In Theaters. Another light week — one mainstream title and one art title. Come to think of it that’s a step up from last week. But all this is, of course, merely filler — marking time till next week when the movie the entire world is waiting for comes to town. I refer, of course, […]
In Theaters. It’s the week of Bond 24 — or Spectre, if you will — and no one can be happier than Hollywood after last week’s debacle at the box office. And if you have kids, or are nostalgic for your childhood, there’s an alternative Big Deal out there, though by the age of eight, […]
This week’s roundup includes The North Asheville Library’s “Do They Know it’s Christmas?” film series along with screenings of The Polar Express and Princess Mononoke.
In Theaters. Talk about the winter of our discontent — this is it. We get one low-interest mainstream offering, one special interest title and zero art titles. If we were still using that term “bad scene,” I’d say this is certainly one. The upside is that it offers a chance to catch up with Trumbo, […]
White Horse’s Movies that Matter series rolls on, Mechanical Eye hosts another Open Screening and “Love Actually” is shown for free on consecutive nights.
In Theaters. This week we get three new mainstream titles and two art titles — and though I’ve seen none of the mainstream ones, I’ll say that the art titles are the things to watch, because I have seen those and they are among the best films of the year. No fooling. It’s one of […]
In Theaters. Next week is when the new James Bond picture comes out, and that means the studios have — for all intents and purposes — come up with some floor sweepings for us. No one expects this week’s three mainstream titles to make a nickel, so no one much minds sacrificing them to the […]
Asheville-set satirical web comedy “Transplanting” holds a free holiday party at The Mothlight and the new sci-fi/horror series “Monster of the Week” seeks area writers.
In Theaters. To judge by this week’s mainstream releases, it would be easy to conclude that we are somehow being punished for our sins — real or imagined or maybe even sins not yet committed. The truth, of course, is that the SPECTRE juggernaut is still with us. Worse, the final — really, no foolin’ […]
This week’s roundup includes screenings at Pack Library and The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, clips from the ongoing documentary project Blanket Town, and new classes at the Asheville School of Film.
This week’s roundup includes screenings of local student work, an annual outdoor sports project and a new movie series.
I recently received a royalty check on my book Charlie Chan at the Movies and realized that the start date on that project is now 30 years old. The book itself has only been out 26 years. It took a long time to write a book in those days when research materials were scarce and […]
This week’s roundup includes screenings of Frenkel Defects, PlantPure Nation and Monsieur Lazhar as well as a fundraising campaign for the documentary short Love Won: The Fight for Marriage Across the South.
It’s no good glossing o’er the facts — last week was either a disappointment or a tough slog or both. As if to make up for it this week the movie gods are treating us to three mainstream titles, two art titles, and one of those faith-based pictures. The word overkill comes readily to mind.
This week’s roundup includes the Culture Vulture Film Festival, silent movies at the Leicester Public Library, a screening of the documentary Citizen Autistic and news about the the third episode of “Southern Songs and Stories.”
In Theaters. This is an odd week. We get one — count it — bona fide mainstream title, one title that may be pretending to be one, and no less than three art titles, two of which are documentaries — with the third (and best) being pretty much drowned at birth by the way it’s […]
This week’s roundup includes a local team participating in the 48 Day Film Project – 5 Continents, and screenings of the documentaries “Our Daily Dose” and “A Chorus In Miracles.”
In Theaters. OK, here it is — the first week of the real fall movie season and we have one mainstream release, one expanding to mainstream art title and one little art title of some note which is likely to be crushed under the combined weight of those two. That’s assuming it isn’t already going […]
This week’s events include a 40th anniversary celebration of Monty Python and the Holy Grail as well as screenwriting and digital cinematography workshops.
In Theaters. It started out as a simple week — two mainstream titles (including one potential juggernaut) and three art titles. Then one of the titles (the less likely) decided it needed a Wednesday opening for reasons that are anybody’s guess, since neither the date, nor the movie is special. Oh, but it didn’t end […]
Art films aside, just how bad is the current crop of movies? Well, when you consider that Jurassic World, Inside Out, Pixels, Southpaw, and Dope are all being re-released this week, you know things are grim. (No, this does not mean all of those films are opening locally. At this point, the only one I know that’s coming here is Inside Out.) That said, there’s one very bright spot in the local mix on the art front.