Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (February 25, 2011)

by MIKE MACCOLLUM

Barney’s Version is the “big” new limited release movie opening in the state this week- but we also get an Indian film (without subtitles, unfortunately), and two animated films- one of them with what sounds (to me) like the screwiest story this side of Harry Stephen Keeler. (And if you aren’t familiar with Mr. K, then do yourself a favor, and Google his name.) For all that and more, keep reading on below….

LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK

Ala Modalaindi (a.k.a. Alaa Modalaindi)– The site for manoranjaninc says that this Telugu-language romantic comedy* from India will be shown at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis on Friday, February 25 (at 9 PM) and on Saturday, February 26 (at 6 PM). (And manoranjan’s site doesn’t say anything about subtitles- but since this is in Telugu, not Hindi, I’d have to assume that there are no English subtitles on the theatrical prints.)

(*The IMDb claims that AM is a drama- and while I don’t doubt that there are some dramatic/serious parts of the film, all of the other evidence I’ve seem online suggests that the film is (primarily) a rom-com.)

Barney’s Version– Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver, Rachelle Lefevre, Scott Speedman and Dustin Hoffman star in this comedy/drama about the ups and downs (romantic and otherwise) in the life of the opinionated Barney Panofsky (Giamatti, who won a Golden Globe for Best Actor- Comedy). The film- which was based on a book by Mordecai Richler (The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Joshua Then and Now)- starts at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis on Friday, February 25. Bruce Greenwood, David Cronenberg, Denys Arcand, Atom Egoyan, Ted Kotcheff, Mark Addy, Saul Rubinek, veteran character actor Maury Chaykin (in one of his last roles), Macha Grenon, Anna Hopkins, Harvey Atkin, Massimo Wertmuller, Howard Jerome, Linda Sorenson, and Paul Gross all appear in Barney’s Version as well; as far as I can tell, some of them have supporting roles, while others make brief cameo appearances.

The Little Engine That Could– Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Warburton, Corbin Bleu, Jamie Lee Curtis and Alyson Stoner are among those who provide voices for this computer-animated film adaptation of the children’s story. It starts on Tuesday, March 1, at the Showplace East in Evansville, according to that theater’s schedule page- and it may also start at some other Indiana theaters that show Kidtoons matinees throughout the week (as opposed to on weekends only)… although the online schedules for some Kidtoons theaters (like the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis) currently indicate that they will continue to show the February Kidtoons entry (Barbie: A Fairy Secret) through at least Thursday, March 3.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time– According to its official US site, this relatively brief animated film (I’ve read online that it’s only fifty to sixty minutes long) will be shown at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis, the Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, the Carmike 20 and the Jefferson Pointe 18 (both in Fort Wayne), the Encore Park 14 in Elkhart, the Great Escape 16 in New Albany, and the Showplace East in Evansville on Saturday and Sunday, February 26 and 27 (and again on March 5 and 6). For this weekend, at least, most theaters will have only one showing on both Saturday and Sunday, starting anywhere from 11:20 AM to 2:50 PM (check with each theater’s site for times)- although the Great Escape 16 will have three showings on both days. (Another Great Escape theater- the River Falls 12 in Clarksville- is supposed to be showing the film as well, according to the US site for Bonds Beyond Time… but the theater’s own site begs to differ.)

Anyhow, I’m not at all familiar with the world of Yu-Gi-Oh, but Wikipedia notes that it was originally a Japanese manga, and that the manga’s spin-offs include “multiple anime shows, a trading card game and numerous video games.” I’ve never read/seen/played any of the above, however, so the plot description on the US site for Bonds Beyond Time sounds to me like the ravings of a madman: At some point in the future, things look very bleak indeed for the planet, and civilization “is on the brink of extinction.” One man, who goes by the moniker Paradox, thinks he’s found a way to save the planet by traveling back in time and getting rid of the source of the evil. Unfortunately, Mr. “I figured out how to travel back in time” isn’t so bright in other departments, apparently, because he thinks that the thing that must be eliminated to save the planet is… “the Duel Monsters card game!” Yeah, that’s the problem right there- a card game, you genius. Anyhow, the official site goes on to say that the heroic trio who oppose Paradox in his efforts “are three legendary duelists who will do whatever it takes to save what’s on the line- their friends, their family and the game they love.” So there you go…. (I doubt that I’ll see this one, but I wonder- what if Paradox is right, and the card game really IS the problem here? Would the three “duelists” still try to save the game, even if the destruction of the game meant salvation for the planet? And the film’s official site makes it sound like the main focus of the movie is saving the card game, not the planet itself- but I’m guessing that the plucky heroes save both their precious game and the whole planet, too, somehow. I haven’t heard or read anything to that effect, mind you, so this isn’t a spoiler or anything- but I’m just sayin’….)

