by MIKE MACCOLLUM
A French comedy set in the Seventies and a dark comedy about a would-be superhero start in Indianapolis this week, along with a “suspense thriller” from India- while a Broadway show makes its way to some theater screens in Indiana later in the week. For more on these titles- plus the limited-release films holding over in the state this week and much more- keep reading below.
LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK
Dum Maaro Dum– Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Deepika Padukone, Prateik Babbar, Rana Daggubati, and Aditya Pancholi star in this “Dramatic Suspense Thriller” (or at least that’s what the film’s Facebook page calls it) about several people who (for various reasons) get drawn into violence and conflict surrounding crime and drugs in the beautiful Indian state of Goa. (Or at least it sure looks cool in the films I’ve seen set there). Dum Maaro Dum– which is in Hindi (and apparently has English subtitles, according to information I’ve seen on the web)- starts on Friday, April 22, at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.
Memphis– According to the site for Fathom Events, Memphis– the winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical- is “the story of a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break,” and features “explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love.” The version of Memphis that will be shown in theaters starting next Thursday, April 28, is either a recorded version of the stage musical, or a live presentation of same- I can’t tell which will be the case from Fathom’s page(s) for this event. Either way, it counts as a theatrical release, to my way of seeing things, since three theaters in Indiana (the Showplace Indianapolis 17, the Evansville 16, and the Showplace Schererville 16) will have screenings starting at 7:30 PM for four days (April 28 and 30, and May 1 and 3). Many other theaters across the state will show the film on at least one of those days, but not all of them; see Fathom’s Memphis pages (they have separate ones for each day it will be shown) for more information on locations.
Potiche (Trophy Wife)– This Seventies-set French comedy – which was directed by Francois Ozon (Under the Sand, Swimming Pool, 8 Women, Criminal Lovers) and stars Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu- opens at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis on Friday, April 22. Deneuve plays Suzanne, the wife of rich businessman Robert Pujol, who rules both his factory and his family in the same dictatorial manner. But when the factory’s employees go out on strike- taking Robert as a hostage in the process- Suzanne takes charge as manager of the factory, and has great success on the job. She also meets an old flame (Depardieu), who now happens to be the leader of the factory worker’s union; this complicates Suzanne’s relationship with her husband- especially when he wants to take charge of the factory once again….
Super– James Gunn (Slither) directed this dark comedy about a frustrated man who becomes a would-be superhero- even though he has no superpowers- after his wife leaves him for a drug dealer. According to the page for Super on the site of US distributor IFC Films, it “combines absurd humor with balls-out violence to create something that is both unashamed and inimitable.” Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon star in Super, while Michael Rooker, Linda Cardellini, and Nathan Fillion in the supporting cast; the film starts on Friday, April 22, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”) THIS WEEK IN INDIANA
Atlas Shrugged: Part 1– Per its official site, this adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel is a “drama/mystery” about Dagny Taggart, who “runs Taggart Transcontinental, the largest remaining railroad company in America, with intelligence, courage and integrity, despite the systematic disappearance of her best and most competent workers.” Taggart “is drawn to industrialist Henry Rearden, one of the few men whose genius and commitment to his own ideas match her own”; eventually, the pair discover evidence to support “the sinister theory that the ‘men of the mind’ (thinkers, industrialists, scientists, artists, and other innovators) are ‘on strike’ and vanishing from society.” Taylor Schilling, Grant Bowler, Graham Beckel, Matthew Marsden, Michael O’Keefe, Michael Lerner, and Jon Polito are in the cast of Atlas Shrugged- Part 1, which holds over this week at the Showplace Indianapolis 17, the Village Park 17 in Carmel, the Metropolis 18 in Plainfield, and the Coldwater Crossing in Fort Wayne- and starts on Friday, April 22, at the Galaxy Park 14 in Indianapolis, the Greenwood Park 14, the Shiloh Crossing 18 in Avon, the Showplace Columbus 12, the Showplace Muncie 12, the Showplace Bloomington 12, the Showplace Marion 12, the Great Escape 16 in New Albany, and the Showplace East in Evansville.
