Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (May 20, 2011)

by HELEN GEIB

Not much new this weekend, in or out of the multiplex. If you’ve been meaning to catch up with something that opened recently, this would be a good week to do it. Me, I’ll be making the three hour roundtrip drive to Bloomington Saturday to see Cave of Forgotten Dreams, which inexplicably has no current or scheduled Indianapolis screenings*- despite its pedigree, critical reception, innate interest, and impressive per screen average.

*The three Indianapolis AMC theaters have a combined total of 13 3D screens (give or take a screen) and they can’t spare a single screen for a movie that’s selling a lot of tickets everywhere it’s playing? Not even for a couple of shows a day? Really? REALLY?

TOTM aspires to completeness! If you know of a limited release film, special screening, festival, or other movie-related event coming up, or something happening this week that isn’t listed here, please leave a comment or send me an email using the “contact us” form.

LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK

The Beaver– Jodie Foster directs Mel Gibson (and herself) in this drama that has, probably inevitably, been overshadowed by its star’s offscreen meltdown. Gibson plays a clinically depressed husband and father who has alienated his family and just about everyone else. When his therapist gives him a beaver hand puppet, it becomes an unlikely instrument of healing. The Beaver starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema, where it will have a “one week only” engagement per the theater’s website.

Cost of a Soul– I didn’t find an official site for this film, but the AMC website describes it as a gritty urban drama about two Iraq War veterans who return to the Philadelphia neighborhood they joined the army to escape,and soon find themselves and their families caught up in drug-fueled violence. The film stars Chris Kerson and Will Blagrove as the vets and was written and directed by first-time filmmaker Sean Kirkpatrick. Cost of a Soul starts today 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– Werner Herzog directed this extremely well reviewed documentary about the oldest known man-made works of art. These prehistoric cave paintings in France are and always will be 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.

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 continues at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

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 continues at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

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 Evansville 16, AMC Showplace Bloomington 11, AMC Showplace South Bend 16, Yes Cinema in Columbus, and Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center.

Of Gods and Men– This powerful French drama returns to Indianapolis screens this week courtesy of the Movie Buff Theatre (following a successful Lenten run at the KAC) and opens in Columbus at the Yes Cinema. The story follows the rhythm of monastic life as a small group of French Trappist monks in Algeria debate whether to leave or stay in the face of increasing Islamist terrorism during the 1990s civil war. Director Xavier Beauvois’ artful docudrama won the 2010 Cesar (France’s Oscars) for best film and the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.

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.

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 and the Movie Buff Theatre in Indianapolis, AMC Evansville 16, AMC Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, AMC Showplace Muncie 7, and the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

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

A thin, thin week on Indiana’s non-multiplex screens. For additional information on the films, and when and where they’ll be showing, follow the links under “Outside the Multiplex” in the sidebar.

Indianapolis and Central Indiana

Cinema Underground in Indianapolis has a mystery movie double feature Friday night in the theme of “long trips and fast getaways.” Born to Be Wild 3D and Sea Rex 3D continue at the IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum; there’s also a showing of Magnificent Desolation 3D this morning. No films are scheduled at the Indianapolis Museum of Art until the Summer Nights outdoor screening series starts and usual suspect the Artcraft Theatre in Franklin takes the weekend off for a local community event.

Southern Indiana

The documentary Bill Cunningham, New York about the eponymous “Times Style” section photographer has two showings, on Friday and Saturday evening, at the on-summer-break IU Cinema. Queen to Play and Le Quattro Volte each has a couple more weekend showings in the IU Fine Arts building courtesy of The Ryder.

Northern Indiana

No films in South Bend this week, but the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne offers four free showings of three classic films this week: Hoosier favorite Breaking Away on Saturday afternoon and Monday evening; Frank Capra’s inspirational political drama Mr. Smith Goes to Washington on Tuesday; and the Hitchcock thriller North by Northwest on Thursday.

7 responses to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (May 20, 2011)

  1. Cost of a Soul has a page on the site of its US distributor, Rogue Pictures:

    http://www.iamrogue.com/costofasoul

    I e-mailed AMC to ask why this (and other titles) were bypassing Indy, and received a response noting that Cost of a Soul will be going out in fifty AMC theatres today, and if it does well enough, it will expand to other locations. (I’m guessing that the odds aren’t great, since it’s up against Pirates 4- but you never know.) I also asked about some horror films (in the “Bloody Disgusting Selects” series), and was told the same thing- if they do well in other AMC theatres, they could make it to Indy as well…

  2. Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a fascinating movie about truly thrilling and extraordinary works of art. I had sworn never to see another movie in 3D but the technology was really valuable in the way it could convey how the irregularities of the cave surfaces were utilized in the art.

    It really was worth the physical discomfort of the glasses/eye strain, the 3D surcharge and the cost of a half tank of gas, but those measures don’t seem relevant. This film gave me a look at something rare and beautiful that has likely been seen by fewer people than have seen the earth from space. Across 30,000 years, an incomprehensible span of time, these images communicate with us. Mysterious and enigmatic but so potent with beauty and human intelligence that we respond even though we don’t understand.

  3. Helen- I found the link for Cost of a Soul on its IMDb page, under “Official Sites”.

    Miriam- I’m glad to hear that Cave of Forgotten Dreams was as good as its publicity indicates. When I responded to the email that I received from AMC (see my first comment above), I requested that one of the AMC Theatres in the Indy area show it on one of their screens; we’ll see what happens. (I’ve also received an email from the folks at the Movie Buff Theatre indicating that they cannot show 3D movies there as of yet- but they hope to be getting a lens for 3D at some point in the future.)

    And for anyone who’s interested in when Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris will hit Indiana- the film’s official site (available through sonyclassics.com) says that it will be at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis on Friday, June 17- and at the Showplace South Bend 16 and Showplace Schererville 16 one week later.

  4. I finally made it to the Movie Buff Theater (to see Thor) and put them to my announced tests. First: concessions. The popcorn is good, and worth trying a bag. Second: plumbing. The theater has been worked on. It was clean throughout, and dry where it should be dry. Attendance was small; a staff member told me that they were now working on word of mouth advertising. I intend to go back myself, and suggest you give them a visit (it’s the old AMC at College Park) if you have not already done so.

    • The theater has been spruced up very nicely, which makes me happy because I love those big screens and comfortable seats. I wish they were working on some paid advertising too though- as in a box listing and some ads in The Star and Nuvo- because I want to keep seeing movies there, and I fear word of mouth will not be enough to keep a 14 screen multiplex afloat.

      • Richard Winters

        They are real close to where I live. I just noticed that they had opened a few days ago when I went to the nearby Wendy’s to eat. I’m glad everybody likes them. I will have to check them out. I know I used to go there when they were the AMC. I once watched an independent film there starring Robin Williams called ‘The Night Listener’ and I was literally the ONLY person in the theater.

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