Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Ruby Modine, Steve Zissis

Happy Death Day 2U

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It’s a bold move to follow up a surprisingly clever and entertaining horror/comedy hit with a time travel/romantic comedy hybrid sequel, but Christopher Landon is a bold guy. The writer/director takes that risk with Happy Death Day 2U, a zany second round with the Happy Death Day crew that derives much of its fun from […]

Starring: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole

Capernaum

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A worthy Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum remarkably sustains hope and investment within bleak circumstances for 2 1/2 hours. Propelled by a narrative true to its titular synonym for “chaos,” the Lebanese export also features one of cinema’s all-time great child performances — truly! — by wholly naturalistic, real-life […]

Starring: Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine, Priyanka Chopra, Betty Gilpin

Isn’t It Romantic

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Issues of absent titular punctuation aside, Isn’t It Romantic operates a step above David Wain’s overrated They Came Together in the realm of modern rom-com parodies. Framed within consistently clean and occasionally inventive visuals from director Todd Strauss-Schulson (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas), Rebel Wilson proves generally ready for leading lady status as […]

Starring: Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, Zoe Kazan, Tom Waits, James Franco

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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Edwin Arnaudin: Joel and Ethan Coen’s Western anthology The Ballad of Buster Scruggs has been available to stream on Netflix since mid-November and, just in time for the Oscars, the triple-nominee is getting a one-week run at the Fine Arts Theatre. We had the good fortune to catch this gem on the big screen for a press event […]

Starring: Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Tiffany Haddish

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

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Writers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller double down on the blatant exposition of the original Lego Movie‘s live-action scenes but keep the laugh count high enough to again warrant forgiveness. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part finds Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) and friends navigating a Mad Max: Fury Road-inspired wasteland of tween angst […]

Beer today, gone tomorrow: Asheville beer happenings Feb. 19-25

Beer Today, Gone Tomorrow is the one-stop home for Asheville-area beer news. Check back throughout the week for updates and send your own to wncbeertoday@gmail.com. Bottle and can releases **NEW** Archetype Brewing Co. releases Nameless Light Brett IPA (7.7 percent ABV) on Friday, Feb. 22, in 500 milliliter bottles for $8 each. The beer is brewed […]

Starring: Latrenda "Boosie" Ash, Quincy Bryant, Daniel Collins

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

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RaMell Ross’ Hale County This Morning, This Evening both warrants enthusiasm for its directorial creativity, yet frequently allows this same unconventionality to bog down the proceedings. The Oscar-nominated documentary laudably eschews talking-head interviews, re-enactments and the form’s other clichés, instead adopting the viewpoint of a casual observer, taking in the lives of impoverished African-Americans in […]