Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (August 12, 2011)

by HELEN GEIB

The most interesting looking Indian film to play the Georgetown in some time is one of the week’s four new releases. The around the state listings are a little on the thin side, but a suddenly crowded “coming soon” makes up for it. What’s on your moviegoing agenda this week- and what are you looking forward to?

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

Another Earth– Lovers brought together by tragedy are faced with separation when one is offered passage to “another earth” in this indie drama with a sci-fi twist. Another Earth starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Aarakshan– The newest work by politically conscious director Prakash Jha, this Indian drama stars Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, and Deepika Padukone and takes on the controversial issue of caste-based affirmative action. It starts today (at full showtimes) at the Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest– Documentary about the groundbreaking hip-hop group, much of it filmed when documentarian and fan Michael Rapaport went on tour with them in 2008. Beats, Rhymes & Life starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Sarah’s Key– Kristin Scott Thomas stars in this Holocaust drama as a modern-day journalist investigating the tragic history of two Jewish children in occupied Paris. The film is based on the novel by Tatiana De Rosnay. Sarah’s Key starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)

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 returns to Indianapolis courtesy of the Cinemarks: it will have three shows a day at the Movies 8 Greenwood and two shows a day at the Movies 8 Washington Market.

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 expands to the AMC Evansville 16 and AMC Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute.

Terri– 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). While the film mostly hits the usual notes of indie dramas about misfit teens, the extraordinarily appealing friendship storyline between Wysocki and Reilly’s characters stands out as something out of the ordinary. Terri 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 has ended its long run at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, but holds over at the AMC Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute (for one show a day), AMC Showplace Muncie 7 (two shows a day), and the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne, and expands to the AMC Evansville 16 (two shows a day).

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.

State Wide

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

Indianapolis and Central Indiana

The weekend movie at the Artcraft Theatre in Franklin is Dirty Dancing. In Indianapolis, tonight’s Summer Nights movie at the IMA is To Catch a Thief. I’ll be there with the Indy Film Buffs if you’d like to see it with company. The Rocky Horror Picture Show has its monthly showing at the Irving Theater tomorrow night, back at midnight after a time or two at 10:30; visit the Irving’s website for the list of what you can and can’t bring through the door. And finally, Born to Be Wild 3D is still going strong at the IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum.

Southern Indiana

The IU Cinema’s weekend film is the documentary about NYC’s ’70s/’80s independent film scene Blank City, with shows today and tomorrow. Also showing tomorrow at 3 is “NYICFF Party Mix”, a collection of animated and short films for children that kicks off the CINEkids International Film Series. Next week’s movie The Trip starts Thursday.

The Ryder continues in an international crime drama vein with more showings of the Romanian Aurora and the Canadian Small Town Murder Songs.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND

August 31 at 7:30 is your chance to see Scarface on the big screen (Fathom events page; the movie will be preceded by a “mini-featurette” on the film’s wide-ranging influence). And in case you were wondering: Yes, the Blu-ray release does come out soon- September 6 to be exact.

One of the highlights of the IU Cinema’s fall schedule is personal appearances by John Sayles at screenings of his films Amigo, Matewan, and Brother From Another Planet on September 8 and 9.

The hotly anticipated- hey, I’m a series fan- anime feature film Trigun: Badlands Rumble opens for a one-week run on August 19 at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis. There will be two shows a day, one dubbed and one subtitled.

Also in Indianapolis, the KAC’s coming soon page has added documentarian Errol Morris’ new film Tabloid for August 19.

Meanwhile, August 20 at 8 is the chance to catch a rare title with a home state connection: The Hoosier Schoolmaster (1935) is this month’s Vintage Movie Night at the Garfield Park Arts Center.

In another one night only event, the Indy Film Fest’s Roving Cinema returns on September 1 with Field of Dreams at Victory Field; doors, or should I say gates, open at 7:30 and the movie, which will be shown on the electronic scoreboard, will start at dusk.

The IMA has added several films to its schedule. Luchino Visconti’s still controversial Death in Venice (1971), starring Dirk Bogarde and based on the Thomas Mann novel, will be shown August 25 at 7 in the Toby. The screening is in connection with the IMA exhibition “Venetian Views: American Works on Paper” and the museum’s high-profile international exhibit at the Venice Biennale. Farther afield, September brings several documentaries: Nollywood Babylon, Convento, and Film: A Small Act (visit the IMA’s films page for more info).

Moving north, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend starts up again with the fall semester, beginning with Midnight in Paris and Cave of Forgotten Dreams 2D on August 25.

Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

The next Summer Nights movie is Labyrinth, featuring a young Jennifer Connelly, glam David Bowie, and various and varied Jim Henson-created creatures.

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