by MIKE MACCOLLUM
Our one new limited release movie in the state this week is actually a movie, rather than a filmed stage presentation. Imagine that…. And a long-anticipated film (well, long anticipated by me, at least) finally makes its way to Indianapolis next week. For all of the limited release movie news I know about this week- and the complete-as-far-as-I-know schedule of limited release films in non-theatrical venues, film festivals, and so on for the week- keep reading below.
LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK
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 says that lions “are vanishing in the wild”, and notes that the documentary asks the question, “Are Ma di Tau and her young to be among the last lions?” The Last Lions starts on Friday, March 18, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
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 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 next section.)
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 two weeks ago. The film’s only Indiana showings this week, however, all seem to be on Sunday, March 20- when the Galaxy 14 in Indianapolis and the Coldwater Crossing 14 in Fort Wayne will show it at 3 PM, and the Showplace East in Evansville will have a 2 PM screening.
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 Coldwater Crossing 14 in Fort Wayne; it also starts on Friday, March 18, at the Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, the Showplace Muncie 7, the Showplace Bloomington 11, the Eastside 9 in Lafayette, the Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, the Showplace East in Evansville, and the Showplace Evansville 16.
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- but just like the multi-dimensional Carmen, this Lord of the Dance will receive a full week of screenings at some Indiana theaters. It started on Thursday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day)- and continues this week (or opens this Friday, apparently, in the case of one theater)- at the following Indiana venues: 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.
FILM FESTIVALS, NON-THEATRICAL SCREENINGS, AND MOVIE-RELATED EVENTS IN INDIANA THIS WEEK
Another Year– This Academy Award nominated film (see above for more information) 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.
Auto Focus: Studebaker on Film- The University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center will show two films which “reflect on the history of auto making both locally and nationally” starting at 6:30 PM on Thursday, March 24. First up is Master Hands (1936), which shows how a Chevrolet was made on a mid-thirties assembly line; the second film, Partnership of Faith, is “a late 1940s portrait of the Studebaker factory in all its glory,” according to the DeBartolo’s site- which also claims that Partnership of Faith was “recently discovered.” Archivists Rick Prelinger and Andrew Beckman are scheduled to be present in person for the screenings.
Bluebeard– Catherine Breillat (whose credits include Fat Girl, Romance, and The Last Mistress) directed this film, which screens at the IU Cinema in Bloomington on Saturday, March 19, at 6:30 PM. According to the IUC’s site, the film is based on “Charles Perrault’s grisly fairytale” and concerns “Marie-Catherine, child bride to an aristocratic ogre with a reputation for murdering his wives.”
The Cartel– This 2009 documentary about public education in America will be shown at the Indiana Historical Center in Indianapolis on Tuesday, March 22, at 6 PM; a pre-film reception starts at 5 PM.
Conejo en la luna “Dinner and a Movie” event– This week’s Metromix Indianapolis says that the Adobo Grill- at 110 East Washington Street in Indianapolis- is the site for this event, which gets underway at 5 PM on Sunday, March 20. “Mexican regional cuisine” is on the menu, per Metromix, while the film- which is also known as Rabbit on the Moon– is from 2004, and was an official selection of the Berlin International Film Festival. (Under either title, this one was new to me; the IMDb says it is a crime thriller, and a Mexican/UK co-production with dialogue in both English and Spanish.)
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.
Food, Inc.– The Hoosier Environmental Council will present a screening of this documentary about America’s food supply- and the factory farms that produce much of this food, and the firms that have a hand in it- at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, March 22, at the Hamilton Southeastern High School cafeteria. There will be no charge for admission, and a discussion will follow the screening.
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 18 and 19, in the “downstairs” room at IU’s Fine Arts Building in Bloomington. Bear’s Place, also in Bloomington, will show Four Lions at 7 PM on Sunday, March 20.
