by MIKE MACCOLLUM
LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK
Another Year– Mike Leigh’s latest drama follows a year in the life of happily married couple Tom and Gerri (Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen) and their desperately unhappy friend Mary (Lesley Manville). Another Year– which has already received a Best Actress award for Lesley Manville from the National Board of Review, and now has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Screenplay category-starts at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis on Friday, February 4.
The Company Men– Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, and Tommy Lee Jones star in this drama about a group of men who must deal with dramatic changes in their lives when they are downsized by their employer. John Wells (best known for his work on television shows like E.R.) makes his feature directorial debut with The Company Men, which starts on Friday, February 4, at the Showplace Traders Point 12 in Indianapolis, the Village Park 17 in Carmel, and the Showplace Bloomington 11.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS, FILM FESTIVALS, REVIVAL SCREENINGS, AND OTHER SPECIAL SHOWINGS AND EVENTS IN INDIANA THIS WEEK
And Everything Is Going Fine– Steven Soderbergh’s 2010 documentary on actor, writer, and monologist Spalding Gray will be shown at the IU Cinema in Bloomington on Friday, February 4 and Saturday, February 5, at 9:30 PM- and on Sunday, February 6, at 6:30 PM.
Bag It!– This documentary about the massive amount of plastic bags (and plastic utensils, plastic cups, and other disposable plastic objects) used by Americans kicks off the “Green Team Movie Nights 2011 Film Series” at 7 PM on Friday, February 4, at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.
Blue Valentine– Michelle Williams received an Academy Award nomination for her work in this drama, but Ryan Gosling- who plays Williams’ suitor and (later on) husband- did not (although he did get nominations from the Golden Globes, among others). The film is about a couple at both the beginning and (apparently) near the sad end of their relationship, flashing back and forth between the two time periods. Blue Valentine holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema and Glendale 12 in Indianapolis, the Showplace Bloomington , and the Metropolis 18 in Plainfield (where it will show once daily, at 9:55 PM).
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 continues this week at the Coventry 13 in Fort Wayne.
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 holds over this week at the Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute (where it will have one showing per day); it also starts on Friday, February 4, at the Movies 8 Washington Market in Indianapolis, the Movies 8 on East Stop 13 Road (in Indianapolis, but just north of Greenwood), the Coventry 13 in Fort Wayne, and the Movies 6 in Mishawaka.
Fela!– The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Toby Theater will show a filmed performance of this musical about “the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti” at 7 PM on Saturday, February 5. That description, by the way, is from the site of London’s National Theatre, which staged the production in question; the Broadway production of Fela! won three 2010 Tony Awards, including one for Best Choreography.
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).
From Prada to Nada– Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, Wilmer Valderrama, Nicholas D’Agosto, April Bowlby, Kuno Becker, and Adriana Barraza head the cast of this romantic comedy, which- according to its official site- offers a “modern twist on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.” Belle and Vega play “two spoiled sisters,” Nora and Mary, whose “posh lives are turned upside down” after their father passes away. From Prada to Nada continues this week at the Showplace Schererville 16.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo/The Girl Who…– See under Millennium Trilogy, below.
Harold and Maude– Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon have the title roles in Hal Ashby’s 1971 cult comedy about a very odd couple; it will be shown at 7:30 PM on Thursday, February 10, at the Root Cellar Lounge at FARM in Bloomington.
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 (for a fourth week) at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.
Hukkle– György Pálfi directed this 2002 Hungarian film, which at first seems to be a loosely connected series of scenes from the lives of residents of a small village, although it becomes apparent that the film is also- albeit almost tangentially- about a murder that has taken place in the community…. Hukkle– which apparently means ‘hiccup” in Hungarian- is the February entry in the “WALLA & Friends Film Series;” it will be shown (free of charge) at 7 PM on Monday, February 7, at the West Lafayette Public Library.
I Love You, Phillip Morris– Bad 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 Cinema Center in Fort Wayne- and it also starts on Friday, February 4, at the Yes Cinema in Columbus (where it will be shown daily, except for Monday and Tuesday).
