Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (January 21, 2011)

by MIKE MACCOLLUM

This is what I call a good week: a cool sounding science-fiction film starts at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis, along with a documentary that sounds like it is well worth seeing, an interesting-looking animated film from Japan, and two movies from India that might be of interest to even those of you who’ve never seen an Indian film before.* On top of all that, some much-praised movies are holding over at theaters throughout the state, and there are special screenings galore (including a showing of a new film by a director who was born in 1908). For all of that and much, much more, keep reading below.

*As to why the Georgetown 14 is getting so many limited release movies this week, I do not know. It seems like the theater will not be showing either of the wide-release movies opening this week, which certainly seems to have something to do with why the G14 will be showing these other movies- but as to why No Strings Attached and The Way Back will be bypassing the G14… that, I know not. And speaking of The Way Back– I made mention of that gulag escape/trek to freedom drama in last week’s column, when it seemed like the film would be opening in only one theater in Indiana. This week, however, it looks like the film will be showing in at least seven theaters in and around Indianapolis, and seven other theaters around the state. That makes it a wide release, to my mind- so it is beyond the scope of movies covered by this column.

LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK

Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers– The Rollers are Portland, Oregon’s roller derby league, per this documentary’s official site- which notes that the film covers over a year and a half of “team bouts, practices and the private lives of the players” who take part in this “high-contact, and sometimes dangerous, sport.” Brutal Beauty starts at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis on Friday, January 21; according to the G14’s page on Movietickets.com, the doc will have two showings per day (at 2 and 4 PM) throughout the week. For additional information on Brutal Beauty, go to the site of the film’s US theatrical distributor, Cinema Purgatorio.

Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)– Although actor/producer Aamir Khan does appear in some lightweight, more commercial projects, the majority of his recent films that have played in the US are much more substantial than typical Bollywood fare (if there is such a thing as a typical Bollywood film, that is). I haven’t seen Dhobi Ghat yet, but I would recommend both Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, and was produced by Khan- who also played the lead role) and Peepli Live (which Khan co-produced) to anyone… even those who have a Bollywood-phobia. In fact, if you’ve never seen an Indian film before, I suspect that either Dhobi Ghat (an official selection at both the Toronto International Film Festival and the London Film Festival) or No One Killed Jessica (see below) might be a good place to start. According to its official site, here’s what to expect in this drama: “Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) is the story of four people from very different backgrounds, whose worlds intersect and leave them forever altered. As they find themselves drawn into compelling relationships, the city finds its way into the crevices of their lives, separating them even as it draws them closer….” Dhobi Ghat– which stars Aamir Khan, and was written and directed by Kiran Rao (who co-produced with Khan)- will be shown from Friday, January 21, through at least Thursday, January 27, at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis. And although it doesn’t say so on manoranjaninc’s page as of yet, I am 99.99% certain that the film has English subtitles.

Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance– This sequel to the 2007 Japanese animated film Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone starts at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis on Friday, January 21. According to its official US site, Evangelion 2.0 involves “[b]rutal mechanized action” that “explodes on a grand scale as towering cyborg gladiators- the Eva Units- fight for the fate of the world.” Two characters from the first film- Eva Unit pilots Shinji and Rei- return for the follow-up, and are joined by two new pilots, “the fiery Asuka and the mysterious Mari.” For anyone who wants to see Evangelion 1.0 on the big screen- but missed it when it was at the Georgetown 14 a while back- there will be a one-time-only showing at the G14 on Friday, January 21, at 6:05 PM; Evangelion 2.0 will be shown at 8 PM on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, Evangelion 2.0 will be shown at both 6:05 and 8 PM at the Georgetown 14. (In fact, the Movietickets.com page for the G14 says that the theater will show Evangelion 2.0 at 6:05 and 8 PM from Saturday through Thursday- but the site for US distributor Funimation says that the film will be at the theater for three days only. Given this conflicting information, you might want to call the G14 in advance if you’re hoping to see the film Monday through Thursday.)

Kaavalan (The Bodyguard)– The Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis will have three showings of this Tamil-language romantic comedy from India on Sunday, January 23. According to its page on Wikipedia, Asin Thottumkal and Vijay play the lead roles, and director Siddique also made a Malayalam-language version of the film last year. Vijay plays a man who manages to become the bodyguard for Ammu, the college-student daughter of a wealthy businessman- even though Ammu really does not want to be guarded. As far as I can tell, Kaavalan– like the vast majority of Tamil-language films shown in US theaters- does not have English subtitles.

