by HELEN GEIB
One quick note about this week’s column and two quick notes about listing changes:
First, I’m writing this from a room in a Red Roof Inn in Milwaukee. I’m in Milwaukee for Irish Fest. Irish Fest is an absolutely amazing annual music festival held at the city’s lakeside festival grounds with over a dozen stages showcasing all kinds of traditional and tradition-influenced or inflected music, plus great food and shopping, but that’s beside the point. The reason I mention it is that my being on vacation is why this week’s column is going up a little late, and if I’ve missed anything, that’s also why.
Second, until further notice I won’t be listing any of the Indian films that play the Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis. It used to be that all of the Bollywood Hindi-language films had subtitled prints and it was only the films from the other regional cinemas that screened without subtitles; however, that all changed when the theater put in digital projection. So unless and until I learn that subtitles are back, the Indian films are out. Also, I’m permanently dropping the IMAX nature documentaries that play the Indiana State Museum from the column due to (my and a presumed general among this column’s readership) lack of interest.
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
Tabloid– The latest documentary from Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War). From the Landmark’s summary: “Thirty years before the antics of Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears were regular gossip fodder, Miss Wyoming Joyce McKinney made her mark as a tabloid staple ne plus ultra… By turns funny, strange, and disturbing, Tabloid is a vivid portrayal of a phenomenally driven woman whose romantic obsessions and delusions catapult her over the edge into scandal sheet notoriety and an unimaginable life.” Tabloid starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Trigun: Badlands Rumble– The anime TV series Trigun, which was based on a popular manga, is one of the best series of the 1990s. The hotly anticipated (by people like me who love the series) anime feature film version starts today at the Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis, where it has two shows a day: dubbed version at 2 and subtitled version at 4. This will likely be a one week run, so don’t wait.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)
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 holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis for two shows a day.
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 holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis for two shows a day.
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 starts in Fort Wayne at the Cinema Center and returns to Indianapolis for a second run engagement at the Cinemark Movie 8 Greenwood, where it will have 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 opens today at the AMC Showplace Muncie 7.
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 AMC Evansville 16 and AMC Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute (for two shows a day at the latter).
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 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 holds over at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne (the Sunday at 4 screening will be followed by “Movie Talk”, which sounds like fun and this is a good movie for it).
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
At the IMA, tonight’s Summer Nights movie is Labyrinth, featuring a young Jennifer Connelly, glam David Bowie, and various and varied Jim Henson-created creatures. Doors open at 6:30 (6 for members) and the screening starts at dusk in the amphitheater. Luchino Visconti’s still controversial Death in Venice (1971), starring Dirk Bogarde and based on the Thomas Mann novel, will be shown Thursday 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. By the way, if you’d like to see it with company, I’ll be there with the Indy Film Buffs at 6 in the Nourish Cafe.
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.
Tonight is the first night of the Ryder’s six film, free outdoor film series at Bryan Park in Bloomington; the kick-off film is Grease. In regular showings, Small Town Murder Songs continues its run and Le Quattro Volte returns at the Ryder (each has one show tonight and tomorrow in the Fine Arts upstairs room on the IU campus). Also showing, in the Fine Arts auditorium: Rapt, a French thriller that won the Cesar for best film, director, and actor.
The Trip plays Bloomington this weekend at the IU Cinema, as part of the International Arthouse program.
The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s fall film program starts up on Thursday with Midnight in Paris and Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2D version); each film has one show a day Thursday through Saturday.
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.
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.
Cinematheque for All in West Lafayette has announced that the first film in the fall series will be Claire Denis’ 2007 film 35 Shots of Rum, one of those fascinating looking films that played Bloomington (at the Ryder) but otherwise bypassed the state when it was first out.
The IU Cinema continues to post more showings for the fall season, and there’s lots to look forward to; visit the calendar page for more info.
The much-praised documentary about the Brazilian Formula One racer Senna and the disturbing-by-its-subject-matter drama about Uday Hussein’s body double The Devil’s Double have appeared on the KAC’s coming soon page for August 26.
Finally, the IMA’s preview says it better than I could:
Films and events scheduled for next Friday:
Next Friday is the end of Summer Nights at the IMA; the closing film for this year’s series is the 1978 Superman.
The Princess Bride plays Friday and Saturday at the Artcraft Theatre in Franklin.