by HELEN GEIB
Five count ’em five limited release films open in Indianapolis today and a sixth on Wednesday, while Fort Wayne gets an Indiana exclusive. Sort of makes you wish a few of these movies could have opened in the summer weeks (note the plural) when zero new films opened at the arthouse, doesn’t it? Plus more Halloween horror this week and next. What’s your movie priority?
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OPENING THIS WEEK IN LIMITED RELEASE
Blackthorn– An old, homesick Butch Cassidy wants to leave Bolivia and go home, but circumstances and a younger outlaw with big plans say otherwise. Sam Shepard stars. Blackthorn starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
The Hedgehog– A young girl disillusioned with life- and her squabbling, neglectful parents- makes unlikely friends with a new resident of her apartment building and the building’s prickly concierge. The French drama The Hedgehog, which is adapted from the bestselling novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog, starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Margin Call– This ensemble drama takes place over 24 hours as executives at a financial company try to prevent its collapse at the height of the crisis in 2008. Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Zachary Quinto, and Simon Baker are among the high-powered cast. Margin Call starts today at the AMC Castleton Square 14 in Indianapolis.
My Afternoons with Margueritte– I’ll be seeing this very appealing sounding French slice of life drama this evening. Gerard Depardieu stars as a nearly illiterate working class man who strikes up a friendship with an elderly woman he meets in the local park, and who takes to reading him excerpts from the novel she’s writing. My Afternoons with Margueritte starts today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.
Ra.One– This Bollywood super-production is a sci-fi superhero story starring Shahrukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, and Arjun Rampal. Why “super-production”? It’s the most expensive Indian film yet made, is this year’s big Diwali (the “festival of lights”) release, and will have a 2D version, 3D version, and dubbed versions in Tamil and Telugu- all of which will be playing at the Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis. Ra.One starts its run Wednesday; the original language Hindi versions will be subtitled.
The Whistleblower– Rachel Weisz plays a policewoman who uncovers a human-trafficking scandal in Bosnia that implicates UN officials in this based-on-fact thriller. The Whistleblower starts today at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.
THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)
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 returns to Indiana courtesy of the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.
Life, Above All– This emotionally wrenching, 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 continues 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.
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 returns to the state at the Yes Cinema in Columbus.
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 holds over at the AMC Showplace Schererville 16 and the AMC Showplace South Bend 16 (for two shows a day) and expands to the AMC Showplace Indianapolis 17.
FESTIVALS, REPERTORY SCREENINGS, AND MORE
For additional information on venues and showtimes, follow the links under “Outside the Multiplex” in the sidebar.
The Fathom Events “Thriller Thursday” program (short Butterfinger the 13th and docudrama Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Story) is repeated this week.
Indianapolis and Central Indiana
The Heartland Film Festival continues today and tomorrow. The closing night film, Shuffle, will be screened in the Toby Theater at the IMA.
In horror film programming, the “Irving [Theater] Zombie Bash” includes a screening of Hell Walks the Earth. The Irving’s Wednesday night indie horror series continues with Bikini Monsters.
Tonight and tomorrow at midnight at the Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis: the classic Hitchcock shocker Psycho. You can also see The Day the Earth Stood Still– the classic original- today and tomorrow… at more reasonable matinee and evening times at the Artcraft Theater in Franklin.
The Skyline Drive-In in Shelbyville continues its Saturday “extra late show” horror series with Horror Hotel (at 11:20).
In Bloomington, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater will host the Dark Carnival Film Festival on Saturday and 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.”
Also in Bloomington, Errol Morris’ new documentary Tabloid starts a run in the Ryder series; the French films Point Blank and The Names of Love also have shows today and tomorrow.
And also in Bloomington, this week’s IU Cinema retrospective on German director Monika Treut kicks off today at 3 with her talk in the Jorgensen Filmmaker Lecture Series. An intro from the Cinema’s website: “Treut’s documentary and fiction films been shown at prominent festivals around the world in Berlin, Toronto, Cannes, Thessaloniki and Hong Kong, among other places. She runs an independent production company, Hyena Films, in Hamburg. Wrote Sight and Sound magazine: “Treut’s transgressive brand of filmmaking is a much needed intervention in the arena of sexual politics. Her misbehaving women are a vital form of resistance.” …The screenings will showcase a range of Treut’s documentary and fiction work in Germany, the U.S., Brazil and Taiwan.” The film lineup: Saturday, My Father Is Coming, Gendernauts, Seduction: The Cruel Woman; Sunday, Warrior of Light, Jump Cut, Tigerwomen Grow Wings; Monday, Virgin Machine; Tuesday, Kinsey Short Film Program hosted by Treut.
Following the Treut retrospective, on Thursday producer Michael Uslan will speak in the Jorgensen series and there will be an evening screening of The Dark Knight.
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. Stick around for the 9:15 showing of Attack the Block, which starts its run there today. Meanwhile the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech has showings of A Better Life and The Guard today through Sunday. And back at the main location, the “Sister Cities” film festival continues Thursday with the Chinese rural schoolhouse docudrama Not One Less, by director Zhang Yimou.
On Wednesday at Purdue, Cinematheque for All will screen the 1999 Spanish drama Butterfly.
The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in South Bend has one more screening of The Trip, today at 7:30. On Tuesday, there’s a showing of the modern sci-fi/action classic The Terminator and the Tournees Festival continues on Thursday with two shows of Claire Denis’ drama White Material.
NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
Lots of horror-themed programming around the state this weekend, but there’s still more in reserve for closer to the holiday:
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 is showing some horror “classics” on Saturday nights this month following in-theaters-now horror films (they call it “Skyline Scares”). The oldies start around midnight and include such titles as Horror Hotel and An American Werewolf in London.
In Bloomington, you can see Altered States and Carrie on October 30 at the IU Cinema. In Indianapolis, the IMA will show The Shining in the Toby on October 28 and the KAC finishes its October midnight movie series with Rosemary’s Baby.
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.
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 that was filmed in the Watts neighborhood of LA, in the Toby on November 3; director Charles Burnett will attend.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show goes on at 7:30 (oddly) and 11:30 on October 29 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
Films and events scheduled for next Friday:
Preston Sturges’ great Hollywood comedy Sullivan’s Travels at the DeBartolo in South Bend
In the IU Cinema’s “The Comic Book Rises” series, a triple feature: Iron Man, Wanted, and at midnight Oldboy
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein at the Artcraft Theatre