No One Killed Jessica– Rani Mukerji and Vidya Balan have the lead roles in this based-on-a-true-story Indian film, which involves the murder of a model named Jessica back in 1999. Although many people were present at the time she was killed, many (if not most) of the apparent witnesses clam up; this- along with a less-than-vigorous prosecution- leads to the person accused of the crime walking away a free man in 2006. Several years later, the murdered woman’s sister (Balan) and a crusading reporter (Mukerji) team up to reopen the case- and both women are determined to see justice done. Like Dhobi Ghat, this looks like a more serious Bollywood film than most (it sure didn’t look like there would be any musical numbers, based on the trailer), and the user reviews on the IMDb seem to indicate that it is probably worth seeing. No One Killed Jessica– which (like most Hindi films theatrically released in the US) apparently has English subtitles- opens at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis on Saturday, January 22. Manoranjaninc’s site says that the film will have two screenings per day on Saturday and Sunday, and three showings per day on Monday through Thursday.

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. At the same time, ZENITH is also “a lost object from the future,” “the film they don’t want you to see,” and “a fictional recreation of Stanley Milgram’s Obedience to Authority experiment,” according to the site of US distributor Cinema Purgatorio. That sounds to me like an interesting mix. If you’re also intrigued, you can check out ZENITH at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis, starting on Friday, January 21; the G14 is scheduled to show ZENITH at 10 PM daily, according to the theater’s page on the Movietickets.com site.

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

The Apartment– Billy Wilder directed this multiple Oscar-winner (including Best Picture and Best Director), which stars Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray. The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame will show this much-praised romantic comedy/drama at 3 PM on Saturday, January 22.

Around a Small Mountain– Veteran French filmmaker Jacques Rivette (La Belle Noiseuse, Celine and Julie Go Boating) directed this comedy/drama, which is described on its official US site as “a tale of lost love, chance encounters and the transformative power of art.” Jane Birkin and Sergio Castellitto are the leads in Around a Small Mountain, which will be shown this Friday and Saturday at IU’s Fine Arts Building in Bloomington (see The Ryder’s site for the times) and at 7 PM on Sunday, January 23, at Bear’s Place in Bloomington. Castellitto plays Vittorio, who decides to help a woman whose car is stalled on a twisting road that winds its way through a mountainous area of Europe. The woman (Birkin) takes off very suddenly after her car is fixed; when Vittorio learns that she recently rejoined the traveling circus run by her family- after many years of being separated- Vittorio decides to stick around for the circus’ next performance. He also stays for the show after that one, and soon finds that he is becoming very interested in the woman, and the story of her life.

Blue Valentine– There’s been a lot of talk about Academy Award nominations for both Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams for their work in this drama; it’s about a couple at both the beginning and (apparently) near the sad end of their relationship. Blue Valentine initially was slapped with an NC-17 rating, although the MPAA changed the classification to an R on appeal; it holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis and the Showplace Bloomington 11.

Bruce Bruce Bounty Hunter– That seems to be the title for this filmed-in-Indiana comedy, which will be shown at The Venue Conference Center in Indianapolis on Thursday, January 27, starting at 7 PM. The page for this event says that live comedy and music are also on the bill, along with a chance to “meet the Stars of the Show,” presumably including standup comic Bruce Bruce. Actor Tiny Lister will also be present at the screening, although his name does not appear in the (short) cast list seen on the trailer on the film’s site.

The Edge of Dreaming– Filmmaker Amy Hardie was not the type of person who remembered her dreams, according to the official site for this documentary. Then, however, she was awakened by a dream that her horse was going to die- and she went outside, only to find that the horse had passed away. When Hardie then dreams that she herself is going to die, at the age of 48, she did whatever she could to see to it that that second dream did not come true. This documentary- which is part of the PBS’ P.O.V. series- will be shown at the All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis on Saturday, January 22, from 7 to 9 PM. I’m not sure if there is an admission charge, but one mini-poster I saw for the screening recommended calling in advance to reserve a seat.

Fair Game– Doug Liman 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, January 21, at the Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute and the Showplace Bloomington 12.

A Fire in My Belly– According to nuvo.net, the Eskenazi Hall at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis will have continuous showings of this controversial video by “artist, author, filmmaker and activist” David Wojnarowicz every day of the week (except Sunday) from Friday, January 21, through February 5. The piece dates from the 1980s, and (again per nuvo’s site) “represents one view of persons living with AIDS;” it was made in the wake of the death of Peter Hujar (Wojnarowicz’s “mentor and lover,” according to nuvo).

