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
(IFC Films)

Ashvegas movie review: Tiny ‘Your Sister’s Sister’ a towering success

Our reviewer says Lynn Shelton’s latest film is a must-see. Playing now at the Carolina Cinemas.

by July 23, 2012 1 comment Asheville film, Reviews
Ashvegas movie review: ‘Savages’ surprisingly tame (and lame)

Ashvegas movie review: ‘Savages’ surprisingly tame (and lame)

Oliver Stone’s latest is a confounding bore.

by July 12, 2012 2 comments Asheville film, Reviews
Ashvegas movie review: New ‘Spider-Man’ a familiar ride

Ashvegas movie review: New ‘Spider-Man’ a familiar ride

Was Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man bad enough to warrant a makeover a mere decade after its release?

by July 10, 2012 1 comment Asheville film, Reviews
Ashvegas concert review: Town Mountain at The Grey Eagle

Ashvegas concert review: Town Mountain at The Grey Eagle

Town Mountain was solid, but opener Steve McMurry might have stolen the show.

by July 9, 2012 0 comments Asheville Music, Reviews
Ashvegas movie review: Woody Allen’s European muse powers ‘To Rome With Love’

Ashvegas movie review: Woody Allen’s European muse powers ‘To Rome With Love’

Allen’s European muse strikes again with a film so enjoyable it occasionally surpasses the highs of last year’s Midnight in Paris.

by July 5, 2012 2 comments Asheville film, Reviews
"Mike the Illusionist" was taken.
(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Ashvegas movie review: ‘Magic Mike’ is a frustrating good time

Despite all the laughs and eye candy, the combination of which will suffice for many viewers, the sense that Magic Mike narratively adds up to little is a major obstacle.

by July 2, 2012 1 comment Asheville film, Reviews
Ashvegas movie review: Pixar’s ‘Brave’ ends studio’s streak

Ashvegas movie review: Pixar’s ‘Brave’ ends studio’s streak

The Isolated Moviegoer offers his take on Pixaer’s latest.

Ashvegas movie review: Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ a treasure for audiences

Ashvegas movie review: Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ a treasure for audiences

Loyal readers, please welcome Edwin Arnaudin, who will be contributing movie reviews to ashvegas.com. Here you go: Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson’s magnificent seventh film, plays like a highlight reel of his brief but illustrious career.  That’s not to say the film is a rehash of old ideas, but one that epitomizes his strengths, pushes his body of work forward, and[Read More…]

by June 26, 2012 9 comments Asheville film, Reviews

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