Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (March 4, 2011)

by MIKE MACCOLLUM

What a week- no new art movies (at the Keystone Art Cinema, or anywhere else, as far as I can tell), no new Indian movies, only one new limited theatrical release of any kind in the state, and very few limited release movies holding over in Indiana theaters (even if one of those, Cedar Rapids, is expanding somewhat in the greater Indianapolis area). That’s the not so great news- but there is some very good news on the horizon, in the “Next Week and Beyond” section, below. For all of that- and the news on all of the special screenings and film festivals in the state this week- keep reading on below….

LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK

Carmen in 3D– Georges Bizet’s tragic love story- as presented by The Royal Opera House- looks like a filmed stage production, rather than a film, as such… but hey, it’s in 3D. But that isn’t why I’ve put Carmen in this section, rather than in the “Also on big screens in Indiana this week” section- the usual home for operas on theater screens in this column. No, what makes this an actual theatrical release is that the two Rave theaters in Indiana- the Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, and the Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne- will have many screenings of this 3D Carmen. The first showing, at both theaters, is on Friday, March 4, at 7 PM; screenings at 12, 4, and 8 PM follow on Saturday through Thursday at both the Metropolis and the Jefferson Pointe. Other theaters will also show Carmen, on a more limited basis- the Carmike 20 in Fort Wayne has screenings at 1 and 8 PM on Saturday, March 5, and at 1 PM on Sunday, March 6; the Encore Park 14 in Elkhart, on the other hand, will show the film at 12:30 and 7:30 PM on Saturday, and at 12:30 PM on Sunday- while the Showplace East in Evansville will show Carmen in 3D at 2 PM on both Saturday and Sunday. Most theaters in the state, however- the Castleton Square 14 in Indianapolis, the Showplace Indianapolis 17, the Galaxy 14 in Indianapolis, the Showplace Muncie 12, the Coldwater Crossing 14 in Fort Wayne, the Showplace Michigan City 14, the Showplace Terre Haute 12, the Showplace Bloomington 11, the Evansville 16, the Movies 14 in Mishawaka, and the Showplace Schererville 16- apparently will have only one screening: on Saturday, March 5, at 1 PM.

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 was 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 shows through this Monday at the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne- see the next section below.)

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)- holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. 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.

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- and it starts on Friday, March 4, at the Castleton Square 14 in Indianapolis, the Showplace Indianapolis 17, and the Village Park 17 in Carmel.

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 Jefferson Pointe 18 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, March 5 and 6. 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. And while the Carmike 20 in Fort Wayne showed Bonds Beyond Time last weekend, the theater’s schedule page lists no show times for this weekend.

(And here’s an update on how the film is fairing with IMDb users: As of last Thursday afternoon, five users had rated Bonds Beyond Time– and all five gave it a ten out of ten, for an average rating of ten. As of this Thursday, fifteen users had rated Bonds Beyond Time on the IMDb- and the average of their scores is now 5.5 out of 10….)

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

Absolut Warhola– According to the site of the IU Cinema- which will show this award- winning 2001 documentary on Sunday, March 6, at 3 PM- this film stands out from the many other recent Warhol documentaries because it focuses on “the only Warhol museum in Europe,” and because it “includes colorful interviews with Warhol’s extended family.”

Another Year– Mike Leigh’s latest film (see the section above for more info) shows through Monday, March 7, at the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.

Bag It/Lead Paint: Indiana’s Poisoned Children– These two environmentally themed documentaries will be shown starting at 7 PM on Friday, March 4, at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Indianapolis as part of the “Green Team Movie Nights” film series. Lead Paint is a thirty-minute documentary- originally produced for public television station WFYI- that explores how the children of four Hoosier families were affected by lead poisoning; 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.” Bag It, meanwhile, is a documentary about the massive amount of plastic bags (and plastic utensils, plastic cups, and other disposable plastic objects) used by Americans. (It was supposed to be shown as part of the Green Team Movie Nights series on Friday, February 4- but apparently that screening was either cancelled due to bad weather, or is being repeated because of the weather that night.)

