by HELEN GEIB
It’s a good thing this is a holiday weekend because there’s lots to see, including two well-reviewed foreign films- from Ireland and France- opening in Indianapolis and a new indie drama opening state wide. What’s on your viewing radar?
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LIMITED RELEASE THEATRICAL FILMS OPENING IN INDIANA THIS WEEK
The Guard– An eccentric local cop (Brendan Gleeson) and a straight-arrow FBI agent (Don Cheadle) become reluctant allies in this thriller/dark comedy set in rural Ireland. The Guard, which has been getting rave reviews, starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
The Names of Love– This French film won Cesars (the French Oscar) for best actress and screenplay. Left-wing activist Bahia has sex with conservatives to influence their politics, until she finds herself falling for her latest target, a middle-aged Jewish scientist. The Names of Love starts today at the Movie Buff Theatre in Indianapolis.
Seven Days in Utopia– Strictly speaking, Seven Days in Utopia doesn’t qualify for this column since it failed the typing test (i.e., I got tired of typing out the theaters where it was playing). However, I decided to leave it in because it sounds like a nice movie and it could definitely use any extra publicity it can get. It re-teams Lucas Black and Robert Duvall after their turn together in Get Low. Black plays a pro golfer going through a rough patch who ends up stranded in a town called Utopia, hometown of Duvall’s eccentric rancher. Seven Days in Utopia starts today at the following AMC theaters: Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, Showplace Kokomo 12, Showplace Marion 12, Showplace Richmond 11, and Showplace Schererville 16; the Rave Motion Pictures Jefferson Pointe 18 in Fort Wayne and Metropolis 18 in Plainfield; the Showplace Cinemas East 18 in Evansville; the Carmike 20 in Fort Wayne; The Cinemark Movies 14 in Mishawaka; and the UA/Regal Galaxy Stadium 14 and Greenwood Stadium 14 in Indianapolis, Village Park Stadium 17 in Carmel, and Shiloh Crossing Stadium 18 in Avon.
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 Movie Buff Theatre in Indianapolis.
Attack the Block– Aliens invade… the projects. Read Nir’s review of this British indie destined to become a cult favorite. The exceedingly entertaining Attack the Block holds over at the AMC Castleton Square 14 in Indianapolis and expands to the AMC Showplace Bloomington 11.
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 Cinema Center in Fort Wayne and opens at the Yes Cinema in Columbus (the Yes is closed Mon-Tues).
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 at the Starplex Cinemas Fort Wayne Coventry 13.
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 and Rave Motion Pictures Metropolis 18 in Plainfield.
Senna– This well-reviewed documentary traces the career and legacy of Brazilian Formula One racer Ayrton Senna. Senna holds over 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 holds over at the AMC Evansville 16.
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 AMC Showplace Bloomington 11 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 holds over at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.
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
The French coming of age comedy 1981, the second film in the Indiana Film Society’s fall series “Follow the Leader,” screens Tuesday at the Indianapolis Senior Center at 7; admission is free.
The documentary with the self-explanatory title Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times has more showings this weekend at the IU Fine Arts building, courtesy of the Ryder; also showing is French thriller Rapt. Activist documentary Farmageddon starts its Ryder run on Thursday.
Errol Morris’ new documentary Tabloid has one showing today and several showings tomorrow at the IU Cinema. Also screening tonight: Film Ist: A Girl and A Gun, “the 13th episode in Gustav Deutsch’s ongoing series of collage films,” and Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange (the latter at midnight). The 1950s sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still screens Wednesday. John Sayles is scheduled to be present for a Q&A at the Thursday screening of his new drama Amigo.
The DeBartolo in South Bend has a Friday evening showing of Kelly Reichardt’s revisionist Western Meek’s Cutoff and a Thursday evening showing of Gillo Pontecorvo’s brilliant, prescient docudrama The Battle of Algiers.
Cinematheque for All in West Lafayette (screenings on the Purdue campus) will show the Italian historical drama Vincere this Wednesday.
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
Read online or download the IU Cinema’s Fall Program Booklet. Programming includes next weekend’s John Sayles retrospective, themed series like “Making War, Making Peace” and “Sound and Vision: Herrmann and Hitchcock,” the continuing “International Arthouse Series” of current independent and foreign releases, and much, much more.
Coming in October at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington: “Bloomington Cycles – Breaking Away, a day long cycling/film experience, on Sunday, October 2, 2011, 3-10 PM. The event will feature a bike tour (3-5 PM) led by Breaking Away expert Jim Schroeder, a video shoot out competition (7PM) and a screening of the 1979 Breaking Away (directly following the video shoot out).”
The KAC now lists The Devil’s Double, the biopic of Uday Hussein’s body double (starring Dominic Cooper in the dual role), for September 9.
Films and events scheduled for next Friday:
At the IU Cinema, John Sayles is the speaker in the Jorgenson Lecture Series at 3 and will be present at evening screenings of Matewan and Brother From Another Planet.
The IMA will screen the documentary Convento in the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion in the 100 Acres Art and Nature Park.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail plays Friday and Saturday at Franklin’s Artcraft Theatre.
The Tree of Life has two shows Friday (additional screenings on Saturday) at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend.