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Starring: Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk, Helen McCrory, Chris O’Dowd, Saoirse Ronan

Loving Vincent

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The Story: A young man tries to deliver a letter from the late Vincent van Gogh and uncovers mysterious circumstances surrounding his alleged suicide in the process. The Lowdown: A remarkable and utterly unique approach to van Gogh and his art that fully immerses the audience and does its subject justice in a way that few films…
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Starring: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Beth Grant, James Darren, Hugo Armstrong, Barry Shabaka Henley, Yvonne Huff, Bertila Damas, Ana Mercedes, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt

Lucky

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The Story: An aging man with a life of simple routine contemplates his mortality. The Lowdown: A beautifully understated film that provides a fitting coda to the long life and illustrious career of the late Harry Dean Stanton.
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Starring: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, Connie Britton, Monica Giordano, JJ Feild, Chris Conroy, Alexia Havins, Oliver Platt

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

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The Story: A psychology professor's romantic and sexual proclivities lead to a long-term polyamorous relationship that results in the creation of the most iconic feminist character in the history of comic books. The Lowdown: A biopic that fails to live up to the intriguing true story that inspired it.
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Starring: Louise Brooks, Wallace Beery, Richard Arlen, Robert Perry, Roscoe Karns, Edgar (Blue) Washington

Beggars of Life

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In Brief: One of director William Wellman's best early pictures — and certainly one of his most socially conscious in its early representation of rape culture — Beggars of Life (1928) is a powerful film pulled from a pulpy story that could have amounted to little more than a vagrant-centric exploitation flick in lesser hands. Louise Brooks stars as…
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Starring: Lil Dagover, Bernhard Goetzke, Walter Janssen, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Destiny (Der Müde Tod)

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In Brief: The Asheville Film Society keeps rolling out historic horror hits this week with a slight change of pace: Fritz Lang's exceptional silent fantasy/horror hybrid, Destiny (1921). Lang's breakout picture is also one of his most underrated, despite being massively influential — it's the movie that prompted Luis Buñuel to pick up a camera, its impact on…
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Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, Hiam Abbass, Sean Young

Blade Runner 2049

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The Story: Blade runner K, tasked with retiring a new breed of replicants on the streets of a dystopian Los Angeles, stumbles upon a decades-old conspiracy that throws everything he knows about his work and himself into doubt. The Lowdown: A visual masterpiece that supersedes its predecessor in almost every conceivable way.
Starring: Dolores Huerta, Hillary Clinton, Cesar Chavez, Gloria Steinem

Dolores

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The Story: A thorough recounting of the lengthy and storied career of activist Dolores Huerta, a pioneering advocate for the rights of Latino migrant workers. The Lowdown: A thought provoking documentary with a fascinating subject that is very nearly undermined by its rote direction and aggressive pacing.
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Starring: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams, Eddie Izzard, Simon Callow, Tim Pigott-Smith, Adeel Akhtar, Fenella Woolgar, Julian Wadham, Deano Bugatt

Victoria and Abdul

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The Story: Queen Victoria befriends an Indian Muslim who teaches her Urdu and the Quaran, much to the consternation of her "racialist" royal retinue. The Lowdown: A charming film that lacks the depth of social commentary its subject could (and should) have borne, but scores points with a stellar turn from Judi Dench.
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Starring: Petr Kostka, Emília Vásáryová, Miroslav Holub

A Jester’s Tale

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In Brief: It's not often that films from the Checkoslovak New Wave are screened, and that's a genuine shame because they represent some of the most original filmmaking coming out of Europe in the '60s. Karel Zeman's antiwar satire A Jester's Tale (1964) is no exception — its blend of live action and animation is unlike anything else…
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Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller, Lee J. Cobb

The Exorcist

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In Brief: The Asheville Film Society's month of Halloween horrors marches on with the first of two Budget Big Screen presentations — William Friedkin's seminal classic of supernatural religious horror, The Exorcist (1973). It's nearly impossible to overstate the impact of this film on the horror movie landscape, and its influence continues to echo through the genre…
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Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown, Carlos Sanz, Frankie Shaw, Danny McCarthy, Lenny Clarke

