Wednesday, December 09, 2009

CinemaSalem, Our Favorite Movie Theater's Line Up

Located only one block away from the Hawthorne Hotel, CinemaSalem has all the right stuff as far as I am concerned.

1. First-run movies

2. Real butter on the popcorn

3. Fresca in bottles

4. Really good teas

5. A terrific little theater that shows foreign films, art-y films, and fringe films that you would have to travel to Cambridge (and spend a lot of money on parking, etc.) to see IF you were lucky enough to find them there.

6. The lowest prices on first-run films around!!!

7. Proximity to our Tavern so you can relax with an adult beverage right after the film if you want.

There is more, but those are really good for the basics.

Here is their weekly newsletter, in case you want to know more:

Now Playing: The Princess and the Frog (G); The Blind Side (PG13); New Moon (PG-13); and The Window (NR)

Tidbit #1: Pretty much the entire Hannah School from Beverly is coming to CinemaSalem on a field trip next week. Half the school will be watching THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG and the other half will be watching CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, which we brought in especially for this and any other similar excursions that schools and youth groups might want to schedule. With THE BLIND SIDE coming to the theater this week as well, even the high school kids will have a perfect field trip destination. If you're interested in learning more, just call our office line at 978 744-0660. We're one of the few North Shore movie theaters to welcome field trips and group excursions, and we're happy to host them.

Tidbit #2: Tonight, there's a double bill of new episodes on GLEE and FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS at 8:30 on the high definition, giant screens of CinemaSalem. Admission is free! And don't forget that the final season of LOST is coming in February.

Tidbit #3: THE WINDOW is opening this week in the Screening Room at CinemaSalem. You can score a $1 discount for admission to this film all week simply by going to North Shore Art Throb (at Starting this Friday, Art Throb contributor and awesome CinemaSalem manager, Kereth Cowe-Spigai, will be writing a weekly review of the screening room film for that week. This week, Kereth will be telling us about THE WINDOW, but she'll cover a new film every week. Each review will feature a coupon good for $1 off admission to the film being reviewed, and some weeks, there'll be an additional coupon for a discount at the CinemaSalem Café. So head over to Art Throb each Friday for a preview of what's showing in the Screening Room.

Tidbit #4: Happy Birthday to the Screening Room, by the way, which turns one in a couple weeks. We love the opportunity to bring in a new art film, documentary, foreign flick, or fringe cinema every single week! And we've appreciate the support this room has received from sophisticated North Shore filmgoers.

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (G - 105 minutes) opens on Friday to a chorus of rave reviews from the world's top critics, who rate it at nearly Pixar levels. Time Magazine calls it "a start to finish delight", and The Hollywood Reporter writes, "This is the best Disney animated film in years." Salon calls it "The sweetest, most sincere romantic comedy to come along in ages, and a luminous love letter to a great American city." (Salon is talking about New Orleans, and they're comparing it favorably to ALL romantic comedies, not just animated kids' movies.)

PRINCESS will screen at CinemaSalem on Friday at (4:45), 6:45 and 9:00; Saturday at (12:00), (2:30), (4:45), 6:45 and 9:00; Sunday at (12:00), (2:30), (4:45) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at (4:45) and 6:45.

THE BLIND SIDE (PG13) opens at CinemaSalem this Friday, already the #1 movie in America, which depicts the remarkable true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home, taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family. The critics like it as much as audiences do: Cole Smithey is calling for a nomination for star, Sandra Bullock. "If ever Sandra Bullock had Oscar potential, it comes in her canny performance as a Southern Republican with a heart of gold." The Los Angeles Times examines the film's pedigree: "If Frank Capra was still around, director John Lee Hancock might have had to fight him for the job." And Spirituality and Practice describes it as "a wonderful feel-good fact-based sports story about the gifts of nurturing love and a redefinition of family values."

THE BLIND SIDE will screen on Friday at (4:30), 7:20 and 9:50; Saturday at (11:20 AM), (1:50), (4:30), 7:20 and 9:50; Sunday at (11:20 AM), (1:50), (4:30) and 7:20; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 7:20.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON returns for another week, presented on Friday at (4:00), 7:00 and 9:40; Saturday at (12:30), (4:00), 7:00 and 9:40; Sunday at (12:30), (4:00) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:00) and 7:00.

I can't wait to read Kereth's review of THE WINDOW, but here are a few other raves to whet your appetite. Andrew Sarris calls it "a first-rate artistic achievement", and NYC Film Guru launches into a full-blown reverie: "Lyrical and quietly moving with lush cinematography and a sensitive, intelligent screenplay." Also apparently caught off-guard by this beautiful film, the normally businesslike Variety (typically publishing something like: "Pic targets young and boomers and will pull moderate gender crossing grosses"), instead waxes similarly poetic: "As elegant in its storytelling as in its story, Carlos Sorin's The Window is a tale of age and mortality that firmly resists the 'cute' tag reflexively assigned to movies with old people, and mines a rich, deep vein of melancholy and humor."

THE WINDOW will play on Friday at (5:00), 7:30 and 9:15; Saturday at 12:05), (2:45), (5:00), 7:30 and 9:15; Sunday at (12:05), (2:45), (5:00) and 7:30; and Monday-Thursday at (5:00) and 7:30.


I hope to see you here (or there.)


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