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Reel Takes

Philip Seymour Hoffman grills a human rights lawyer played by Rachel McAdams in the screen adaptation of A Most Wanted Man.

Movie Reviews – August 2014

A Most Wanted Man **** Short Take: When a half-Chechen, half-Russian man with terrorist ties turns up in Hamburg with a claim to his father’s ill-gotten gains, German and U.S. intelligence agencies take notice. REEL TAKE: Based on John le Carre’s 2008 best-selling novel by the same name, A Most Wanted Man, is a thinking …

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22 Jump Street

Movie Reviews – July 2014

22 Jump Street **** Short Take: Our 21 Jump Street loveable lunkheads, officers Schmidt and Jenko, go undercover at college. Reel Take: After seeing The Immigrant and The Rover, both of which are relentlessly grim, I was definitely in the right frame of mind for 22 Jump Street. At press time the sequel was poised …

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw shines as a bi-racial woman in 18th century England in the 
superb biographical drama Belle.

Movie Reviews – June 2014

Belle ***** Short Take: Virtually perfect historical drama on the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle, an 18th century woman of mixed race who was raised as an English aristocrat. Reel Take: We are not even halfway through 2014 and already I have 3 films that will currently go on my Ten Best list for the …

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S.H.I.E.L.D. official Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) has a big surprise in store for Captain America (Chris Evans) in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."

Movie Reviews – May 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier **** Short Take: A surprisingly serious minded action flick that recalls the paranoid political thrillers of the 1970s. REEL TAKE: I was not looking forward to seeing Captain America: The Winter Soldier based on the previews but, having seen the first film in the series and having liked it, I …

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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

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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.

August 5: Unconquered
(1947) Intrepid frontiersman Chris Holden foils the political and personal ambitions of renegade Martin Garth in the Ohio Valley following the French and Indian War. Stars Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard, Howard Da Silva. Directed by Cecil B. DeMille.

August 12: Liliom
(1930) Two women love the same man. Liliom is a rascal who’s a carousel barker, loved by the experienced merry-go-round owner and by a young, innocent maid. Stars Charles Farrell, Rose Hobart, and Estelle Taylor. Directed by Frank Borzage.

August 19: Four Men And A Prayer
(1938) The sons of a disgraced British officer try to clear his name. Stars Loretta Young, Richard Greene, and George Sanders. Directed by John Ford.

August 26: Trouble In Paradise
(1932) A gentleman thief and a lady pickpocket join forces to con a beautiful perfume company owner. Romantic entanglements and jealousies confuse the scheme. Stars Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, and Herbert Marshall. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch.

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.

August 3: All Quiet On The Western Front
(1979) August 4th marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. The most famous novel to come out of that war is Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front. This is the 1979 remake, not the 1930 original. It stars Richard Thomas & Ernest Borgnine. Directed by Delbert Mann (Marty).

August 10: Judex
(1963) French filmmaker Georges Franju’s tribute to a celebrated 1917 silent serial. It tells the story of a mysterious caped figure who protects the daughter of an unscrupulous banker from harm. It was the winner of numerous International awards. Directed by Georges Franju (Eyes Without A Face).

August 17: Flesh & Fantasy
(1943) This long unavailable multi-story film features an all star cast and focuses on several individuals whose lives are touched by fate and the consequences that occur as a result. Charles Boyer, Edward G. Robinson, and Barbara Stanwyck co-star. Directed by Julian Duvivier (Tales of Manhattan).

August 24: The Hound Of The Baskervilles
(1959) This remake of the 1939 film by England’s Hammer Films is bolstered by strong performances, a quality script, and is richly atmospheric. Peter Cushing is an excellent Sherlock Holmes and here, Dr. Watson is not clueless. Directed by Terence Fisher (Dracula).

August 31: Rain Man
(1988) Winner of four Academy Awards, Rain Man tells the story of a self centered individual (Tom Cruise) who discovers he has an autistic brother (Dustin Hoffman) who is a math genius. Together they crash Las Vegas with surprising results. Directed by Barry Levinson (Avalon).

For more information call (828) 697-7310.