Friday Night Frights– Each month, the Strand Theatre in Shelbyville shows horror movies on the last Friday night of the month- as long as the theater doesn’t have a live performance that night. This month’s titles are Roger Corman’s horror/science fiction film from 1957 Not of this Earth (with Paul Birch, Beverly Garland, Jonathan Haze and Dick Miller in the cast) and Horror Express, another horror/science fiction combination- this time from 1973, and starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, and Telly Savalas. I haven’t seen either film (I know- shame on me), but I’ve heard good things about both.
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 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.
The Iron Giant– This 1999 animated film from Brad Bird (The Incredibles) will be shown at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 20, at 3 PM.
Lady Chatterley- Marina Hands stars in Pascale Ferran’s 2006 adaptation of D. H. Lawrence’s novel; it will be shown at the IU Cinema in Bloomington on Sunday, March 20, at 6:30 PM.
Midwest Fashion Week– This week’s edition of Metromix Indianapolis claims that “a series of fashion films” will be shown from 3 PM to closing on Friday, March 18, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. I don’t see any room in the theater’s online schedule for additional films on that date, however, and I can’t get the “schedule” page for the event to open on my computer- so I don’t know. Maybe the fashion movies will be shown in the theater’s lobby, or in the Indie Lounge?
Mon Oncle– See The Illusionist, above.
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 18 and 19, at 7 PM. Also, the Pine Room Tavern in Nashville will show the film at 8 PM on Wednesday, March 23.
Repo: The Genetic Opera– Paul Sorvino, Sarah Brightman, and Paris Hilton (who is actually pretty good here- no kidding) are all in the cast of this 2008 musical cult horror comedy; it will be shown at the Irving Theater in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 19, at midnight.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show– The seventies cult fave returns once again to the Irving Theater in Indianapolis- but because of Repo: The Genetic Opera (see above), it won’t be shown at midnight this time; instead, look for Rocky and company at 9 PM on Saturday, March 19.
The Spook Who Sat by the Door– Director Sam Greenlee is scheduled to be present for a screening of this 1973 film at the IU Cinema in Bloomington on Tuesday, March 22, at 4 PM. According to the IUC’s site, this is a “satirical examination of the civil rights movement and the black militant groups of the late 1960s.” The story concerns the first African-American man recruited to be a CIA agent; after five years as a spy, he “returns to inner city Chicago where he enlists young black ‘Freedom Fighters’ and trains them under the CIA guerilla techniques, thus beginning the revolution for a ‘new nation’.”
Taxi Driver– It’s a busy week for Travis Bickle and friends- Taxi Driver is back on the big screen at the Castleton Square 14 in Indianapolis at 8 PM on Saturday, March 19, and Tuesday, March 22. But you most likely won’t be able to see Taxi Driver writer Paul Schrader both introduce the film and answer questions after the screenings at Castleton Square- for Mr. Schrader and the movie too, you’ll want to be at the IU Cinema in Bloomington on Thursday, March 24, at 7 PM.
Tiny Furniture– Lena Dunham wrote, directed, and stars in this comedy, which US distributor IFC Films describes as a “hilarious and endearing film that explores the depths of romantic humiliation and the heights of post-college confusion.” Tiny Furniture will be screened at the Root Cellar Lounge at FARM in Bloomington on Thursday, March 24, at 7:30 PM.
2011 Wide Angle Diversity– According to the site for the IU Cinema, this is a festival of public service announcements and trailers “addressing issues of diversity;” it takes place at the IUC on Wednesday, March 23, at 7 PM.
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 opera, a number of Indiana theaters will show the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor live from New York on Saturday, March 19, at 1 PM. Later in the week, the Teatro alla Scalla’s performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute will be shown live from Milan on Thursday, March 24, at 3 PM; as with most recent “Opera in Cinema” performances, it looks like this will be exclusive to the three Carmike theaters in the state.
