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Due to possible last-minute scheduling changes, moviegoers may want to confirm showtimes with theaters. 

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Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. (254-1281)
Please call the info line for updated showtimes.
Dark Shadows (PG-13)
7:00, 10:00
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (PG)
1:00, 4:00

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Carmike Cinema 10 (298-4452)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 3D (R)
12:15 (Fri-Sun), 2:45, 5:15, 7:45,10:15
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 2D (R)
1:55, 4:25, 7:10, 9:35
Brave 3D (PG)
12:00 (Fri-Sun), 2:20, 4:40, 7:00, 9:20
Brave 2D (PG)
1:35, 4:00, 6:20, 8:40
Dark Shadows (PG-13)
1:25, 4:05, 6:35, 9:05
The Dictator (R)
1:15, 3:30, 5:55, 8:00, 10:05
Men in Black III 3D (PG-13)
2:10, 7:20
Men in Black III 2D (PG-13)
4:50, 9:45
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (R)
12:25 (Fri-Sun), 2:35, 5:00, 7:30, 9:55
Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13)
12:50, 3:50, 7:05, 10:00
Ted (R)
12:05 (Fri-Sun), 2:25, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40

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Carolina Asheville Cinema 14 (274-9500)
Abraham Lincoln: Vamire Hunter 3D (R)
1:25, 4:05, 7:20
Abraham Lincoln: Vamire Hunter 2D (R)
11:00, 9;50
Bernie (PG-13)
11:20, 1:50, 4:15, 7:40, 10:10 (Sofa Cinema)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13)
1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:05
Brave 3D (PG)
11:30, 4:15, 9:20
Brave 2D (PG)
1:55, 7:00
Headhunters (R)
1:35, 8:00
Hysteria (R)
11:35, 1:55, 4:10, 7:30, 9:50 (Sofa Cinema)
Magic Mike (R)
10:50, 1:20, 3:50, 7:35, 10:05
Men in Black III 2D (PG-13)
10:45, 4:20, 10:15 (Sofa Cinema)
Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13)
10:45, 2:15, 4:40, 7:25, 9:55
Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding (R)
11:10, 3:55, 10:25
People Like Us (PG-13)
11:05, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45
Prometheus 3D (R)
2:10, 7:55
Prometheus 2D (R)
11:25, 5:00, 10:30
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (R)
12:30, 2:55, 5:15, 7:50, 10:15 (Sofa Cinema)
Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13)
1:30, 7:15 (Sofa Cinema)
Ted (R)
11:15, 1:45, 4:35, 7:40, 10:10
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG-13)
10:55, 1:40, 4:25, 7:45, 10:20

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Cinebarre (665-7776)
Battleship (PG-13)
10:30 (Sat-Sun), 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:00
Crooked Arrows (PG-13)
10:45 (Sat-Sun), 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 9:45
Dark Shadows (PG-13)
10:55 (Sat-Sun), 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 9:50
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (G)
10:50 (Sat-Sun), 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 9:20
The Raven (R)
4:30, 10:05
Think Like a Man (PG-13)
10:40 (Sat-Sun), 1:30, 7:30

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Co-ed Cinema Brevard (883-2200
Brave (PG )
1:00, 4:00, 7:00, Late show Fri-Sat 9:30

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Epic of Hendersonville (693-1146)
T.B.A.

Fine Arts Theatre (232-1536)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13)
1:20, 4:20, 7:20, Late show Fri-Sat 9:40
Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13)
1:00, 4:00, 7:00, Late show Fri-Sat 9:00

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Flatrock Cinema (697-2463)
Bernie (R)
4:00 (Mon-Thu), 7:00 (Fri-Sun)
Darling Companion (PG-13)
4:00 (Fri-Sun), 7:00 (Mon-Thu)

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Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15 (684-1298)
T.B.A.

United Artists Beaucatcher (298-1234)
The Avengers 2D (PG-13)
4:25
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 3D (PG)
2:40, 7:10
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 2D (PG)
12:30,  4:55, Late show Fri-Sat 9:45
Magic Mike (R)
1:30, 4:45, 7:40, Late show Fri-Sat 10:20
People Like Us (PG-13)
1:20, 4:30, 7:20, Late show Fri-Sat 10:00
Prometheus 3D (R)
1:15
Prometheus 2D (R)
4:40, 7:50, Late show Fri-Sat 10:40
That’s My Boy (R)
1:30, 4:30, 7:30, Late show Fri-Sat 10:15
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG-13)
1:10, 1:45, 4:20, 7:30, 8:00, Late show Fri-Sat 10:10, 10:35







Cranky Hanke’s Screening Room: Is 2011 really that bad?