The Great Muppet Caper– If you miss Muppets on the big screen, then you’ll want to see this 1981 comedy at Franklin’s historic Artcraft Theatre next weekend; Diana Rigg, Charles Grodin, John Cleese, Robert Morley, Peter Ustinov, Jack Warden, and an uncredited Peter Falk are among the humans in the cast. Per the Artcraft’s site, show times are 2 and 7:30 PM on both Friday, January 21, and Saturday, January 22.

The Heart Specialist– Zoe Saldana, Wood Harris, Marla Gibbs, Jasmine Guy, Jenifer Lewis, Leon, Method Man and Ed Asner star in this film, which seems to be a romantic comedy/drama centered around two doctors. I say “seems to be” because I couldn’t find a plot synopsis on the film’s official site. (I did notice that the IMDb claims that this is a 2006 movie- so if some aspects of the film seem to be slightly out of date, that’s why. And the fact that this has been sitting on the shelf for several years might not be a good sign, but you never know.) The Heart Specialist holds over this week at three Indianapolis theaters- the Georgetown 14, the Eagle Highlands 10 (which will have two showings per day), and the Showplace Washington Square 12.

Howl– James Franco stars as poet Allen Ginsberg in a film that recounts the events in Ginsberg’s life that led up to his writing the poem Howl, while also dramatizing Ginsberg’s 1957 obscenity trial for the poem, and (by way of animation) illustrating the poem itself. David Straithairn, Jon Hamm, Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker, Treat Williams, Alessandro Nivola and Bob Balaban are in the film’s supporting cast; Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Celluloid Closet) co-directed. Howl will be shown several times at IU’s Fine Arts Building in Bloomington this Friday and Saturday; see The Ryder’s site for all of the times. Howl also continues this week (through at least Wednesday, January 26) at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

I Love You, Phillip MorrisBad Santa writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa co-wrote and co-directed this comedy/drama, which stars Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, and co-stars Leslie Mann. After a serious accident, Steven (Carrey) has what the film’s site calls “the ultimate epiphany: he’s gay and he’s going to live life to the fullest- even if he has to break the law to do it.” Steven’s version of living “to the fullest” requires a lot more money than he can get by usual (legal) means, so he becomes a con man. After he is caught and sentence to prison, he meets Phillip Morris (McGregor), and falls head over heels in love. Steven becomes dedicated to getting Phillip (and himself) out of prison and making money for their future life together- even if it means that he has to escape from the penitentiary (more than once) and engage in further cons and frauds to do so. This based-on-a-true-story film continues this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis (although with only three showings per day- at 5:15, 7:45, and 10:05 PM).

Katyn– Veteran filmmaker Andrzej Wajda (Ashes and Diamonds, Danton, Man of Iron) directed this based-on-fact drama about the slaughter of over 20,000 people by the Soviet Army in the Katyn Forest during World War 2- and the efforts to reveal the truth about what really happened after the Soviets tried to claim that they weren’t responsible. Katyn will be shown at Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Thursday, January 27, at 7 PM.

Key Largo– Gangsters led by Edward G. Robinson take over a Key Largo hotel to wait out an impending hurricane- but they didn’t know that Humphrey Bogart would be there…. Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, Claire Trevor (who won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role here), Marc Lawrence (who played crooks and other bad guys for most of his seventy-plus years on screen) and Thomas Gomez are also in the cast of this 1948 film, which was directed by John Houston. Key Largo– which is part of the “Winter Nights” film noir series- will be shown (on 35mm film, not DVD) at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Toby Theater on Friday, January 21, at 7 PM.

Mesrine: Killer Instinct/Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1– The French crime films will be shown once again at IU’s Fine Arts building this Friday and Saturday. For the full schedule in Bloomington, go to The Ryder’s site- but it looks like the best day to see the movies at the Fine Arts is on Saturday, when Part 1 will be shown in the “Downstairs” room at 2 PM- followed by a screening of Part 2 in the downstairs room at 4 PM. Also, it looks like the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech will have two daily showings of Part 1 (Killer Instinct) from Friday, January 21, through Monday, January 24.

Notre Dame Student Film Festival– The twenty-second annual edition of this event- which features films made by Notre Dame students for various classes- continues with programs at both 6:30 and 9:30 on Friday, January 21, and Saturday, January 22, at Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

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 have two screenings per day (at 3 and 10:20 PM) this week at the Movies 6 in Mishawaka. (So the second-run Cinemark in Mishawaka gets Nowhere Boy, but the second-run Cinemarks in/near Indianapolis don’t? I guess this is example #45,659 of the mysteries and oddities of film distribution in the modern era….)

