesday, December 1.

Dean & Britta: 13 Most Beautiful… Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests– Dennis Hopper and Edie Sedgwick are among those whose black and white screen tests/”portraits” will be screened at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Toby Theater on Thursday, December 2, starting at 8 PM. As the short films (which were shot in the mid-sixties) are projected on the Toby’s screen, the musical group Dean & Britta will perform on the stage below. Tickets are $10 for IMA members, and $20 for non-members (although non-members can also use their ticket to get free admission to the IMA’s Andy Warhol Enterprises exhibit- which usually costs $14 for non-members- on December 2 and 3 only).

Elf– Will Farrell, Zooey Deschanel, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner and Mary Steenburgen star in Jon Favreau’s 2003 holiday comedy; it will be shown (free of charge) at the Strand Theatre in Shelbyville on Friday, November 26, at 12 noon and 6:30 PM.

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 holds over (through Thursday, December 2, as far as I can tell) at both the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis and the AMC Showplace Schererville 16.

Get Low– Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, and Lucas Black star in this comedy/drama about Felix Bush, a longtime recluse in Depression-era rural Tennessee who ends his self-imposed exile so that he can throw a large “funeral party” for himself- while he is still alive. Felix says that anybody who has heard any of the many wild stories that have been told about him over the years can tell that story at the party- but he actually may have another motive for holding the unusual event, as it turns out…. Get Low will be will be part of the Yes Film Festival at the Yes Cinema in Columbus this weekend, and then will be shown at the Yes on Wednesday, December 1 (at 7:15 PM) and Thursday, December 2 (at 6:00 and 8:00 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 through Thursday, December 2); 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 Yes Film Festival at the Yes Cinema in Columbus this weekend, and then will be shown at the Yes on Wednesday, December 1 (at 7:00 PM) and Thursday, December 2 (at 5:30 and 8:30 PM). Finally, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest opens on Friday, November 26, at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne, where it will be shown at least one time per day throughout the week.

Golmaal 3– This comedy sequel from India returns to the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis with a 5:30 PM showing on Saturday, November 27- followed by 1 and 6:30 PM showings on Sunday, November 28, and 8 PM showings that Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

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 will have four showings at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis on Thursday, November 25, followed by two showings (at 1 and 6:30 PM) on Friday and Saturday. (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 a few weeks ago… and she was also the female lead in Robot, which opened a few months ago.)

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.

It’s a Wonderful Life– The Circle Centre 9 in downtown Indianapolis will have a benefit screening of Frank Capra’s holiday perennial on Thursday, December 2, starting at 6:30 PM. The screening will be preceded by a silent auction and free appetizers from 5 to 6:30. Tickets for the event are just $5, and benefit Indianapolis Downtown Beautification.

127 Hours– James Franco plays mountain climber Aron Ralston in Danny Boyle’s follow-up to Slumdog Millionaire; it holds over this week (on what looks like one and a half screens, from the show times) at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. In case Ralston’s name does not ring a bell, you may remember a story in the news several years ago, 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.

Tibet in Song– This documentary is described on its official site as “both a celebration of traditional Tibetan folk music and a harrowing journey into the past fifty years of cultural repression inside Chinese controlled Tibet.” It will be shown at 7 PM on Monday, November 29, in Room 251 of the Radio and TV Buidling at Indiana University in Bloomington.

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 through Thursday, December 2, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis (where it will have one showing per day, at 1:20 PM). Waiting for Superman will also be shown on this Friday, Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

Yes Film Festival– The Yes Cinema in Columbus is a great place to go for a little variety in big-screen entertainment from Friday, November 26, through Sunday, November 28. According to the Yes Cinema’s site, this festival will feature not only Get Low and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (see above for both), but also the documentaries Bullfrogs on My Mind and Piano with Wind and Trains, the short Slice of Pie, and two other fiction features, Pearl and Leading Ladies. If you want to go, just click on the highlighted text in the title of this event for a schedule of what is playing when (and when the several question and answer sessions will be). (I really, really wish I could go myself, by the way, but that seems to be out of the question this weekend- so here’s hoping that this is only the first of many Yes Film Fests.)

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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. Also, Titanica and Wild Ocean continue at the IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis, while an encore showing of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale will be shown in some Indiana theaters on Wednesday, December 1- and a live showing of Glenn Beck’s Broke: Restarting the Engine of America will be on some Hoosier big screens on Thursday, December 2.

For more information on any of the above (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

Tamara Drewe– Stephen Frears directed this adaptation of the graphic novel by Posy Simmonds; Gemma Arterton plays the title character. According to its press kit, Tamara Drewe is a “contemporary comedy of manners” set in the English countryside. Ms. Drewe was once an ugly duckling, but now she’s a very attractive young woman who writes for a big newspaper- and she causes quite a stir when she returns to the village in which she was born. Tamara Drewe is currently scheduled to open on Friday, December 3, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

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.

