Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (September 23, 2011)


It’s an embarrassment of repertory theater riches again this week in college towns South Bend and Bloomington, while two old main street movie palaces play host to festivals: the B Movie Celebration at Franklin’s Artcraft and the Homegrown Hoosier Film Festival at Anderson’s Paramount. More on that and all your other “outside the multiplex” options after the cut.

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.


Circumstance– This Iranian coming-of-age drama “takes filmgoers inside a modern Iran rarely witnessed by outsiders: an exhilarating, invisible realm of illicit nightclubs where young hipsters risk arrest, and their futures, as they experiment with sex, drugs and defiance, all while trying to evade the authorities.” Circumstance starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.


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 Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

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 features caustic humor and a fantastic performance by Gleeson, holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema and expands to the Movie Buff Theatre, both 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 holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis, AMC Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute (for two shows a day), AMC Showplace Muncie 7, and the Yes Cinema in Columbus and opens at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

Seven Days in Utopia– Indie drama Seven Days in Utopia 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 holds over at the AMC Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, Showplace Cinemas East in Evansville, and the Carmike 20 in Fort Wayne.

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 returns to the state courtesy of the Yes Cinema in Columbus.

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. After a brief absence from Indiana screens, the mysterious and beautiful The Tree of Life opens at the Starplex Cinemas Fort Wayne Coventry 13.


For additional information on venues and showtimes, follow the links under “Outside the Multiplex” in the sidebar.

Indianapolis and Central Indiana

The annual B Movie Celebration is this weekend at Franklin’s Artcraft Theatre. The festival website has a full list of films and other info.

The filmed-in-Indiana comedy-drama Billi and Theodore has its premiere tomorrow at midnight at the Great Escapes Hamilton 16. There will be a Q&A after the screening; according to the note on the FILM Indiana site, proceeds will go toward festival submissions and distribution.

Southern Indiana

At the Strand Theatre tonight you can see 1950s horror movies I Bury the Living and The Wasp Woman, this month’s “Friday Night Frights” $5 double feature.

There are several showings at the IU Cinema this weekend of Miranda July’s indie drama The Future. Grindhouse will be shown tonight at midnight. The Norwegian children’s film Knerten screens tomorrow afternoon and Andrzej Wajda’s Polish war drama Ashes and Diamonds screens on Sunday.

That last is part of the Cinema’s “Making War, Making Peace” film series; also showing in the series this week are The Manchurian Candidate (the original, of course!) on Wednesday and the documentary Chicago 10 on Thursday. The 2009 documentary The People Speak will be shown on Monday night; director Anthony Arnove will be at the screening and will speak in the afternoon as part of the Jorgensen Lecture Series. Finishing out the week is Circumstance (see “Opening This Week” above for more info), which will have additional showings next weekend.

The Ryder in Bloomington has weekend showings of The Trip and two French films: The Tree, a drama about a family coping with the father’s death, and Catherine Breillat’s deconstruction of fairy tales, The Sleeping Beauty. Documentary about bees Queen of the Sun will be shown on Wednesday at the Pine Room Tavern in Nashville.

Northern Indiana

The Homegrown Hoosier Film Festival of films with Indiana connections- filmed in Indiana or made by Hoosiers- is tomorrow at the historic Paramount Theatre in Anderson. The festival is an all day event, running from 10 AM to midnight; all proceeds benefit the Paramount. Follow the festival link for the full schedule of films.

The very well-reviewed American indie Blue Valentine, starring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, is this week’s movie in the Cinematheque for All series (Wednesday nights on the Purdue campus).

The Cinema Center in Fort Wayne will show the Ken Burns documentary Prohibition on Thursday at 7, while the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech screens Cave of Forgotten Dreams and Another Earth Friday through Tuesday.

The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame tonight screens a double feature of the 1970s-set English comedy/drama about a Pakistani-English family East is East and its sequel West is West; the film’s producer is scheduled to attend the screening. Tomorrow you can revisit the original TRON, see the drama Incendies, one of last year’s Oscar nominees for best foreign language film, and attend a midnight showing of This Is Spinal Tap. On Sunday, there’s a screening of the Italian comedy Il Posto (1961). Also playing this week: Catherine Breillat’s The Sleeping Beauty screens Tuesday as part of the Tournees Festival of French films and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s World on a Wire shows Thursday.


Mark your calendars, martial arts and Hong Kong cinema fans: the Georgetown 14 has announced The Legend is Born: Ip Man for September 30. The film dramatizes the early life of Ip Man, a famous master of the Wing Chun fighting style (the film isn’t connected to the popular “Ip Man” series starring Donnie Yen, other than in being based on events in the same person’s life). Here’s hoping for subtitles.

The Landmark’s website lists American indie drama Higher Ground as coming September 30 to the Keystone Art Cinema.

The IU Cinema has revamped its website; it looks great and it’s much easier to browse the fantastic coming attractions. Go check it out.

Next month brings Halloween-themed programming, including a Vintage Movie Night double feature of The Invisible Man and The Invisible Man Returns at the Garfield Park Arts Center and The Shining at the IMA. Also in the works, the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis has announced a horror-themed midnight movie series for October, kicking off with John Carpenter’s The Thing on October 7 and 8.

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).”

Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

Of Gods and Men will be shown at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend as part of the Tournees Festival of French films.

In a more minor key, the weekend movie at the Artcraft Theatre in Franklin is Ma and Pa Kettle Go To Town.

Continuing south, the unconventional French romantic comedy The Names of Love starts a run in Bloomington in the Ryder film series on the IU campus, while Circumstance plays the IU Cinema.

5 responses to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (September 23, 2011)

  1. Also, the Indian film Mausam (Seasons of Love) opened at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis today- and the print they are showing has English-language subtitles, according to Manoranjaninc’s site. So whatever the issue they had with getting subtitled HD (?- non-35mm-film, in any event) prints is now over, apparently, since Mausam and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan both have/had subtitles.

    Also, good to hear that the Ip Man film is on the way to the Georgetown 14. Did you get that info in an e-mail from the theater, Helen? I used to be on their e-mail list, but- if they’re still sending them out- I don’t get them anymore.

    • The G14 posts “coming soon” announcements on its Facebook page: I think they don’t use an email distro list anymore, since I was, also, once on the list but no longer get them.

      Good news on the subtitles and thanks for following up on that- I’ll resume including the Hindi-language titles again starting next week. It was especially frustrating that Aarakshan wasn’t subtitled since that was the first Bollywood film to play there in quite some time that I really wanted to see.

  2. And later this week- Thursday evening, September 29, at 8, to be more precise- the first night of the Manhattan Short Film Festival screenings get underway at Whittenberger Auditorium (Indiana University Memorial Union) in Bloomington, per the Festival’s site. Additional screenings take place in the same location at 8 on Friday (September 30) and Saturday (October 1).

  3. Thanks for the link; I have it bookmarked now. It would have been nice if the Georgetown 14 had mentioned this page in one of their last weekly e-mails- or maybe they did, and I just wasn’t paying attention.

  4. Funimation’s page for the Ip Man movie doesn’t say anything about subtitles or dubbing- the official US site for the film and Facebook page (both linked to from the Funimation page) also say nothing about subtitles. The trailer has no scenes of characters talking to each other, however, and that leads me to strongly suspect that US prints of the film will be subtitled.


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