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nowplaying AbrAhAm LincoLn: VAmpire hunter JJJJ

Benjamin Walker, Dominic cooper, anthony mackie, mary elizaBeth WinsteaD, rufus seWell Horror Amusingly nonsensical story of Abraham Lincoln as, well, a vampire hunter. Of course, it’s silly. (How could it not be?) But it has its share of effective scenes, good performances, some intriguing ideas and a splendid lead vampire. Rated R

the AmAzing Spider-mAn JJJJ

anDreW GarfielD, emma stone, rhys ifans, Denis leary, martin sheen, sally fielD, irrfan khan Comic Book Action The Spider-Man origin story told anew to kickstart the franchise. Well-made and entertaining — and boasting improved lead actors — but rather unremarkable. It may be as good as the film it reboots, but the freshness is gone. Rated PG-13

bernie JJJJJ

jack Black, shirley maclaine, mattheW mcconauGhey, BraDy coleman, richarD rochiBaux, BranDon smith Fact-based Dark Comedy Drama True-life crime story about the murder of a much-hated old woman, her killer and the very odd fall-out from the crime in a small Texas town. Darkly funny, oddly touching, disturbing and surprisingly deep film that benefits from a very unusual approach. A mustsee. Rated PG-13

the beSt exotic mArigoLd hoteL JJJJJ

West Asheville Yoga probably means to be, but it’s undeniably entertaining and well-made. Rated PG-13

ice Age: continentAL drift J

(voices) ray romano, Denis leary, john leGuizamo, Queen latifah, peter DinklaGe Animated Adventure The prehistoric animals of the Ice Age franchise must deal with cataclysm and pirates. A completely pointless animated film that’s mostly harmless, more of the same and horribly dull. Rated PG

the intouchAbLeS JJJJJ

françois cluzet, omar sy, anne le ny, auDrey fleurot, clotilDe mollet Fact-based Comedy-Drama A fact-based, feelgood, odd couple comedy-drama about a rich white quadriplegic and his poor black caregiver. Slickly made, a little Hollywoodized, a little corny, but with a core of truth and splendid performances that transcend its limitations. Rated R

mAgic mike JJJJ

channinG tatum, alex pettyfer, coDy horn, mattheW mcconauGhey, olivia munn Male Stripper Drama A male stripper deals with the trials and tribulations of wanting more out of life than being a male stripper. An occasionally wonderful, (and thankfully human) look at the sex industry; it suffers from a weak third act, but is pitch perfect when it works. Rated R

moonriSe kingdom JJJJJ

juDi Dench, Bill niGhy, maGGie smith, tom Wilkinson, Dev patel, celia imrie, ronalD pickup, penelope Wilton Comedy Drama A group of old-age pensioners go to India and the affordable hotel of the title, only to find it’s not exactly as described in the brochure. Warm, funny, touching, completely winning film that does right by a cast that in turn does right by it. Rated PG-13

Bruce Willis, eDWarD norton, Bill murray, frances mcDormanD, kara hayWarD, jareD Gilman, tilDa sWinton, jason schWartzman Comedy Romance Drama Two misfit children run away on an island in the summer of 1965. Sweet, beautifully detailed, funny and very human tale of first love—with all the trimmings one expects from Wes Anderson. Easily the best film of 2012 so far and a must-see, especially for fans of the filmmaker. Rated PG-13


prometheuS JJJJ

(voices) kelly macDonalD, Billy connolly, emma thompson, julie Waters, roBBie coltrane Animated Action Fantasy A princess in ancient Scotland refuses to follow her parents’ wishes and tries to change her fate with the help of a witch. It’s a solidly OK animated fantasy from Pixar, but it’s certainly nothing to get excited about. Rated PG

the dArk knight riSeS JJJJ

christian Bale, michael caine, Gary olDman, anne hathaWay, tom harDy, marion cotillarD, joseph GorDon-levitt, morGan freeman Comic Book Action Drama The final film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman series. A more human, more entertaining, less oppressive Batman movie than might have been expected. It’s not as weighty as it

noomi rapace, michael fassBenDer, charlize theron, iDris elBa, Guy pearce, loGan marshall-Greene Sci-Fi Horror A corporation sends a small group of specialists into space to track down what may be the origin of life on Earth. Never as deep, and certainly not as daring, as it seems to wish it was, Prometheus is still compelling as entertainment—and boasts some incredible effects and design. Rated R