Ken Hanke | 10/04/2011 | 23 Comment(s)

I know there are those who actually believe that 2011 has been a good year for movies. I can’t agree with that—nor it seems can most people. But there’s always the chance that I’ve been forgetting something. With that in mind, I went over all the new films I’ve seen that impressed me enough to get the full five stars. This came up to five titles: The Illusionist, 13 Assassins, Incendies, Midnight in Paris and Point Blank. It’s a point of debate as to whether The Illusionist can technically be counted as 2011, since it opened in limited release in 2010—and since I saw it in 2010. Incendies, on the other hand, counts, since it only opened enough to qualify for Oscar consideration in 2010. So I’ll discount The Illusionist, but keep Incendies as a possible “Best of” contender.

Cranky Hanke’s Screening Room: Back in my day…

Ken Hanke | 09/12/2011 | 16 Comment(s)

I have a friend who I sometimes think exists mostly to prove—even though he’s a few years my junior—that there are more curmudgeonly folks in the world than I. (Unfortunately, he hasn’t a name that rhymes with anything like “cranky.”) The other day he was celebrating the existence of a highly dubious article on the tanking of summer blockbusters this year (at least five of the films cited were not big-budget flops, just common garden flops). I took issue with this on the basis of factual wobbliness and the fact that a lot of the summer crap is what helps to keep the good stuff viable. The whole thing then escalated into the assertion that it wouldn’t matter to him if they never made another movie, which, of course, served to escalate the argument even more.

Cranky Hanke’s Screening Room: OK, I’ve Gone Blu-ray—well nearly

Ken Hanke | 09/01/2011 | 51 Comment(s)

There it is, sitting there like a visible conscience. It’s a box. It contains a lot of packing and another box. It’s all on the nice armchair that only gets used by cats—who, I might add, are not pleased with its presence—and the occasional intrepid visitor who doesn’t mind getting up covered in cat hair. Inside the innermost box lies—or so I am told—a 100 percent region-free Blu-ray player. I’m assured it will play any region DVD and any letter code Blu-ray disc. State of the art technology at my fingertips and all that. It’s of the “so simple it operates itself” variety—no tricky settings, just pop those babies in and go. What it is not, however, is “so simple it sets itself up.” Therein lies the reason it’s resting on the chair.

Cranky Hanke’s Screening Room: Halloween is coming . . . well pretty soon anyway

Ken Hanke | 08/25/2011 | 95 Comment(s)

Yeah, I know, it’s really a good while till Halloween, but I want to get an early start on at least one aspect of it this year. I’m sure most of you reading this know that I’m involved with the Thursday Horror Picture Show. In point of fact, the programming of it and just about everything else about it is in the hands—and warped minds—of Justin Souther and myself. It’s very much like the Asheville Film Society, but on Thursdays and with horror movies. It’s also in the hands of the people who come to the movies. Now, nothing says horror pictures like Halloween, so I’d like this Halloween season to be something special.

Cranky Hanke’s Screening Room: The 100 Best?

Ken Hanke | 08/08/2011 | 28 Comment(s)

Last week sometime I was approached to be part of a group of critics submitting—for Lubitsch knows what reason—their picks for the 100 greatest or favorite films of all time. Somewhat against my better judgment, I said yes. I probably would not have said yes if that “or favorite” phrase had not been attached. Anyone who believes him or herself actually qualified to categorically name the 100 greatest movies ever made is frankly deluded—for a variety of reasons.

Cranky Hanke’s Screening Room: And for our next trick…

Ken Hanke | 07/31/2011 | 59 Comment(s)

I have an unusually heavy viewing/reviewing load this week (and I really do not remember making a deal with Justin that involved me seeing The Smurfs, but he says I did, so I must have), so this is going to be on the short side. It’s also going to be on the self-serving side, which is to say I’m looking for input on something.

