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Starring: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil, Marion Lambert

As Above, So Below

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The Story: A search for the philosopher's stone in the Paris catacombs turns deadly in a supernatural way. The Lowdown: Pretty bottom-of-the-barrel horror made that much worse by nausea-inducing shaky-cam and often incoherent direction.
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Starring: Earl Lynn Nelson, Paul Eenhoorn, Karrie Crouse, Elizabeth McKee, Alice Olivia Clarke

Land Ho!

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The Story:  Two aging ex-brothers-in-law go on a road trip in Iceland. The Lowdown: A somewhat meandering, not terrifically adventurous but thoroughly likable little character study that benefits from sharp performances and Icelandic scenery.
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Starring: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Omar Sy, Aïssa Maïga, Charlotte Le Bon

Mood Indigo

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The Story: The fanciful — and doomed — romance of a wealthy young man and the girl he falls for.  The Lowdown: There is more pure invention in the first five minutes of Mood Indigo than in just about all the other films this year put together. That's both its magical greatness and why some viewers will find it altogether too much. For those up to it, though, it's wonderful.
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Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Bill Smitrovich, Amila Terzimehic

The November Man

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The Story: A retired spy is pulled back into action and hunted by a former protégé. The Lowdown: A generally unlikable, convoluted, silly and worn out espionage thriller that’s needlessly overwrought and brainless.
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Starring: Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson

The One I Love

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The Story: A couple whose marriage is disintegrating is sent on a weekend getaway that has unexpected results. The Lowdown: When it works, this high-concept look at the nature of relationships works beautifully. But it doesn't always work. Even then, it remains interesting, but delivers less than it promises.

Special Screenings This Week

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Starring: John Leyton, Michael Sarne, Grazina Frame, Freddie and the Dreamers, Ron Moody, Michael Ripper, Nicholas Parsons

Every Day’s a Holiday (Seaside Swingers)

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In Brief: Released in the US (usually on the bottom of a double bill) as Every Day's a Holiday (Seaside Swingers) (1965) is the film that attempted to do for Freddie and the Dreamers what A Hard Day's Night (1964) did for The Beatles. It didn't. Not only was James Hill no Richard Lester, but Freddie and the Dreamers were most certainly no Beatles. Very much a treasure trove of early 1960s British Invasion styles. The Asheville Film Society will screen Every Day's a Holiday (Seaside Swingers) Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 8 p.m. in Theater Six at The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.
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Starring: Keiji Sada, Yoshiko Kuga, Chishû Ryû, Kuniko Miyake, Haruko Sugimura

Good Morning

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In Brief: Yasujirô Ozu's Good Morning (1959) is typical of the filmmaker's work in that it looks, rather disapprovingly, at the growing westernization of post-war Japan. But Good Morning — with its story of two boys refusing to speak until their father buys a TV set — is slighter, warmer and more accepting than most of Ozu's films. It is by no means a major work, but it's a pleasant one. Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Good Morning Friday, Sept. 5, at 8 p.m. at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District (upstairs in the Railroad Library).  Info: 273-3332, www.ashevillecourtyard.com
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Starring: Julie Harris, Laurence Harvey, Shelley Winters, Ron Randell, Anton Diffring

I Am a Camera

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In Brief: It's the film of the play (by John Van Druten) of the book (by Christopher Isherwood) that would eventually become Cabaret. In fact, while the story is similar, I Am a Camera just belongs to a different world than Cabaret — so much so that comparisons, while inevitable, are largely meaningless. Though usually referred to as drama, the film is more a sophisticated comedy than anything else — one that so angered the old Legion of Decency folks that it was "condemned" by the Catholic Church in America. It seems pretty silly now, but the film does contain premarital sex, a possible abortion and coded homosexuality. The Hendersonville Film Society will show I Am a Camera Sunday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.
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Starring: Robert Shayne, Joyce Terry, Richard Crane, Doris Merrick, Beverly Garland

The Neanderthal Man

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In Brief: Having fallen on hard times since his glory days in silent cinema, E.A. Dupont found himself working with the exploitation (see the obligatory cheesecake scene) team of Jack Pollexfen and Aubrey Wisberg and turning out The Neanderthal Man (1953) — a film that might best be described as having been scraped off the underside of the bottom of the barrel. That, of course, means the movie is like catnip to lovers of Bad Cinema. Its big name star is Robert Shayne (best known as Inspector Henderson in the 1950s Superman TV series), who plays a loony scientist out to prove something or other that starts with a saber-toothed tiger and ends with transforming himself into the title character and running amok — as all Neanderthal men are wont to do. The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen The Neanderthal Man Thursday, Sept. 4, at 8 p.m. in Theater Six  at The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.