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 is scheduled to start on Friday, December 3, at the Yes Cinema in Columbus.

Mesrine: Public Enemy #1, Mesrine: Killer Instinct, Howl, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale– I don’t know about you, but I thought it was pretty pathetic that no theater in Indianapolis played the Mesrine movies- and it’s just as pathetic that (as far as I can tell now) none will be playing Howl, either. But the good news is that all of the above will be coming to Bloomington, thanks to the folks at The Ryder. The Mesrine movies start on Tuesday, January 4 (to avoid the New Year’s Eve/Day activities, I’m guessing), and double-feature tickets will be just $6. Howl, meanwhile, is scheduled to start on Friday, January 14- and Rare Exports (described on the official site of its US distributor Oscilloscope as “a wildly humorous nightmare,” “a fantastically bizarre polemic on modern-day morality,” and “a darkly comic gem”- is scheduled for December 10.

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Screenings and events for next Friday:

A Christmas Story– If you’d like to see this seasonal favorite from 1983 back on the big screen- rather than on a cable channel, over and over again- the historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin is the place to be. The Artcraft will be showing Bob Clark’s film at 2 and 7:30 PM on Friday, December 3; additional showings will be at 3 and 7:30 PM on Saturday, December 4, and 2 and 7:30 PM on Sunday, December 5.

Scenes from a Parish– This documentary about a Catholic church in the town of Lawrence, MA- and what happens over the course of four years as the population in the community changes- will be shown at 7 PM on Friday, December 3, at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend.

6 responses to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (November 26, 2010)

  1. Guzaarish
    I haven’t seen a Hindi movie in ages, but I became intrigued by the poster question. It didn’t look a typical Hindi movie poster; there was a deliberate style choice being made. These three posters have a definite Christian iconographic look to them with Spanish undertones. The placement of the fingers and the size of the hand in first poster is indicative of of hands in early Christian art. There is also a hint of a halo around Ethan’s (Hrithik) head in all three posters. Sofia’s (Aishwarya) hair, jewelry, and clothing have a Spanish feel to them.

    Obviously I had to see the movie since I’d made such a fuss about the posters.

    The walls of Ethan’s home were the color of blue patina you sometimes find on aged copper. The house was full of Christian and Spanish religious iconography. In one scene the wall behind Ethan has an image that could have been taken right off of a Byzantine church wall. It all looked a bit like Spanish retablo paintings. Part of the way through the movie Sofia takes part in a Flamenco-ish dance number complete with air Spanish guitar. Sofia’s character is clearly an homage to Frida Kahlo. Frida wore Tehuana Indian maiden dresses and large chunky jewelry; she dressed like no one else. Sofia wears long flowing dresses that look to be hand made from Mexican folk art fabric. She also wears very funky chunky earrings. In one scene she has her hair braided and pinned across her head in Frida’s style.

    The odd juxtaposition of styles and Ethan’s jazz/ballet dance/magic scenes made for quite a visual treat.

  2. Kim-

    Thanks for the detailed report, and my apologies for not getting around to responding until now (several busy days in a row, unfortunately). I haven’t had a chance to see Guzaarish myself yet, but I hope to do so this weekend at the Georgetown 14, or on DVD.

    According to the IMDb, Guzaarish was shot (and set) in the Indian state of Goa. Per Wikipedia’s page on Goa, the state was controlled by Portugal for over 400 years, and over a quarter of the population are Christians. That may well account for at least some of the decor in the film.

    And I look forward to the visuals in the film, whenever I get around to seeing it; most of the Indian films I wind up seeing are strong in that regard.

  3. Thanks for the alert about Mesrine playing after the Holidays. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the Ryder folks put it in the real theater and not the screening room. I still can’t understand why Landmarks didn’t pick it up – it’s French, which always plays well here, and it’s about a gangster described as the John Dillinger of France so there’s even a hometown connection!

  4. Miriam:

    I’ve never seen anything shown by The Ryder; the only thing it says on their site about the Fine Arts Building is “upstairs” or “downstairs”. I’m guessing that the latter is “the real theater”, while the former is “the screening room”- correct?

    (There isn’t anything on The Ryder’s site yet about where the Mesrine films will be, as far as I can tell. I hope that they will be in “the big room”, but that may depend on what else is playing that week…)

    • You are correct. The only film I’ve ever see there was in the upstairs room, which I think is a mediated classroom more than a theater. It was comfortable enough but the DVD projection was very poor quality. I could make a direct comparison because I was seeing a movie that I had seen a couple of months earlier in a commercial theater; the picture quality was noticeably less sharp and the colors darker/duller. I’ll keep watching their site for information. I think they also program an old one-screen theater too, and that would be great.

  5. Miriam-

    Thanks for the information.

    I seem to recall that the Ryder has shown some movies at the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre in Bloomington in the past, but I didn’t see anything from the Ryder on the BCT’s schedule through late January when I checked the BCT’s site earlier today.

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