Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (June 10, 2011)

by HELEN GEIB

It’s a good week in Indianapolis. The hotly anticipated The Tree of Life opens at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema and there are several foreign films to choose from as well, including the critically lauded Incendies (also at the KAC) and The Princess of Montpensier (at the Movie Buff Theatre). For all the details on what’s showing in Indianapolis and around the state this week, read on below….

And in case you’re wondering: When I got tired of typing AMC theaters where it was playing around the state, I decided Woody Allen’s latest film Midnight in Paris had passed the cut-off point for being considered a limited release.

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

35 and Ticking– Comedy about a group of thirtysomething friends dealing with the issues that description implies. Nicole Ari Parker, Kevin Hart, Keith Robinson, and Tamala Jones head the cast. 35 and Ticking starts today at the AMC Showplace Washington Square 12. Incidentally, this is the first time I can recall a limited release film playing- let alone as an exclusive- at this theater, either when it was still a Kerasotes or now that it’s an AMC.

Badrinath– I was so taken aback to see a Telugu film scheduled- for full showtimes no less- at the Washington Square Cinemark Movies 8 (the second run theater on Indianapolis’ east side) that I decided to break my own rule about listing non-subtitled films. The theater’s website lists the genres as action/adventure, comedy, and romance, which sounds about right for an Indian film.

The Princess of Montpensier– A costume drama, set in the 16th century among the French aristocracy, from veteran director Bertrand Tavernier. The reviewers all praise the lead actress’s performance and the lavish production. The Princess of Montpensier starts today at the Movie Buff Theatre in Indianapolis.

The Tree of Life– Terrence Malick’s new film. Do you need more of a reason to see it? Hm, well, it won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year and it stars Sean Penn as a man reflecting on his childhood and his fraught relationship with his father, played by Brad Pitt. There will be unconventional storytelling and lyrical beauty. The Tree of Life starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)

The Beaver– Jodie Foster directs Mel Gibson (and herself) in this drama that has, probably inevitably, been overshadowed by its star’s off-screen 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. The Beaver holds over this week at Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D– The artistic justification for 3D. Werner Herzog directed this justly extremely well reviewed documentary about the oldest known cave paintings, in Chauvet Cave in France. The cave is 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, AMC Castleton Square 14 in Indianapolis, AMC Evansville 16, and AMC Showplace South Bend 16.

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 and starts at Indianapolis’ Movie Buff Theatre and Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center.

Incendies– At the reading of their mother’s will, Jeanne and Simon are handed two envelopes and instructions to give them to their father- who they thought dead- and a brother they didn’t know they had. When they travel to their mother’s Middle Eastern home country, they discover a shocking family history and an incredible story of survival. This Canadian film has received extremely positive reviews and was an Oscar nominee for best foreign language film. Incendies continues at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema.

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 Showplace Muncie 7 and Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center.

L’Amour Fou– This French documentary about the extravagant personal and professional life of French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent has garnered good notices on the festival circuit. It continues at the Movie Buff Theatre in Indianapolis.

Ready– Bollywood star Salman Khan stars in this Hindi language comedy-musical as a young man who falls in love with a woman from a large and money-hungry family. Asin co-stars as the object of his romantic pursuit. (The IMDb says it’s a remake of 2008 Telugu-language film of the same title; Bollywood remakes of films from the other Indian regional film industries is pretty common these days, if the films that come through Indy are any guide.) Ready continues at the Republic Theatres Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.

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

For additional information on the films, and when and where they’ll be showing, follow the links under “Outside the Multiplex” in the sidebar.

State Wide

Fathom Events launches a three night (over three consecutive Tuesdays) series showing of the extended versions of the Lord of the Rings trilogy at various theaters around the state. The Fellowship of the Ring screens Tuesday at 7.

Indianapolis and Central Indiana

The classic 1951 film A Streetcar Named Desire is the weekend movie at the historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin. Shows are at 2 and 7:30 on Friday and Saturday. The not quite so old and not quite so classic Elvis vehicle Blue Hawaii is Friday’s movie in the IMA’s Summer Nights series; all films are screened on the museum’s outdoor terrace above White River and start at dusk (doors open at 6:30/ 6 for IMA members for picnicking). Cult (bad) movie The Room screens Friday and Saturday at midnight in the Keystone Art Cinema’s “Midnight Madness” series. And lastly, Born to Be Wild 3D continues at the IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum.

Waiting anxiously for news about this year’s lineup at the Indianapolis International Film Festival? Then you won’t want to miss the announcement party on Thursday at 7 at Sun King Brewery (on College Ave in downtown Indianapolis). A few trailers and short films will be screened to whet the festivalgoer’s appetite and festival tickets will be available for purchase.

Southern Indiana

Academy Award winner (for best foreign language film) In a Better World is the weekend movie at the IU Cinema in Bloomington. Next week’s movie, Incendies, starts its run this Thursday. Also in Bloomington, Poetry and The Robber have additional showings on the IU campus courtesy of the Ryder. Next week’s movie Who is Harry Nilsson?, a documentary about the titular singer-songwriter, starts Thursday night with a showing at Root Cellar Lounge at FARM.

Shelbyville’s Strand Theatre has a free showing of the classic Hollywood musical revue Till the Clouds Roll By, featuring songs by Jerome Kern, tonight at 7. Judy Garland, Lena Horne, and Dinah Shore are a few of the featured performers.

Northern Indiana

This week’s free movies at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne are The Bridges of Madison County on Tuesday and Philadelphia on Thursday. Both shows are at 7:30. Cinematheque for All will screen the French film Father of My Children on Wednesday night at 7 on the Purdue campus.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND

Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

In Indianapolis, the charming baseball story The Sandlot (1993) screens in the IMA’s “Summer Nights” series while 13 Assassins is the next movie in the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema’s midnight movie series*. In Bloomington, the IU Cinema will have Incendies for its weekend movie, including a Friday at 7 showing, while the Ryder screens the documentary Who is Harry Nilsson?.

*Frustratingly in the extreme, the two midnight (midnight! I’d be asleep before it started!) shows are, at least so far, the only scheduled showings for the much talked-of- in a good way!- samurai film from prolific director Takashi Miike. I have expressed my disappointment the last couple times I’ve been at the Landmark and I encourage everyone else to do the same. It’s particularly annoying that they keep showing the trailer.

3 responses to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (June 10, 2011)

  1. AMC Washington Square picked up Miral from us at the last minute and showed it for a week.

    • Wow, “Miral” is a much more surprising pick than a niche market comedy like “35 and Ticking.” Thanks for letting me know about that.

  2. Let me clarify, I meant the week after we played it, not this week.

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