The Big Lebowski– The Coen Brothers’ 1998 cult classic will be shown at 8 PM on Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5, in the “upstairs” room at the Fine Arts Building in Bloomington. Additional screenings take place at 7 PM on Sunday, March 6, at Bear’s Place in Bloomington, and at 8 PM on Wednesday, March 9, at the Pine Room Tavern in Nashville.

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 Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

Casino Jack– Kevin Spacey plays the once-powerful lobbyist Jack Abramoff in this 2010 comedy, which apparently will bypass theatrical release in Indiana (it’s scheduled to be released on DVD early next month), in spite of Spacey and a supporting cast that includes Barry Pepper, Kelly Preston, Jon Lovitz, Rachelle Lefevre, Graham Greene, and veteran character actor Maury Chaykin (in one of his last roles). However, Casino Jack– the last film from director George Hickenlooper (Hearts of Darkness, The Man from Elysian Fields)- does start on Friday, March 4, at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

David Holzman’s Diary– Jim McBride’s 1967 pseudo-documentary, about a young man filming his life- even as it starts to go down the drain- will be shown at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 10, at 8:30 PM.

Duck Soup– The classic 1933 Marx Brothers comedy will be shown at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 5, at 3 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 continues through Saturday, March 5, with classes and screenings at the Mitchell Auditorium in the Rupp Communication Arts Building.

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.

The Harder They Fall– Humphrey Bogart (in his last film) plays a former sportswriter who takes a job working for crooked fight promoter Nick Benko (Rod Steiger) in Mark Robson’s 1956 drama; it will be shown at the IU Cinema on Saturday, March 5, at 3 PM.

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 Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5- and at 7 PM on Monday, March 7.

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 through Monday, March 7, at Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech.

Iphigénie en Tauride– The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s work will be shown at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 6, at 3 PM.

Iron Jawed Angels– Hilary Swank, Frances O’Connor, Julia Ormond, Anjelica Huston, Vera Farmiga, Brooke Smith, Margo Martindale and Lois Smith are all in the cast of Katja von Garnier’s 2004 drama about a group of young women’s suffrage movement activists in 1918- and their clash over tactics with an older generation of women fighting for the same cause. Iron Jawed Angels is the March entry in the WALLA & Friends Film Series at the West Lafayette Public Library; it will be shown there at 6:45 PM on Monday, March 7. A discussion will accompany the screening; both are open to the public and free of charge.

Kovacs!– This month’s Vintage Movie Night at Garfield Park’s Performing Arts Center in Indianapolis is part of a (somewhat belated) celebration of what would have been the 92nd birthday of writer/performer Ernie Kovacs (a personal favorite of mine). Kovacs’ birthday was Sunday, January 23rd- but the Vintage Movie Night event gets underway at 7 PM on Saturday, March 5, with a screening of Kovacs!– which is described on the GPAC’s blog page as a “rare compilation of skits, originally created for college film students” in 1971 (nine years after Kovacs died). Admission is just $3.00.

Mid America Filmmakers Winter Screening and Staged Readings– This event takes place at the Recital Hall in the Century Center, South Bend, on Sunday, March 6, from 2 to 5:30 PM. It starts off with what the site for the event describes as “a staged reading of 5-7 short scripts written by members of MAF’s screenwriters group. This year’s exercise was to have each script based on a profession and a fairy tale, both [of] which were drawn from a hat by each writer. After the readings, the audience votes on which one should be made into a short film and the winner receives $100 and must have the film ready to screen in one year. Last year’s winner, “Night of the Living Spuds” by MAF president Tim Richardson, is a Mr. Potato Head Zombie film which will have its world premiere at this year’s event.” The Indy Film News site says that other short films to be screened “include the trailer for the feature-length horror film ‘Red Lily’, a student music video ‘Crushin’, the dark comedy ‘Getting Ahead’, and the zany kids’ (and adults too!) program ‘Fresh Fruit Pie’.”