And to add another footnote, in the “always blindly trust the IMDb (and its users)” files, entry #48688: As of Thursday afternoon, five users had rated Bonds Beyond Time– and all five gave it a ten out of ten. So I guess this is really right up there with the likes of Citizen Kane….

THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS THIS WEEK IN INDIANA

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- holds over for another week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. (It also holds over this week at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne- see the next section below.)

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 (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel). 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- holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, with daily screenings at 12:30 and 9:00 PM.

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 Friday and Saturday, February 25 and 26, at the Showplace Muncie 7, which will have one showing (at 10:10 PM) on each day. (Blue Valentine also starts on Friday, February 25, at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne- see the next section below.)

Cedar Rapids– Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl, Chuck & Buck, Youth in Revolt) directed this comedy about Tim Lippe (Ed Helms, from The Hangover and The Office), an unsophisticated insurance salesman from a small town who attends a business convention in “the big city:” Cedar Rapids, Iowa. John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isaiah Whitlock, Jr., Kurtwood Smith, Stephen Root, Rob Corddry, Alia Shawkat, Mike Birbiglia, and Sigourney Weaver are all in the supporting cast. Cedar Rapids holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

The Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated and The Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action- These programs of short films with the self-explanatory titles both hold over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. They will share a single screen at the theater- the animated shorts will be shown daily (except Sunday) at 2:15 and 7:30, while the live action shorts unspool at 4:45 and 9:35 daily (except Sunday). (On Sunday, the KAC will show the animated shorts at 2:15 only, and the live action shorts at 4:45 only.) The Yes Cinema in Columbus also will screen the shorts programs (one after the other, apparently- although the site isn’t very specific) at 12:01 PM (yes, that’s what it says) on Saturday, February 26. A Pixar film, Day & Night, 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 (by way of last year’s Indianapolis International Film Festival), and can highly recommend it. (By the way- I found more information on the titles to be shown as part of both the animated and live action programs on Landmark’s site than I did on the official site for the shorts collections.)

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 (albeit with a few showings per day) at the Evansville 16.

Sea Rex 3D: Journey to a Prehistoric World– The IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum has more screenings of this super-large-screen film this week- at least through Sunday (the schedule on their site as of Thursday didn’t have any information beyond February 27, but the theater doesn’t seem to have any new movies opening until April- so I’m guessing that Sea Rex will play throughout the week, except Monday, a day on which the theater is usually closed). According to the theater’s official site, Sea Rex is about “Julie, an imaginative young woman” who “travels from a modern-day aquarium to the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods”- and allows audiences to explore an “amazing underwater universe inhabited by larger-than-life creatures.”

7 Khoon Maaf (a.k.a. 7 Murders Forgiven)– Priyanka Chopra, Irrfan Khan (Slumdog Millionaire, The Namesake), John Abraham, and Naseeruddin Shah are in the cast of this mystery/drama (and/or dark comedy- maybe) about a woman who marries seven different men… and what happens to her husbands. Director Vishal Bhardwaj also wrote the screenplay- based on the book or short story (sources vary) Susanna’s Seven Husbands, by Ruskin Bond- and also wrote the music for the film (which isn’t very surprising, since he entered the movie business as a composer). 7 Khoon Maaf will be shown at 6 PM on Friday and 9 PM Saturday at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis, according to the site for manoranjaninc- which also notes that the film is in Hindi, with English subtitles.

FILM FESTIVALS, NON-THEATRICAL SCREENINGS, AND MOVIE-RELATED EVENTS IN INDIANA THIS WEEK

Ajami– This 2009 drama- an Oscar nominee for best foreign language film- about a group of Palestinians and Israelis struggling to survive in the mixed Jaffa neighborhood of Ajami will be shown at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 26, at 6:30 PM; the screening is part of the DeBartolo’s “Films and Faith” series.

