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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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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 …

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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.

July 1: Billion Dollar Brain
(1967) A former British spy stumbles into in a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom? Stars Michael Caine, Carl Malden and Ed Begley. Directed by Ken Russell.

July 8: Steamboat Round the Bend
(1935) A Louisiana con man enters his steamboat into a winner-take-all race with a rival while trying to find a witness to free his nephew, about to be hung for murder. Stars Will Rogers, Anne Shirley and Irvin S. Cobb. Directed by John Ford.

July 15: Animal Crackers
(1930) Mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding. Stars Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx and Chico Marx. Directed by Victor Heerman.

July 22: My Beautiful Laundrette
(1985) An ambitious Asian Briton and his white lover strive for success and hope, when they open up a glamorous laundromat. Stars Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth and Daniel Day Lewis. Directed by Stephen Frears.

July 29: The Ex-Mrs. Bradford
(1936) A wealthy mystery writer uses her doctor ex-husband’s non-payment of alimony to coerce him into reconciliation. Screwball comedy. Stars Willliam Powell, Jean Arthur and James Gleason. Directed by Stephen Roberts.

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.

For July we have a rarely seen 1930s drama with Spencer Tracy, a Neil Simon comedy classic, one of John Ford’s best, and a movie shot in Asheville with Robert Redford & Helen Mirren.

July 6: The Sunshine Boys
(1975) Walter Matthau and George Burns star in Neil Simon’s hilarious look at a former vaudeville team on the outs who are asked, many years later, to make one last appearance. Burns won an Oscar for his performance. Directed by Herbert Ross (The Turning Point).

July 13: Dante’s Inferno
(1935) An early Spencer Tracy vehicle that features him as an unscrupulous carnival barker whose non-stop ambition leads to his downfall. The film is celebrated for an astonishing sequence recreating Dante’s Inferno as depicted by illustrator Gustave Dore. Directed by Harry Lachman (Our Relations).

July 20: The Clearing
(2004) This film is based on the actual kidnapping in the Netherlands of a business executive by one of his employees. This American version, with Robert Redford & Helen Mirren, was shot in Asheville and Biltmore Forest. Willem Dafoe co-stars as the kidnapper. Directed by Pieter Jan Brugge (The Vanishing).

July 27: The Searchers
(1956) Generally considered to be not only John Ford’s best film, but one of the greatest movies of all time. John Wayne stars as an embittered homesteader trying to recover his niece (Natalie Wood) who has been kidnapped by Indians. Jeffrey Hunter co-stars. Directed by John Ford (Stagecoach).

For more information call (828) 697-7310.