Born to Be Wild 3D– Morgan Freeman narrates this documentary, which (per its official site) is about “orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them.” Born to Be Wild 3D holds over this week at the IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis, the Portage 16 and IMAX, the Showplace East in Evansville, and the Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne (which will have just a few showings per day).
The Company Men– Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, and Tommy Lee Jones star in this drama about a group of men who must deal with dramatic changes in their lives when they are downsized by their employer. John Wells (best known for his work on television shows like E.R.) makes his feature directorial debut with The Company Men, which holds over this week at the Yes Cinema in Columbus.
Jane Eyre– Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) directed this latest version of Charlotte Bronte’s novel; Mia Wasikowska plays the title role, while Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Sally Hawkins, Judi Dench, Imogen Poots, and Simon McBurney are in the supporting cast. Jane Eyre continues this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
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 holds over for another week (with a few showings per day) at the Carmike 20 in Fort Wayne and the Encore Park 14 in Elkhart.
Miral– This controversial drama from director Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Basquiat, Before Night Falls) and screenwriter Rula Jebreal (who adapted her own autobiographical novel) features Freida Pinto in the title role, and has a supporting cast that includes Willem Dafoe, Vanessa Redgrave, and Hiam Abbass ; it starts on Friday, April 22, at the Showplace Washington Square 12. The story takes place over four decades, on land claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians. Pinto plays a woman who comes of age in a time of conflict and violence; while some around her choose a path of resistance, others are more peaceful and studious- and eventually, Miral herself must decide what she will do with her own life.
Mr. Perfect– This Telugu-language film from India (which most likely does not have English subtitles) continues this week at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis, according to the site of manoranjaninc.
Of Gods and Men– Here’s the plot of this French drama, from its US press kit: “Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but to stay… come what may.” Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale star in this film from director Xavier Beauvois; it holds over (with two shows per day every day except Tuesday and Thursday, when it will have one screening only) at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Win Win– Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Alex Shaffer, Burt Young, and Melanie Lynskey are the stars of this comedy/drama about a lawyer and high-school wrestling coach (Giamatti) who thinks he has found a way to solve multiple problems in his life- until an unexpected reappearance makes him suspect that his “win win” plan might not work out after all. Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor) directed Win Win, which holds over this week at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis- and starts on Friday, April 22, at the Showplace Indianapolis 17, the Village Park 17 in Carmel, and the Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne.
FILM FESTIVALS, NON-THEATRICAL SCREENINGS, AND MOVIE-RELATED EVENTS IN INDIANA THIS WEEK
As noted two weeks ago, we’ve made some changes in this section. Instead of more detailed information on films, dates, and times, as in the past, we’re breaking things down into geographic regions of the state, with a listing of titles and locations following that. For additional information (on the films themselves, and when and where they’ll be showing), either click on the highlighted text, or go to the links for “Outside the Multiplex” at the left of the page.
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
Starting with the beginning of the week, The Indianapolis Museum of Art will be showing the multiple Emmy-winning made-for-cable biopic Temple Grandin (which features Claire Danes in the title role), while Indy’s Cinema Underground continues its April series of music-related films with a screening of Academy Award nominee Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (a Bollywood film with several musical numbers).
A one-time-only showing of the autism documentary Wretches & Jabberers takes place at noon on Saturday at the Showplace Indianapolis 17. According to its official site, the film is about “two men with autism [who] embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence.”
Later in the week, the documentary My Heart Is an Idiot– featuring Davy Rothbart of FOUND Magazine- has an Indiana premiere at The Big Car Gallery on Tuesday, April 26. Meanwhile, the Do Something Reel Film Festival has various titles screening at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis from April 26 through Thursday, April 28.
Outside of Indy, Shelbyville’s Strand Theatre has another entry in its “Friday Night Frights” series- a double-bill of Vincent Price in The Last Man on Earth (1964) and Bela Lugosi in The Devil Bat (1940)- starting at 8 PM on Friday, April 22. Ball State University, meanwhile, offers the Frog Baby Film Festival– which features “independent films created this year by Ball State University students and students from other universities”- starting at 4 PM on the same day.
