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Reel Takes

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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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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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.

December 2: Cardinal Richelieu
(1935) The cunning Cardinal Richelieu must save King Louis XIII from treachery within his inner circle. Stars George Arliss, Maureen O’Sullivan and Edward Arnold. Directed by Rowland V. Lee.

December 9: Life Begins at 8:30
(1942) A young woman lives in a cramped New York flat with her father Madden Thomas, a celebrated actor brought down by drink. Lame since a young age she feels trapped until she meets a young composer with big dreams. Stars Monty Wooley, Ida Lupino and Cornel Wilde. Directed by Irving Pichel.

December 16: The Lemon Drop Kid
(1951) When the Lemon Drop Kid accidentally steers Moose Moran’s girl away from a winning bet, he is forced to come up with $10,000 to repay the angry gangster. Fortunately it’s Christmas, a time when people can be persuaded to part with money for the right cause. Stars Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell and Lloyd Nolan. Directed by Sidney Lanfield.

December 23: Donovan’s Reef
(1963) ‘Guns’ Donovan prefers carousing with his pals Doc Dedham and ‘Boats’ Gilhooley, until Dedham’s high-society daughter Amelia shows up in their South Seas paradise. Stars John Wayne, Lee Marvin and Elizabeth Allen. Directed by John Ford.

December 30: Holiday Inn
(1942) At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer. Stars Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and Marjorie Reynolds. Directed by Mark Sandrich.


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

Hendersonville Film Society

No screenings until 2015.

For more information call (828) 697-7310.