• The Asheville Area Arts Council is accepting submissions of films to be screened at its annual Creative Sector Summit Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25. Local filmmakers are invited to share works approximately 30 minutes or less that focus on art and culture and depict their impact on one or many lives. The […]
In Theaters. Now that Insurgent defied its critics, The Gunman tanked, and Do You Believe? underwhelmed, we’re looking at a week of diminished expectations — at least so far as mainstream releases are concerned. Art titles — one of them anyway — may be another matter. What we have here is a kind of holding […]
• The inaugural Montreat Film Festival is accepting submissions from local filmmakers through Monday, April 6. Entries must be shorter than eight minutes in length and reflect this year’s theme of hope. According to Montreat College’s website, the festival’s goal is “to highlight stories that honestly express and explore the human condition through the power of […]
In Theaters. This was to be a somewhat more interesting week than it turned out to be (I shall explain). As it finally shakes out we have two mainstream titles, two art titles and one…well, specialty title. You see, we were also supposed to get another art title — or maybe art/specialty title would be […]
We only get three movies this week. One of them is seemingly much anticipated. One is more likely to be shunned. And the third…goodness knows what you’ll make of it.
In Theaters. Four new movies come wafting into town this week. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing mostly remains to be seen. While two of the titles qualify as art/indie, I’ve only seen one of them — and I recommend it. I shall explain. Under normal circumstances, just about anything from […]
As promised, here is the place I will comment on the Oscars as they happen. Feel free to chime in throughout the evening…or not. UPDATED: Well, I said I wasn’t going to do a post-mortem on the Oscars, and I’m really not all that interested in doing one. OK, in my perfect world, […]
There is a sense that 2014 wasn’t a very good year for movies. It’s an idea that I just plain don’t get. I think it was a splendid year for movies — so much so that I find myself unable to be content with a Top 10 list, and have instead gone with a Top 20. This […]
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In Theaters. We get four new movies this week. Two of these are of the art title variety — one is pretty terrific and the other is completely terrific. Both are of the “not for everbody” school. On the other hand, there are two mainstream movies. Both of these may well be of the “not […]
I suppose I should feel like I have more of a shouting interest this year’s Oscars. After all, my no. one and no. two films of the year — The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman — are up for Best Picture. And, yes, I will be over the moon if Grand Budapest wins (improbable as […]
In Theaters. This is one of a mere handful of times where I didn’t use some kind of image from a new movie as the header for this column. The truth is I just can’t bring myself to put up an image for this week’s new movies. It’s just so incredibly underwhelming. We don’t even […]
In Theaters. This, of course, is the week that “belongs” to Fifty Shades of Grey — which is expected to pull down $70-75 million this weekend. How you feel about that is something else entirely. It, however, is not the only thing opening this week — which is good news if low-wattage S&M is not […]
In Theaters. Three mainstream and one art title (complete with Oscar nomination) come our way this week. I’d like to be able to say that there’s nothing as dire — and unintentionally funny — on the slate this week as last week’s The Loft, but I’d have to indulge in a fair amount of prevarication […]
In Theaters. This week we get three art titles (well, sort of three) and three mainstream offerings. It’s certainly a broad mix, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say those mainstream titles have more than a faint aroma of January clinging to them. I think you know what I mean by that, but I […]
In Theaters. Well, this week is juggernaut-free, which suits me just fine — not that I don’t understand the pull of last week’s newsmaking big winner. I just can’t join in the enthusiasm for it. Probably the most interesting thing this week is the chance to see whether or not Jennifer Aniston was “robbed” […]
In Theaters. It is a week of some considerable interest — and one surprise — not to mention the purported final entry (I want that in writing) of a certain wash-rinse-repeat series of Liam Neeson action movies. And after last week’s weak tea of a horror movie, we deserve something tasty. And at least one […]
In Theaters. This week we get five new movies in town — four mainstream and one art title — and it’s nothing if not diverse array. A wide choice of titles does not, of course, guarantee that all of them will be desirable. We shall see. Since we’re more or less just coming […]
In Theaters. It was as inevitable as Dick Clark’s shrinking posthumous billing on New Year’s Rocking Eve that January would arrive bearing slim tidings mixed with the nuggets of expanding Oscar-bait releases that have yet too penetrate the provinces. Well, this week we get none of the latter (next week promises to be better) and […]
In Theaters. In a slightly unusual turn of events, this week’s Reeler serves as a pretty decent guide to the Christmas movies since four of the five movies hitting on Christmas Day have been seen and reviewed, so there’s very little crystal gazing involved. Of course, there was supposed to be a sixth movie opening […]