Screen Scene: Local film news

SACRED STEEL: A still from the 1980 martial arts film "Shogun Assassin," the latest selection in Asheville artist/musician Gus Cutty's Hip-Hop Film Series. The screening and discussion takes place May 23 at Grail Moviehouse. Photo courtesy of The Criterion Collection

• Local artist and musician Gus Cutty continues his Hip-Hop Film Series with a 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, screening of Shogun Assassin at Grail Moviehouse, 45 S. French Broad Ave. Cutty will introduce the 1980 Japanese action film and discuss its impact on hip-hop culture, including Wu-Tang Clan member GZA sampling many of the movie’s lines of dialogue on his classic 1995 album, Liquid Swords. Tickets are $10 and available online and at the Grail box office. grailmoviehouse.com

• Grail Moviehouse celebrates its third anniversary on Sunday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m. with a screening of Harold and Maude. Regular ticket rates apply and may be purchased online or at the Grail box office. grailmoviehouse.com

• The Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Ave., will be one of a select few U.S. theaters to screen Martin Scorsese’s new Bob Dylan documentary, Rolling Thunder Revue, on Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. The film chronicles the musician’s tour with the titular collective in fall 1975. Tickets are $10 and available online and at the Fine Arts box office. fineartstheatre.com

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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for ashevillemovies.com 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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2 thoughts on “Screen Scene: Local film news

  1. Curious

    There has been some small controversy about MX’s decision to use “community” reviewers for films, rather than people with specific knowledge of films/film history/film aesthetics, etc. Why doesn’t the excellent Mr. Arnaudin, who is a “certified” film critic, review films for MX?

    • Edwin Arnaudin

      Thanks for asking! I typically review at least one film in each issue of Mountain Xpress. This week is John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

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