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This week, film critic James Rosario presents a blast from Gothy past with this 90s, EMO classic to curl up to on a cold start to the weekend.

Wlidlife
A subtle and powerful debut from director Paul Dano starring Carey Mulligan + Jake Gyllenhaal is now playing at Grail Moviehouse.

Friday Night at the Video store is a review series honoring the long-lost and highly missed art of wandering the aisles of your local video rental shop.

This documentary about self-proclaimed art world rebels plays for one night only in Asheville on 11/29.

A beautifully dark and grim Western fable brought to near-perfect life by the Coen brothers and cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel.

A compelling documentary that falls just short of greatness due to a few missed opportunities.

A meandering melodrama that's saved (if that's possible) by the performance of Emma Thompson.

It's wild, it's crazy, it's not for everyone - and I dare you to see it.

The Pink Panther
Top of the line ensemble comedy with one star shining above the rest (try and guess which one).

'The Mouse That Roared' kicks off a four-part Peter Sellers retrospective at the Fairview Library on September 4th

A likable enough story that could have been great with a shift in tone.

An above-average legal/procedural thriller that doesn't quite live up to the director's previous work, but is still well worth a look.

A perfectly functional film that's sure to please many and prove harmless to the rest.

Easily the most intense and terrifying horror film to come out in decades. It won't be for everyone, but it will affect anyone who sees it in some way.

Not the best film in the franchise, but far from the worst. While mostly agreeable, Solo still has its ups and downs.

A foul-mouthed and wise-cracking meta super hero movie that works more than it doesn't. Viewer discretion is definitely advised.

An engaging portrait of a world-class violinist, who also happens to be a fascinating and kind man who knows how to live.

The Marvel Studios stranglehold continues.

A surprisingly moving film that manages to break free of the potential for overdone melodrama.

A flat and toneless destruction-fest that could have been a lot more with just a tad bit of vision.

A good old-fashioned nail-biting horror movie that is as scary and tense as it is fun.

Underdeveloped characters with questionable motives maneuver a thin plot that's held together with nothing more than a non-stop barrage of nostalgia.

A nearly pointless adventure film that really wants to be something it's not.

Beautiful, alien, and thought provoking sci-fi the way it's supposed to be.

An intriguing character study of a lonely Japanese woman on a quest to find meaning.

The movie has a few flaws, but ultimately it's a fascinating story about a fascinating woman.

Social consciousness doesn't get much more fun than this. Black Panther is not just for fans of the genre, but a must-see for everyone.

An interesting mix of short films that will surely have something for everyone

It's weird and it's got a lot to say, but don't let that scare you away from one of 2017's best movies.

A lot of great movies showed in Asheville in 2017. Here are my favorites.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Despite the negativity from certain circles of the fan community, 'The Last Jedi' is by far the most cinematic and accomplished work in the series since 'Empire.'

Murder on the Orient Express
A flawed but ultimately enjoyable old-school murder mystery.

Thor: Ragnarok
Finally, a superhero film that successfully showcases the outlandish and ridiculous aspects of the genre in the best of possible ways.

Blade Runner 2049
A visually rich sci-fi noir with a great cast and story to boot.

Lucky
A touching and endearing send-off to a great actor and a great man.

Dolores
An engaging and insightful documentary that sheds much needed light on one of America's greatest heroes.

It
A decent horror entry that does its best to cram a lot of source material into a mere two hours.

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
An enlightening documentary that does its best to scratch the surface of a subject that deserves a much deeper look.

Columbus
A truly beautiful and refreshing film that offers much more than one might think.

Ingrid Goes West
An overall effective critique on the power of perceived identity.

Lady Macbeth
A bleak and difficult film that's held together by the stellar performance of its young star.

Dunkirk
A spectacular war film that sets itself apart from its contemporaries.

War for the Planet of the Apes
A compelling story, along with top notch visual effects, are at the heart of this thrilling trilogy conclusion.

Baby Driver
A much better than anticipated way to spend a few hours at the movies.

Transformers: The Last Knight
I've tried to think of a movie worse than this one (I haven't come up with anything yet, but I'll keep you posted).

I, Daniel Blake
Pointless bureaucracy and amazing performances take center stage in this moving film about people who are just trying to get by.

The Bad Batch
A film with a lot of possibilities that are unfortunately never quite realized.

It Comes At Night
An intense and truly scary examination of what we all may be capable of

Citizen Jane
A eye-opening documentary about what makes a city successful, and what causes its demise.

I Called Him Morgan
A beautiful and gripping documentary about a talent whose life was cut short.