Stronger

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The Story: Based on the true story of Jeff Bauman, a man who struggled to cope with the loss of his legs and unexpected celebrity status following the Boston Marathon bombings. The Lowdown: A touching story of perseverance that never lets its penchant for inspiration overshadow its protagonists' human fallibility.
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Starring: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright Olsen, Alejandro Edda, Caleb Landry Jones, Jayma Mays, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke

American Made

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The Story: A hapless commercial airline pilot finds himself at the heart of  CIA drug running operation in the '80s. The Lowdown: How did American Made get made? The same two-word answer for why it failed: Tom Cruise.
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Starring: Jonathan Breck, Brandon Smith, Gabrielle Haugh, Stan Shaw, Meg Foster, Chester Rushing, Gina Philips

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The Story: A flying beast that drives a semiliteral monster truck returns to feed on the residents of a small town after two decades of dormancy. The Lowdown: Fodder for fans of the franchise, but of limited appeal to anyone else.
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Starring: Maj-Britt Nilsson, Birger Malmsten, Alf Kjellin, Annalisa Ericson, Georg Funkquist, Stig Olin, Mimi Pollak, Renée Björling, Gunnar Olsson

Summer Interlude (Sommarlek)

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In Brief: That Summer Interlude (1951) is often considered second-tier Bergman is not all that surprising, but it is unfortunate — it's by far the most personal of the great auteur's early works, and would set the stage for many of his career-defining films. Bergman's subsequent explorations of memory, identity and femininity can all be traced back to Interlude, and while…
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Starring: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe, Gibson Gowland

The Phantom of the Opera

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In Brief: The Asheville Film Society continues its October celebration of spook cinema with the first true big budget American horror feature, The Phantom of the Opera (1925). While it's mostly remembered for Lon Chaney's grotesque appearance — Roger Ebert called the Phantom's unmasking scene "one of the most famous moments in silent cinema" —it's easy for modern audiences…
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Starring: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Austin Stowell, Natalie Morales, Jessica McNamee, Fred Armisen

Battle of the Sexes

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The Story: Female tennis champ Billie Jean King's uphill fight for gender equality leads to a climactic showdown in the form of a highly-publicized spectacle when she goes up against self-proclaimed "male chauvinist pig" Bobby Riggs in a televised exhibition match. The Lowdown: A comedy about a serious subject that proves heavy-hearted but never heavy-handed.
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Starring: Scott Avett, Seth Avett, Bob Crawford, Paul DeFiglia, Tania Elizabeth, Joe Kwon, Mike Marsh, Rick Rubin, Jennifer Carpenter

May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

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The Story: Massively successful pop-folk act The Avett Brothers discuss their background while recording their latest hit album. The Lowdown: An endearing glimpse behind the scenes of a band rooted in its frontmen's almost implausibly close brotherly bond.
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Starring: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal, Edward Holcroft, Hanna Alstrom, Emily Watson, Sophie Cookson, Elton John, Bruce Greenwood, Poppy Delevingne

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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The Story: Kingsman operative Galahad (aka Eggsy) returns to save the world again, this time from a drug cartel that has poisoned its product. The Lowdown: Bond for the Twitter era returns in what feels like a perfunctory social media repost, a thoroughly unoriginal film that seems to exist solely to keep the studio accountants happy.
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Starring: Anna Karina, Laszlo Szabo, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Marianne Faithfull, Yves Afonso, Ernest Menzer

Made in USA

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In Brief: While it sits chronologically amid the most notable period of French New Wave auteur Jean-Luc Godard's oeuvre, Made in USA (1966) isn't often mentioned alongside films like Breathless or Weekend — and that omission is not without due cause. But it is one of Godard's most overlooked and underrated works, and if it doesn't rank amongst his best-known movies…