Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (September 30, 2011)


I’m really looking forward to seeing the new Hong Kong martial arts biopic Ip Man: The Legend Is Born. What’s your top movie pick this week? There’s plenty to choose from in repertory screenings around the state.

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Note: Title links lead to the movie’s official website.


Higher Ground– “Acclaimed actress Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) makes her directorial debut with this look at a tight-knit spiritual community thrown off-kilter when one of their own begins to question her faith.” Higher Ground starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

Ip Man: The Legend Is Born– Dramatization of 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). It will be shown subtitled (Yes! Martial arts films are practically the last bastion of theatrical dubbing so I was worried…). Ip Man starts today at the Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.


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 the Movie Buff Theatre, both in Indianapolis.

Mausam– Good news for Bollywood movie lovers: subtitles are back! Mausam holds over at the Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 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 is finishing its Indiana run but holds over 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.

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 Starplex Cinemas Fort Wayne Coventry 13.

The Trip– Michael Winterbottom filmed comedians-actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on a restaurant tour and the result was this movie, which looks hard to pin down, funny, and rather delightful in the trailers. The duo’s dueling impressions of Michael Caine and Al Pacino, among others, promise to be worth the ticket price alone. The Trip opens this week at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.


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

Indianapolis and Central Indiana

Tomorrow night at the IMA’s Toby Theater is the multimedia event Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then: “The subject of this curious film is a Kentucky hardware clerk named Leonard who builds a crazy quilt house for his cancer-stricken wife Mary. …Filmmaker/narrator Brent Green pays homage to Leonard’s desire to defy death by rebuilding the house as a film set and deploying such DIY devices as stop-motion animation. The folk-punk score will be performed live by Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Drew Henkels (Drew and the Medicinal Pen), John Swartz (Guy Maddin’s orchestra), and Donna K (who plays Mary in Gravity).” Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for IMA members/students. (The IMA’s new parking policy went into effect on September 1. Parking in the main surface lot and the garage is now $5; IMA members park free.)

The “Independent Horror Film Festival” kicks off this Wednesday at the Irving Theater in Indianapolis with a zombie movie double feature of The Defiled and Fast Zombies With Guns. (More movies the following Wednesday.) Tickets are a steal at $6; visit the Irving’s website for more info on the films.

The Indiana Film Society’s fall series continues this week with Campfire, a 2004 Israeli drama, showing on Tuesday at the Indianapolis Senior Center.

The Artcraft Theatre in Franklin movie of the weekend is Ma and Pa Kettle Go To Town.

Southern Indiana

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).”

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then– capsule in the Indianapolis section above- will also play in Bloomington this weekend at the IU Cinema Sunday at 6:30 (co-sponsored by the Ryder Film Series).

Also at the IU Cinema this week: the Iranian drama Circumstance has several shows through the weekend; the new animated film A Cat in Paris has one show on Saturday in the CineKids series; Grbavica, Land of My Dreams, a 2006 drama about a Bosnian family in Sarajevo, will be shown on Monday; and on Thursday, the Portuguese dramas Down to Earth and Ossos will be screened in conjunction with director Pedro Costa’s talk in the Jorgensen Lecture Series. (More of Costa’s films will be shown next weekend.)

The quirky French rom-com The Names of Love, French drama The Tree, and French deconstructionist take on fairy tales The Sleeping Beauty have shows this weekend on the IU campus courtesy of The Ryder.

Northern Indiana

Cinematheque for All’s Wednesday nights film series continues this week with the 2007 Korean drama Secret Sunshine, about a woman whose young son is kidnapped.

The exceptional French drama Of Gods and Men shows through the weekend at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend as part of the Tournees Festival of French cinema. Also as part of the festival, Certified Copy will be have two shows on Thursday. Tomorrow’s midnight movie is Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

The German comedy-drama Goodbye, Lenin! will be shown Thursday evening at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne. Cave of Forgotten Dreams and Buck continue their runs at the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech with shows today through Tuesday.


