Ashevillecinemasociety: Our February 15 film, Welcome to the Rileys, promised great things with James Gandolfini, Melissa Leo and Kristen Stewart starring and the film did not disappoint. Although somewhat upsetting in subject matter with the loss of a child, the story of three people coming together and how they change each other’s lives was engaging and heartfelt. The message of the film was both thought-provoking and heart-warming. Tom Anton’s behind-the-scenes stories having spoken with the director, Jake Scott, also made for great information and entertainment.
As always, audience participation sets ACS apart from just film attendance. Dan Yearick, a grief counselor was on hand to explain and answer questions pertaining to the subject matter after the movie. One of the great things about ACS is the variety of films and the discussions with fellow movie lovers after the screening.