Tuesday, August 21, 2007

We Love Cinema Salem and hope you will too!

As you may already know, I love Cinema Salem, for many reasons. Thus these frequent posts on our Hawthorne Hotel Blog. Besides, this is a great thing to occupy your time in Salem, while saving LOTS of money. The prices there for first-run movies are incredibly low.

After you save all that money on your movie and snacks, perhaps you would like to stop into the Hawthorne Hotel to dine in either one of our restaurants before or after a show. One LITTLE KNOWN FACT about the Hawthorne is that we serve food continuously from 6 am through 11 pm every day. So if you get out of a movie at 9:25 pm and are wondering where to go, check out the Tavern at the Hawthorne.


Here is their weekly newsletter and show line-up:

Two big events coming up this weekend at the CinemaSalem Café, starting on Friday night, when jazz guitarist/vocalist Michael Kirsch returns at 8:30 pm to entertain the stylish folk who enjoy the serene ambience, helpful staff, and delicious coffee, and who have sophisticated ears to notice the subtleties of live music. This event is FREE, so invite your cheap relatives.

On Saturday night, August 25, we're happy to host a booksigning party and bookreading by Jo Kadlecek, the author of "A Quarter After Sunday", the second novel in the Lightfoot Trilogy. I'm almost finished with the first book, "A Mile from Sunday", and can't wait to get the second book signed. The event will start at 8 pm and is also FREE!

Don't forget to wear a beret and say "You see, I'm also a writer" in order to get a free coffee in the Café!

Now onto the films!
Opening Friday is THE NANNY DIARIES (PG-13 - 107 minutes), the new satiric comedy starring heavy-hitters Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Paul Giamatti and Alicia Keys. The tag line is: "Life at the top, as seen from the bottom", which pretty much summarized the dramatic tension in this observant look at the sparks that fly between middle and upper classes in our supposedly classless society.

Killer Movie Reviews calls it, "The culture clash, or rather class crash that ensues as middle and upper mix uncertainly is far more insightful and, dare I say it, humane, that the usual take on such things." New York Magazine writes, "The Nanny Diaries opens in the Museum of Natural History, where Annie, a student of anthropology, places Upper East Side child-rearing rituals in a world-historical context and apologizes to the audience in advance for the odd stereotype.

Derivative of Mean Girls but very good: Most American movies downplay issues of class and privilege; this one creates museum tableaux to illustrate them. . . Linney looks sleek and pretty. She's the best thing in the film, her face a tight mask under which you catch glimpses of a frightened human being."

THE NANNY DIARIES will play daily at 11:30, 2:10, 4:45, 7:25, and 9:50, except for Monday when it will play at 11:00 as the Mom and Baby Show, and then reprise at 2:10, 4:45, 7:25, and 9:50.

The lovely period drama with a modern twist, BECOMING JANE (PG - 120 minutes), starring Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy will play each day at 12:00, 2:40, 6:45, and 9:25. The Arizona Daily Star notes, "Anne Hathaway concludes the thorough evolution from Disney princess to serious actress. With commanding wit and a deft British accent, she's more than convincing as a wickedly intelligent woman restricted by proper society."

BOURNE ULTIMATUM (PG-13 - 115 minutes) enters its final week at CinemaSalem, drawing raves from its impressive crowds, and from the New York Post, "Another potent PowerBar of a movie, all protein and no fat. I sat there transfixed and chuckling with joy as Greengrass let. Her. Rip." Don't miss this "best action movie of the year" screening daily at 11:00, 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, and 9:40.

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