Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Cinema Salem is One of Salem's Jewels

Not every community is as lucky as we are in Salem. One of the things that makes this a special place to live and work is Cinema Salem. It is an independent movie theater with the best popcorn (real butter!) and a great selection of non-traditional movie beverages.

I have already seen"UP" and it was one of the best movies I have seen this year. You should not miss it!! But bring some tissues, because there are a few places where you will need them.


Here are some excerpts from their weekly newsletter:

Coming this weekend:
The Proposal (PG13); The Hangover (R); UP (PG); and The Country Teacher (NR)

Back from Scotland, I had a chance to finally catch UP and THE PROPOSAL this past weekend, and loved both of them. The latter is worth seeing for its relentless gentle humor and occasional deep insight, as well as the sight of Rockport, Massachusetts, filling in for Sitka, Alaska, with the familiar stores, landscapes, and Motifs backed seamlessly by fog- shrouded mountains.

THE PROPOSAL (PG13 - 148 minutes), which has proven enormously popular with American audiences, even those who don't live where it was filmed, will screen this week on Friday and Saturday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:30), 7:00 and 9:20; and Sunday-Thursday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:30) and 7:00.

I attended UP on Monday as the Father's Day guest of my peerless daughter and like everyone else, found it profound, whimsical, inventive, and visually stunning throughout. Don't forget that you can catch this amazing film (and any of our features) for only $6 by attending the first show of the day.

UP will play Friday and Saturday at (12:00), (2:20), (4:50), 7:15 and 9:30; and Sunday-Thursday at (12:00), (2:20), (4:50) and 7:15.

THE HANGOVER, another surprise hit of the summer, returns for one more week at CinemaSalem, playing Friday and Saturday at (12:30), (2:50), (5:15), 7:30 and 9:45; and Sunday- Thursday at (12:30), (2:50), (5:15) and 7:30.

Gracing the Screening Room this week is THE COUNTRY TEACHER (NR - 153 minutes) boasting a hefty rating on RottenTomatoes,com. Here's a sample of the critical raving: "It's a movie that demonstrates, if you'll pardon the sports metaphor, how deep the bench is in Eastern European film." Salon. "Directed by Bohdan Sláma, it deals with weighty issues -- loneliness, sexual identity, love (straight and gay) -- in a quiet, intelligent fashion." New York Post. "The film's portrayal of farm life as a rugged pastorale lends The Country Teacher a foundation of visceral truth." New York Times. "Bohdan Sláma's direction for The Country Teacher, a film characterized by beautifully long, languorous takes, has an assured expressiveness." Slant

THE COUNTRY TEACHER will screen Friday and Saturday at (11:45 AM), (1:45), (4:00), 6:45 and 9:10; and Sunday- Thursday at (11:45 AM), (1:45), (4:00) and 6:45.

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