AMC 2011 Best Picture Showcase- A number of AMC theaters throughout the state (check the AMC site to see which local theaters in your area are participating) will present this program starting at 11 AM on Saturday, February 26. According to this week’s edition of Metromix (I couldn’t find the information of AMC’s site), the cost for this event is $35- and for that price, you get to see five of this year’s Best Picture nominees at one sitting: Black Swan, Inception, The Social Network, The King’s Speech, and Winter’s Bone. (You also get a $10 gift card as part of the deal, apparently.)

Another Year– Mike Leigh’s latest film (see the section above for more info) holds over this week at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

The Big Lebowski– The Coen Brothers’ 1998 cult classic will be shown in two different places in Indiana this week. The University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center will show it as part of their “Midnight Movies” series on Saturday, February 26, at 11:59 PM- and The Ryder presents a screening at the Root Cellar Lounge at FARM, Bloomingon, on Thursday, March 3, at 7:30 PM.

Blue Valentine– This drama (which received one Academy Award nomination- see the section above for more information) starts on Friday, February 25, at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

Dogtooth– This Greek dark comedy/drama about a very odd family, long isolated from the rest of the world, contains some pretty extreme content, from what I’ve read- but it nevertheless managed to get an Academy Award Nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category this year. For screening information this weekend, see Oscar Nominees at the Toby, below.

Eldorado– This 2008 Belgian comedy/drama is part of the Indiana Film Society’s Spring 2011 film series, “The Journey, Not the Destination.” It’s about a man who discovers a younger burglar who is trying to rob his house- but instead of turning the burglar in, or getting violent with him, the homeowner decides to drive the burglar to the house where his parents live. According to the film’s official US site, the two men, Yvan and Elie, “are both nostalgic about lost relationships”- and both are “two loners who wander aimlessly through their lives.” Eldorado will be shown (free of charge) at the Indianapolis Senior Center (708 East Michigan Street) on Tuesday, March 1, at 7 PM.

Envision Film Festival– Taylor University in Upland is the site for this annual festival, which “honors aspiring filmmakers whose visual storytelling explores the range of human experience with hopeful vision, artistry, truthfulness and integrity;” the 2011 festival gets underway at 7 PM on Thursday, March 3 (at Mitchell Auditorium in Rupp Communication Arts Building) with a screening of alumni films.

Exit Through the Gift Shop– Many think that this film about street art (among other things) is more of a hoax than a documentary- but it still received a Best Feature Documentary Academy Award nomination this year. For screening information this weekend, see Oscar Nominees at the Toby, below.

Film South Asia: 2010– This program consists of “twelve outstanding documentaries from South Asia” which “were selected in the competitive documentary film festival held annually in Kathmandu, Nepal.” The films will be shown in groups of three, continuing with “Program II” (Afghan Girls Can Kick (2007, Afghanistan), Out of Thin Air (India, 2009), and The Battle for Pakistan (Pakistan, 2009)) at 3 PM on Friday, February 25, at the IU Cinema in Bloomington. Programs III and IV will be shown at IU Bloomington’s School of Journalism, EP 220, on Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26, from 1 to 6 PM.

Holler and the Moan– This filmed-in-Fort-Wayne documentary about “the tumultuous and ultimately productive year singer/songwriter Lee Miles had in 2010” will be shown at the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne at 8 PM on Friday, February 25, and at 4 PM on Sunday, February 27.

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 returns to Bloomington with 7 PM screenings on Friday and Saturday, February 25 and 26, in the “upstairs” room at IU’s Fine Arts Building; Howl will also be shown at 5:30 PM on Sunday, February 27, at Bear’s Place in Bloomington.

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. Carrey is Steven Russell, who is a member of his town’s police force, plays the organ in his local church, and has an apparently happy married life with wife Debbie (Mann). But after a serious accident, Steven 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.” This based-on-a-true-story film will be shown at the IU Cinema in Bloomington at 9:30 PM on Thursday, March 3 (and Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5).

Inside Job– Matt Damon narrates this documentary, which received an 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 runs on February 26-28 at Fort Wayne’s Cinema C enter @ Indiana Tech.

King Lear– Derek Jacobi plays the title role in this “National Theatre Live” production of the Shakespeare tragedy, which will be shown at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 3, at 7 PM.

Mary Poppins– The Disney classic returns to the big screen at Franklin’s historic Artcraft Theatre with showings at 2 and 7:30 PM on both Friday, February 25, and Saturday, February 26.

