Reviews

Are we filming?
(Open Road Films)

Ashvegas movie review: ‘End of Watch’

Gyllenhaal and Pena shine, but camera issues are a constant distraction.

by September 28, 2012 0 comments Asheville film, Reviews
Looper
(TriStar Pictures)

The week in film: ‘Looper’ plays with time, ‘Imposter’ with minds

Another week, another crowded schedule, and another highly anticipated fall film.

by September 25, 2012 0 comments Asheville film, Reviews
(Cohen Media Group)

Ashvegas movie review: ‘Farewell, My Queen’

A work both tame and expected, Benoit Jacquot’s film might as well be called ‘Not Another Versailles Movie.’

by September 23, 2012 1 comment Asheville film, Reviews
The Master
(The Weinstein Company)

The week in film: ‘The Master’ leads a busy schedule

Ashvegas movie reviewer Edwin Arnaudin gives moviegoers a guide to Friday’s new flicks and DVD releases to look out for.

by September 18, 2012 2 comments Asheville film, Asheville News, Reviews
Confidence builds success.
(Roadside Attractions)

Ashvegas movie review: Gere powers high-drama ‘Arbitrage’

Debut feature is a stunner from start to finish, and both director and Gere should be remembered come awards season.

by September 16, 2012 1 comment Asheville film, Reviews
(Brainstorm Media)

Ashvegas movie review: ‘Dark Horse’ starts strong, fades at the finish

Dark Horse is the first film in a while to leave me thinking, “What did I just see?”

by September 15, 2012 2 comments Asheville film, Reviews
Rodriguez on his Detroit stoop.
(Sony Pictures Classics)

Ashvegas movie review: ‘Sugar Man’ a rich musical mystery

If you love good music, interesting characters, and high-quality filmmaking, head to the Fine Arts Theatre before it’s gone.

by September 15, 2012 4 comments Asheville film, Reviews
(IFC Films)

Ashvegas movie review: ‘Sleepwalk With Me’ pleasant enough

“Sleepwalk With Me” is a short but effective comedic detour.

by September 7, 2012 1 comment Asheville film, Reviews
(Sundance Selects)

Ashvegas movie review: Ai Weiwei documentary essential viewing

Whether due to careful editing or just plain accuracy, Alison Klayman’s “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” depicts the man as one who can do no wrong.

by September 7, 2012 3 comments Asheville film, Reviews
(Columbia Pictures)

Ashvegas movie review: ‘Premium Rush’ delivers big-city thrills

True to the title, the adrenaline of “Premium Rush’s” action sequences are unequivocally the reason to see the film.

by September 6, 2012 1 comment Asheville film, Reviews
(The Weinstein Company)

Ashvegas movie review: sloppy ‘Lawless’ goes down like bad moonshine

“Lawless” indeed sounds great on paper, but in getting that world onscreen, the director flicks on autopilot.

by September 6, 2012 1 comment Asheville film, Reviews
Ashvegas movie review: Lovable grouch embraces technology in ‘Robot & Frank’

Ashvegas movie review: Lovable grouch embraces technology in ‘Robot & Frank’

Robot & Frank is one of 2012’s most enjoyable films.

by September 1, 2012 1 comment Asheville film, Reviews
Ashvegas movie review: ‘Killer Joe’ a demented murderous romp

Ashvegas movie review: ‘Killer Joe’ a demented murderous romp

Talented actors and their director make “Killer Joe” a unique experience that, though flawed, is sure to linger long after the credits roll.

by August 30, 2012 2 comments Asheville film, Reviews
(Sony Pictures Classics)

Ashvegas movie review: ‘Celeste & Jesse Forever’ bring laughs, little else

“Celeste & Jesse Forever” may be funny, but it’s far from the indie film it posits itself to be.

by August 30, 2012 2 comments Asheville film, Reviews
(Magnolia Pictures)

Ashvegas movie review: ‘Queen of Versailles’ a wild, repetitive look at the 1 percent

The director’s handling of the material lacks clear direction.

by August 21, 2012 0 comments Asheville film, Reviews
Ashvegas movie review: ‘Ruby Sparks’ lights up the screen

Ashvegas movie review: ‘Ruby Sparks’ lights up the screen

Full of rich humor and sharp comedic performances, nearly everything works.

by August 15, 2012 1 comment Asheville film, Reviews
(Universal Pictures)

Ashvegas movie review: Meet the new ‘Bourne,’ same as the old Bourne

Director Tony Gilroy presents a work so rooted in the series’ successes that it barely feels like his own.

by August 13, 2012 1 comment Asheville film, Reviews
Further proof that white people can't dance.
(Magnolia Pictures)

Ashvegas movie review: Michelle Williams enough reason to ‘Take This Waltz’

A story doesn’t have to be pleasant to be genuine, and in its raw depiction of the consequences of infidelity, “Take This Waltz” succeeds.

by August 7, 2012 0 comments Asheville film, Reviews
Where's Ah-nuld when you need him?
(Columbia Pictures)

Ashvegas movie review: New ‘Total Recall’ a total waste of time

Remake. Reboot. Re-imagining. Whatever you call “Total Recall,” just don’t call it remarkable.

by August 4, 2012 1 comment Asheville film, Reviews
Ready for an hour and a half of this image?
(Fox Searchlight)

Ashvegas movie review: ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ is all squalor, no substance

The movie offers no sympathetic characters and nothing to latch on to. As for plot, that’s suspect, too.

by July 31, 2012 5 comments Asheville film, Reviews

Ashvegas at the movies: Going to the movies should always be our refuge

The movies should be one of the places where we can set aside worldly concerns and relax with confidence.

by July 27, 2012 2 comments Asheville film, Reviews
Ashvegas movie review: ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ a solid indie

Ashvegas movie review: ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ a solid indie

Even with the occasional dramatic shortcoming, “Safety Not Guaranteed” rolls along with fun and intrigue to spare.

by July 27, 2012 0 comments Asheville film, Reviews
Ashvegas movie review: Flawed ‘Dark Knight Rises’ exceeds expectations

Ashvegas movie review: Flawed ‘Dark Knight Rises’ exceeds expectations

The third go-round remains fresh, bringing plentiful surprises and mining its subjects to previously unexplored depths.

by July 26, 2012 5 comments Asheville film, Reviews
Not your typical stoner comedy.
(The Weinstein Company)

Ashvegas movie review: French import ‘The Intouchables’ rich in smart humor

Our reviewer calls it a sophisticated buddy comedy of the highest caliber.

by July 25, 2012 1 comment Asheville film, Reviews