Once Upon a Warrior– The folks at Walt Disney Pictures co-produced this (reportedly very expensive) fantasy/adventure/family film from India. Apparently, this is the first time Disney put money into a movie shot in the Telugu language- unfortunately, however, all of the Disney money didn’t result in English subtitles on the American theatrical prints of the film.* The story involves an evil witch, Irendri, who becomes queen of the island of Sangarashtra- which means that Moksha, a young girl with the gift of healing, is the only possible savior of the island’s people. However, even Moksha will need some help from a blind swordsman named Yodha** to keep out of the clutches of Irendri and her minions. Manoranjaninc’s site says that Once Upon a Warrior is scheduled to be shown at 7 PM on Saturday, January 22, at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.

(*I found that I could still make sense out of the movie anyway, for the most part- although two extended comedy relief bits were fairly puzzling. The first of these was especially peculiar, since it involved what appeared to be a cross-dressing man- with rotating pinwheels instead of breasts- who showed apparent romantic interest in the hero. That was one thing that you wouldn’t expect to see in an American movie aimed at kids, I suspect; several other elements- like the fairly violent blinding of the hero, and the hero pulling the leading lady down onto a bed- also might not be present in a similar American film….)

(**And that isn’t necessarily a Star Wars rip off. Just a few days ago, I learned that “Yoda” means “warrior” in the ancient Indian language Sanskrit- so if anything, the filmmakers are just taking the word (in somewhat modified form) back to the land from whence it came.)

PRIDE LGBTQ Film Festival– The 2011 edition of this annual event gets underway at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington at 7 PM on Thursday, January 27, with the screening of four shorts and one feature, the made-in-Indiana drama Bloomington. The festival- which includes several non-movie related features- continues through Sunday, January 30, at the BCT.

Rabbit Hole– Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart star in this drama about a couple trying to cope with the shattering, unexpected death of their young son. John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus) directed this critically-acclaimed film; Dianne Wiest, Tammy Blanchard, Sandra Oh, Giancarlo Esposito, Jon Tenney, Stephen Mailer, Roberta Wallach, and Patricia Kalember are in the supporting cast. Rabbit Hole holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

The Strange Case of Angelica– You don’t hear about filmmakers over the age of 100 every day- especially not those who are still at work, writing and directing new movies. That makes this 2010 drama from Portugal’s Manoel de Oliveira (who was born in December of 1908) somewhat unusual, if not a candidate for the record books (although I suspect that Mr. de Oliveira does not really care all that much about getting into the record books in the first place). Angelica is- or was- a recently deceased young bride in the 1950s. When her wealthy parents call on a photographer to take her last picture, he is captivated by her physical beauty. What makes this a strange case, however, is that when the photographer looks through his lens, it seems that Angelica comes to life…. The Strange Case of Angelica will be shown at Bloomington’s Root Cellar Lounge at FARM on Thursday, January 27, at 7:30 PM. (This is, by the way, probably the first time that one of Mr. de Oliveira’s films has been shown in a public venue since his I’m Going Home was at the late, lamented Key Cinemas in Indianapolis a number of years ago.)

Superman’s Shorts- I grew up watching the Popeye cartoons made by the folks at the Fleischer Studios, but I didn’t have any idea that they also made animated works featuring the Man of Steel until years later. A number of the Superman cartoons from 1941-42 will be shown as a part of this program, which gets underway at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Sunday, January 23, at 3 PM.

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 starts on Friday, January 21, at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne- and will show there through at least Wednesday, January 26.

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 starts on Friday, January 21, at the Cinemark Movies 8 Washington Market in Indianapolis (where it will be shown twice daily, at 7:05 and 9:30), and the Starplex Coventry 13 in Fort Wayne (which will have five showings per day).

Yamla Pagla Deewa– According to manoranjaninc’s page, this con man comedy from India will have three showings at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis on Friday, January 21, and two showings on Saturday, January 22. Real-life brothers Sunny and Bobby Deol star, along with their father, the veteran actor Dharmendra; if the IMDb is correct, this is the first time that the three performers have shared the screen since they headlined the boxing drama Apne in 2007. Sunny Deol plays an upstanding young man who travels from Canada to India, claiming to be part of the family of father and son con artist team Dharam and Gajodhar Singh. Yamla Pagla Deewa– like most Hindi-language films theatrically released in the US- has English subtitles (although maybe not for the minute or so of narration at the start of the movie- either that, or the projector was misaimed, so the subtitles were cut off the bottom of the screen).

