Movie Reviews

Legion

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The Story: The end-time is upon us (again) and the fate of humanity depends on a fallen angel and a pregnant waitress. The Lowdown: Rampant ho-hummery of the dubiously biblical kind that is rarely even relieved by unintentional amusement.
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Philip Stone

The Shining

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Classic Cinema From Around the World will present The Shining at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Courtyard Gallery, 9 Walnut St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 273-3332.

Broken Embraces

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The Story: Pedro Almodóvar's latest is a complex melodrama about filmmaking and forbidden love, about revenge, guilt and blackmail. The Lowdown: A wildly entertaining and fascinatingly convoluted tale told by one of the modern masters of film.

A Single Man

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The Story: A college professor, unable to cope with the death of his lover, plans to kill himself at the end of the day. The Lowdown: A stunning filmmaking debut from Tom Ford finds a perfect match with an inspired cast -- Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Nicholas Hoult -- to create a genuinely remarkable film. Not to be missed.

The Lovely Bones

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The Story: Film version of Alice Sebold's popular novel about a murdered girl watching "down" on the world and hoping for justice. The Lowdown: Solid production values and a strong cast keep this strangely muted thriller watchable, but not much more.

Juggernaut

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The Hendersonville Film Society will show Juggernaut at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

Youth in Revolt

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The Story: A nerdy virgin -- with the aid of an imaginary, daring alter ego -- decides to awkwardly rebel against authority in an attempt to be reunited with his potential girfriend. The Lowdown: A surprisingly funny, very quirky teen farce that's clever enough to withstand the pitfalls of being a clichéd sex comedy and a starring vehicle for Michael Cera. The movie manages to go against expectations at every turn.

Daybreakers

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The Story: In the not-too-distant future, the world has become largely populated with vampires -- and the blood supply is running out. The Lowdown: A vampire movie that isn't afraid to play as real horror, Daybreakers earns extra points for having something on its mind more than just horror.

Leap Year

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The Story: A young woman pursues her boyfriend to Ireland to propose to him, but fate and a charming Irish pub owner intervene -- with a lot of help from a by-the-numbers script. The Lowdown: Stylish filmmaking and charismatic leads can't keep this leaden and predictable movie from sinking pretty fast.