As ever the IU Cinema has a lot of great films coming up. I’m especially excited for F.W. Murnau’s silent masterpiece Sunrise on October 15, which will be shown with live piano accompaniment.

The Cinema Underground series in Indianapolis returns from summer break hiatus with a double feature next Saturday at 8 (continuing Saturdays through October). The schedule is promised for posting tomorrow; check the CU’s Facebook page for updates.

Also in Indianapolis, the Heartland Film Festival is coming soon in October. The opening night film, on October 13, is the Emilio Estevez/Martin Sheen collaboration The Way. The full schedule is now up at the Heartland’s website.

Rounding out the Indianpolis news, the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema’s coming soon page lists based on a bestseller The Hedgehog and based on a true story Machine Gun Preacher for next Friday. Also next weekend, the KAC’s October midnight movie series starts with John Carpenter’s horror classic The Thing. (The other films in the series are Audition, Psycho, and Rosemary’s Baby.) On October 11 there will be one showing of the music documentary Pearl Jam Twenty, directed by Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous).

Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

In Indianapolis, the Indy Film Fest is sponsoring a brown bag lunch screening of animated shorts at Ivy Tech (50 W. Fall Creek Parkway N. Drive) at noon- what a fun idea!- and the new documentary Urbanized will be shown in the IMA’s Toby Theater- there will be a Q&A with the director, who will also introduce the film, after the showing.

Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte plays next weekend at the Artcraft Theatre in Franklin.

Two features directed by Pedro Costa, Colossal Youth and The Blood, will be shown in the evening at the IU Cinema, which will also have an afternoon screening of a program of Costa’s shorts.

The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center will show a double feature of the short film Rainforest (1968) and the 2007 documentary A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory.

5 responses to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (September 30, 2011)

  1. A few additions-

    The R-rated comedy The Pool Boys opens today (with one showing per day) at the Great Escape River Falls 12 in Clarksville. The Pool Boys was directed by former Indianapolis resident J. B. Rogers, and stars Matthew Lillard; Rachelle Lefevre, Tom Arnold, Robert Davi, Jay Thomas, and George Takei are in the supporting cast. The “Where to Watch” tab on the film’s official site claims that it also will be showing at Indiana theaters in the Carmike chain (in Fort Wayne, Elkhart, and Crawfordsville)- but I didn’t see the movie on the “Showtimes” page for any of the Indiana Carmike locations (at least not for Friday).

    Also, the Manhattan Short Film Festival continues this Friday and Saturday, with 8 PM showings at Indiana University Memorial Union’s Whittenberger Auditorium in Bloomington.

  2. Also, Manoranjaninc has added the Hindi-language film Rascals to their site, with a start date of next Friday at the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis- and since Rascals is in Hindi, that means that the print probably will have English subtitles. The film stars Ajay Devgan, Sanjay Dutt, and Kangana Ranaut, and the IMDb says that it’s an action comedy. (For some reason, the image for the film that appears on Manoranjaninc’s site is bizarre and off-putting to my eyes- maybe it has something to do with large heads on the small bodies…?)

  3. And I forgot one more thing- the 2006 made-in-Indiana documentary Central State: Asylum for the Insane will be shown at the Hamilton 16 and IMAX in Noblesville this Thursday, October 6- at 12 AM!? Yup, that’s the time in the weekly e-mail that Goodrich Quality Theaters sent out, and the same time is on their site’s page for the Hamilton 16 this Thursday. Central State isn’t all that long, as I recall; the IMDb gives the running time as 48 minutes. Still, that’s an usual time to show a movie on a Thursday…

  4. Yes, it is seasonally appropriate, in that sense… and I guess the theater could have midnight screenings of Real Steel and/or The Ides of March, so they’ll be open late night Thursday/super-early Friday anyway… but still, showing a five-year-old doc (which has been out on DVD for some time, I believe) at midnight on a Thursday still strikes me as odd…


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