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Also on big screens in Indiana this week: Hubble 3D continues its return visit to the IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis with one showing on Sunday, and two showings every other day of the week (except Monday, when there will be no showings). And several Indiana theaters will show the children’s matinee program of Friendship and Adventure: My Little Pony and Chuck & Friends throughout the week, while others will show it on weekends only.

Two other special events can be seen at some theaters in the state this week: an encore screening of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West will be at selected theaters at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, January 26; a live performance of the Bolshoi Ballet’s performance of something called “Class Concert/Giselle” takes place at 11 AM on Sunday, January 23, followed by an encore screening at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, January 26. Both the live and encore showings of “Class Concert/Giselle” seem to be exclusive to the Carmike Theatres chain in Indiana.

For more information on any of the above (including theater location(s) and/or 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

January 28 doesn’t look like it will be nearly as busy as this Friday, as of now- but I’m hoping that at least one Indian film will be added to the mix between now and then….

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. Hawkins stars as Rita O’Grady, who works at a Ford factory in Dagenham, England, in the 1960s. Rita is talked into going to a meeting with a representative of the car company, with shop steward Connie (James) also in attendance. After Rita observes the lack of respect which she and her fellow female employees are given by management, she leads the women in a struggle against the company (among others) for better treatment. Made in Dagenham starts on Friday, January 28, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, according to the page for Indianapolis on the Landmark Theatres site. I’ll believe it when I see it, since Dagenham was supposed to start at the KAC on every other Friday of the month so far- according to Landmark’s Indianapolis page over the past few weeks- but it has yet to open there.

Somewhere– Stephen Dorff is hard-partying movie star Johnny Marco in this drama from writer/director Sofia Coppola. Johnny doesn’t spend a lot of time with his daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning), but when Cleo’s mom drops her off with Johnny, he’ll have to try to change his ways- at least for a little while. Michelle Monaghan and Jo Champa are in the supporting cast of Somewhere, which is currently scheduled to start at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis on Friday, January 28. (It had been scheduled to open this Friday- but now it, too, has been pushed forward by a week.)

And I mentioned the next three titles in a comment on last week’s column- but I’m repeating the information here, since it’s easier to include links in the column itself (and since not everybody necessarily reads comments, for that matter). All three of these are supposed to start at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis on Friday, February 11:

Biutiful– Javier Bardem plays a father named Uxbal in this drama from director/co-writer Alejandro González Iñárritu. According to its official US site, Biutiful “is a love story between a father and his children. This is the journey of Uxbal, a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona. His livelihood is earned out of bounds, his sacrifices for his children know no bounds….” Like many (or most) of the movies that show up at the Keystone Art Cinema around this time of the year, there has been a fair amount of talk about Oscar nominations for this film- especially for Bardem’s performance.

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2011: Animated and The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2011: Live Action– The titles pretty much say it all here; the nominations will be announced on January 25, though, so the films that will be shown in these programs won’t be known until then.

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Now, we turn once again to films that do not appear on the schedule pages or sites of any Indiana theaters as of yet, but which list at least one Indiana play date on their own official sites.

The Grace Card– According to its official site, this Christian-themed drama- which has Michael Joiner, Michael Higgenbottom, and Louis Gossett, Jr., in the lead roles- will open on Friday, February 25, at twelve Indiana theaters. Two cities (Evansville and Mishawaka) have the theater “TBD” as of now; the other ten are the Castleton Square 14 and Traders Point 12 (both in Indianapolis), the Coldwater Crossing Stadium 14 and Jefferson Pointe 18 (both in Fort Wayne), the Mounds Mall 10 in Anderson, the Valparaiso Commons 12, the Showplace South Bend 16, the Showplace Kokomo 12, the Greenwood Park 14 in Greenwood, and the Village Park 17 in Carmel.

Also, while there aren’t any posters or other publicity materials (like standees) at the theater as of yet, I did see previews for two Indian films at the Georgetown 14 on my last visit there: 7 Khoon Maaf (a drama/mystery about a woman who marries seven times, and what happens to her husbands), and Game (which looks like an action/suspense/mystery movie of some sort, and has a trailer featuring more blood than you usually see in your average trailer for an Indian film). The former is supposed to be released on February 18, while the latter is supposed to come out a month to the day later. The fact that the G14 showed trailers for these films is no guarantee that either one of them will actually open at the theater, but it is a good sign- at least if you’re like me, and looking forward to seeing both movies.

