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Reel Takes

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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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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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.

September 2: Counselor At Law
(1933) A successful attorney has his Jewish heritage and poverty-stricken background brought home to him when he learns his wife has been unfaithful. Stars John Barrymore, Bebe Daniels and Doris Kenyon. Directed by William Wyler.

September 9: Every Day’s A Holiday
(1965) British musical comedy about a group of teenagers who take jobs working in a seaside resort for the summer. It is also known as Seaside Swingers. Stars John Leyton, Mike Sarne and Pete Birrell. Directed by James Hill.

September 16: Last Days Of Disco
(1998) Two female Manhattan book editors, fresh out of college, find love and themselves while frequenting the local disco. Stars Chloe Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale and Chris Eigeman. Directed by Whit Stillman.

September 23: Love Me Tonight
(1932) A Parisian tailor finds himself posing as a baron in order to collect a sizeable bill from an aristocrat, only to fall in love with an aloof young princess. Directed by Rouben Mamoulian.

September 30: Help!
(1965) Ringo finds himself the human sacrifice target of a cult and the band must try to protect him from it. Stars John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Directed by Richard Lester.

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.

September 7: I Am A Camera
(1955) Before Cabaret there was John Van Druten’s non-musical stage version of Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories. This version was made in Britain with Julie Harris reprising her stage role as Sally Bowles. The film also stars Laurence Harvey and Shelley Winters. Directed by Henry Cornelius (Genevieve).

September 14: Hamlet
(1969) This minimalist Hamlet captures Nicol Williamson’s intense and cerebral performance of the man who “could not make up his mind.” Joining Williamson are Anthony Hopkins, Judy Parfitt and Marianne Faithfull as Ophelia. Directed by Tony Richardson (Tom Jones).

September 21: The Lady Vanishes
(1979) This is the rarely seen version shot on location in Bavaria. It may not be Hitchcock but it’s still a good story about an English governess who disappears on a train. Stars Angela Lansbury with Cybill Shepherd, Elliot Gould and Herbert Lom. Directed by Anthony Page (Absolution).

September 28: Waterloo
(1970) This European-Russian co-production faithfully recreates the celebrated battle and shows just how close Napoleon came to winning. A grand epic in the old style with an all-star cast including Rod Steiger as Napoleon and Christopher Plummer as Wellington. Directed by Sergei Bondarchuk (War & Peace).

For more information call (828) 697-7310.