Movie Debuts at Fine Arts Theater

May 29

No doubt, many fans are excited about catching opening night of "Sex and the City," the movie, Friday night. But for those who would rather catch a movie at Downtown Asheville's Fine Arts Theatre, some equally compelling films open this weekend: "Son of Rambow" and "The Visitor."

Don't roll your eyes just yet at "Son of Rambow." This is not an ill-conceived parody of the action film, but rather a unique story about two young boys making a home movie. The creators of "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" have received a lot of buzz for this, their second outing, at the film festivals this year. They tell the story of a boy whose religious family shields him from the outside world - including movies - until a school friend exposes him to "First Blood" and suggests they make their own Rambo movie. It's a coming-of-age story with an unusual angle.

"The Visitor" tells a story of passion for life rekindled in an unlikely way. No, it's not a romance. When a middle-aged economics professor finds that a scam artist has rented his apartment to an immigrant couple, he is at first taken aback. Of course, he feels sorry for them, and before long, they forge a friendship. That friendship - and the professor's will - are tested when one of the immigrants is threatened with deportation.

Check the Fine Arts Theatre website for showtimes.

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