by HELEN GEIB
Two American indies and a South African drama are the limited release films opening this week- and unusually, one of them isn’t playing in Indianapolis (at least not yet). Be sure and read through to “next week and beyond” if you’re a horror film fan. There’s a good amount of special programming for you to enjoy this week and even more coming in the next two. Myself, I’m so excited about the opportunity to see Sunrise with live accompaniment that I’m driving to Bloomington for the privilege. What’s on your moviegoing schedule?
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OPENING THIS WEEK IN LIMITED RELEASE
The Future– From the Landmark’s website: “In her follow-up to Me and You and Everyone We Know, internationally acclaimed artist, author and filmmaker Miranda July returns with her moving and fearless drama The Future. When thirty-something couple Sophie (writer/director July) and Jason (Hamish Linklater) decide to adopt a stray cat, their perspective on life changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves.” The Future starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Life, Above All– This inspirational South African coming-of-age drama follows a girl whose mother is stigmatized and forced to leave their village after the death of her newborn daughter. Life, Above All starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
The Way– Martin Sheen stars as a father whose son dies while hiking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, and decides to complete the journey in his stead. The movie was filmed on location and was directed by Sheen’s real-life son Emilio Estevez. The Way starts today at the AMC Showplace Schererville 16 and the AMC Showplace South Bend 16.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)
The Devil’s Double– This biopic stars Dominic Cooper in the roles of the infamous Uday Hussein and Uday’s body double. The film is based on the double’s autobiographical novel and directed by Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors). The Devil’s Double opens 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 Cinema Center in Fort Wayne and the Movie Buff Theatre in Indianapolis.
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 for two shows a day.
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 holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Rascals– This Bollywood comedy starring Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgan as con artists holds over at the Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.
Senna– This well-reviewed documentary traces the career and legacy of Brazilian Formula One racer Ayrton Senna. Senna holds over at the Evansville 16 and AMC Showplace Bloomington 11.
FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE
For additional information on venues and showtimes, follow the links under “Outside the Multiplex” in the sidebar.
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
In Indianapolis, the Heartland Film Festival runs through October 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 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.
There’s a plethora of film programming at the Irving Theater this week. First is the premiere of an indie thriller called White Phosphorous on Saturday at 8. Also on Saturday, The Rocky Horror Picture Show returns in its regular monthly engagement; check the Irving’s website for the list of what you can and can’t bring through the door. And the Irving’s Wednesday night indie horror film festival continues with a double feature of Terror at Blood Fart Lake 1 and 2.
Showing at the Garfield Park Arts Center in Indianapolis on October 15, this month’s Vintage Movie Nights 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.
Takashi Miike’s horror psychodrama Audition is the midnight movie this weekend in the Keystone Art Cinema’s October horror series; showing tonight and tomorrow.
The weekend movie at Franklin’s Artcraft Theatre is Little Shop of Horrors (1986).
The IU Cinema will show the documentary Chelsea Girls at 6:30 and Cafe Flesh as a midnight movie. Saturday afternoon is the “Home Movie Day”- bring your home movies and join the discussion; equipment will be available to project 8mm, 16mm, Super 8, VHS, and DVD. Home movies from the IU Archives will also be shown. Saturday evening is a rare chance to see a silent with live piano accompaniment. The movie is F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise, one of the greatest films of the silent cinema. On Sunday, the Cinema is hosting a sneak preview of the new Hollywood release The Rum Diary, starring Johnny Depp.
Through the week at the IU Cinema: Chinese documentary 24 City on Monday; documentary Icyizere: Hope, about survivors of the Rwandan genocide 10 years later, on Tuesday; and Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist on Thursday.
This week in the Ryder series: showings today and tomorrow in the Fine Arts building of new French thriller Point Blank and the quirky rom-com The Names of Love; Point Blank also has showings Sunday and Thursday evenings at Bear’s Place and FARM respectively.
The Strand Theatre in Shelbyville will show Buster Keaton’s short comedy The Haunted House with piano accompaniment tomorrow at 7:30; admission is free. Horror movie fans can head for the Skyline Drive-In afterward for The Killing Kind (1973) at 11:30, which follows a couple of in-theaters-now horror films.
This week’s Cinematheque for All film is the exceptional French drama Of Gods and Men (screenings are Wednesday evenings on the Purdue campus).
In Fort Wayne, the Cinema Center’s “Sister Cities” film series continues with a Thursday evening showing of the fantastical Japanese mockumentary Big Man Japan, about a human giant born into a family of monster fighters; the movie will be preceded by an “ethnic food tasting.” The Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech has two shows a day today through Monday of the immigration drama A Better Life.
Beginners has two shows today at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend. Casablanca will be shown on Sunday afternoon in the “Classic 100” series. On Thursday evening, there will be two showings of The Trip.
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 States and Carrie on October 30 at the IU Cinema.
I’m not a great fan of The Phantom of the Opera, but at least when the silent film version is shown at an old opera house I can respect the tie-in. The next such screening is October 29 in Delphi; with organ accompaniment.
In Indianapolis, the KAC’s October midnight horror movie series continues over the next three weekends with showings of Psycho and Rosemary’s Baby, and the Irving Theater’s indie horror film festival continues with lesser known films on Wednesday nights. The IMA will show The Shining in the Toby on October 28.
And lastly, some non-horror movie coming soon news:
The IMA will be showing the rarely seen critical darling Killer of Sheep, an indie feature from 1977, in the Toby on November 3; director Charles Burnett will attend.
The Landmark’s coming soon page now lists the following films for next Friday: the several-times-postponed-already French drama The Hedgehog, about a friendship between a young girl and an elderly woman who lives in her apartment building; the newly added French drama My Afternoons with Margueritte, about a friendship between an illiterate man (Gerard Depardieu) and the elderly woman novelist he meets in the local park; and the newly added Blackthorn, which posits an old and homesick Butch Cassidy (Sam Shepard) living in exile in Bolivia.
The “at least not yet” for The Way should change next week; it’s scheduled to expand to several more theaters, including the AMC Indianapolis 17.
Films and events scheduled for next Friday:
The Day the Earth Stood Still– the classic original- at the Artcraft in Franklin
Errol Morris’ new documentary Tabloid starts a run in the Ryder series in Bloomington
Also in Bloomington, German filmmaker Monika Treut is the speaker in the Jorgensen Lecture Series