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Bradley Cooper stars as Chris Kyle and Sienna Miller stars as Taya Renae Kyle in American Sniper. Photo: Keith Bernstein

Movie Reviews – January 2015

Happy New Year! We scaled back this month to enjoy the season with our families, but we’ll be back in February with our Best Films of 2014 and our predictions for the Oscars. If you wondering what’s worth seeing, there’s a fairly decent array from which to choose. Unfortunately there’s one less lighter feature in …

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Birdman takes Michael Keaton to new heights.

Movie Reviews – December 2014

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance ****1/2 Short Take: In an effort to be taken seriously a former movie star, on the verge of a nervous breakdown, attempts to launch a dramatic play on Broadway. REEL TAKE: Talk about art imitating life. The casting of Michael Keaton, twenty years after he last wore his …

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Liam Neeson examines some evidence in 
A Walk Among The Tombstones.

Movie Reviews – November 2014

A Walk Among the Tombstones **** Short Take: Grim, powerful crime drama about a private investigator and the unusual serial murders that he is trying to solve. Contains several strong performances especially from Liam Neeson. Reel Take: The transformation of Liam Neeson from leading man to solid character actor to aging action hero has been …

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James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in a good place before The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.

Movie Reviews – October 2014

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them **** ½ Short Take: In the wake of tragedy, a young couple struggles to come to grips with life, love and their selves. REEL TAKE: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is the debut film from writer/director Ned Benson. It’s been met with mixed critical reviews and has probably been …

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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

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,

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

The Strand (Waynesville) – (828) 283-0079,


Asheville Film Society Screenings

The Asheville Film Society shows 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.

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

Hendersonville Film Society

For more information call (828) 697-7310.