This week we arrive at one of those eagerly-awaited (by many) movies (read: it’s the new Next Big Thing), another movie that I assume has some kind of audience, and an art title that has Asheville written all over it. It is this last that I have seen (twice) and have the most interest in.
I was glad to see that Marguerite got enough attention this past weekend to earn it a second weekend, but truthfully, it should have gotten more. You have a week to make up for lost time. Use it wisely. Remember, you’re not only supporting art films, but a local business.
The art title opening this week is Michael Grandage’s Genius — starting Friday (with a Thursday evening show at the Fine Arts at least) at Carolina Cinemark and Fine Arts Theatre. If you don’t know, this is the biographical drama about the relationship between writer Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) and his editor Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth) — with appearances by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Guy Pearce) and Ernest Hemingway (Dominic West). And it’s honestly very good. Now, you might want to know that, no, none of the film takes place in Asheville (apart from one brief bit that’s supposed to be Riverside Cemetery), but considering that it only covers 1929-1938 that’s hardly surprising. What makes the film so good, though, is that it has a genuinely literary — even poetic — feel that is rarely found in the movies. It’s intelligent and entertaining and certainly a film that’s worth your attention. (There will, of course, be complaints about accents, etc. There always are with this kind of film.)
First up in the unseen is Rawson Marshall Thurber’s Central Intelligence — doing that Friday-opening-with-Thursday-evening-shows thing at Carolina Cinemark, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, UA Beaucatcher. I have to say that “Rawson Marshall Thurber” is a pretty high-toned name for a guy with a movie being advertised with, “Saving the World Takes a Little Hart and a Big Johnson.” OK, I grant you that that refers to the movie’s stars, Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson, but still…Anyway, this appears to be all about an accountant (Hart) becoming involved with an old classmate (Johnson), who has become a CIA agent and involved in some top secret spy stuff. You can probably take it from there — and you’re welcome to it.
The big deal this week is Disney-Pixar’s Finding Dory — starting Friday (with Thursday evening shows, yes) at Carmike 10, Carolina Cinemark, Co-ed of Brevard, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande. This, of course, is the inevitable sequel to the much-loved Finding Nemo (2003). The studio blurb says this “reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way.” Yes, that sounds — at least in the life-lessons department — like just about every animated film of the 21st century, but that’s not surprising. I have nothing against this (and with those grotesque creatures from the latest Ice Age movie looming at me on my computer screen as I write this, it looks even better), but neither am I wound up about it. Others will be.
We don’t really lose anything this week, though the Fine Arts is splitting Love & Friendship (1:20, 4:20) with The Lobster (7:20 — pre-empted on Wednesday and Thursday — and 9:40 late show on Friday and Saturday). Grail Moviehouse is holding Marguerite and Maggie’s Plan, while Carolina Cinemark is holding The Lobster, Love & Friendship and Maggie’s Plan.
This week the Thursday Horror Picture Show shows William Cameron Menzies’ Invaders from Mars (1953) on June 16 at 7:30 p.m.at the Grail Moviehouse (45 S. French Broad Ave.). World Cinema is showing Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes (1938) at 8 p.m. on Fri., June 17 at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District (upstairs in the Railroad Library). The Hendersonville Film Society is running the biopic Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Sunday, June 19, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville. The Asheville Film Society is screening Stanley Donen’s Charade (1963) on Tuesday June 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Grail Moviehouse — note new time and new location. More on all titles in this week’s Xpress and in the online edition.