On the Bowery– The University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center will have a screening of Lionel Rogosin’s 1956 film at 6:30 PM on Thursday, March 10. On the Bowery is a semi-documentary, with at least some scripted elements, focusing on three days in the life of a man named Ray (and other people he meets) in the Bowery- New York City’s equivalent of Skid Row.

Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune– This documentary on the late folk singer/songwriter Ochs- which features both performance footage and interviews with Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Sean Penn, and Tom Hayden- will be shown at Bloomington’s Root Cellar Lounge @ FARM on Thursday, March 10, at 7:30 PM.

35 Shots of Rum– This 2008 drama from director Claire Denis- who also made White Material (see below)- is described on the site of its US distributor as “the moving story of a father and daughter whose close-knit, tender relationship is disrupted by a handsome young suitor.” 35 Shots of Rum will be shown at 6:30 PM on Saturday, March 5, at the IU Cinema in Bloomington.

Twelfth Annual International Windsong Film Festival– This festival- which features “family-friendly” films, and has no charge for admission- gets under way with “International Shorts Night” at 7 PM on Thursday, March 10. The festival continues through Sunday, March 13, at IPFW University’s Neff Hall Theatre in Fort Wayne.

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.”

The Wedding Song– Nour and Myriam are sixteen-year old lifelong friends in Tunis. The year is 1942, and the two live in an area where the Jews (like Myriam) and Arabs (like Nour) live in peace- but the bonds of their relationship will be tested when Nour’s fiancé is unable to find the job he needs to marry her, and when the German Army enters the city. This 2008 drama from director Karin Albou will be shown at the IU Cinema on Sunday, March 6, at 6:30 PM.

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, March 4 and 5, in the “downstairs” room at IU’s Fine Arts Building in Bloomington. 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 and Sea Rex 3D continue their runs at the IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis this week- at least through Sunday, March 6 (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 The Little Engine That Could throughout the week; other theaters will show it on Saturday and/or Sunday only.

For those interested in dance, the Bolshoi Ballet’s performance of Don Quixote will be shown live from Moscow at 11 AM (Indiana time) on Sunday, March 6; as with most recent “Ballet in Cinema” performances, it looks like this will be exclusive to the three Carmike theaters in the state.

Finally, the film Rise– which (per its official site) “celebrate[s] American figure skating while commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1961 U.S. World Figure Skating Team that perished in a plane crash on its way to the World Championships in Prague”- will be part of a one-night encore screening/event at some Indiana theaters on Monday, March 7, at 7:30 PM.

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

It looks like March 11 could be just as slow and boring for fans of new limited release films in Indiana as this Friday was, if not even worse- no new movies are scheduled for the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis as of Thursday afternoon, and there are no upcoming Indian films on the site of manoranjaninc this week.

But the future holds promise. The French drama Of Gods and Men is scheduled to open at the Keystone Art Cinema on Friday, April 8, according to its official US site. Moreover, rumor has it that the most recent adaptation of Jane Eyre (from Sin Nombre director Cary Fukunaga) will make it to the KAC in early April… the same month in which the French comedy Potiche (Trophy Wife)- directed by François Ozon (8 Women, Swimming Pool, Under the Sand), and starring Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu- is also rumored to be arriving at the KAC.

Neither of those films has an Indiana opening on its official US site as of yet- but the official site for the drama The Music Never Stopped lists the Keystone Art Cinema as a theater at which it will be playing. There isn’t an opening date for the KAC on this page as of yet, but rumor has it that The Music Never Stopped– which stars J. K. Simmons, Lou Taylor Pucci, Cara Seymour, and Julia Ormond- will arrive in Indy at some point in April or beyond. That same time frame is also when the dark comedy Super (which has Rainn Wilson as a frustrated average guy who decides to become a costumed “superhero;” Liv Tyler, Ellen Page and Kevin Bacon are in the film as well) is rumored to be opening at the KAC.

