by MIKE MACCOLLUM
It’s another dull, dry, dusty week for limited release films in Indiana theaters this week- we get only one new title, and that’s at the end of the week… and theatrical holdovers are at or near an all-time low point. There are lots of interesting movies in non-theatrical venues throughout the state this week, however, and some relief from the theatrical monotony looms on the horizon- but this is at least the second week in a row of limited choices (and almost nothing new), theatrically speaking. For what you can see, and where, read on below….
(As for me, I’ll spend much of the next week trying to figure out how to psychically teleport the IU Cinema, the Fort Wayne Cinema Center, and/or the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center to Indianapolis.)
LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK
Lord of the Dance 3D– Michael Flatley (but of course) stars in this filmed version of the long-running stage show, which (per its official site) “tells a timeless story based on Irish folklore of good versus evil, and through the media of dance and music it is understood and appreciated by every culture.” This looks like another filmed stage presentation- just like Carmen in 3D (see below)- but just like the multi-dimensional Carmen, this Lord of the Dance (apparently) will receive a full week of screenings at some Indiana theaters, starting on Thursday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day). According to the official site, those Indiana theaters will be the Castleton Square 14 in Indianapolis, the Village Park 17 in Carmel, the Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, the Shiloh Crossing 18 in Avon, the Encore Park 14 in Elkhart, the Showplace Bloomington 12, the Movies 14 in Mishawaka, the Showplace Terre Haute 12, and three theaters in Fort Wayne- the Carmike 20, the Jefferson Pointe 18, and the Coldwater Crossing 14. Not all of these theaters have their online schedules posted for March 17 as of yet, so I’ll have to post a comment/update when it becomes apparent whether all of the above theaters will have several screenings a day of Lord of the Dance 3D starting on the seventeenth- or if some of these theaters will have just one or two showings on one or two days.
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 will be shown starting March 18 at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center – see two sections 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, and starts on Friday, March 11, at the Movies 14 in Mishawaka. 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.
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- both had multiple screening of the 3D Carmen last week- and may do so again this week. The film’s official site says both theaters will have screenings at 12, 4, and 8 PM Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12. The schedule pages for both theaters on movietickets.com say nothing about this however, so you might want to call ahead if you’re interested in any of these (possible) showings. Also, a number of theaters throughout the state will have scattered showings at various times this week; check this page on the film’s official site for more information.
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 the Showplace Indianapolis 17; it also starts on Friday, March 11, at the Shiloh Crossing 18 in Avon and the Coldwater Crossing 14 in Fort Wayne.
FILM FESTIVALS, NON-THEATRICAL SCREENINGS, AND MOVIE-RELATED EVENTS IN INDIANA THIS WEEK
Another Year– Mike Leigh’s latest film (see the section on theatrical holdovers above for more info) will have several screenings this weekend at Bloomington’s IU Cinema- at 9:30 PM on Friday, March 11; at 6:30 and 9:30 PM on Saturday, March 12; and at 3 and 6:30 PM on Sunday, March 13. Another Year also screens at 6:30 and 9:30 PM on Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19, at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
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 (its 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 show through Monday, March 14, at the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.
Drowning by Numbers– Peter Greenaway’s 1988 film about three women named Cissie Colpitts- which stars Joan Plowright, Juliet Stevenson, Joely Richardson, and Bernard Hill, and which I saw at the Irving Theater many years ago- will be screened at the Indianapolis Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium on Sunday, March 13, at 2 PM. The screening is part of the “Movies That Move the Arts” series, which- per the event’s page on the library’s site– is “presented by curators from local museums and galleries,” who “will lead a discussion and highlight a book that complements the film.” The book for this month’s film is Bay Area Fugitive Art: 1950 – 1965, by Caroline A. Jones; the discussion will be led by Kyle Ragsdale, the Curator at the Harrison Center of the Arts.
Faces– John Cassavetes directed- but does not appear in- this 1968 film about Richard, a husband who leaves his wife Maria for a younger woman, Jeannie- only to see Maria start a relationship with a younger man herself. Faces will be shown at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 13, at 3 PM.
Four Lions– According to its official US site, this well-reviewed British film is a “whip-smart, slapstick comedy” that “illuminates the war on terror through satire and farce;” per that same site, the film is about “five inept aspiring terrorists on their quest to strike a blow, and how they demonstrate that terrorism may be about ideology, but it can also be about idiots.” Four Lions will be shown at 7:30 PM on Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12, in the “downstairs” room at IU’s Fine Arts Building in Bloomington. The Root Cellar Lounge at FARM, also in Bloomington, will show Four Lions at 7:30 PM on Thursday, March 17.
Frankenstein: National Theatre Live– Danny Boyle directed this version of Mary Shelley’s novel, which Nick Dear adapted for the stage. The lead roles are played by Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch- who seems to be a busy fellow, since he also appears in Four Lions. Frankenstein will be shown at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 17, at 7 PM.
The Illusionist– This French animated film from director Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville) was based on an original screenplay by Jacques Tati (Mr. Hulot’s Holiday, Mon Oncle); it’s about an aging magician in the 1950s who is falling out of favor with audiences- and how his encounter with a younger fan changes both of their lives. The Illusionist was 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 will be shown at Bloomington’s IU Cinema on Thursday, March 17, at 7 PM- and on Friday, March 18, at 9:30 PM. Additional screenings follow on March 19 through 21- and Tati’s Mon Oncle will be shown at 3 PM on Saturday, March 19.
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 14, at Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech.
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” had what was described as a “fundraising premiere” in early February at the IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis; now, another screening is scheduled for 7 PM on Saturday, March 12, at the Strand Theatre in Shelbyville. Doors open at 6:30, and tickets are $10.
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.
