Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (July 15, 2011)


All the new releases are in Indianapolis this week, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to see elsewhere around the state. For my part, I’ll be working hard to fit in a showing of A Better Life around the several movies I want to see at this year’s Indy Film Fest. All your options are spelled out below- what’s on your moviegoing schedule 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.


A Better Life– This indie drama set in East LA follows the struggles of an illegal immigrant working to make “a better life” for his teenage son. It was directed by Chris Weitz (About a Boy) and stars Demian Bichir and Jose Julian as the father and son. A Better Life starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

The Undefeated– Documentary on (and by report friendly to) Sarah Palin, which automatically makes it controversial. The Undefeated opens today at the AMC Showplace Indianapolis 17.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara– Three friends take a life-changing road trip in this Bollywood comedy-drama filmed in Spain. Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif, and Kalki Koechlin star. ZNMD opens today at the Republic Theatres Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.


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– This (short and almost entirely in English, apparently) Bollywood comedy about the misadventures of three friends is down to its last shows, at 1:00 today and Sunday at the Republic Theatres Georgetown 14 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.


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 Indy Film Fest kicked off last night with the indie drama with a sci-fi twist Another World and continues through Sunday, July 24. The festival offers a full schedule of indies, documentaries, foreign films, and short film programs, not to mention a few panels on films and filmmaking. (Build your own screenings calendar and purchase tickets through the festival website.) 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.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights is the midnight movie this weekend (Friday and Saturday nights) at the Keystone Art Cinema. The IMA’s Summer Nights movie is Clerks, which will be shown at dusk Friday in conjunction with the Indy Film Fest.

Born to Be Wild holds over and Sea Rex returns at the IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum. If you long to see Transformers: Dark of the Moon in IMAX 3D, you’re also in luck.

Southern Indiana

The Ryder in Bloomington presents some weekend shows of revisionist indie western Meek’s Cutoff and indie comedy Gabi on the Roof in July, while next week’s featured film Queen of the Sun, a documentary about bees, starts Thursday.

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.

Northern Indiana

If you live anywhere in the South Bend area and you have children you’ll want to check out the ANDkids World Film Festival at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. An eclectic program of features, documentaries, and short films from around the world, the festival starts Wednesday and runs through Saturday, July 23.

I loved this movie when I saw it at the lamented Key Cinemas several years ago: Adam’s Apples, an idiosyncratic Danish comedy-drama by writer-director Anders Thomas Jensen (After the Wedding, In a Better World), screens Wednesday at Purdue courtesy of Cinematheque for All.


The IMA’s film calendar is suddenly looking a lot more crowded, with “Animation Day” (an annual event for families) on July 31, a shorts program August 4, a Grease Sing-a-Long August 5, and the 48 Hour Film Project on August 6. Visit the IMA’s website for more information.

The Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis lists Michael Winterbottom’s documentary-comedy The Trip, with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, as coming next week.

Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

The Artcraft Theatre in Franklin has a matinee and evening showing of The Apple Dumpling Gang, a movie I remember fondly from my childhood. (There are two shows on Saturday also.) Friday Night Frights at the Strand in Shelbyville returns next week; double feature titles tba.

I can’t tell you what movie will be showing at the IMA next week because it’s a surprise from the Indy Film Fest, but I can tell you that The Room and 13 Assassins* return for encore engagements in the KAC’s “Midnight Madness” series.

*Unfortunately, more midnight shows are still more midnight shows

4 responses to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (July 15, 2011)

  1. Announced today by the Indy Film Fest and IMA: the July 22 “Summer Nights” secret screening title is “The Swell Season,” a music documentary about the band of the same name formed by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova following the success of “Once.”

  2. Richard Winters

    Nice to see that Terence Malick is still be productive. Also, Congratulations on being selected for the Art House Panel on Monday. How were you able to pull that off? Now I’m feeling intimidated.

    • I’m appearing in my capacity as co-organizer of the Indy Film Buffs. All that hard work seeing great old movies at the IMA is finally paying off. ;-)

  3. It looks like Turtle: The Incredible Journey also held over at the Georgetown 14 this week. And while the Movie Buff Theatre doesn’t seem to have updated its “Showtimes” page since Thursday, the theater’s page on says that the MBT is showing Incendies this week.


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