Screenings and events for next weekend:

Countdown to Zero– This documentary on the continuing threat of the arms race in a post Cold War world kicks off the “ScreenPeace Film Festival” at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Mikhail Gorbachev, Tony Blair, Valerie Plame Wilson and Jimmy Carter are some of the people interviewed for the film, which will be shown at 6:30 PM on Friday, January 28.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb– Peter Sellers, Peter Sellers, and Peter Sellers star in Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1964 film, which also features George C. Scott, Slim Pickens, Keenan Wynn, James Earl Jones (making his film debut), and the amazing Sterling Hayden. This second entry in the “ScreenPeace Film Festival” at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center will be screened at 9:30 PM on Friday, January 28.

Stray Dog– Toshiro Mifune plays a young homicide detective who must cope with both a summer heat wave and the theft of his gun by a pickpocket. After unsuccessfully trying to find the gun on his own, the younger cop teams up with a veteran detective to track down the weapon. This 1949 film from Akira Kurosawa will be shown (on 35mm film, not DVD) at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Toby Theater on Friday, January 28, as part of the IMA’s “Winter Nights” Film Noir series; the screening starts at 7 PM.

3 responses to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (January 21, 2011)

  1. A few updates-

    I was out at the Georgetown 14 last night to see Zenith, and asked ticket seller if Evangelion 2.0 would be there just through Sunday, or through Thursday. He checked a schedule, and said it would be there through Thursday, with two shows per day.

    Also, I was told that the late evening show of Dhobi Ghat last night came very close to selling out- which indicates that it most likely will have at least a few shows next week. That could mean just a few showings next weekend, or it could mean a second full week run- but it almost certainly will be at the Georgetown 14 past Thursday.

    On the other hand, it didn’t sound like No One Killed Jessica was selling a lot of tickets. So if you have time for only one Indian movie in a theater this week, NOKJ would be the one to see; it sounds as likely to depart as Dhobi Ghat is to stick around for another week.

    Also, Helen alerted me to the fact that the IU Cinema in Bloomington is now open. It looks like they have a pretty full schedule of events at the venue, which will seat “nearly 300” people. Including links in comments can cause hiccups, so for now I’ll just note the events coming up the rest of this week. On Monday, January 24, “composer, arranger, accompanist and lecturer” Dennis James will speak at 3 PM as part of the Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture Series. David Lean’s Dr. Zhivago will be shown in the theater the same day, at 7 PM. And the “IU Cinema Dedication” takes place at 4 PM on Thursday, January 27.

    Oh- and this is well beyond the rest of this week, but it’s so cool (or could be so cool) that it deserves a mention anyway- it looks like Metropolis will be shown (with live orchestral accompaniment) on February 19 and 20 (and- apparently without live accompaniment- on February 21). There’s no word on the site yet if this is the recent, fully restored version, but I’m guessing that it is- why would they show the shorter version now? If the picture on the IU Cinema site is any indication, this will be a great place to see Metropolis.

  2. I am very excited about the new IU cinema center! I took a quick look when I was on campus for the Mesrine showing and can say that it looks like a gem of a theater and there’s a great program of films scheduled through the Spring. The printed schedule confirms that Metropolis is the new restored virtually complete version. I’m sure it will be a wonderful experience and I can’t tell you how bummed I am that I will be out of town that weekend.

    Re Mesrine, it’s very good, a fascinating movie with great performances and lots of stylish technique. I’m really glad to have seen it despite the misadventures of the Ryder programming. I still can’t tell you what the main theater is like because they did a total shuffle of the schedule and put Mesrine in a classroom (really, we sat in ordinary armchair desks) for part one and took us across the street to another building for part two when I begged not to be put in the little upstairs room. The student trying to cope with the confusion was extremely obliging and did his best for us; fortunately the projection quality was good even in the classroom so the movie looked great.

  3. Miriam-

    Thanks for the good news re: Metropolis. I hope that I have a chance to check out the IU Cinema sometime soon, whether for Metropolis or something else.

    I still need to check out Mesrine for myself; I’ll have to see if the library carries the DVD. (And too bad about not seeing the Mesrines where advertised- I still want to know what that “downstairs” room is like, but it’s nice to hear that the films were worth seeing, even with the unexpected change of venues.)

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