by HELEN GEIB
Several new films open in Indianapolis and there’s a good lineup of holdovers and special screenings around the state. Since I’ve never seen Scarface I can’t let the opportunity pass by. What’s on your moviegoing agenda?
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LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK
The 5th Quarter– This inspirational based-on-fact drama focuses on a Wake Forest football player who was the brother of a teenage organ donor. The 5th Quarter starts today at the Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.
Attack the Block– Aliens invade… the projects. Read Nir’s review of this British indie destined to become a cult favorite. Attack the Block starts today at the AMC Castleton Square 14 in Indianapolis.
Senna– This well-reviewed documentary traces the career and legacy of Brazilian Formula One racer Ayrton Senna. Senna starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Suing the Devil– Malcolm McDowell plays the devil in this Christian indie drama/comedy/legal thriller (it’s hard to tell from the synopsis on the official site). The title is descriptive of the plot. Shannen Fields, Corbin Bernsen, and Tom Sizemore are also in the cast. Suing the Devil starts today at the AMC Evansville 16.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)
Another Year– Mike Leigh’s drama about “another year” in the life of a long-time married couple (Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen) and the friends who orbit them makes a surprise reappearance in Indianapolis at the Movie Buff Theatre. Highly recommended if you missed it before.
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 Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center.
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 Showplace Muncie 7.
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.
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 holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis and expands to the AMC Showplace Bloomington 11.
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 and opens at the Yes Cinema in Columbus (the Yes is closed Mondays and Tuesdays).
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.
August 31 at 7:30 is your chance to see Scarface on the big screen (Fathom events page for theater listings; 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.
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
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’s “Summer Nights” film series of outdoor screenings concludes tonight with the Christopher Reeve Superman. The forecast looks perfect for a movie under the stars! On Thursday, the well-received documentary Nollywood Babylon, about the Nigerian film industry, will screen at 7 in the Toby; the film is showing in connection with the ongoing exhibit “Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria”.
The Artcraft Theatre screens the universally loved (except by those people who inexplicably don’t appreciate its charms) The Princess Bride today and tomorrow, at 2 and 7:30 both days.
Friday Night Frights returns to Shelbyville’s Strand Theater with a double feature of The Phantom from Space (1953) and Gammera the Invincible (1965).
The IU Cinema is kicking into gear now that school is back in session. This weekend you can see the rare documentary Reminiscences of a Trip to Lithuania tonight; the “animation/mixed media/live action” family program (recommended for ages 9 to 16) NYICFF Girls POV tomorrow afternoon; and on Sunday, King Vidor’s weepie Stella Dallas (1937) at 3 and Shaft, the 1971 original, at 6:30. Thursday is Errol Morris’ documentary Fog of War at 6:30, followed by his new film Tabloid (the latter has additional shows Friday and Saturday next week).
The Trip starts at the Ryder in Bloomington, while continuing are Canadian mystery-drama Small Town Murder Songs and French thriller Rapt; next weekend’s feature Page One: Inside the New York Times starts Thursday. Tonight’s movie in the free outdoor film series at Bryan Park is the Gene Wilder Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
On Wednesday, Cinematheque for All will screen Claire Denis’ drama White Material, about the final days of a French colonial family in Africa.
The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center shows the 2D version of Cave of Forgotten Dreams today and tomorrow. Next weekend’s featured film, Kelly Reichardt’s revisionist Western Meek’s Cutoff, starts Thursday.
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
Cinematheque for All has announced its fall season of screenings on the Purdue campus, and it’s another impressive roster of the best in contemporary foreign cinema. Find the full schedule here.
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. Other of Sayles’ films will also be shown.
The KAC’s coming soon page has added The Debt and The Guard for next week (oddly, the former for a Wednesday opening and the latter for the normal Friday opening).