Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (October 28, 2011)

by HELEN GEIB

There’s so much going on this week I don’t know where to begin to summarize it. I’m especially looking forward to the two revival screenings at the IMA, The Shining and Killer of Sheep. What’s on your movie list?

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.

OPENING THIS WEEK IN LIMITED RELEASE

All’s Faire in Love– This romantic comedy is set in the world of “Renaissance Faires”; think re-enactors in Renaissance costume, craft fairs, and community theater troupes performing period plays. Christina Ricci and Owen Benjamin star, and Ann-Margaret, Cedric the Entertainer, and Matthew Lillard are in the supporting cast. I kind of want to go just to see Cedric the Entertainer in a suit of armor (follow the link for a preview of same). All’s Faire in Love opens today at two Regal/UA theaters in the Indianapolis area, the Galaxy Stadium 14 and the Village Park Stadium 17 (in Carmel).

Anita– Playing this week at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne, Anita is an Argentine drama about a young woman with Down syndrome who is separated from her caregiver by the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association. “As Anita wanders through the city, she learns not only to care for herself, but touches the lives of those around her, from an alcoholic to a family of Asian immigrants.”

Anonymous– I can’t believe I’m typing a TOTM entry for a Roland Emmerich movie. Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, 10,000 BC, 2012… we’re talking big studio, big budget productions here. It’s not as if this particular effort is some career outlier, made-for-a-shoestring indie either; the costumes alone must have cost a bundle. Maybe it’s scheduled to expand to wide release later on? For those who have escaped the trailer, the story traffics in the conspiracy theory about Shakespeare not really writing the plays of Shakespeare. Anonymous opens today at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis (on two screens) and the Regal Village Park Stadium 17 in Carmel.

Rise & Shine: The Jay Demerit Story– This documentary about the professional soccer player, who also played for the US at the 2010 World Cup, will be screened Thursday, November 3 at two AMC theaters: Bloomington 11 and Castleton Square 14 in Indianapolis, and three Goodrich theaters: Eastside 9 in Lafayette, Hamilton 16 in Lafayette, and Portage 16.

THEATRICAL HOLDOVERS (AND “RE-OPENINGS”)

7Aum Arivu– I don’t know what it’s about, but according to the Manoranjan site this Tamil-language Indian film has English subtitles (rare if not unprecedented, and something I’m happy to see for Tamil cinema in Indy) and is holding over for a few more shows this weekend at the Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis.

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 holds over at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

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 holds over at the Landmark Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis.

My Afternoons with Margueritte– 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; their relationship deepens as she reads him excerpts from her favorite novels. My Afternoons with Margueritte holds over with one show a day 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 (occupying three screens!) at the Republic Theaters Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis; check the Manoranjan site for showtimes. The original language Hindi versions will be subtitled. Note: In another mark of its bigness, Ra.One expands today to the Rave Motion Pictures Jefferson Pointe 18, where it will have 2D (matinee times) and 3D (evening times) showings.

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 (or expands to) the following AMC theaters: Castleton Square 14 and Showplace Indianapolis 17 in Indianapolis, Evansville 16, Honey Creek 8 in Terre Haute, Showplace Bloomington 11, Showplace Marion 12, Showplace Richmond 11, and Showplace South Bend 16.

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 holds over at the Cinema Center in Fort Wayne (no shows Monday or Tuesday).

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

The Halloween weekend movie at Franklin’s Artcraft is Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, showing today and tomorrow at 2 and 7:30.

In Indianapolis, the Indiana Film Society’s fall series continues Tuesday at the Senior Center with The Way I Spent the End of the World, a 2006 Romanian drama. On Saturday, the Jewish Community Center has a showing of the 2010 comedy Nora’s Will, which won a lot of Ariels, the Mexican Oscar; tickets are $5/$3 for members.

The Georgetown 14 will have two shows daily today through Monday of locally made “paranormal documentary” The Haunting of Fox Hollow Farm. The Irving Theater will show The Rocky Horror Picture Show Saturday at midnight; prop kits are available at the door and people who come in costume get discounted admission.

the IMA will show The Shining in the Toby on October 28. Also at the IMA: 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. Tickets for the latter are a steal at $5 (free for IMA members and students).

The Keystone Art Cinema’s October midnight movie series concludes with Rosemary’s Baby, showing tonight and tomorrow.

