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.