Here’s what’s entrance to Asheville area film theaters this week. In serve to a annual showcase of Oscar-nominated charcterised and live movement shorts, a weekend is dominated by sequels to and spinoffs of new successful series.
Fifty Shades Darker
Billed as a year’s steamiest romance, a usually brazen component of 2015’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” was a shockingly un-sexy inlet of a bedroom scenes. Little changes in that dialect as Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) lapse to their scattered relationship, one serve difficult by a sinful participation of Christian’s exes. Despite wish that a new artistic group would right a wrongs of a predecessors, a multiple of James Foley (“Glengarry Glen Ross”) behind a camera and source element author E.L. James’ father Niall Leonard on book avocation proves equally dull. See it during Biltmore Grande, Carmike and Carolina Cinemark. Read a Asheville Movie Guys’ contention of a film here.
John Wick Chapter 2
In a arise of a decade-plus post-“Matrix” cold streak, Keanu Reeves returned to form as a mythological hitman pulled out of retirement in 2014’s violent, darkly humorous cult hit. The star, executive Chad Stahelski and author Derek Kolstad reunite for a follow-up that’s faster and looser, for improved (a some-more witty tract and an boost in quirky characters) and for worse (bizarrely reduction positive filmmaking). Even with a vast built-in fanbase of “Fifty Shades,” a near-capacity throng during Thursday night’s initial uncover suggests this bloody shoot-‘em-up could be a weekend’s box bureau champ. See it during Biltmore Grande, Carmike and Carolina Cinemark. Read a Asheville Movie Guys examination here
The Lego Batman Movie
One of a biggest surprises in moviegoing from a past few years, “The Lego Movie” warmed adult early Feb 2014 with a smart, humorous and visually appreciative style. The initial of several designed spin-offs, this one centering on a initial film’s scene-stealing Caped Crusader (voiced by Will Arnett), is only as joyous and intelligent — maybe to an alienating grade in a latter dialect for a really young, who should still find copiousness of movement and amusement with that to engage. See it during Biltmore Grande, Carmike, Carolina Cinemark and Grail Moviehouse. Read a Asheville Movie Guys examination shortly on Citizen-Times.com.
Oscar-nominated brief films
Once on a time, a collection of charcterised and live movement Oscar nominated brief films arrived in one scarcely three-hour package, yet for a past few years they’ve been accessible away by category. Compared with 2016’s stronger-than-usual finalists in both fields, a latest possibilities are weaker on a whole, yet a few gems make any inestimable views overall. Read a Asheville Movie Guys reviews here (for a live movement shorts) and here (for a charcterised shorts). See a programs during Grail Moviehouse.
The Bottom Line
“John Wick: Chapter 2” and generally “Lego Batman” yield high-quality entertainment, yet be certain to take advantage of Oscar-nominated survivors “La La Land,” “20th Century Women,” “Moonlight” and “Jackie” on a large shade while we still can, in that order. And while facile schoolers and comparison should assimilate “Batman,” a inlet film “Seasons” (at a Grail) stays a improved full-family, all-ages option.
Fleeing a scene
The Grail kindly gives a foot to “Hidden Figures” (still during Biltmore Grande, Carmike and Carolina Cinemark) and “Neruda” while Biltmore and Carmike any erase “Gold,” “Sing” (still during Carolina) and “Monster Trucks.” Sans co-conspirators, Biltmore nixes “Patriots Day” and Carmike removes “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” (still during Biltmore) and “Passengers.”
Start with Jeff Nichols’ beautifully resigned “Loving,” featuring an Oscar-nominated opening by Ruth Negga, afterwards make room for a enthralling, fortifying documentary “The Eagle Huntress” and a quirky Australian coming-of-age film “Girl Asleep.” The much-hyped documentary/memoir “Cameraperson” is also value a demeanour for studious viewers, yet “Almost Christmas” is skippable — if a two-minute cut of Mo’Nique’s best lines creates it to YouTube, check it out — and it’s best to fake that “Trolls” doesn’t exist.
Unknowns embody first-time executive Ewan McGregor’s generally reviled instrumentation of Philip Roth’s “American Pastoral,” a Asheville-set-and-filmed dramedy “Little Sister” and one of Michael Shannon’s 10 — no deceit — film credits from 2016, “Frank Lola.”
With Amazon Prime and Hulu adding small of note this week, HBO Now does further and scrapes a bottom of a tub with a lousy “Sinister 2” and a latest in a service’s new trend of extended cuts of already bad movies, a Dwayne Johnson/Kevin Hart friend comedy “Central Intelligence” (Feb. 11). Unlike a competitors, Netflix stays grand with a somewhat overrated — read: Kristen Stewart’s opening is only OK — “Clouds of Sils Maria” (Feb. 12) and a underrated — how could a feeble reviewed thriller with Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong not be misunderstood? — “Before we Go to Sleep” (Feb. 15).