Screen scene: Local film news

Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray star in the Billy Wilder classic Double Indemnity. The film noir cornerstone will screen July 19 and 20 at Carolina Cinemas. Photo courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment

• On Friday, July 17, The Princess Bride kicks off Reynolds Village’s free Movies on the Mountain series. The film will begin at dusk, and the series continues the third Friday of each month through September.

The event is sponsored by Thirsty Monk Reynolds Village. Sodas and ice cream from The Hop will be available to purchase in the courtyard during the movie. Audience participation is encouraged and costume contests for children and adults will be held at 8:30 p.m. No alcoholic beverages or smoking are permitted at this event.


• Registration is open for NYS3’s Youth Independent Filmmaking Summer Camp, held Aug. 3-7 and 10-14, in Asheville. Under the guidance of local award-winning independent filmmaker Paul Schattel, students will be immersed in the world of low-budget moviemaking. Week I consists of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on experience while Week II involves in-the-field production and real-world problem-solving. Each student will have the opportunity to learn about such key filmmaking aspects as lighting, sound, editing, camera operation and story construct, resulting in an accomplished, professional-level music video that will be shown on the big screen at a local theater.

The cost of the course is $299 for one week or $499 for two weeks. (Week I is a prerequisite for Week II.) Availability is limited to 10 spots for each week and equipment is provided in each session, though students may also bring their own iPhones, iPads, cameras or similar recording devices.


• Billy Wilder’s classic film noir Double Indemnity receives special screenings at the Carolina Cinemas on Sunday, July 19 and Monday, July 20, at 2 and 7 p.m. The showings are part of the monthly TCM Presents series, later installments of which include a Grease sing-a-long (August), Psycho (September) and Dracula (October). Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online or at the Carolina Cinemas box office.


• Regal Cinemas’ Summer Movie Express program offers recent family-friendly movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Biltmore Grande and Beaucatcher Cinemas. All movies start at 10 a.m., are rated G or PG and cost $1 per person. Tickets are available at the box office and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Will Rogers Institute.

The schedule of films at the Biltmore Grande is How to Train Your Dragon 2 (July 1); Mr. Peabody & Sherman (July 7); The Book of Life (July 8); Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (July 14); Penguins of Madagascar (July 15); Madagascar 3 (July 21); Dolphin Tale 2 (July 22); Muppets Most Wanted (July 28); Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (July 29); The Lego Movie (Aug. 4); and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (Aug. 5). Each movie receives an encore presentation one week later at the Beaucatcher Cinemas, which will also show Turbo on July 1 and Rio 2 on July 7.

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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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7 thoughts on “Screen scene: Local film news

  1. lauriecrosswell

    Did you get to see Jaws on the big screen when it was re-released last weekend? That was a dream come true for me. I am looking forward to Double Indemnity. Thank you for the movie updates.

      • Ken Hanke

        If it does, it’ll almost certainly be through the AFS. Those Fathom/TCM things are national “events” piped into the theaters. However, because Rialto usually charges the moon, I’m skeptical the AFS can afford to book The Third Man any time soon.

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