Cranky Hanke’s Screening Room: Not for Everyone—and other useful phrases

Ken Hanke | 07/24/2011 | 12 Comment(s)

Ah, that venerable movie critic phrase—“Not for everyone.” It has weathered the years and is still trotted out with no little frequency. I’ve used it myself more than once or twice. Taken at face value, it’s really at least a little idiotic, since it suggests the existence of movies that are for everyone—and let’s face it, your chance of finding even one such movie is slightly less likely than coming across a Carolina Parakeet. Of course, no one using the phrase actually means to suggest the existence of any such thing.

Cranky Hanke’s Screening Room: King Kong—and I mean the real McMonkey

Ken Hanke | 07/17/2011 | 32 Comment(s)

With the Asheville Film Society fundraiser showing of the 1933 King Kong coming up on Wed., July 20 (7:30 p.m. at The Carolina), I’ve found myself spending a lot of time recently with that simian gent. Yeah, there have been three versions of King Kong—and that’s not counting offshoots, knock-offs, rip-offs, and sequels of a highly dubious nature—but really has anything ever come close of the 1933 original? Certainly, the 1976 remake is negligible at best and blasphemous at worst. Peter Jackson’s more respectable and respectful 2005 version has its merits, but does it linger in the mind the way the 1933 film does? Is it in itself in any way iconic?

Cranky Hanke’s Screening Room: Ken Russell: The Right Filmmaker at the Right Time (for me)

Ken Hanke | 07/03/2011 | 51 Comment(s)

It’s July 3. Of course, I’m going to write about Ken Russell—it’s his birthday. (It’s his 84th birthday, if you’re keeping track.) Anyone who’s been paying attention knows that three things will happen today. I’ll write something about Ken. I’ll call him up to offer birthday greetings. I’ll watch a Ken Russell movie—or two. It follows as the night follows the day. And as is often the case, I’ve grown reflective—that we may attribute to my own aging.

Cranky Hanke’s Screening Room: Der Bingle on DVD

Ken Hanke | 06/28/2011 | 9 Comment(s)

Last week was Father’s Day and because of my daughter, I ended up spending a good bit of the past week watching Bing Crosby movies. In other words, she sent me the most recent Bing Crosby Collection. It’s actually a very apt choice, since I mostly owe my lifelong love of Der Bingle to my father, who not only introduced me to Crosby, but slightly resembled him and sang very much in the same style. (At the same time, he wrong-headedly preferred—oh, my, no—Frank Sinatra.)

Cranky Hanke’s Screening Room: This? This Is the 2011 Movie Year?

Ken Hanke | 06/21/2011 | 42 Comment(s)

Well, here we are at the tail end (you should excuse the term) of the sixth month of 2011. That means that the year is half over. That also means that the movie year is half over. And I have to say that it ain’t a very inspiring sight. Usually by this point, I can come up with eight or nine candidates for a Ten Best list. This year, I can come up with three—and maybe a couple more if I fudge things. What’s going on out there?

Cranky Hanke’s Screening Room: More Titles in Need of Another Look

Ken Hanke | 06/12/2011 | 25 Comment(s)

So here’s the rest of the alphabet of movies that may or may not be worth another look. Having now seen Thir13en Ghosts twice, this is beginning to look like a risky and unnecessary undertaking, but I’m determined to perservere—at least as far as the titles I have on hand. It’s not that Thir13en Ghosts is any worse than I thought, but it didn’t warrant another look. Opt for its predecessor, the 1999 House on Haunted Hill, instead. Just about everything worth seeing—and a whole lot more—comes from the earlier film. I am sincerely hoping that this does not turn out to be a harbinger of things to come. But let’s look at letters “M” through “Z.”

Cranky Hanke’s Screening Room: In Need of Another Look—or not

Ken Hanke | 06/05/2011 | 36 Comment(s)

The other week, I had occasion to sift through just about everything I’ve written for the Xpress since 2000. This wasn’t something I undertook lightly since there are over 3000 reviews and what not to sift through, but to provide a friend with some information, there really was no other way. In the process, I kept bumping into titles that I’ve long had it in mind to revisit—some (many) to the degree that I bought the DVDs. I have, however, not actually rewatched a single one of these.