Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (May 27, 2011)


Huzzah, huzzah! Cave of Forgotten Dreams opens in Indianapolis this week as well as continuing its run in Bloomington. This Werner Herzog directed documentary about the Chauvet Cave prehistoric paintings should be seen by everyone. Seriously. EVERYONE. Some other interesting-looking movies are opening in Indianapolis this week too, though pickings are slim elsewhere in the state. The complete lowdown and more of my editorializing after the break.


The Double Hour– This drama with thriller undertones won awards for best actor, best actress, and best Italian film at the Venice International Film Festival. An unexpected love affair offers hope for a new start for two lonely people, until they become caught up in the fallout of a robbery…. The Double Hour, which I hope to be able to get to if for no other reason than I can’t remember the last time I saw an Italian movie in the theater, starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

The First Grader– An elderly man who wants desperately to learn to read applies for a coveted spot in the village grade school in this drama filmed in Kenya. The inspirational story takes in the man’s surprising friendships with his young classmates and his past as a soldier in the brutal fight for independence from Britain. The First Grader opens today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Hobo With a Shotgun– Rutger Hauer stars in this neo-Exploitation thriller about a… hobo with a shotgun. Who’s out for revenge. Or is “delivering justice one shell at a time,” as the official tagline would have it. Honestly, if this is your kind of movie, do you need to know anymore? Mike says this is opening today at Indianapolis’ Movie Buff Theatre, which I’m taking his word for as the theater hasn’t published showtimes, at least not that I can find. edited to add: It did open, and there was even a box ad for it in The Star.

POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold– Personality/documentarian Morgan Spurlock highlights the pervasiveness of product placement in movies and TV shows in his latest film, in part by funding it entirely through… product placement. It opens today at the AMC Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne, the Movie Buff Theatre in Indianapolis, and the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.


The Beaver– Contrary to last week’s “one week only” proclamation, The Beaver holds over this week at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema. 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 he starts carrying around a beaver hand puppet, it becomes an unlikely instrument of healing.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D– This movie is the artistic justification for 3D. Werner Herzog directed this justly 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 this film is the next best thing to being there. Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D holds over at the AMC Showplace Bloomington 11 and opens at the AMC Castleton Square 14 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 AMC Evansville 16, AMC Showplace 11 in Bloomington, AMC Showplace Muncie 7, and Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center.

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) wrote and directed. Win Win is at the end of its Indiana run this week, with a few showings at the Yes Cinema in Columbus.


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

The Keystone Landmark Art Cinema kicks off its midnight movie series with Friday and Saturday night showings of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. After a break last weekend, Franklin’s historic Artcraft Theatre’s movie series resumes with Friday and Saturday showings of the entertaining ’60s musical Bye Bye Birdie.

The Cinema Underground free movie series has a double feature tonight of The Sugarland Express and Flirting With Disaster. Their Facebook page says tonight is the last movie of the season, as they’re going dark June through August. Here’s hoping they return in the fall.

Lastly, the IMAX Theatre at the State Museum has numerous showings of Born to Be Wild 3D and Sea Rex 3D over the holiday weekend.

Southern Indiana

The IU Cinema continues in summer break mode with two showings (on Friday and Saturday nights) of Meek’s Cutoff, a very well reviewed revisionist Western by well-regarded indie film writer-director Kelly Reichardt. The Ryder holds over Queen to Play and La Quattro Volce for a few more showings. The Ryder also has a Thursday night showing of the acclaimed Korean film POETRY.

“Friday Night Frights” are back at the Strand Theater in Shelbyville. Tonight’s double feature is The Terror (1963), starring the odd couple of Jack Nicholson and Boris Karloff, and what the theater’s website describes as the “1973 classic” Sisters of Death.

Northern Indiana

Movie options are sparse in the north this week: the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne offers a free showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo on Tuesday night.


“Next Week and Beyond” makes a small comeback with a preview of next Friday’s coming attractions. Look for more expansive previews of coming attractions in future weeks.

Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

Indianapolis’ Irving Theater will show the cult film Repo! The Genetic Opera at 10:30. Doors open at 9:30 and there’s a (no further description provided) pre-show at 10. The screening is 17+ and tickets are $9. By the way, in case you’re unfamiliar with Repo!, Repo Men is not a remake- although it has a very similar premise- and it has no relation to Repo Man.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art kicks off this year’s “Summer Nights” series of films screened on the museum’s outdoor terrace with another cult classic, 1981’s Mommie Dearest. All films in the Summer Nights series start at dusk, although doors open considerably earlier for picnicking. Check out the IMA’s film calendar (see sidebar) for the full lineup and ticket information.

And also in Indianapolis, the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema’s midnight movie series continues with a “Spooktacular!” At least, I’m reading that as an event title and not a movie title, given that it’s described as including George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. You can find the full series lineup at the Landmark’s website (see sidebar for link).

Down in Bloomington, if you miss this week’s showings of POETRY and La Quattro Volce, you can see them Friday at the Fine Arts building on the IU campus courtesy of the Ryder.

6 responses to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (May 27, 2011)

  1. I saw Everything Must Go last week. It’s an unassuming, very modest movie and Will Ferrell gives a nice performance unlike just about anything you have ever seen from him.

    • That’s good to hear. I really liked Ferrell’s performance in “Stranger Than Fiction” and it sounds as if his work in this film is in the same register.

  2. I called the number for guest services at AMC Showplace Castleton 14 (or whatever the official name is) today and was told that they sold “a few” tickets for Cave of Forgotten Dreams today. That doesn’t sound promising for another week at Castleton; maybe they’ll give it a week at the Showplace 17 on the south side after the Castleton run ends?

    And there was also a display ad for Hobo With a Shotgun in last Wednesday’s NUVO. (Not that that, in and of itself, would constitute proof that the movie would be starting Friday… I still remember back in the day when I saw ads in the Sunday paper (for Car 54, Where Are You?, for one example) and on TV (for The Stuff, to give another example) claiming that a movie would “start Friday” in Indianapolis- and yet, as far as I know, the movies in question never did play even one theater anywhere in the Indy area.)

    • Thanks for the update on “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”- I’m now going to try very hard to see it this week, just in case it does leave town. I say as someone who loathes 3D that I don’t want to miss my chance to see this movie a second time _in 3D_. The paintings are astonishingly beautiful and the 3D effect, through the lens of Herzog’s artistry, truly does make you feel like you’re right there in the cave with them.

  3. I just checked AMC’s site for Indianapolis, and it said that Cave is holding over at Castleton next week.

  4. It looks like the Movie Buff Theatre will be getting the documentary L’amour fou this Friday.

    Also, The Salvation Poem- a religious drama from Argentina- will be at the Movie 8 in Greenwood sometime in July, according to the film’s official site.


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