None of the above films are on Landmark’s “showtimes” page for Indianapolis as of yet- in fact, the only upcoming limited release listed there as of Thursday afternoon was To Catch a Dollar. This documentary about the attempt to bring Muhammad Yunus’ microlending bank idea to America is currently scheduled for one showing at the KAC, on March 31 at 7:30 PM.

Also, while the remaining drive-ins in central Indiana rarely show anything out of the ordinary anymore, it always makes me glad to see that they are coming back for another season. This year, the site for Martinsville’s Centerbrook Drive-In says that they will be re-opening on March 25, while the site for the Tibbs– the last drive-in operating in Indianapolis- says that its 2011 season will begin one week later, on April 1. The Skyline Drive-In of Shelbyville isn’t that specific as of yet; for now, at least, its site says that it will re-open at some point in April.

Other films and events for next Friday:

The Maltese Falcon– John Huston’s classic 1941 version of Dashiell Hammett’s story (there were two earlier films, in 1931 and 1936) will be shown at Franklin’s historic Artcraft Theatre on Friday, March 11, at 2 and 7:30 PM- and on Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 PM.

Paths of Glory– Kirk Douglas stars in Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 anti-war classic; it will be shown at the IU Cinema on Friday, March 11, at 6:30 PM.

Schindler’s List– Shelbyville’s Strand Theatre will have a free screening of Steven Spielberg’s 1993 multiple Academy-Award winner at both 7 PM on Friday, March 11, and 1 PM on Sunday, March 13. In both cases, the film will be shown in conjunction with Shelby County Reads- and the Sunday screening will include a discussion led by Diane Isaacs.

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 at 6:30 and 9:30 PM on both Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12, at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

4 responses to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (March 4, 2011)

  1. I inadvertantly left off one event for tonight, March 4- the Earth House Collective in Indianapolis is having an “AV Nite” from 8 to 11 PM, with “The Visual” provided by Jason Pittenger-Arnold and Austin Reavis, and “The Audio” from Drekka (from Bloomington), Bad Eyes, and Revenge Eternals (from Lafayette). I’ll put links to the two visual artists in another comment, since (sometimes, at least) comments with links in them are slow to show up/post.

    Other additional updates: I learned just today that the documentary The Elephant in the Living Room- about “the controversial American subculture of raising the most dangerous animals in the world as common household pets”, per its official site- is scheduled to start on Friday, April 1, at both the Metropolis 18 in Plainfield and the Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne.

    And I also found out today that something called Lord of the Dance 3D is supposed to start at both the Metropolis 18 and the Jefferson Pointe 18 on Thursday, March 17; like the current Carmen 3D, it looks like Lord of the Dance 3D will play at both theaters for a full week or so.

    And finally, Landmark added one upcoming limited release film to its Indianapolis page within the past day: The Last Lions (mentioned in last week’s column) is now on the page with a March 18 opening date at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

  2. Here are the links I mentioned in the previous post:

    For Ausitn Reavis: http://www.idldriv.com/

    For Jason Pittenger-Arnold: http://twitter.com/redhood

    For The Elephant in the Living Room: http://theelephantinthelivingroom.com/

    For Lord of the Dance 3D: http://www.lordofthedance3d.com/

  3. A few more updates:

    The site for the 2011 Jane Eyre movie added a tab for theater listings withing the last few days- and said listings include a booking at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis on Friday, April 1.

    Also, I just noticed this week that the Horrorhound Weekend is going to be back in Indianapolis later this month, from March 25-27, at the Indianapolis Marriott East. Several horror films will be screened again this year (no titles are on the site as of yet, however)- and many actors, directors, and so on are scheduled to appear in person this year… including veteran actress Barbara Steele and horror-movie host Zacherley.

  4. Well, Landmark has posted show times for next week in Indianapolis- and once again, there won’t be any new limited release movies at the Keystone Art Cinema. Both Jane Eyre and The Music Never Stopped are now on the “Showtimes” feature on the left side of the page, however, with April 1 start dates at the KAC.

    And as of now, at least, no upcoming Indian films (for March 11 or otherwise) are on manoranjaninc’s site.

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