by HELEN GEIB
In the movie world, October = horror. Let’s just say it took quite a bit longer than usual to write this week’s column, a lot of that due to just how much is “coming soon” for horror film fans- and people who generally enjoy the Halloween season. Also this week: the Heartland Film Festival and new indie dramas Machine Gun Preacher and Restless.
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OPENING THIS WEEK IN LIMITED RELEASE
Machine Gun Preacher– Based on fact inspirational drama about a reformed criminal who finds new purpose in helping kidnapped and orphaned children in war-torn Sudan. Gerard Butler stars; it was directed by Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland). Machine Gun Preacher starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Restless– Based on a play, Restless is a coming of age drama starring Henry Hopper as a misfit teen who falls in love with a sickly young woman played by Mia Wasikowska. It was directed by Gus Van Sant (Milk, Good Will Hunting). Restless starts today at the AMC Castleton Square 14 in Indianapolis.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)
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 Movie Buff Theatre in Indianapolis and opens at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.
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 holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema 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 coming to the end of its Indiana run but holds over at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.
Senna– This well-reviewed documentary traces the career and legacy of Brazilian Formula One racer Ayrton Senna. After a brief absence from the state, Senna returns to Indiana at the AMC theaters that periodically show limited release films: Evansville 16, Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, Showplace Bloomington 11, and Showplace Muncie 7.
FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE
For additional information on venues and showtimes, follow the links under “Outside the Multiplex” in the sidebar.
Personally I’m dubious about the entertainment value of this Fathom Event package, but here you go, straight from the Fathom website: “Starting at 7:30 pm (local time) fans will be treated to the first ever showing of Butterfinger the 13th, a special horror featurette. Butterfinger the 13th is the story of a troubled young camper that disappears in a bizarre fire, leaving nothing but questions and dark legends of the Masked Butterfinger Butcher behind. Then at 8:15 pm (local time) Fathom Thriller Thursdays will feature the intriguing docu-drama, Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Story, which exposes the truth behind the legendary killer….” The screening is Thursday, October 13 and will have a second showing on October 27.
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
In Indianapolis, the Heartland Film Festival runs October 13-22; screenings are at the AMC Castleton Square 14 and AMC Showplace Indianapolis 17, with the opening and closing night events at the IMA. The opening night film on October 13 (sold out), is the Emilio Estevez/Martin Sheen collaboration The Way. The lineup includes a wide variety of features, documentaries, and short films. The full schedule is available at the Heartland’s website; there’s also a downloadable version.
The Indy Film Fest is sponsoring a free one-hour brown bag lunch screening of animated shorts at Ivy Tech (50 W. Fall Creek Parkway N. Drive) at noon.
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. “The film—shown in Indianapolis just weeks after its world premiere—features the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers, exploring the high-stakes issues of urban design.” Tickets are $10 ($5 for members).
The Keystone Art Cinema’s October midnight movie series kicks off tonight with John Carpenter’s classic chiller The Thing (also showing Saturday). on October 11, there will be one showing at the KAC of the music documentary Pearl Jam Twenty, which was directed by Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous).
As of this writing, the Cinema Underground hadn’t posted the promised October schedule on its website, but its Facebook page advertises double features on Saturdays this month starting tomorrow. All screenings are free, go on at 8, and are held at the Herron School of Art and Design in downtown Indianapolis.
The “Independent Horror Film Festival” continues at the Irving Theater Wednesday at 7; tickets are $6. The feature is Melvin (2009) and three short films will also be shown.
The weekend movie at the Artcraft Theatre in Franklin (showtimes 2 and 7:30 today and tomorrow) is Gothic horror classic Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte.
The Yes Cinema on Monday will show the documentary Pressure Cooker, about a cooking school. The culinary arts teacher profiled in the film is the special guest speaker. There will also be a reception-with culinary arts student-prepared hor d’oeuvres, appropriately enough- after the film; tickets are just $5, $3 for 18 and under.
