Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (August 26, 2011)

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?

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

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.

State Wide

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.

Southern Indiana

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.

Northern Indiana

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).

6 responses to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (August 26, 2011)

  1. I think I’ll try and see Attack the Block, sounds like fun. I have fallen way behind on my movie-going since midsummer so I’m not sure where to start. I’ll try to see One Day and then check what looks like leaving soon.

    • Slight warning about Attack the Block: I forgot to mention that some of the violence in the film is rather graphic. I’m quite certain that it’s an R-rated film because of some stylized, gory violence and course language. But seeing that the MPAA basically doesn’t exist (they don’t know how to do their jobs!), it’s probably rated 14A in North America.

  2. The Movie Buff Theatre’s site now says that they are showing Another Earth, not Another Year.

    • That makes a _lot_ more sense. That “Another Year” was the title on the showtimes aggregator sites and the Movie Buff website (with poster/summary) on Thursday does not reflect well on management’s competence.

  3. As an extension of “Next week and beyond”, here are some limited release titles supposedly coming to at least one theater in Indiana over the next few months. All of the information below comes from official movie sites (with the exception of Love Crime, Saving Private Perez, and A Good Old Fashioned Orgy); I stayed away from the titles already listed on Landmark’s page for the Keystone Art Cinema- and the titles listed on manoranjaninc’s page- since those movies are already out there, and easy to look up on Landmark’s site and manoranjaninc’s site. Everything below is listed in order of (supposed) release date, but keep in mind that any or all of these dates may change- and some of these movies may well not make it to any Indiana theater at all. All film descriptions in quotation marks, by the way, come direct from the official sites (and/or Facebook pages) for the films in question. (Since WordPress delays posting comments with more than one or two links in them, I’ll put up a separate comment with links to all of these titles; it might take a day or two for that comment to show up, given the delay.)

    September (no specific date)

    Love Crime- Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier star in this French thriller, which was the last film from director Alain Corneau (Tous les matins du monde, Fort Saganne). Rumor has it that it will show up at the Keystone Art Cinema at some point in September.

    The Salvation Poem- Up until last week, the official site for this religious drama from Argentina said that the film would open at the Cinemark on the south side of Indianapolis (on Stop 13 Road) in September. That theater was one of about twenty or thirty in the US that were supposed to be playing The Salvation Poem in September, per the site- but now all are gone. I don’t know if they are updating the site- and will be adding more specific dates later on- or if these “September” bookings have been pulled. The Salvation Poem has played fairly widely around the US, but this would be the first Indiana booking, as far as I know. (And I have no idea if the theatrical prints are dubbed or subtitled- or a mix of both. Subtitles appear on the trailer on the official site, but they look like something that would show up on a computer screen, or on a DVD- not like the kind of subtitles you would expect to see in a theatrical film.)

    September 2

    A Good Old Fashioned Orgy- Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Bibb, Lake Bell, Michelle North, Angela Sarafyan, Lindsay Sloane, Lucy Punch and Will Forte are in the cast of this comedy, which was rated R (surprising, no?) for “pervasive strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language”. As of Monday afternoon- four days ahead of the film’s theatrical opening- the “Theater Listings” tab on AGOFO’s theatrical site has no actual information, just the message “Coming Soon!” On the other hand, there was a display ad for the film (also with no theater info) in last Wednesday’s edition of NUVO, so at least there’s a possibility that this will show up at one theater (or several of them) in the Indianapolis area on Friday. Good news, I suppose, for cinematic orgy fans in the greater Indianapolis metropolitan region…

    Saving Private Perez- This “dark, action-packed comedy about family, redemption, and MEXICO” is supposed to go into limited national release (125 screens, per Boxofficemojo) on Friday. I saw a preview for it before Attack the Block at the AMC Castleton 14 on Sunday, so at least there’s a chance that this will show up at that theater. I certainly hope that that turns out to be the case- I’d very much like to see Saving Private Perez in a theater. Then again, I wonder whether SPP will open in Indy at all, at least on September 2- if it does, this would be the first film from its distributor (Pantelion) to play in a first-run theater in Indianapolis (although I think one of their movies played at one of the Cinemarks in town, going directly to second run in Indy).

    The Whistleblower- Rachel Weisz is the star of this based-on-a-true-story drama. She plays “an American police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia,” only to discover “corruption, cover-up and intrigue amid a world of private contractors and multinational diplomatic doubletalk”. Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci and David Strathairn are in the supporting cast. US distributor Samuel Goldwyn Films says that The Whistleblower will open Friday at the Keystone Art Cinema- but since the film doesn’t appear on the theater’s page as of yet- for September 2, or any other date- that seems unlikely. Then again, the film may play at the KAC eventually- I did see promotional cards for it the last time I was at the theater.

    (Seven Days in Utopia- Lucas Black, Robert Duvall, Melissa Leo, and Kathy Baker are in this G-rated drama that looked- for a while, at least- like it would open in limited release. As of now, however, it looks like it will be at six theaters in the Indy area, along with a number of other venues across the state- too many for Seven Days to qualify as a limited release in my mind. Still, if the film actually doesn’t open at all of these theaters…)

    September 9

    Jerusalem Countdown- Per its official site, this “film of international terror and suspense” was adapted “from the Best Selling Book by Pastor John Hagee”. The plot concerns nukes that “are smuggled into America”, leading to possible “[n]uclear holocaust on American soil” and “the impending destruction of the world”. Lee Majors, Stacy Keach, and Randy Travis are in the cast of this film, which is scheduled to open at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis on September 9. (By the way- I can’t tell from the official site if this is a one-day booking, or if the film will play for a week or more; we will see…)

    Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain- This is a stand-up comedy concert film with actor/comedian Hart; it’s scheduled to start at the AMC Showplace Washington Square 12. That isn’t much of a surprise, really, when you consider that 35 and Ticking- which co-starred Hart- played at the same theater for nearly a month in June/July of this year.

