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Reel Takes

Shailene Woodley and Theo James must stop Kate Winslet 
from implementing a “final solution” in Divergent.

Movie Reviews – April 2014

Divergent ***1/2 Short Take: Overlong Hunger Games knockoff has its good points including a nice turn from Kate Winslet as the principal villainess. Reel Take: Yet another installment in the Young Adult book trilogy to film version saga has a few things going for it. It’s clearly designed as a clone of The Hunger Games  Continue Reading »

Tony Servillo and the rest of the aging “beautiful people” in La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty).

Movie Reviews – March 2014

The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) ***1/2 Short Take: An exquisitely filmed but overlong and very confusing look back at an Italian writer’s life on the occasion of his 65th birthday. Reel Take: There’s lots of Oscar buzz surrounding La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) as the entry to beat in the Best Foreign Film  Continue Reading »

August Osage County

Movie Reviews – February 2014

August: Osage County **** Short Take: A dysfunctional family reunites and ignites. REEL TAKE: If you think your family has problems, you’ll feel much better, by comparison, after watching August: Osage County. Actor, screenwriter and playwright, Tracy Letts, is no stranger to the ugly underbelly of life (Killer Joe). So when I heard that some  Continue Reading »

You’ll be taken for a joy ride when you see American Hustle.

Movie Reviews – January 2014

American Hustle ****1/2 Short Take: A smart, entertaining con job with a glossy 70’s veneer and solid gold soundtrack. REEL TAKE: Fresh off the shining success of Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell delivers another goodie that’s bound to warm critic’s hearts and deliver box office gold (lamé that is!). Very loosely based on the  Continue Reading »


Reel Take Reviewers:

Chip Kaufmann is a film historian who also shares his love of classical music as a program host on WCQS-FM radio.

Michelle Keenan is a long time student of film, a believer in the magic of movies and a fundraiser for public radio.

Both are members of the Southeastern Film Critic’s Association (SEFCA).

Brent Brown is a graphic designer and illustrator. View more of his work at

***** – Fantastic
**** – Pretty darn good
*** – Has some good points
** – The previews lied
* – Only if you must
:( – Forget entirely

Questions/Comments? You can email Chip or Michelle at

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Movie Theaters

Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company – Movieline (828) 254-1281,

Beaucatcher Cinemas (Asheville) – Movieline (828) 298-1234

Biltmore Grande - 1-800-FANDANGO #4010,

Carmike 10 (Asheville) – Movieline (828) 298-4452,

Carolina Cinemas - (828) 274-9500,

Cinebarre (Asheville) –

The Falls Theatre (Brevard) – Movieline (828) 883-2200

Fine Arts Theatre (Asheville) – Movieline (828) 232-1536,

Flat Rock Theatre (Flat Rock) – Movieline (828) 697-2463,

Four Seasons (Hendersonville) – Movieline (828) 693-8989

Smoky Mountain Cinema (Waynesville) – Movieline (828) 452-9091

Asheville Film Society Screenings

The Asheville Film Society will show the following films on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge at the Carolina Cinema on Hendersonville Road. The screenings are free. Become an AFS member for just $10. Membership gets you into special members-only events and screenings.

April 1:
The White Sheik

(1952) The first two days of a marriage. Ivan, a punctilious clerk brings his virginal bride to Rome for a honeymoon, an audience with the Pope, and to present her to his uncle. Stars Alberto Sordi, Giulietta Masina, Brunella Bovo. Directed by Federico Fellini.

April 8:
Shanghai Express

(1932) Many passengers on the Shanghai Express are more concerned that the notorious Shanghai Lil is on board than the fact that a civil war is going on that may make the trip take more than three days. Stars Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong. Directed by Josef von Sternberg.

April 15:
Monte Carlo

(1930) Minutes before her wedding to Duke Otto Von Seibenheim, Countess Helene Mara flees, on a whim, to Monte Carlo, where she hopes her luck will save her poor financial state. Stars Jeanette MacDonald, Jack Buchanan, Claude Allister. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch.

April 22:
The Devils

(1971) In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun. Stars Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Dudley Sutton. Directed by Ken Russell.

April 29:
A Hard Day’s Night

(1964) A ‘typical’ day in the life of the Beatles, including many of their famous songs. Stars John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr. Directed by Richard Lester.

For more information go to
Carolina Cinemas, 1640 Hendersonville Rd. (828) 274-9500.

Hendersonville Film Society

If you think they don’t make them like they used to, take in great classic films Sundays at 2 p.m. at Lake Pointe Landing in Hendersonville. Coffee and wonderful flicks are served up.

This month HFS will feature an actor’s showcase as we offer three celebrated roles from three generations of performers. Remember there are only three Sundays this month (no show on Easter, April 20).

April 6:

(2005) The tragic death earlier this year of Philip Seymour Hoffman robbed us of a truly great talent. Nominated several times, this is the role that won him his only Oscar. His portrayal of the celebrated writer Truman Capote is absolutely uncanny. Stars Philip Semour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr. and Catherine Keener. Directed by Bennett Miller (Moneyball).

April 13:
High Noon

(1952) Gary Cooper won his second Oscar for his portrayal of a stoic lawman forced to go it alone against a gang of ruthless killers when he is abandoned by the townspeople who elected him. Stars Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly and Thomas Mitchell. Directed by Fred Zinnemann (From Here to Eternity).

April 20:
No show – Happy Easter!

April 27:
The Great Santini

(1979) Robert Duvall should have won an Oscar for this, one of his best loved roles. He plays a fighter pilot in the early 1960s who dominates his family while trying to deal with his own personal problems. Stars Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner and Michael O’Keefe. Directed by Lewis John Carlino (The Sailor Who Fell from Grace).

For more information call (828) 697-7310.