Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (May 13, 2011)

by HELEN GEIB

Welcome to the new iteration of Thinking Outside the Multiplex, in which I fill in for Mike. The main difference you’ll notice is that TOTM is going to be shorter as long as I’m writing it. I admire Mike’s passion for completeness without having the patience to emulate it. In specific terms, this means non-movies (opera in cinema, most Fathom specials, etc.) and unsubtitled foreign language films will no longer appear in this column. The “Next Week and Beyond” section is also gone, but will probably return in modified form. To compensate (or not) there will be rather more editorializing about the films in future weeks. For the somewhat less complete listings of limited release films, special screenings, and festivals in Indiana this week, read on below….

LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK

Decisions– A mystery movie called Decisions opens today at the Carmike 20 in Fort Wayne. There’s no info about the film on the theater’s website, but I’m figuring it’s this 2010 heist film (follow the link for the official site), the last movie completed by Eighties teen star Corey Haim before his death last year from accidental overdose (following years of well-publicized addiction); he plays a corrupt cop out to recover the stolen money. If you can confirm or correct, please leave a comment.

Dumbstruck– Documentary set in the quirky world of professional (who knew there was such a thing?) ventriloquism. The crew traveled around the country to profile five so-called “vents,” starting at an annual ventriloquism convention in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky- characterized in the synopsis as the “ventriloquism capital of the world.” And there you have it. Dumbstruck starts Friday at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis. *Personal appearance note:* Per the Landmark’s website, director Mark Goffman and producer Lindsay Goffman will be at the showings on Friday at 7:00 and Saturday at 4:15 and 7.

Everything Must Go– Will Ferrell burnishes his indie movie credentials in this dramedy about a man in personal, professional, and spiritual crisis. When his fed-up wife throws him and his stuff out of the house, he holds a yard sale where “everything must go.” Co-starring Rebecca Hall (The Town) and Laura Dern. Everything Must Go starts Friday at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Go For It!– Carmen Marron wrote and directed this coming of age story about a young Chicago Latina torn between her family’s expectations and her passion for dance. Go For It! starts this week at the AMC Showplace Schererville 16.

THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)

Atlas Shrugged Part 1– This first in a planned trilogy of films adapting Ayn Rand’s controversial novel is playing this week at the AMC Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute

Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D– I long to see this Werner Herzog-directed documentary, about the most ancient man-made works of art known to exist. These drawings are in a cave in France that is inaccessible to most people- but thanks to this film, you can see the art for yourself… in 3D, no less. Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D holds over at the AMC Showplace Bloomington 11.

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night– Mike gave the thumbs down to this new film based on the same source as cult favorite Cemetery Man. Per its Facebook page, this is a horror/comedy adapted from an Italian comic book, and it’s about “the world’s only paranormal investigator,” who “wants to escape from a life of nightmares. However, a brutal murder, a missing artifact and a mysterious girl conspire to drag him back into the dark world of the undead….” Brandon Routh, Sam Huntington, Peter Stormare, Anita Briem, Taye Diggs, Kurt Angle and Marco St. John are all in the cast. You can see it this week at the Starplex Cinemas Coventry 13 in Fort Wayne, both Indianapolis Cinemarks, and the Republic Theatres Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.

In a Better World– The winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (among other honors). Susanne Bier (After the Wedding, Brothers (2004), Things We Lost in the Fire) directed the film, which is a “drama/thriller,” according to the IMDb. The short version of the plot on the official US site for In a Better World runs like this: “Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness.” In a Better World holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema with two shows a day.

Jane Eyre– Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) directed this- beautifully filmed and acted- 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, AMC Showplace Bloomington 11, AMC Showplace South Bend 16, Yes Cinema in Columbus, and Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center.

No eres tú, soy yo– If Google Translate and the Spanish-language site for this 2010 romantic comedy from Mexico are to be trusted, No eres tú, soy yo was the highest-grossing Mexican film of 2010. I don’t follow Mexican box office returns, so I don’t know if that’s true- but I do know that the IMDb says that No eres tú, soy yo is a remake of a 2004 Argentinean film with a very similar title. No eres tú, soy yo (which means something like “It’s Not You, It’s Me”) starts today at the Cinemark Movies 6 in Mishawaka.