Inside Job– Matt Damon narrates this documentary, which returns to Indiana theaters this week following its Academy Award nomination in the Best Documentary (Feature length) category; it was directed by Charles Ferguson (whose No End in Sight also 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 continues this week at the Showplace Bloomington 11, the Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, the Showplace Muncie 7, and the Evansville 16 (most of which will have just one or two showings per day of the film). Inside Job also starts on Friday, February 4, at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne- and will be shown at 6:30 and 9:30 PM on Thursday, February 10, at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
In the Long Run– This film about whether or not a former couple will be able to reunite and find love “in the long run” will have what is described as a “fundraising premiere” at 7 PM on Saturday, February 5, at the IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis. A question and answer session with the filmmakers will follow the screening of the film, which (per its site) is about thirty minutes long.
The Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture Series- According to the IU Cinema’s page for this event, Dr. Philip Carli is a “composer, arranger, accompanist and scholar” in addition to being the staff accompanist for the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. Dr. Carli will be the speaker this week for the Jorgensen Lecture Series at the IU Cinema; the event gets underway on Friday, February 4, at 3 PM. And as if that wasn’t enough, there will be another guest filmmaker this week as well- director Jill Godmilow (Waiting for the Moon, Roy Cohn/Jack Smith– see below for the latter) is scheduled to speak at the IU Cinema at 3 PM on Thursday, February 10; the topic of her talk, per the IU Cinema’s site, is “What’s Wrong with the Liberal Documentary.”
The Kid & The Idle Class– Film Noir gets a week off at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, as the IMA and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra team up for a showing of two films by (and starring) Charlie Chaplin. The IMA provides the venue (the Toby Theater), while the ICO offers live musical accompaniment- playing music which was composed by Chaplin himself, and arranged by Carl Davis. The Idle Class dates from 1921, and runs 25 minutes (per the IMA’s site) or 32 minutes (per the IMDb). The Kid is also from 1921, and runs somewhere around 60 minutes (IMA), or 68 minutes (IMDb); it also mixes some drama and tears in with the laughter, unlike The Idle Class (if memory serves). Jackie Coogan- years before he played Uncle Fester- made a big splash for playing the title role in The Kid; Edna Purviance co-stars in both films. As far as I can tell from the IMA’s site, both The Idle Class and The Kid will be projected films, rather than DVDs. This event gets underway at 7:30 PM on Friday, February 4.
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 continues this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, with two showings per day (at 4:45 and 7:30 PM).
Mantrap– Clara Bow, Ernest Torrence, and Percy Marmont make up the three parts of a love triangle in this silent comedy from 1926; Victor Fleming (Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz) directed. Dr. Philip Carli provides live accompaniment on the piano at the IU Cinema in Bloomington, which will screen the film at 6:30 PM on Friday, February 4.
Marwencol– According to Marwencol’s site, this documentary is about Mark Hogancamp, and how he “builds a 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard” after “being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar.” Hogancamp then “populates the town he dubs ‘Marwencol’ with dolls representing his friends and family and creates life-like photographs detailing the town’s many relationships and dramas. Playing in the town and photographing the action helps Mark to recover his hand-eye coordination and deal with the psychic wounds of the attack.” Marwencol will be shown at 7 PM on Friday in Saturday in the “upstairs” room at IU’s Fine Arts Building in Bloomington. Another 7 PM screening takes place at Bear’s Place in Bloomington on Sunday, February 6- and Marwencol also will be shown at Nashville’s Pine Room Tavern on Wednesday, February 9, at 8 PM.
Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1– This award-winning French crime film (part two of two) will be shown at the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech through Monday, February 7.
The Millennium Trilogy- All three films in the Lisbeth Salander/Mikael Blomkvist saga will be shown at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is up first, at 3 PM; The Girl Who Played With Fire follows at 6 PM, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest shows at 9 PM. The last part of the trilogy also will be shown at 3 PM on Sunday, February 6, at 3 PM.