The Ryder offers fewer screenings than usual this week, with the documentary Strongman showing on Friday, Saturday and Wednesday, and a showing of Certified Copy (see below for more information) on Thursday.
And of course, the always-busy IU Cinema has a variety of films and events on tap. Screenings of AOKI: A Documentary Film, an “Underground Film Series” entry- The Films of Anne Severson and Ellie Epp– and the first of several showings of recent US theatrical release Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (the winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year) on Friday. Alamar (part of the “CINEKids International Children’s Film Series”) and the apparently-not-so-kid-friendly Tetsuo- the Bullet Man screen on Saturday, and there will be an additional showing of Uncle Boonmee on that day as well. The latter title also screens on Sunday and Monday; the Indiana-set Nathan and the Luthier and Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura follow on Tuesday and Thursday.
The Cinema Center in Fort Wayne will show Academy Award nominees The Illusionist and Biutiful– along with 2011 release Cedar Rapids– through at least Wednesday, April 27… but only Cedar Rapids will be showing on all six days, so check the Cinema Center’s site to see when the other two titles will be screened.
The University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, for its part, will be showing the documentary Marwencol on Thursday, April 28; co-producer Matt Radecki is scheduled to be present for the screening.
Also on big screens in Indiana this week: Sea Rex 3D continue its runs at the IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis this week, with several showings per day (when Born to Be Wild 3D isn’t screening).
Opera fans have their pick between live screenings of two different productions- Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, from Teatro Regio di Parma, and the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Capriccio and an encore showing of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Rossini’s Le Comte Ory. (The Barber of Seville, by the way- like most recent entries in the “Opera in Cinema” series- seems to be exclusive to the Carmike chain in Indiana.)
Finally, the children’s film Strawberry Shortcake: The Sky’s the Limit will have early matinee showings on a number of screens around the state again this week. Some theaters will show the film on weekends only; others will have screenings throughout the week- this site will tell you where you can see the film.
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
Certified Copy– Abbas Kiarostami (Through the Olive Trees, The Wind Will Carry Us, Taste of Cherry) directed this romantic drama, which stars Juliette Binoche (who received the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival for her work in the film). Here’s the description of the film on the site of US distributor IFC Films: “Binoche plays a gallery owner living in a Tuscan village who attends a lecture by a British author (opera star William Shimell) on authenticity and fakery in art. Afterward, she invites him on a tour of the countryside, during which he is mistaken for her husband. They keep up the pretense and continue on their afternoon out, discussing love, life and art, and increasingly behaving like a long-married couple. But are they play-acting on a whim or is there more to their seemingly new relationship than meets the eye?” Certified Copy is scheduled to start on Friday, April 29, at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Kill the Irishman– Ray Stevenson stars as Danny Greene, whose efforts to take control of organized crime in Cleveland, OH, in the 1970s apparently led more than a few of his enemies to try to bump him off (just like the title says…). Christopher Walken, Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Linda Cardellini (also in Super, coincidentally enough), Rober Davi, and Fionnula Flanagan also star in this crime film from co-writer/director Jonathan Hensleigh (the 2004 The Punisher); it’s scheduled to open on Friday at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Meanwhile, I’ve found another web address for the soon-to-open Movie Buff Theatre in Indianapolis- this one seems to be more current than the one I gave you last week, so I’m passing it along here.
Other films and events for next Friday:
Indy’s Cinema Underground continues its April series of music-related films with screenings of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Topsy-Turvy.
Outside of Indy, Franklin’s historic Artcraft Theatre will be showing the 1993 film The Sandlot on Friday and Saturday. Also, the IU Cinema in Bloomington will show both the documentary The Cry of Jazz and John Cassavetes’ A Woman Under the Influence on Friday.
In Northern Indiana, Julie Taymor’s version of The Tempest– which seems to have bypassed the rest of the state (in spite of a cast that includes Helen Mirren, David Strathairn, Russell Brand, Tom Conti, Alfred Molina, Alan Cumming, Djimon Hounsou, and Chris Cooper)- opens at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.