Two features by Portuguese director 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 retrospective continues Saturday with three more films: In Vanda’s Room, Ne Change Rien, and Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie?.
Through the week at the IU Cinema: On Sunday, there is a matinee showing of Luis Bunuel’s Mexican drama Los Olvidados and an evening showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense classic North by Northwest. Juliet of the Spirits, Federico Fellini’s first color film, will be shown on Monday. And on Thursday, there is an evening showing of the documentary My Vietnam Your Iraq; director Ron Osgood will speak in the afternoon in the Jorgensen Lecture Series.
The Ryder has weekend showings of French rom-com The Names of Love and Brenda Bilili, a documentary about a band formed by street musicians in the Democratic Republic of Congo; Friday and Saturday at the IU Fine Arts building and Sunday at Bear’s Place.
This week’s movie (Wednesdays on the Purdue campus; free admission) in the Cinematheque for All film series is the highly acclaimed Korean drama Poetry.
On Thursday, the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne will have screening of Testosteron, a 2007 Polish comedy about the aftermath of a wedding that didn’t happen because the bride ran off, as part of its “Sister Cities Film Fest;” there is an “ethnic food tasting” before the show. Cave of Forgotten Dreams continues its run at the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech and The Trip opens there, both with shows today through Tuesday.
The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center tonight 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. The documentary Painters Painting on the New York school of modernists will follow on Sunday. For a change of pace, Michael Mann’s modern classic The Last of the Mohicans will be shown on Tuesday and the Chadian drama A Screaming Man, shown as part of the Tournees Festival, on Thursday.
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
As usual October is a bonanza month for horror movie fans- and anyone looking for a fun party:
The Cinema Center in Fort Wayne will give a Braineaters’ Ball! on October 22 from 6-9, with food, costume prizes, an art gallery, music, and “scenes from classic horror films;” admission is free. The event will be followed by a 9:15 showing of the exceedingly entertaining English indie Attack the Block, which is scheduled to open at the Cinema Center on October 21.
On the same day in Bloomington, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater will host the Dark Carnival Film Festival; the fest runs through Sunday. From the event page: “The 5th Annual Dark Carnival is a celebration of independent cinema, featuring the hottest horror, sci-fi, animation, and fantasy films from all over the world! The festival also features live entertainment, merchandise vendors, special guests and more.”
The community event “Shelbyville Screams” is Halloween weekend; movies at the Strand Theatre is part of the package. Also in Shelbyville, the Skyline Drive-In will show some horror classics through the month as the second half of double features with in-theaters-now horror films (they call it “Skyline Scares”). The oldies will start around midnight and include such titles as Horror Hotel and An American Werewolf in London.
In South Bend, you can revisit the original The Terminator on October 25 at the DeBartolo. Or if you live to the south, Altered State and Carrie on October 30 at the IU Cinema.
In Indianapolis, the KAC’s October midnight horror movie series continues over the next three weekends with showings of Audition, Psycho, and Rosemary’s Baby, and the Irving Theater’s indie horror film festival continues with lesser known films on Wednesday nights. Also in Indy, at the Garfield Park Arts Center on October 15, this month’s Vintage Movie Nights showing is a double feature of the great Universal classic The Invisible Man and its sort-of sequel (with an all new cast) The Invisible Man Returns. And also in Indy, the IMA will show The Shining in the Toby on October 28.
And lastly, some non-horror movie coming soon news: The Landmark’s coming soon page now lists the French The Hedgehog and the South African Life Above All for next Friday. The Strand Theatre in Shelbyville will show a Buster Keaton short comedy with accompaniment on the theater’s organ on October 15.
Films and events scheduled for next Friday:
Next weekend’s movie at Franklin’s Artcraft Theatre is Little Shop of Horrors (1986).
Beginners will be shown at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend.
The well-reviewed French thriller Point Blank starts at the Ryder in Bloomington.
The IU Cinema will show the documentary Chelsea Girls at 6:30 and Cafe Flesh as a midnight movie.