There Be Dragons– Well, actually, there aren’t any dragons in this movie at all, apparently- per its official US site, this film “is an epic action-adventure romance set during the turmoil of the Spanish Civil War. The story traces the lives of two young men, Josemaria Escriva (Charlie Cox) and Manolo Torres (Wes Bentley), childhood friends who are separated by the political upheaval of pre-war Spain to find themselves on opposite sides as war erupts….” Olga Kurylenko, Dougray Scott, Rodrigo Santoro, Golshifteh Farahani, Ana Torrent, Unax Ugalde, Jordi Mollà, Geraldine Chaplin, Lily Cole, Charles Dance and Derek Jacobi co-star in the film, which was directed by Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields, The Mission, City of Joy). There Be Dragons holds over at the Regal Village Park 17 in Carmel, the AMC Showplace South Bend 16, and the Cinemark Movies 14 in Mishawaka.

Winter in Wartime– Here’s the synopsis for this 2008 war drama, from its official US site: “Nazi–occupied Holland, 1945. In a snow–covered village, thirteen–year–old MICHIEL (Martijn Lakemeier) is drawn into the Resistance when he aids a wounded British paratrooper. Michiel’s boyish sense of defiance and adventure soon turns to danger and desperation, as Michiel is forced to act without knowing whom to trust among the adults and townspeople around him. Wartime’s harsh reality encroaches on childhood innocence as Michiel confronts good and evil, courage and duplicity, and his own burden of responsibility.” Winter in Wartime– a Dutch/Belgian co-production, per the IMDb- holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema with two shows a day.

Win Win– Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Alex Shaffer, Burt Young, and Melanie Lynskey are the stars of this likable 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 the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne, and starts at the Movie Buff Theatre in Indianapolis and the AMC Showplace Muncie 7.

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

For additional information on the films, showtimes, and venues, follow the links under “Outside the Multiplex” in the sidebar.

Indianapolis and Central Indiana

Movies and art come together this evening at “The Bigger Picture Show,” the second annual poster show by the Indy Film Fest and Big Car Gallery. Thirty-some local artists have designed new posters inspired by famous movies; copies will be available for sale, if one strikes your fancy. The event starts at 7:30 and will be held at Service Center, Big Car’s new space at 3900 Lafayette Road. Last year’s show in Fountain Square was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to seeing what the artists have come up with this time around.

Exit Through the Gift Shop, the May film in the four month “Movies That Move the Arts” series, will be shown in Clowes Auditorium at Central Library on Sunday at 2. The complementary book is, appropriately enough, Wall and Piece by Banksy; artist Brian Presnell will lead the post-film discussion. Cinema Underground, the free film series hosted at the Herron School of Art and Design on the IUPUI campus, screens Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou (1965) tonight at 7 followed by an excursion to the Bigger Picture Show. Meanwhile, Born to be Wild 3D and Sea Rex 3D hold over at the IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum.

Slightly farther afield, Franklin’s Artcraft Theatre will have four showings of The Wizard of Oz this weekend, at 2 and 7:30 on Friday and Saturday.

Southern Indiana

The Ryder has a full lineup this week. Queen to Play (a French rom-com starring Kevin Kline and Sandrine Bonnaire) and Korkoro (about a gypsy family in WWII) screen at the Fine Arts building and Certified Copy (starring Juliette Binoche in a role for which she won best actress at Cannes) at the Woodburn Hall Theatre on the IU campus on Friday and Saturday. Queen to Play has a couple of additional showings during the week at Bear’s Place in Bloomington and the Pine Room Tavern in Nashville. The Italian film Le Quattro Volte has one showing this week, on Thursday, at the Root Cellar Lounge at FARM.

The IU Cinema seems to have ratcheted back their programming for summer break, with Bertrand Tavernier’s historical drama The Princess of Montpensier the only film showing this week (on Friday and Saturday).

Northern Indiana

The Cinema Center in Fort Wayne will show two Hollywood classics this week. Howard Hawk’s The Big Sleep with Humphrey Bogart as Raymond Chandler’s famous gumshoe Philip Marlowe, will screen on Tuesday evening. The Philadelphia Story starring Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart screens on Thursday evening. Both movies are free.

Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend hosts the Michiana Jewish Film Festival that runs Sunday through Wednesday. The program is an interesting mix of documentaries and feature films. The former include Ahead of Time, about an intrepid 1940s woman photojournalist, and Jews and Baseball, on Jewish major leaguers. The latter include A Matter of Size, an Israeli comedy about four big-boned friends who discover the beauty of Sumo and Noodle, about a flight attendant who bonds with the abandoned son of a deported Chinese migrant worker. The full lineup with capsule descriptions of the films.

5 responses to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (May 13, 2011)

  1. Richard Winters

    So what happened to Mike? I hope everything is alright. I’ll see you tonight at the movie poster show. Unfortunately I ran out of the house this morning without grabbing my camera.

    • He just needed a break from the column. I can relate (you may have noticed Nir is writing most of the DVD columns these days!). The Big Picture Show should be a good time.

  2. I can confirm that the Decisions playing at the Carmike 20 is indeed the one with Corey Haim. The official site mentions a May 13 US theatrical release date, and I found several sites online quoting a press release claiming it would be released (on an earlier date) at “about” 1000 screens nationwide, through theaters in the Carmike and Rave chains:

    http://nukethefridge.com/news/corey-haim%E2%80%99s-final-film-%E2%80%93-%E2%80%9Cdecisions%E2%80%9D

    I’m not sure that Carmike and Rave have 1000 locations put together (or even “about” 1000), but a few other things seem to have changed beside the release date- Moviefone says Decisions is on 49 screens in the US, and none of theose theaters have the word “Rave” in their name (or at least they do not have the word Rave in them on Moviefone’s site). That might mean that the Rave theaters passed on this one- or maybe Moviefone just doesn’t include the word “Rave” in the names of these theaters on the MF site.

    Anyhow, Decisions and Go For It seem to continue a trend of movies playing elsewhere in the state, but not (at least not yet) in or all that near to Indianapolis. Another example: a number of AMC theatres across the US will show Cost of a Soul- winner of the AMC Independent/Rogue “Big Break Movie Contest”- for one week, starting next Friday. The only AMC theater in Indiana that will be showing Cost of a Soul (so far, at least) is the Showplace Schererville 16 in the Gary/Chicago area. You would think that the Castleton Square 14 and/or Showplace Indianapolis 17 could spare a screen- but the onslaught of Pirates 4 apparently will be too much to bear…

    http://www.iamrogue.com/costofasoul

    (Other AMC Independents titles- like Rammbock: Berlin Undead, other movies from Bloody Disgusting Selects, and others- bypass Indiana entirely… so at least Cost of a Soul will make it to one theater in the state.)

    And of course Cave of Forgotten Dreams continues in Bloomington, with no other Indiana cities mentioned on the “release schedule” on its page on the IFC Films site…

    Then again, I just was on the site of Magnolia Pictures, and noticed that they say that Hobo With a Shotgun will be at Indy’s Movie Buff Theatre on May 27- excellent news! This may be the MBT’s first “exclusive” title… unless they have something up their sleeves for next Friday. (HWaS isn’t on the MBT’s page of “Coming Soon” movies yet, but I’m guessing that the Magnolia folks wouldn’t have put the theatre on their page for HWaS unless they had a booking.) And the documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times will be at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indy on July 1, according to that film’s page on Magnolia’s site.

    And Helen- where did you get the Cinema Underground info? I checked their site, their Facebook page, and so on, and got nothing…

    • It’s all part of the grand conspiracy to make you join Facebook. :D I couldn’t find anything on CU’s website either, but they posted on their Wall they’d be showing the Godard title before making a field trip to the Big Picture Show.

  3. Nope, still no Facebook for me- as interesting as the Cinema Underground’s May lineup may be, I still can’t see any point to me signing up for the FB. (I am curious to know what CU will be showing next Friday, though- if you could pass that along, I’d be grateful.)

    And I’ve heard from the Movie Buff Theatre; among other things, they confirmed that they will be getting Hobo With a Shotgun on May 27. This mighy noy be the sort of movie that will appeal to everyone (in spite of the many enthusiastic review quotes and certified “fresh” ranking on Rotten Tomatoes)- but most of you could probably tell that from the title. Those who need more info can go to the page for the movie on the site of Magnolia Pictures (Hobo’s US distributor), or to the site for Hobo.

    http://www.magpictures.com/profile.aspx?id=96df46ad-cc94-4008-a710-8817f49213cd

    http://www.magnetreleasing.com/hobowithashotgun/

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