SAfety not guArAnteed JJJJJ

auBrey plaza, mark Duplass, jake johnson, karan soni, jenica BerGere, William hall, jr., kristen Bell Comedy Drama with Sci-Fi Aspects A trio of writers from Seattle magazine go looking for the story behind an ad looking for a partner for a time

travel experiment. A funny, moving, close to perfect little film that constantly defies the odds to become much more than what its premise and budget suggest is possible. A must-see film. Rated R

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taylor kitsch, aaron johnson, Blake lively, Benicio Del toro, salma hayek Drama/Action Two pot growers go after the Mexican drug cartel who’ve kidnapped their shared girlfriend. A strong cast and solid direction can’t make up for a script that gives you no reason to care. Rated R

ted J

mark WahlBerG, mila kunis, (voice) seth macfarlane, joel mchale, Giovanni riBisi Raunchy Gimmick Comedy A man struggles to juggle his girlfriend and his lifelong best friend, who just happens to be an anthropomorphic teddy bear he wished into existence as a child. A one-joke premise that’s mindless, rambling and downright stupid. Rated R

to rome with LoVe JJJJJ

WooDy allen, juDy Davis, jesse eisenBerG, Greta GerWiG, ellen paGe, alec BalDWin, roBerto BeniGni, alison pill, penelope cruz Comedy Woody Allen drops in on four intercut stories that take place in Rome. Witty, clever and frequently brilliant, Allen’s latest is a fine, entertaining film from a master filmmaker — and a still sharp comedian. Rated R

tyLer perry’S mAdeA’S witneSS protection JJJJ

tyler perry, euGene levy, Denise richarDs, Doris roBerts, romeo, john amos, tom arnolD Comedy For reasons best not examined very closely, Eugene Levy and his family wind up as witness protection guests of Madea and Joe. A pretty big improvement in the run of Tyler Perry’s Madea movies. It’s ingratiating and frequently very funny. It hardly reinvents the wheel, but it provides a pleasant ride. Rated PG-13

your SiSter’S SiSter JJJJJ

emily Blunt, mark Duplass, rosemarie DeWitt, mike BirBiGlia Comedy Drama Character comedy-drama about a young man who accidentally finds himself thrown together with his best friend’s sister in a lonely cabin, what happens between them and what happens when his best friend arrives on the scene. A charming surprise and probably not the indie-type movie you’re expecting. The characters are warm and likable with Mark Duplass’ performance a standout. Rated R

Saturday, July 22 • 1-4pm Self Treatment for Headaches and Migraines: Trigger Points, Stretch, Release with Cat Matlock, $60 Sat & Sun, July 28-29 • 2-4pm, 6:30-8:30pm ParaYoga® Sun, Moon, Fire, and Earth with Brooke Sullivan, $75 Saturday, August 4 • 1-4pm Introduction to Hands On Assists with Stephanie Johnson, $45

Sunday, August 5 • 7-9:30pm Sweet Summer Slowdown Candlelight Restorative Yoga Class with Stephanie Johnson, $40 Saturday, Aug 11 • 7-9pm Couples' Connection with Cat Matlock & Jeff Schmitt $35

Aug 17 • 7-9pm Tuina $40 Aug 18 - 19 1-7pm Saturday 10am- 4pm Sunday Yang Style Taiji and 13 Patterns Push Hands, $105 Master Wang Ming Bo from China

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Mountain Xpress, July 25 2012  

Independent news, arts, events and information for Asheville and Western North Carolina

Mountain Xpress, July 25 2012  

Independent news, arts, events and information for Asheville and Western North Carolina