    September 16

    Circumstance- US distributor Roadside Attractions says that this is a “vibrant, sexy drama” that “depicts the rapid changes happening in Iran and throughout the Middle East through the prism of one Tehran family and their rebellious children”. As of now, Circumstance- the winner of “the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award”- is scheduled to start in Indianapolis on the sixteenth, per Circumstance’s Facebook page. No theater is specified there as of yet, but I’ve seen promotional cards for this one at the Keystone Art Cinema.

    September 23

    Bellflower- This sounds cool: “Best friends Woodrow and Aiden spend all of their free time building MAD MAX-inspired flamethrowers and muscle cars in preparation for a global apocalypse. But when Woodrow meets a charismatic young woman and falls hard in love, he and Aiden quickly integrate into a new group of friends, setting off on a journey of love and hate, betrayal, infidelity, and extreme violence more devastating and fiery than any of their apocalyptic fantasies.” Bellflower is supposed to open at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis on the 23rd, per US distributor Oscilloscope, but I’ll believe it when I see it- they have yet to get a film into the KAC (unless Exit Through the Gift Shop was an Oscilloscope theatrical release in the US… and the IMDb, for whatever it’s worth, says that another company got Exit into American theaters).

    September 30

    The Hedgehog- “Inspired by the beloved New York Times bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery, THE HEDGEHOG is the timely story of Paloma (Garance Le Guillermic) a young girl bent on ending it all on her upcoming twelfth birthday.” This changes when “Paloma begins to learn about life from the grumpy building concierge, Renée Michel (FRENCH TWIST’s Josiane Balasko)”- and “Paloma’s own coming of age becomes a much less pessimistic prospect.” Toga Igawa, Anne Brochet, and veteran actress Gisèle Casadesus (who is also in one other recent US theatrical release, Sarah’s Key, and co-stars with Gerard Depardieu in the upcoming My Afternoons with Marguerite) are also in this French comedy/drama, which is scheduled to play at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

    (Courageous- Right now, it looks like this “action/drama” will open at too many theaters to qualify as a limited release- at least in the Indy area. But- like Seven Days in Utopia above- Courageous might not open at all of these venues when it’s all said and done, and may qualify as a limited release after all. In any event, here’s the description from the official site: “Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God … and to their children?”)

    October 21

    Blackthorn- Sam Shepard stars as Blackthorn in this Western- but Blackthorn, you see, is actually Butch Cassidy. Per this film, Cassidy survived “a standoff with the Bolivian military in 1908” and “is quietly living out his years… in a secluded Bolivian village. Tired of his long exile from the US and hoping to see his family again before he dies, Cassidy sets out on the long journey home…” Eduardo Noriega plays “an ambitious young criminal” whose actions lead to Cassidy/Blackthorn being “thrust into one last adventure, the likes of which he hasn’t experienced since his glory days with the Sundance Kid”. Blackthorn- which actually was filmed in Bolivia, per the IMDb- is scheduled to open at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

    The Mighty Macs- Boxofficemojo says that this will be a wide release, but I’m not so sure- as of now, only two cities in Indiana- Indianapolis and South Bend- are listed on the official site (with no theaters specified as of yet), and it doesn’t seem to be booked in enough other theaters/states (for now, at least) to be a really wide release. Time will tell, I suppose… Carla Gugino, David Boreanaz, Marley Shelton and Ellen Burstyn head the cast; here’s how the film’s official site describes the plot: “THE MIGHTY MACS is based on the incredible true story of the 1971-72 Immaculata College team that started in obscurity but became the original Cinderella story in women’s basketball. This team of pioneers went from barely making that inaugural tournament to the first dynasty in their game. And Cathy Rush, the woman that was ahead of her time, became immortalized when she was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.”

    November 23

    Melancholia- As far as I can tell, out of all sixteen films mentioned in this section, this ”psychological disaster film from director Lars von Trier” is tied with Bellflower for the most ecstatic critical quotes (per the respective films’ official sites, at least). US distributor Magnolia Pictures says that Melancholia is “a beautiful movie about the end of the world”, which begins with a “fiasco” of a wedding, “with family tensions mounting and relationships fraying. Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth…” Kirsten Dunst, Alexander Skarsgård, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland play the lead roles in Melancholia, which is supposed to open at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis (provided that the planet is still intact in late November).

    January, 2012

    Joseph Smith Volume 1: Plates of Gold- “In 1827, Joseph Smith, Jr. was only 21 years old when he received a prophetic calling to translate ancient scriptures that would soon be published as The Book of Mormon. Less than three years later, he founded The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that today has 14 million followers and is the 4th largest religious denomination in the United States. Plates of Gold follows Joseph’s early adult years and portrays the events that lead up to the publishing of The Book of Mormon and the founding of a new worldwide church. The film also details Joseph’s personal life and his desire to find forgiveness, acceptance and salvation from God.” The official site for this film says that it will make it to Indiana (no theaters- or even cities- specified as of yet) in January of next year.

    I was going to add on a list of other movies that have no scheduled openings in Indiana as of yet – some of them already in US theatrical release, others about to be released; some that have played in a lot of other places across the country (or will do so), but seem destined to skip Indiana big screens; and some that I really would love to see on a big screen. Even though this would be just a list, with no descriptions, I’m guessing that I’ve rambled on for far too long already- so I’ll mention those movies in another comment.

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