Memento– The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Winter Nights Film Noir series closes out with a screening of Christopher Nolan’s 2000 film- which (in case any of you had forgotten) stars Guy Pearce, Joe Pantoliano, and Carrie-Anne Moss. Memento will be shown (on DVD) at the IMA’s Toby Theater on Friday, February 25, at 7 PM.

The Muppet Movie– The 1979 film with muppets and guest stars galore will be screened at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Sunday, February 27, at 3 PM.

The Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated and The Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action- These two collections of shorts (see above for description) will be shown at the IU Cinema in Bloomington this weekend. The live action shorts are scheduled for 9:30 PM screenings on both Friday, February 25, and Saturday, February 26- along with a 7 PM showing on Monday, February 28. The animated shorts will be shown at 6:30 PM on both Saturday and Sunday, February 26 and 27.

Oscar Nominees at the Toby- Three Academy Award nominated films- Waste Land, Exit Through the Gift Shop and Dogtooth (see individual entries, above and below, for more information) will be shown at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Toby Theater on Saturday, February 26. Waste Land is up first, at 1 PM; Dogtooth follows at 3, and Exit Through the Gift Shop starts at 5. The price to see all three movies is $19 (or $12 for IMA members); otherwise, the price is $9 per movie (or $5 for IMA members).

Oscar Parties and related events- The United Way’s “A Night in Bollywood,” at the Murat Shrine, is listed as “sold out” on the page for the event, although that page also says that some tickets may be released from the sponsors’ block later on. The other main event in Indianapolis that I know about is the Indianapolis International Film Festival’s annual Oscar viewing party, at Forty Five Degrees (at 765 Massachusetts Avenue, downtown); there is no admission charge, but reservations are recommended. (The only in-state Oscar party that I know of outside of Indy takes place at Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center from 6 to 9 PM, followed by a screening of Blue Valentine– not on Oscar night itself, but on Saturday, February 26.) Finally, before the Oscar ceremony itself, Bookmamas in Indianapolis will be the site for “An Academy Award Afternoon: A Date with Debbie,” from 2 to 4 PM on Sunday. This event will feature refreshments and “A Personal Profile of Debbie Reynolds provided by Lynne Hammer” (the daughter of one of Ms. Reynold’s best friends, according to an email I received from Bookmamas earlier this week).

The Plot Against Harry– Michael Roemer’s 1969 film about Harry Plotnik- a small time crook who faces a variety of personal and professional problems after serving a prison sentence- will be shown as part of the IU Cinema’s 2011 Jewish Film Series on Thursday, March 3, at 7 PM. (I saw this movie back in 1989/1990, by the way, when it was released theatrically after sitting on the shelf forever- and I remember liking it a lot.)

A Serious Man– The travails of poor Larry Gopnik are examined in this 2009 film from the Coen brothers; it will be shown (as part of the “Films and Faith” series) at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 26, at 9:30 PM.

Shoeshine– Vittorio De Sica’s 1946 Neorealist classic- which was co-written by Sergio Amidei and Cesare Zavattini, among others- will be shown at Bloomington’s IU Cinema on Friday, February 25, at 6:30 PM.

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 will be shown on February 25, 26, and 28 at the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.

Tahaan– Kashmir is the setting for this drama about Tahaan, an eight-year-old boy who desperately wants to recover his pet donkey- which his family sold off in order to settle a debt. Santosh Sivan (Before the Rains, Ashoka the Great, The Terrorist) directed this 2008 drama, which stars Victor Banerjee and Rahul Bose, and which will be shown at the IU Cinema in Bloomington on Saturday and Sunday, February 26 and 27, at 3 PM.

Valentino: The Last Emperor– The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Toby Theater will show this 2008 documentary about veteran fashion designer Valentino (Garavani) at 7 PM on Thursday, March 3. The film’s director, Matt Tyrnauer, will participate in a question and answer session with the audience (by way of Skype) after the screening.

Vision: From the Life of Hidegard von Bingen– Barbara Sukowa plays von Bingen in Margarethe von Trotta’s very well-reviewed biographical drama, which will screened at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 25, at 7 PM; the screening is part of the DeBartolo’s “Films and Faith” series. And for all of you who are like me, and have never heard of Hildegard von Bingen outside of this movie, here’s some information from the film’s official US site: “Hildegard von Bingen was truly a woman ahead of her time. A visionary in every sense of the word, this famed 12th-century Benedictine nun was a Christian mystic, composer, philosopher, playwright, poet, naturalist, scientist, physician, herbalist and ecological activist. In Vision, New German Cinema auteur Margarethe von Trotta (Marianne and Juliane, Rosa Luxemburg, Rosenstrasse) reunites with recurrent star Barbara Sukowa (Zentropa, Berlin Alexanderplatz) to bring the story of this extraordinary woman to life.” As for me, I would love it if Vision were to open at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis- but unfortunately, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen….

