by HELEN GEIB
Lots and lots going on this week outside the multiplex. Check it all out below. What are your top picks?
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
Bride Flight– This lavishly mounted Dutch period drama follows the lives- and especially the love lives- of three young women who meet on the plane carrying them from their native Holland in the early 1950s to New Zealand, where they will join their fiances. Rutger Hauer is the familiar name in the cast. Bride Flight starts today at the Movie Buff Theatre in Indianapolis.
Forks Over Knives– Agenda-driven documentary promoting veganism and raw foods as a preventative for degenerative diseases. Filmmaker Lee Fulkerson took a page from the Super Size Me playbook by incorporating the progress of his new diet into the film. It starts today at the AMC Showplace Bloomington 11.
A Little Help– Indie comedy-drama about a woman dealing with the fallout from her unfaithful husband’s sudden death, including her overbearing family’s insistence she bring a medical malpractice claim and her son’s adolescent growing pains. Jenna Fischer (The Office TV series) stars; the film was written and directed by Michael Weithorn. A Little Help starts today at the AMC Showplace Indianapolis 17.
Singham– This Bollywood actioner is a fast turnaround remake of a 2010 Tamil film. It stars Ajay Devgn and Kajal Aggarwal and was directed by Rohit Shetty (Golmaal series). It doesn’t have an official site but there’s a Facebook page for the film here. I had some trouble interpreting the summary but the plot seems to revolve around a small town cop taking on a big time criminal. I’m not positive this one is subtitled, so if you’re interested you should call the theater first.
The Trip– Michael Winterbottom filmed comedians-actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on a restaurant tour and the result was this movie, which looks hard to pin down, funny, and rather delightful in the trailers. The duo’s dueling impressions of Michael Caine and Al Pacino, among others, promise to be worth the ticket price alone. The Trip opens today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
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 with two shows a day.
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 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.
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.
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 holds over at the Republic Theatres Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis for two shows a day through the weekend and one evening show through the rest of the week.
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.
I’m honestly not sure exactly what this is but if you’re a fan then you’ll want to see it: “This special event is based on one of the most popular and well-known gaming brands in the world, TEKKEN. TEKKEN Blood Vengeance 3D will give fans a look into history and motivations of the fighters who join the King of Iron Fist Tournament.” Movie, clip show, interviews- whatever it is, it screens Tuesday at 7:30; visit the Fathom Events website for a list of theaters.
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
Tonight’s Summer Nights movie at the IMA 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. The screening is co-presented by the Indy Film Fest. The movie will be shown in the Toby at 9:30 (instead of the riverside amphitheater like normal- because it’s so insanely hot this week).
Speaking of the Indy Film Fest, it continues through Sunday at the IMA. Highlights include the closing night film on Saturday- the film preservation documentary These Amazing Shadows– and encore screenings of the audience award winners all day on Sunday.
Also in Indianapolis, Saturday is “Vintage Movie Night” at the Garfield Park Arts Center; the film is the 1953 oddity Sabaka. (The Vintage Movie Nights schedule, or at least the dates, is now up at the FILM Indiana page.) The Landmark Keystone Art Cinema’s midnight movie series continues tonight and tomorrow with encore showings of The Big Lebowski, The Room, and 13 Assassins. The IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum has continuing showings of Born to Be Wild and Sea Rex, both in 3D.
The weekend movie at Franklin’s Artcraft Theatre is the family film The Apple Dumpling Gang.
Shelbyville’s Strand Theater’s “Friday Night Frights” returns with a fun-sounding 1959 double feature of The Giant Gila Monster and The Killer Shrews. The theme? “When Animals Go Bad!”
On a different note, the documentary on bees Queen of the Sun and indie comedy Gabi on the Roof in July continue at the Ryder with evening shows this weekend in Bloomington; Queen of the Sun additionally has a showing Wednesday evening at the Pine Room Tavern in Nashville. Also in Bloomington, according to the FILM Indiana site, an Indiana filmmakers indie film double feature of Obsolescence and Young Islands will show Sunday at 6:30 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Tickets are $6 ($5 for students).
The Bartholomew Co. Historical Society in Columbus exhibit on silent western star and famous native son Ken Maynard runs through September. Find more info at the Yes Cinema website.
On Wednesday on the Purdue campus, Cinematheque for All screens Welcome, a 2009 French drama focusing on an unexpected friendship between a teenaged Kurdish refugee determined to swim the channel and the middle-aged swimming instructor who decides to help him.
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 continues through tomorrow. Some shows are sold out so check the DeBartolo’s website ahead of time for availability.
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
The IU Cinema is still on vacation this week, but screenings resume August 4 with The Tree of Life
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.
In other Indianapolis news, the Indiana Film Society has announced the titles for its fall series, “Follow the Leader;” the first showing is August 2 at the Indianapolis Senior Center.
Lastly, the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema’s coming soon page now lists indie coming of age drama Terri and China-set historical drama Snow Flower and the Secret Fan for July 29.
Films and events scheduled for next Friday:
Next week’s Summer Nights movie at the IMA is Top Gun.