Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (August 5, 2011)

by HELEN GEIB

Sundance favorite Terri opens at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, The Tree of Life expands to a few theaters around the state, and the IU Cinema is back from vacation. All the news on that and more after the break. What’s on your moviegoing plan for the 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.

LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK

Terri– This indie comedy-drama was a hit at Sundance. An overweight teen misfit (Jacob Wysocki)- among other quirks, he takes to wearing pajamas around the clock, including to school- starts coming out of his shell when he forms unlikely friendships with a pretty classmate and his goodhearted principal (John C. Reilly). Terri starts 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 Movie Buff Theatre in Indianapolis.

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 AMC Evansville 16 for one show a day.

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 holds over at the Movie Buff Theatre 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 and the AMC Showplace Bloomington 11 (for one show a day at the latter).

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan– An adaptation of a best-selling novel, this drama follows, and contrasts, two pairs of friends. Snow Flower and Lily are matched by their families to be lifelong friends as children in 19th century China, while their descendants Nina and Sophia struggle to hold on to their own childhood friendship in present-day Shanghai. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, which was directed by Wayne Wang, holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis for one show a day.

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 (with two shows a day) and expands to the AMC Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, AMC Showplace Muncie 7 (where it will have two shows a day), and the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

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 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 has one last show tonight at the Republic Theatres Georgetown 14 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

In Indianapolis, the IMA’s Summer Nights movie is Grease– the “Sing-a-Long” version; doors open at 6:30 (6 for IMA members) and the movie starts at dusk on the riverside amphitheater. Also at the IMA, but inside, the 48 Hour Film Project is tomorrow.

Born to Be Wild 3D continues at the IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum.

The Artcraft Theatre departs from its usual roster of classics to show Monster Cruise, a 2010 indie filmed in Franklin. The poster suggests a high degree of family friendliness. There is a matinee and an evening show today and tomorrow.

Southern Indiana

The Tree of Life shows today and tomorrow at 7 at the IU Cinema in Bloomington. The documentary Blank City, chronicling the independent film scene in New York City in the late ’70s/early ’80s, starts its weekend run on Thursday.

Also on the IU campus, the Ryder’s program for the week includes Romanian New Wave mystery Aurora; Jean-Luc Godard’s latest manifesto, Film Socialisme; and starting its run on Thursday, Canadian crime drama Small Town Murder Songs.

Northern Indiana

This week’s movie from Cinematheque for All- screening Wednesday at 7 on the Purdue campus- is Troubled Water (2008), a Scandinavian drama about an ex-con trying to build a new life.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND

Attention Rifftrax fans: Jack the Giant Killer gets the treatment Wednesday, August 17 at selected theaters around the state in a Fathom Events presentation.

The IU Cinema has a full fall schedule to look forward to, including the “Underground film series” starting August 26. The first title is the 1972 documentary Reminiscences of a Trip to Lithuania.

In Indianapolis, Manoranjan, distributor of the Indian films that play at the Georgetown 14, says Aarakshan will start next Friday. The newest work by politically conscious director Prakash Jha, it stars Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, and Deepika Padukone and takes on the controversial issue of India’s caste-based affirmative action.

In non-Indian film news at the Georgetown 14, the hotly anticipated- hey, I’m a series fan- anime feature film Trigun: Badlands Rumble opens for a (probably) one-week run on August 19. Showings through the day will alternate the subtitled and dubbed versions, an arrangement that’s a local first as far as I know.

Lastly, the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema’s coming soon page still lists Holocaust drama Sara’s Key for August 12, and has added two other films slated for the same week: music documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest and indie drama with a sci-fi twist Another Earth (recently in Indianapolis as the opening night film of the Indy Film Fest). Whether all three films will open is an open question.

Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

August is ’80s nostalgia month at the Artcraft, starting with Dirty Dancing next weekend.

The Summer Nights movie at the IMA is To Catch a Thief. If you go, be sure and stop and say “hi”- I’ll be there with the Indy Film Buffs.

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