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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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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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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.

October 7: Dead Men Tell (1941) & Castle in the Desert (1942)
A Charlie Chan double feature: A treasure map in four pieces, the ghost of a hanged pirate, a talking parrot, and a ship full of red herrings complicate Charlie’s search for a murderer on board a docked ship. / Charlie Chan investigates apparent poisonings at a mystery mansion in the Mojave Desert. Directed by Harry Lachman

October 14: Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942) & Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942)
A Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce double feature: When Nazi saboteurs jeeringly predicts to the nation of new depredations via their radio Voice of Terror, the Intelligence Inner Council summons Sherlock Holmes to help / Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson must protect a Swiss inventor of an advanced bomb sight from falling into German hands. Directed by John Rawlins / Roy William Neill

October 21: Witness For The Prosecution
(1957) Leonard Vole is arrested on suspicion of murdering an elderly acquaintance. He employs an experienced but aging barrister as his defense attorney. Stars Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton. Directed by Billy Wilder

October 28: The Cat And The Canary
(1939) When an eccentric family meets in their uncle’s remote, decaying mansion on the tenth anniversary of his death for the reading of his will, murder and madness follow. Stars Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard and John Beal. Directed by Elliott Nugent

Big Screen Budget Film(s)

$7; $5 for Asheville Film Society members. Show time is 7:30 p.m.

October 15: Lisztomania
(1975) with guest Lisi Russell. A send-up of the bawdy life of Romantic composer/piano virtuoso Franz Liszt, with ubiquitous phallic imagery and a good portion of the film devoted to Liszt’s “friendship” with fellow composer Richard Wagner. Stars Roger Daltry, Sara Keselman and Paul Nicholas. Directed by Ken Russell

October 29: Carrie
(1976) A humiliating prank pushes an abused and timid 17-year-old girl with powers of telekinesis to limit on the night of her high school prom. Stars Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie and Amy Irving. Directed by Brian DePalma

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.

October 6: Stolen Face
(1952) Intriguing melodrama of a plastic surgeon who remodels a disfigured criminal’s face to resemble his former love and then marries her only to have her return to her life of crime. The film stars Paul Henreid and Lizabeth Scott. Directed by Terence Fisher (So Long at the Fair).

October 13: The 39 Steps
(1979) Another British remake of another classic Hitchcock film follows the original source material more closely than Hitch did with a thrilling climax that takes place inside of Big Ben. Robert Powell, David Warner, & John Mills co-star. Directed by Don Sharp (Hennessey).

October 20: The Rainbow
(1989) This prequel to D.H. Lawrence’s Women in Love concerns a young woman’s coming of age and her defying of social convention in early 20th century England. It was made by the same director who did Women in Love 20 years earlier. Directed by Ken Russell (Women in Love)

October 27: Dead Of Night
(1945) Legendary British anthology film concerning a gathering of guests at a country estate and the stranger who comes into their midst knowing everything about them. Each one relates a supernatural happening and each story features a different director. Directed by Calvacanti, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer, Charles Crichton.

For more information call (828) 697-7310.

Thursday Horror Picture Show

Hosted by Mountain Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther, THPS has a great line up for October. Showings are Thursday nights at 8 in theatre six at the Carolina Cinema on Hendersonville Road.

October 2: Dracula (1931) Directed by Tod Browning

October 9: The Alligator People (1959) Directed by Roy Del Ruth

October 16: Island of Lost Souls (1933) Directed by Erle C. Kenton

October 23: The Wolf Man (1941) Directed by George Waggner

October 30: The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959) Directed by Edward L. Cahn