Out Side Film Festival– This fest will take place at the Yes Cinema in Columbus from 11 AM to 11 PM on Saturday, February 5. According to the event’s page on the Yes’ site, this is the “first film festival in Columbus, Indiana, to exclusively feature films from, about and for the LGBT community.” I Love You Phillip Morris and the made-in-Indiana drama Bloomington both will be shown as part of the fest; for all of the movies, click on the highlighted event title, above.
Pelada– This documentary about people who play street soccer in 25 countries around the world will be shown at 6:30 and 9:30 PM on Friday, February 4- and at 12 noon on Saturday, February 5- at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Co-directors Gwendolyn Oxenham and Luke Boughen are both Notre Dame alumni and big soccer fans (and non-pro soccer players). Oxenham and Boughen also are in the film themselves, and are scheduled to be at the Performing Arts Center for the screenings.
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 Showplace Schererville 12.
Reign of Terror– Anthony Mann’s 1949 film is regarded by some as a “Film Noir”- even though it’s about the violent conflicts that took place in 1790s France, and has nothing to do with the usual noir setting of a post-World War 2 big city. John Alton’s cinematography is one reason why Reign of Terror is so highly regarded today; if you’d like a rare chance to see it on a big screen, then Bloomington’s IU Cinema is the place to be- on Monday, February 7, at 7 PM.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show– The long-running seventies cult favorite returns to a large screen in Indiana with an “11:59 PM” showing on Saturday, February 5, at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
Roy Cohn/Jack Smith– Ron Vawter plays both the conservative lawyer (and Joe McCarthy associate) Roy Cohn and underground filmmaker Jack Smith (most famous for Flaming Creatures) in Jill Godmilow’s 1996 film. The IU Cinema will show Roy Cohn/Jack Smith at 7 PM on Thursday, February 10; director Godmilow is scheduled to be present for the screening.
Sign of Four– The IU Cinema in Bloomington will show this 1923 silent- with live musical accompaniment by Dr. Phillip Carli- at 3 PM on Saturday, February 5. In case the title doesn’t ring a bell, it’s an adaptation of a Sherlock Holmes story- and, according to the IU Cinema’s site, it’s supposed to be the best extant silent Holmes film.
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 continues this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, with daily showings at 2:10 and 10:05 PM.
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 doesn’t really care all that much about getting into the record books in the first place). Angelica is a young bride in the 1950s- or at least she was, until she suddenly passed away. 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 7:30 PM this Friday and Saturday in the “downstairs” room at IU’s Fine Arts Building in Bloomington.
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 will be shown through Monday, February 7, at the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.
Three: A Short Short Film Festival– Films of three minutes or less make up this festival, which continues with “Big 3”- short films for both adults and children. The event will take place at the Perley Fine Arts Academy, 740 N. Eddy St., South Bend, on Saturday, February 5, starting at 7 PM. Admission for “Big 3” is six dollars.
Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?– This 2006 documentary about a woman who buys a painting for a very low price- and then finds out that it may (or may not) be a work by Jackson Pollock- will be shown at the IU Cinema on Sunday, February 6, at 3 PM.
A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop– Zhang Yimou directed this remake of Blood Simple– although this version is set in China, and takes place more than a century ago, so this certainly doesn’t sound like a straightforward remake with nothing of interest to anyone who’s already familiar with the first film. A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop will be screened at the IU Cinema on Saturday, February 5, at 6:30 PM.
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 or two showings per day (except Monday, when Hubble gets the day off). And several Indiana theaters will show the children’s matinee program of Barbie: A Fairy Secret throughout the week; other theaters will show it on weekends only.
Also, there will be a live screening of the Paris Opera Ballet’s production of Antonio Vivaldi’s Caligula at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, February 8; like most entries in the “Ballet in Cinema” series, this seems to be exclusive to the Carmike Cinemas in Indiana. And there will be an encore screening of Hood to Coast– a documentary about “the world’s largest relay race”- on some Hoosier big screens at 7:30 PM on Thursday, February 9.