The AMC Castleton Square 14 and Showplace Indianapolis 17 have late shows of Ghostbusters on Friday and Saturday night.

Southern Indiana

The AMC Showplace Bloomington 12 also has Ghostbusters showings.

The big community event “Shelbyville Screams” runs today through Sunday and includes “outside the multiplex” movie components on Saturday. At the Strand, there’s a festival of short films at 11 AM (winners will be announced Sunday at 4:30) and a showing of Dawn of the Dead at 7. The Skyline Drive-In concludes its month of Saturday night horror “classics”- some genuine, some cult- with an extra bonus dose of classics- of both varieties: the in-theaters-now The Thing prequel/remake will be followed by An American Werewolf in London (also showing tonight), Night of the Living Dead, and Killers From Space; there will be a costume contest after the second feature. Incidentally, this is the Skyline’s last weekend of the season.

The Yes Cinema in Columbus will have one showing of indie romantic-comedy Herman and Shelly on Thursday evening at 7. There is a reception before the movie at 6.

Bloomington’s Buskirk-Chumley will host Cardinal Stage’s annual fundraiser event of floorshows and showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show tomorrow. There are two shows; doors open at 7:30 and 11:30 for the pre-show festivities. All proceeds benefit Cardinal Stage’s educational outreach programs. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 day of… and there’s a cash bar.

Elsewhere in Bloomington, the Ryder’s full-time film series continues with showings in the IU Fine Arts building auditorium today and tomorrow and Bear’s Place on Sunday; this weekend’s lineup is the new adaptation of Brighton Rock (starting its Ryder run) and more showings of Errol Morris’ latest documentary Tabloid and the French thriller Point Blank. On Wednesday at the Pine Room Tavern (in nearby Nashville) and on Thursday at FARM: showings of Giorgio Moroder’s version of Metropolis.

There’s a special movie event at the IU Auditorium tonight at 7:30: “IU alumnus Dennis James returns to Bloomington for his annual performance of ‘Dennis James Hosts Halloween,’ featuring the work that set his career path in motion more than 40 years ago, The Phantom of the Opera (1925). Adjunct Professor of Music in General Studies Dr. Rika Asai will present a pre-show talk at 6 p.m. in Neal-Marshall’s Bridgewater Lounge on the prevalence of music in the silent film era.”

This weekend at the IU Cinema the focus is on the “Comic Book Rises” series, with Iron Man, Wanted, and Oldboy today and a program of “Classic Comic Shorts,” Persepolis, and Serenity tomorrow. Next, a horror film program for Halloween: Altered States and Carrie on Sunday and Psycho (the Hitchcock original) on Monday.

There are no film screenings at the Cinema Tuesday through Thursday this week, but on Thursday, director Charles Burnett will speak at 3 in the Jorgensen Filmmaker Lecture Series (before heading up to Indianapolis for the screening of Killer of Sheep at the IMA; see above).

Northern Indiana

There is a fundraiser event for the Delphi Opera House tomorrow night that includes a screening of the silent The Hunchback of Notre Dame with live accompaniment. (The FILM Indiana site listed the movie as Phantom of the Opera, but presumably the Delphi Preservation Society’s updated event listing is correct. There’s no great difference as far as I’m concerned, but I digress….) There is a catered dinner beforehand in the Opera House Gallery and a dessert reception after the movie. Ticket info at the Society’s website.

West Lafayette’s Cinematheque for All repertory film series continues this coming Wednesday with the French film Leaving, an infidelity drama starring Kristin Scott Thomas.

In Fort Wayne, the Cinema Center @ Indiana Tech has showings of A Better Life and The Guard today through Sunday.

Preston Sturges’ great Hollywood comedy Sullivan’s Travels will be shown at the DeBartolo in South Bend tonight in the “Classic 100” series. Sunday is the 1949 Disney omnibus animated film The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (Ichabod’s adventure narrated by Bing Crosby and Mr. Toad’s by Basil Rathbone). A must for silent cinema lovers and Shakespeare aficionados is Tuesday’s presentation of three Thanhouser Company films, 1910 one-reeler The Winter’s Tale, 1913 two-reeler Cymbeline, and 1917 three-reeler King Lear. Thursday brings an afternoon lecture by Fred Nelson, President of the People’s Choice Awards, and two evening showings of Hadewijch in the Tournees Festival of French films.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND

With October (almost) behind us, “Next Week and Beyond” is horror-movie free for the first time in weeks.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has a multimedia event next weekend of interest to musical fans: “The ISO toasts Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, the songwriting pair that forever changed the face of Broadway and Hollywood! Memorable on-screen moments from Oklahoma!, The King and I, South Pacific, Carousel and The Sound of Music play on the big screen while Jack Everly conducts the ISO present selections form these timeless soundtracks.” Performances are Friday at 11 AM and 8 and Saturday at 8.