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
The Concert– In terms of local movie releases, this is very good news. The Concert was released in the US back in late July last year, and I kept hoping that it would show up at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis- especially since the KAC was playing the trailer for a few weeks late last summer/early last fall. Then, The Concert seemed to disappear off of the KAC’s radar, and it looked like it was destined to steer clear of Indiana. This week, however, The Concert is on Landmark’s Indianapolis page, with a March 25 start date at the KAC. Granted, this comedy/drama doesn’t look like a contender for the pantheon of all-time great films, but I really liked Train of Life, the one previous film I’ve seen from director Radu Mihaileanu- and his latest film has a promising cast, including Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds), François Berléand, and Miou-Miou. Aleksey Guskov plays the main character, Andrey Simonovich Filipov, who was fired from the Bolshoi orchestra thirty years ago when he hired several Jewish musicians. Aleksey has now been reduced to cleaning the Bolshoi- until he accidentally intercepts an invitation for the Bolshoi to play at a prestigious theater in Paris. He wants to get his former musicians together and have them play in Paris as if they are the current Bolshoi orchestra- and if he can get a French violinist (Laurent) to play with the group, he may just pull off his unlikely plan….
(By the way- The Concert’s US distributor, The Weinstein Company, no longer has this film on its site, as far as I can tell… so if you want to see the trailer, you can click here.)
And while there seems to be a drought of new Indian movies in national release at present- which helps to explain why no new titles have shown up on manoranjaninc’s site for several weeks now- there is something new on the art film/Keystone Art Cinema horizon this week. The good people at Sony Pictures Classics recently updated their page for the 2008 Dutch World War 2 drama Winter in Wartime; the page for the “Find a Theater” tab now says that Winter in Wartime is scheduled to open at the KAC on May 6.
Other films and events for next Friday:
Biutiful– Javier Bardem (who was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award) 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 itself was nominated for an Oscar, in the Best Foreign Language Film category- will screen at Bloomington’s IU Cinema on both Friday, March 25, and Saturday, March 26, at 9:30 PM.
The Glenn Miller Story– James Stewart and June Allyson star in this 1954 “biopic,” which will be shown at Franklin’s historic Artcraft Theatre on Friday, March 25, at 2 and 7:30 PM, and on Saturday, March 26, at 7:30 PM. The 7:30 PM screening on Friday will be preceded by a performance by the Franklin Community Band, which starts at 7.
Horrorhound Weekend 2011– This annual event features movie screenings (none of them specified on the site as of early Thursday evening), merchandise dealers, and many, many special guests- including veteran actress Barbara Steele, actor Sid Haig, writer/actor/horror film host Joe Bob Briggs, and horror movie host Zacherley. As usual, this event takes place at the Marriott Indianapolis East, at 7202 East 21st Street. And as its middle name might suggest, the event gets under way on Friday, March 25, and goes through Sunday, March 27.
Jorgensen Lecture Series: Paul Schrader– Writer/director (and former critic) Schrader will not only introduce the IU Cinema’s screening of Taxi Driver on Thursday night (see above), but he’ll also be the speaker in the IUC’s Jorgensen Lecture Series at 3 PM on Friday, March 25.
Mickey One– Warren Beatty stars in Arthur Penn’s 1965 film about a standup comic who fled the mob and took an assumed name- and now wonders what to do next, as he seems to be on the verge of becoming well-known in his new hometown. The IU Cinema in Bloomington will screen Mickey One at 6:30 PM on Friday, March 25.
2011 Asian Film Festival and Conference- The University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center will be the venue for this event, which kicks off on Friday, March 25, with a screening of the 2009 samurai film Kamui at 6:30 PM. According to the DeBartolo’s site, Kamui is about “a solitary outcast ninja who joins up with a band of renegades to avenge the misdeeds of his former clan.” At 9:30, the festival continues with a showing of the 2009 anime Summer Wars; per the DeBartolo’s site, this one concerns a “teenage math whiz” who “unwittingly cracks the security code of Oz, an online virtual world utilized by corporations and governments, setting off a potentially apocalyptic series of events.”