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
Biutiful– Javier Bardem (who is up for a Best Actor Academy Award for his work here) 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….” Biutiful– which was itself nominated for an Oscar, in the Best Foreign Language Film category- is scheduled to start on Friday, February 11, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
The Illusionist– The Illusionist is a French animated film from director Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville), and was based on an original screenplay by Jacques Tati (Mr. Hulot’s Holiday, Mon Oncle); it’s about an aging magician who is falling out of favor with audiences, and thinks his career might be over- until he meets a younger fan. It also has been nominated for a 2011 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film- and has been nominated for (and/or won) several other awards as well. The Illusionist is supposed to open at the Keystone Art Cinema on Friday, February 4, according to both its official US site and the “showtimes” function on the Indianapolis page for Landmark Theatres. Then again, The Illusionist isn’t at the bottom of the right two-thirds or so of Landmark’s Indianapolis page any more- which may bee a sign that the film will be pushed forward by a week or two…. (I’ve seen the preview for this one several times, by the way, and now I can’t wait to see the movie itself.)
The Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated and The Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action– These programs of short films with the self-explanatory titles are both scheduled to open at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis on Friday, February 11; they most likely will share a single screen at the theater, apparently. Day & Night– which ran in front of Toy Story 3 when it was in theaters- is one of the five nominated animated shorts; two bonus animated films- including one by Bill Plympton- are also part of that package. And while four of the live action nominees are new to me, I’ve seen one of them- God of Love– and can highly recommend it. (By the way- I found more information on the titles to be shown as part of both programs on Landmark’s site than I did on the official site linked in the title above.)
Patalia House– This drama starring Akshay Kumar and Anushka Sharma, and directed by Nikhil Advani (Chandni Chowk to China, Salaam-E-Ishq) is scheduled to start at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis on February 11, per manoranjaninc’s site, but there are no show times there as of yet. By the way, the plot description on the site of production company People Tree Films certainly makes the film sound like a drama- Gurtej Singh Kahlon, a father working in London is repeatedly insulted and harrassed by hateful Brits from the late seventies on; in the present day, Parghat Singh Kalon- Gurtej’s son- gets insulted by younger Brits, and must also deal with his own nearly-forgotten dream of a different life. After Parghat meets a beautiful young woman, he gets the backbone to make a big change in his life, by either striving to save his father’s good name (per the IMDb) and/or stand up to his dad (according to the production company’s site). But then take a look at the darn-near-psychedelically-colorful graphic for this movie on manoranjan’s site- this makes Patalia House look like the brightest, most cheerful and colorful drama ever. Go figure….
Screenings and events for next weekend:
An Affair to Remember– Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr star in Leo McCarey’s 1957 romantic comedy/drama, a remake of his 1939 film Love Affair; it will be shown at Franklin’s historic Artcraft Theatre on Friday, February 11 at 2 and 7:30 PM, and on Saturday, February 12, at 7:30 PM.
An Evening with Larry Karaszewski- The South Bend native is scheduled to return to that city for screenings of two films he co-wrote. Ed Wood is up first, at 6:30 PM on Friday, February 11; The People vs. Larry Flynt follows at 9 :30 PM on the same day; both screenings will take place at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
The Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture Series– Filmmaker and author Dr. Kenneth Anger is scheduled to be the speaker next Friday at the IU Cinema in Bloomington; the talk is scheduled to begin at 3 PM on Friday, February 11.
Kiss Me Deadly– The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Winter Nights Film Noir series continues with Robert Aldrich’s 1955 classic. Ralph Meeker plays Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer; Albert Dekker (“Dr. Cyclops”), Jack Elam, Strother Martin, Percy Helton, and Cloris Leachman are also in the cast- and a mysteriously glowing suitcase shows up, too (nearly four decades before Pulp Fiction). Kiss Me Deadly will be shown (on 35mm film, not DVD) at the IMA’s Toby Theater on Friday, February 11, at 7 PM; the 1952 Warner Brothers cartoon Super Snooper will be shown before the main attraction.
Scorpio Rising/Fireworks– Two works by filmmaker Kenneth Anger are scheduled to be shown at Bloomington’s IU Cinema starting at 7 PM on Friday, February 11; Anger is scheduled to be present for the screenings. By the way- this entry should be filed under “for your information, in case you don’t have a ticket already,” since these films are currently listed as “SOLD OUT” on the IU Cinema’s site.