Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (July 8, 2011)

by HELEN GEIB

Summer continues to depress the arthouse market, if this second week in a month with no new limited release movies is anything to go by. To compensate, several films hold over and the special screenings list is a good healthy length. What’s on your moviegoing agenda 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.

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

THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)

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.

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 holds over 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.” The shorter than usual for a Bollywood film (around two hours) Delhi Belly holds over at the Republic Theatres Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis, where it must be doing really well because it’s still scheduled at full showtimes.

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 continues at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema 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. The mysterious and beautiful 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 Friday/Saturday at midnight movie in the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema’s “midnight madness” series is Dazed and Confused, while Poltergeist screens tonight at dusk at the IMA in the “summer nights” (on the terrace) series.

Also at the IMA this weekend: the Indiana Black Expo Film Festival. The festival runs Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the Toby Theater and includes several documentary features and short films as well as one feature-length drama; follow the link for the full schedule of films.

Irvington’s old neighborhood movie theater the Irving has another of its semi-regular Rocky Horror showings on Saturday at midnight; visit the Irving’s website for the full list of what you can and can’t bring through the door in the way of props and costumes. Although Cars 2 continues to dominate the IMAX screen at the Indiana State Museum, there’s still a few chances left to see Born to Be Wild this weekend.

Last but not least, further south you can see the classic musical West Side Story at the Artcraft Theatre in Franklin on Friday and Saturday.

Southern Indiana

The Bartholomew Co. Historical Society in Columbus has an exhibit on a famous native son, the silent movie cowboy star Ken Maynard, that showcases lobby posters, memorabilia, “and more.” No doubt Tarzan, Ken’s almost equally famous horse, will be well represented also. The exhibit runs through September; find more info at the Yes Cinema website.

The Ryder in Bloomington has several showings of Kelly Reichardt’s revisionist Western Meek’s Cutoff– another of those major indie films scandalously absent from Indianapolis screens. There are also additional showings of Hey, Boo, the documentary on Harper Lee and her beloved novel, and the frustrating Italian thriller The Double Hour. Next week’s new movie, the set in New York City indie comedy Gabi on the Roof in July, starts its run Thursday.

Northern Indiana

On Wednesday night at 8, Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center plays host to the Three Rivers Film Festival of locally made short films. Admission is free.

Also on Wednesday, Cinematheque for All will screen the 2004 film Whisky on the campus of Purdue University. I haven’t heard of this one before, and must admit to being intrigued by any movie that’s a Uruguay/Argentina/Germany/Spain co-production and lists Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian as its languages.

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. You can meet the author (as in me) on Monday evening; I’m honored to be joining the 6:00 panel on the “Art of Art House” with programmers from the IMA, IU Cinema, and Cinema Underground repertory series.

In other film festival news, the ANDkids World Film Festival starts Wednesday, July 20 at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend. The DeBortolo’s website has the full list of films.

Finally, the indie drama A Better Life, directed by Chris Weitz (About a Boy), is scheduled to open next week at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema.

Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

The IMA’s summer nights movie is Kevin Smith’s debut Clerks, screened in conjunction with the Indy Film Fest. Next weekend’s midnight movie at the KAC is Boogie Nights.

4 responses to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (July 8, 2011)

  1. Just like with Rejoice and Shout last week, the Georgetown 14 (and the movietickets.com page for the theater) added a title to the online schedule late in the game (s0metime on Thursday, I think)- and it’s another documentary. Turtle: The Incredible Journey (narrated by Miranda Richardson) “is the story of a little loggerhead turtle, as she follows in the path of her ancestors on one of the most extraordinary journeys in the natural world”, according to the film’s official site*. It looks like the G14 will have five or six shows per day (depending on the day of the week) through Thursday.

    * http://www.turtle-film.com/

    • Thanks Mike. I swear I checked movietickets.com on Thursday both weeks and didn’t see anything but the usual multiplex fare. The stealth arrival has got to be bad for attendance, which is too bad since they look like worthwhile movies.

  2. Yes, late additions to the schedule almost certainly don’t help- especially when I’m not sure what (if anything) else the theater (and/or the distribution company) has been doing to publicize these movies on the local level. A few months or so ago, when the AMC Washington Square picked up Miral from the Keystone Art Cinema, the title wasn’t on the AMC site for the theater as of the Thursday before the opening (or maybe even the Friday on which the movie did open at the AMC, or later on); the only reason I knew the movie was going to be at the AMC Washington Square was because I had seen it on Fandango’s page for Indianapolis. (And even then, I called the theater, just to be sure the movie was really there, given the conflict between the AMC site and Fandango.) I think Ryan made a comment here a few weeks ago indicating that Washington Square picked up Miral at the last minute; maybe that had something to do with the lack of a listing on the AMC site.

  3. Oh, and I’ve just read a very good review of Delhi Belly on the Mobius Home Video Forum site. Among other things, the review notes that the vast majority of the dialogue is in English- and most of what is in Hindi is in the trailer. So it sounds like the lack of subtitles on this one shouldn’t be a problem for most people- and it sounds like a good (if fairly raunchy, and fairly atypical for a Bollywood film in other ways- only two musical numbers, a running time of only and hour and a half or so, and so on) movie.

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