Waste Land– This documentary is about artist Vik Muniz, and his project to involve the “catadores”- garbage sifters/recyclers who work at the immense Jardim Gramacho garbage dump near Rio de Janeiro- in a public art project. Waste Land was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary; for screening information, see Oscar Nominees at the Toby, above.

White Material– The latest film from French director Claire Denis (Beau Travail, Trouble Every Day, 35 Shots of Rum) will be shown at 7:30 PM on Friday and Saturday, February 25 and 26, in the “downstairs” room at IU’s Fine Arts Building in Bloomington; an additional screening is scheduled for 8 PM on Wednesday, March 2, at the Pine Room Tavern in Nashville. White Material features the always-excellent Isabelle Huppert, Isaach De Bankolé, and Christophe(r) Lambert (yes, the Highlander and Mortal Kombat dude) in a drama about a woman who refuses to leave her African plantation- even in the face of growing unrest and violence.

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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 this week- at least through Sunday, February 27 (the theater’s site has no schedule information beyond that date as of Thursday evening, but I’m guessing that Hubble 3D will be at the theater beyond Sunday). And several Indiana theaters will show the children’s matinee program of Barbie: A Fairy Secret through Monday, February 28 (after which at least some replace it with the March entry in the Kidtoons series, The Little Engine That Could– while others apparently continue with Barbie throughout the week; see the first section, above); other theaters will show it on the weekend only.

On a slightly different note, a live performance of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride can be seen on some big screens in Indiana starting at 1 PM on Saturday, February 26. Also, an encore showing of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Nixon in China– composed and conducted by John Adams, and directed by Peter Sellars- can be seen at some Indiana theaters on Wednesday, March 2, starting at 6:30 PM. (This is the only listing for an opera with a warning regarding “adult content” that I have ever seen, by the way….)

For more information on any of the above, 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

Well, as for next Friday, March 4… as of Thursday afternoon, at least, no exclusive/limited release films are scheduled to open in Indiana, as far as I know. That may change between now and next Friday- but as of now, the only two upcoming limited release movies scheduled to hit our fair state are both nature documentaries….

Born to Be Wild 3D– The site for the IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis says that this documentary- an IMAX “exclusive” which is narrated by Morgan Freeman, and is about “orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them”- will open at that theater on Friday, April 8.

The Last Lions– This National Geographic documentary about a lioness trying to do everything she can to save her cubs is supposed to start on Friday, March 18, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, according to the film’s official site- although there’s nothing about the movie on Landmark’s Indianapolis page, as of yet. In any event, Jeremy Irons narrates the doc.

An Evening with Glass City Films- Two films produced by this Chicago-based company will be screened at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 4. The drama Separation Anxiety is up first, at 7 PM; “genre-bending thriller” Happily After follows at 9 PM. John Klein and Mike Molenda- two Notre Dame graduates who are among the co-founders and managers of the production company, per the DeBartolo’s site- are scheduled to be present for the screenings.

Lead Paint: Indiana’s Poisoned Children– This thirty-minute documentary- originally produced for public television station WFYI- explores how the children of four Hoosier families were affected by lead poisoning. Lead Paint will be shown at 7 PM on Friday, March 4, at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, as part of their “Green Team” film series; according to the Epworth’s site, the “film will be accompanied by a presentation by Improving Kids’ Environment about lead poisoning in Indiana and what’s being done to eliminate it.”

Warhol Program- The IU Cinema in Bloomington is the site for this screening/event, which starts on Friday, March 4, at 6:30 PM. First up is Kiss (“50 min.” is all the IUC’s site says; per the IMDb, however, this silent/black and white film from 1963- which was directed by Andy Warhol himself- consists of three and a half minutes of one couple kissing each other, followed by another three and a half minutes of another couple kissing, and so on and so on). A screen test featuring Dennis Hopper is next; then- following an intermission- “the second half of the program will be a dual projection of OUTER AND INNER SPACE (33 min.) with Nico and Lou Reed screen tests.”

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