There will be a free showing of The Best Years of Our Lives, the drama about three WWII veterans readjusting to civilian life that is one of the best films of the 1940s, at the Artcraft Theatre in Franklin on Saturday, November 5 at 6:30.

On November 6, there will be a screening of new indie drama A Marine Story, about a lesbian Marine officer who tries to become a mentor to a troubled teen, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater at 7; star and co-producer Dreya Weber will participate in a panel discussion after the movie.

West Side Story gets the Fathom Events treatment on November 9 for the film’s 50th Anniversary; the showing will be preceded by a TCM “original production” (whatever that may mean). I’m interested, but concerned by the note on the Fathom event page that “This event presentation has been modified from its original 1961 release to fit the screen.” If anyone has additional details on the image format, please post a comment.

The annual LGBT Film Festival is November 11-12 at the IMA, with screenings in the Toby and the DeBoest, and November 13 at the IUPUI Campus Center. Follow the link for the schedule of films.

Lastly, as of this writing the KAC “coming soon” page lists the high-profile new indie psychological drama Martha Marcy May Marlene for November 4 and for November 11, the indie madness drama Take Shelter and French thriller Love Crime.

Films and events scheduled for next Friday:

Another Earth at the DeBartolo; lead actor William Mapother is scheduled to be present

Brighton Rock, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, and Moroder’s Metropolis at the Ryder

“Films of Charles Burnett” series at the IU Cinema begins with a shorts program and a screening of Killer of Sheep

3 responses to “Thinking Outside the Multiplex in Indiana (October 28, 2011)

  1. Great variety this week! I think I’ll try for Blackthorn and Ra.One – after the holiday weekend crowds – or perhaps The Way.

    Any word on the possibility of The Mill and the Cross making it to the state?

    • I would _love_ to see “The Mill and the Cross” play in Indy. Sadly it is not a Sony Pictures Classics release (a near guarantee of local theatrical distribution), so I don’t know but fear the possibility is small. The IU Cinema could be a better bet.

      Speaking of Sony Pictures Classics, I was thrilled to see on their website that they picked up the Iranian drama “A Separation” (current release date 12/30, so we might get it in January or February). I’ve seen nothing but lavish praise from critics for that one. They’re also the distributor for Pedro Almodovar’s new film “The Skin I Live In,” starring Antonio Banderas as a mad doctor. I’ve seen the trailer at the KAC a few times already so it should be here soon.

  2. The sports drama The Hammer (featuring Raymond J. Barry in the cast, and winner of prizes from various film festivals) screens at 7 PM (or 7:30, I forget) on Wednesday, November 2 at three Goodrich Theaters in Indiana- the Hamilton 16 and IMAX in Noblesville, the Eastside 9 in Lafayette, and the Portage 16 and IMAX.

    http://www.dandeentertainment.com/hamill-movie/

    As for Anonymous, I saw it and (a few minor quibbles aside) very much enjoyed it- the script and cast were very good (Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis and Joely Richardson especially so); I wouldn’t have known that Roland Emmerich was the director just by watching the movie itself. (The trailer plays up every singly gunshot and explosion in the film, I think, so don’t think that it really represents the film itself- it isn’t nearly as explode-y/gun-fire-y as the trailer would have you believe.) The NPR interview with the screenwriter (see link below) is quite good- I would suggest listening to the audio version (click on “Listen to the story”), rather than reading the text, since it has more detail:

    http://www.npr.org/2011/10/28/141772025/for-anonymous-scribe-a-shakespearean-speculation

    As of a week or so ago, both Variety’s site and boxofficemojo said that Anonymous would be a wide release on October 28. But when the actual screen count went up on Boxofficemojo, they said Anonymous would be on only 200 screens- though they now say that it is playing on 265 screens. I have seen the site for several theaters around the country claiming they will open Anonymous on November 4, so it is scheduled to expand- but I’m not sure if it ever will go “wide”.

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