Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (July 1, 2011)

by HELEN GEIB

Two new documentaries open at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis and an intriguing based-on-fact indie drama at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne. Read on for all your outside the multiplex moviegoing options.

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.

Note: Title links lead to the movie’s official website.

LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK

Buck– Documentary about a horse trainer whose rapport with horses transforms them- and often their owners as well. I’ve been seeing rapturous reviews for this one, and it’s clearly a must-see for animal lovers. Buck starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Delhi Belly– Sometimes you can’t improve on the description from the official (in this case, Facebook page) site: “Tashi, Arup and Nitin – flatmates, buddies and partners in crime. Tashi is to get married in a month but still doesn’t know if his fiancé is THE ONE! Arup can’t make up his mind who he wants to kill first – his girlfriend who has just dumped him or his stupid, annoying boss whose idea of creativity is sketching a smiling banana! And Nitin is about to discover that eating delicious tandoori chicken off a street vendor is going to give him the worst case of Delhi Belly he’s ever known! Three regular blokes, living the regular life EXCEPT for one small detail – they are on the hit list of one of the world’s deadliest crime syndicates.” Delhi Belly starts today at the Republic Theatres Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.

Subtitling note: Normally the Bollywood Hindi-language movies are subtitled; however, Mike alerted me that the Georgetown’s recent upgrade to digital projection has resulted in some showings having no subtitles (don’t ask me to explain why the one led to the other). If for some reason you decide to see Delhi Belly, or Double Dhamaal– see below for description, you should call ahead to make sure the subtitle issue has been fixed.

Earthwork– This indie drama dramatizes the creation of an “environmental artwork” in New York City. John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone) stars as idiosyncratic crop artist Stan Herd. Earthwork opens today at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

Page One: Inside the New York Times– Filmed inside the NYT newsroom, this documentary offers a close-up of the paper’s inner workings and the ongoing transformation of journalism and print media. Page One: Inside the New York Times starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

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. Evidently doing well despite having no advertising, 35 and Ticking holds over at the AMC Showplace Washington Square 12 in Indianapolis for two shows a day.

Beginners– Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer star as a father and son who draw closer after dad comes out of the closet (at 75) and discovers he has cancer. Melanie Laurent co-stars in this well-reviewed drama from writer-director Mike Mills (Thumbsucker). Beginners holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams– 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 holds over at the AMC Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute with one show a day; unfortunately, it’s the 2D version.

Double Dhamaal– Bollywood gets in on the creative sequel naming trend with this follow-up to the 2007 comedy Dhamaal, apparently a loose remake of It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Sanjay Dutt and the rest of the large principal cast return, as does director Indra Kumar. Double Dhamaal holds over at the Republic Theatres Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis for one show a day.

Of Gods and Men– This powerful French drama holds over for a second week at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne. 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.

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.

Indianapolis and Central Indiana

The IMA screens Zoolander tonight as part of the Summer Nights Film Series, or you can see another cult comedy, The Big Lebowski, at midnight Friday and Saturday at the Keystone Landmark Art Cinema. The IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum has a few more mid-morning shows of Born to Be Wild 3D through the week.

Southern Indiana

The IU Cinema is on summer break this month, but you can still expand your movie horizons with the Ryder’s film series. There’s one show a day of Hey, Boo, The Double Hour, and Who Is Harry Nilsson? today and tomorrow, and Kelly Reichardt’s revisionist western Meek’s Cutoff arrives in Indiana on Thursday (continuing through next week).

Northern Indiana

On Wednesday, you can see Amos Gitai’s 2007 political drama Disengagement, starring Juliette Binoche, on the Purdue University campus courtesy of Cinematheque for All. Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center will have one show of the Die Hard parody To Die Is Hard on Thursday evening.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND

The Indy Film Fest starts July 14 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The full lineup is now online; you can build your own screenings calendar and purchase tickets through the site. The festival runs through July 24.

In other film festival news, the ANDkids World Film Festival starts Wednesday, July 20 at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend.

Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

West Side Story is playing at the Artcraft Theatre in Franklin. Dazed and Confused is next weekend’s midnight movie at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis and Poltergeist is the Friday movie on the terrace at the IMA.

4 responses to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (July 1, 2011)

  1. The short film Leah Not Leia (it has a running time of 23 minutes, apparently) gets a midnight screening tonight (Friday) at the Hamilton 16 and IMAX in Noblesville. The Facebook page is here:

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Not-Leia/191451414448#!/pages/Leah-Not-Leia/191451414448?sk=wall

  2. Had the good fortune to interview Buck Brannaman in person recently as part of his “Buck” promotional jaunt. What a fascinating fellow. You can tell he’s not from Hollywood. His answers didn’t feel calculated or scripted. But what really struck me was how he described his abusive childhood and how he overcame it to become a healthy, functional adult. It’s just as inspiring as his work with horses.

  3. I just noticed today that both Republic Theatres’ page for the Georgetown 14 and the “schedule” page for the theater on movietickets.com say that the gospel music documentary Rejoice & Shout is at the theater this week. As of last Thursday, at least, the movietickets page for the G14 didn’t have the title on the schedule, so I assumed it wouldn’t be at the theater this week- but a few minutes ago, I went to the page for the film on the site of US distributor Magnolia Pictures, and they said that Rejoice & Shout was at the G14 this week, which led me to re-check the theater’s site and the movietickets page.

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