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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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Brendan Gleeson pays for the sins of others in Calvary.

Movie Reviews – September 2014

Calvary **** ½ Short Take: A good priest in a small Irish town receives a mysterious confessional death threat as payback for the sins of the church. REEL TAKE: John Michael McDonough’s Calvary is a powerful character-driven drama strewn with dark comedy throughout, but it is not a dark comedy. Calvary is a shatteringly cruel …

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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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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 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.

(1980) A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity. Stars Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt and Anne Bancroft. Directed by David Lynch.

November 11: The Magic Christian

(1969) Sir Guy Grand, the richest man in the world, adopts a homeless boy. Together, they set out to prove that anyone – and anything – can be bought with money. Stars Peter Sellers, Ringo Starr and Isabelle Jeans. Directed by Joseph McGrath.

November 18: Ministry Of Fear

(1944) Ray Milland stars as a man who has just been released from an asylum during World War II in England when he stumbles on a deadly Nazi spy plot and tries to stop it. Directed by Fritz Lang.

November 25: Judge Priest

(1934) Judge Priest, a proud Confederate veteran, uses common sense and considerable humanity to dispense justice in a small town in the Post-Bellum Kentucky. Stars Will Rogers, Tom Brown and Anita Louise. Directed by John Ford.


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.

HFS ends 2014 with five films that run the gamut from a beloved American classic to the trenches of World War I at Christmas time. We also have Jackie Gleason as a Chaplin like tramp and two rescheduled films.

November 2: Dante’s Inferno
(1935) The tale of an unscrupulous carnival barker who gets his comeuppance. The film is famous for its re-creation of Hell as envisioned by Dante. Spencer Tracy stars. Directed by Harry Lachman.

November 9: The Red Pony
(1948) John Steinbeck did the screen adaptation of his short story about a boy and the red colt he becomes attached to during his family’s domestic crisis. The movie’s famous score is by Aaron Copland. Myrna Loy and Robert Mitchum co-star. Directed by Lewis Milestone.

November 16: Joyeux Noel
(2005) This award winning French film recounts a true story about a Christmas Eve truce during the early stages of World War I. Scottish, French, and German troops get together for one night to celebrate each other before resuming hostilities. In French & German with subtitles. Directed by Christian Carion.

November 23: The Day Carl Sandburg Died
(2011) This locally made documentary first aired on PBS in 2013. The story of Carl Sandburg is told in pictures, recordings and interviews with the poet who died in 1967. Directed by Paul Bonesteel.

November 30: Gigot
(1962) Jackie Gleason wrote and stars in this story of a Chaplinesque French mute who tries to take care of a little girl he comes across on the streets of 1960s Paris. She had been abandoned by her prostitute mother. He composed the music for the film as well. Directed by Gene Kelly.

For more information call (828) 697-7310.