Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (June 17, 2011)

by HELEN GEIB

If there’s anything new opening in limited release, I missed the listing. That means catch-up and special screening time: I plan to try for Incendies this weekend and I wouldn’t miss The Two Towers on Tuesday for anything. What’s your moviegoing list for this week?

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.

THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)

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 continues at the AMC Showplace Washington Square 12 in Indianapolis.

Atlas Shrugged Part 1– The first part of a planned multi-part adaptation of Ayn Rand’s novel returns to Indiana this week at the Starplex Cinemas Coventry 13 theater in Fort Wayne.

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 starts this week at the AMC Showplace Muncie 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 continues 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 Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center.

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 for what the distributor is saying will be its last week.

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 continues at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema 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

If you’re like me and saw the extended edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring on the big screen this week, then you’re eagerly awaiting Tuesday’s showing of The Two Towers. This is a Fathom Events series so ticket prices are higher than normal (unless you routinely see 3D movies on Friday night, in which case it’s a bargain), but trust me when I say, it’s worth it. Follow the Fathom link in the “Outside the Multiplex” portion of the sidebar for a full list of theaters.

Indianapolis and Central Indiana

13 Assassins is this week’s movie in the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema’s “midnight madness” series, with midnight shows Friday and Saturday. Meanwhile, the IMA’s Summer Nights series continues tonight with the charming The Sandlot. Summer Nights films start at dusk; doors open at 6:30 (6 for members) for picnicking. On Saturday, you can see Rocky Horror at the Irving. Per the theater’s website, prop kits are available for purchase at the door; you can’t bring your own props, but costumes are encouraged and will earn you discounted admission.

Also in Indianapolis but on a radically different note, Born to Be Wild 3D continues at the IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum.

Southern Indiana

Incendies is the weekend movie at the IU Cinema with showings Friday and Saturday. There will also be a Saturday matinee showing of Queen at the Sun, a documentary about bees and beekeeping; the screening is co-sponsored by the Bloomington Community Orchard. Next weekend’s movie, Desert of Forbidden Art, has a showing Thursday night.

Next door at the Ryder film series, Who is Harry Nilsson? and The Robber have a few more showings. Hey, Boo, a documentary about Harper Lee and the influence of her famous novel, starts its run on Thursday.

Northern Indiana

If you live in Fort Wayne, cancel your evening plans and head over to the Cinema Center for a 7:00 free screening of David Lean’s masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia, a movie that truly demands the big screen. The Cinema Center also offers a free screening of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas on Tuesday at 7:30.

This week’s movie in the Cinematheque for All summer series is the Australian film Animal Kingdom, a sensation on the arthouse circuit last year. It will be screened on Wednesday on the Purdue campus.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND

Manoranjan, the distribution company that puts the Indian films on at the Georgetown 14, says the Bollywood comedy Double Dhamaal will start Friday.

The Landmark Keystone Art Cinema’s arthouse “coming soon” list for next week is Beginners and the documentary Bill Cunningham New York. Given that The Hangover Part II and Water for Elephants are surely nearing the end of their time there and Incendies is likely nearing the end of its, several screens should be opening up. On the other hand, one of those screens will be filled with Cars 2. In conclusion, odds are good that both films will open as currently scheduled, but I never bet on anything opening at the Landmark until I see showtimes published.

Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

In Indianapolis, the IMA will screen The Wiz as part of the Summer Nights outdoor film series, while the Landmark’s “midnight madness” series aims squarely for the thirtysomething nostalgia market with The Goonies.

Heading south, the Artcraft Theatre in Franklin is showing Grease for its weekend movie, including shows at 2 and 7:30 on Friday. The IU Cinema has one showing of the 2009 Brazilian film Paulista next weekend, on Friday at 7; the screening is sponsored by the Indy Film Fest. The Ryder offers showings of documentaries Hey, Boo and Who is Harry Nilsson? alongside the frustrating Italian thriller The Double Hour.

One response to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (June 17, 2011)

  1. Over the past few days, I found several official sites claiming that three different movies will be coming to Indianapolis theaters over the next few weeks and months. The anime Trigun: Badlands Rumble (with both dubbed and subtitled prints) is supposed to be at the Georgetown 14 for a week starting on August 19 (although I could have sworn that the start date was July 1 when I checked the page a few days ago).

    http://blog.funimation.com/2011/06/trigun-badlands-rumble-u-s-theater-dates/

    Also, the gospel music documentary Rejoice & Shout is supposed to be at the G14 on July 1:

    http://www.magpictures.com/profile.aspx?id=76b732fa-c077-459c-bea8-5253268c5700

    And Bellflower is supposed to be at the Keystone Art Cinema on September 23:

    http://www.bellflower-themovie.com/home/

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