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 in the “upstairs” room at IU’s Fine Arts Building in Bloomington on Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12, at 7 PM. Another 7 PM screening will take place on Sunday, March 13, at Bear’s Place in Bloomington.
Rabbit Hole– Nicole Kidman (who received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress) 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 starts on Friday, March 11, at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.
Red State– Indianapolis will be part of the fifteen-city road show/fundraising release of Kevin Smith’s suspense/horror film when Red State screens at Clowes Hall on Friday, March 11, at 8 PM. After the film, Smith will take the stage to answer audience questions in “An Evening with Kevin Smith.” Michael Parks, John Goodman, Melissa Leo, Kevin Pollak, and Stephen Root are in the cast of the film, which concerns a group of teenage boys and their encounter with a fundamentalist cult. Tickets are either $45 or $65, according to this week’s edition of NUVO- which also notes that the film is for “[m]ature audiences only (16 and up).” (The last time I saw a movie at Clowes Hall, by the way, was when I went to see the Soupy Sales comedy Birds Do It with other students from grade school, or my Cub Scout troop, or something (it was a long time ago). Is anyone out there up for a double bill of Birds Do It and Red State? No? Just asking….)
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.
Science Movie- That’s all the information about the film itself that appears on the site for the Center for Inquiry in Indianapolis- so if you want more information about what the film is, I’d recommend a phone call or e-mail to the CFI. Whatever this “Science Movie” is, it will be shown at the CFI on Sunday, March 13, at 6 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 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; an additional screening is scheduled for 3 PM on March 12.
Twelfth Annual International Windsong Film Festival– This festival- which features “family-friendly” films, and has no charge for admission- continues through Sunday, March 13, at IPFW University’s Neff Hall Theatre in Fort Wayne. The feature film Alaska: The Last Frontier will have two screenings (including a “world premiere” on March 11), and a number of short films will be shown as well; a screenwriting workshop, screen tests for future productions, and an awards ceremony also will be a part of the festival.
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 13 (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 have an encore screening on Wednesday, March 16, at 7:30 PM; as with most recent “Ballet in Cinema” performances, it looks like this will be exclusive to the three Carmike theaters in the state.
And if you want to see Gustavo Dudamel conducting the LA Philharmonic (which will be playing three works by Tchaikovsky)- but don’t want to go all the way to Los Angeles to do so- several Hoosier theaters will have “The LA Phil Live: Dudamel Conducts Tchaikovsky” on their screens at 5 PM on Sunday, March 13. Also, the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride will have an encore screening at a number of Indiana theaters on Wednesday, March 16, at 6:30 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
Once again this week, there are no upcoming Indian films on the site of manoranjaninc this week (at least as of Thursday afternoon)- but one movie is scheduled to start next week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, and other titles have gone from “rumored” status to “on the schedule” at the KAC.
The Last Lions– Jeremy Irons narrates this National Geographic documentary about Ma di Tau, a lioness doing anything she can to keep her cubs alive, in spite of some very challenging conditions- including a rival pride of lions (with a lioness who kills the cubs of others), a river with many crocodiles, a horrible fire, and a herd of buffalo with large, deadly horns. The film’s official site also notes that lions “are vanishing in the wild,” noting that the documentary asks the question, “Are Ma di Tau and her young to be among the last lions?” The Last Lions is scheduled to start on Friday, March 18, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Further off in the future: The 2011 version of Jane Eyre– which stars Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Holliday Grainger, Sally Hawkins, Tamzin Merchant, Imogen Poots, and Judi Dench, and which was directed by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) – was on the “rumored” list last week; this week, both the film’s official US site and the “showtimes” feature of Landmark’s Indianapolis page say that it will be at the Keystone Art Cinema on Friday, April 1. Also, while the official site for The Music Never Stopped– which stars J. K. Simmons, Lou Taylor Pucci, Cara Seymour, and Julia Ormond- still doesn’t have dates on its “theater locations” tab, that tab still says that the film will play at the KAC- and now, Landmark’s Indianapolis page says that The Music Never Stopped will be at the theater on the same day as Jane Eyre– April 1.
Meanwhile, the official US site for the comedy Win Win– which stars Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Alex Shaffer, Burt Young, and Melanie Lynskey, and which was directed by Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor)- does not have an Indiana booking on its official site as of yet. However, said site does say that Win Win “opens nationwide” on Friday, April 8. I’ve seen a preview for this one at the Keystone Art Cinema, so it seems likely that Win Win will be at the KAC on the 8th (or possibly a week or so later)- but I have yet to hear whether this “nationwide” release will be wide enough to get the film into other Indiana theaters on the same date.
And I just noticed that the documentary To Catch a Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America– also mentioned in this space last week- will be at other Indiana theaters besides the Keystone Art Cinema for a one-time-only screening on Thursday, March 31, at 7:30 PM. The Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, the Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne, the Carmike 20 in Fort Wayne, and the Encore Park 14 in Elkhart are also on the site of distributor Screenvision as of now- and other locations may be added later on.
Other films and events for next Friday:
Another Year– See the section above for show times at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on March 18 and 19.
Early Films of the Kuchar Brothers– The IU Cinema in Bloomington will show three early, 8MM films by twins George and Mike Kuchar starting at 6:30 PM on Friday, March 18. The site for the IU Cinema notes that the Kuchars became “leading lights of the New York underground film world” after these early shorts were produced- and also notes that these films are “melodramatic epics in miniature that both celebrate and parody Hollywood conventions.” The titles in question are The Naked and the Nude (1957, with a running time of 27 minutes), I Was a Teenage Rumpot (1960, 10 minutes), and A Town Called Tempest (1963, 33 minutes)- and when you consider that the Kuchars were born in 1942, that makes it even more extraordinary that these films, which were made when the brothers were in their teens and twenties, still are being shown over four decades after they were made.