Monday, December 28, 2009

School Vacation Week and Now What Do We Do With the Family?

I would suggest the following:

1. Visit the Peabody Essex Museum, aka PEM. Best museum around, and the Trash Menagerie Exhibit is still there, and great for the entire family. Don't miss IRIS APFEL, Rare Bird of Fashion.

2. Have lunch in the Tavern. Something for everyone, including a real wood-burning fireplace to toast your fingers and toes. Eggnog Martinis for the grown ups.

3. Head over to Cinema Salem for a great first-run feature film, including SHERLOCK HOLMES! Real butter on the popcorn. Excellent coffee and tea. Fresca. Good prices. Need I say more? Well, in case you want to know more, here is a copy of their newsletter, which will take you through December 31.

May we be the (roughly) 360th to wish you a happy holiday season, and a joyful and peaceful new year.

We have four great films to complement your holiday celebrations, so here goes!
SHERLOCK HOLMES opens on Christmas Day, and The New Yorker can't wait: "Downey and Law are terrific together. For me, watching them act is the movie's principal pleasure." CinemaBlend concurs: "Guy Ritchie combines his kinetic direction with the limitless charms of Downey Jr and Jude Law to come up with terrific entertainment that's equal parts brains and brawn."

SHERLOCK HOLMES opens Friday at (1:45), (4:30) and 7:15; Saturday at (11:00 AM), (1:45), (4:30), 7:15 and 9:50; and Sunday-Thursday at (11:00 AM), (1:45), (4:30) and 7:15.
Also new this week is Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin in IT'S COMPLICATED, which AO Scott of "At the Movies" loves: "Streep and Baldwin are terrific, and if you like your romance bittersweet you won't want to miss this one." But how does Urban Cinefile feel? "Divorce has never been so much fun in this smart and funny romantic comedy about getting back together (or not) long after the happily ever after scenario has dried up." And Rex Reed pulls up the rear: "A silly but mostly delectable holiday confection guaranteed to put a smile on your face and keep it there."
With about 235 Hannah School students, I got a chance to watch THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG last week and loved it. We got about 235 thank you notes today, including one which described the favorite moment in the movie being "when the aligater got briars in his bum". Best question: "How long did it take you to make the movie?"

Roger Ebert loves it with a vengeance: "This is what classic animation once was like! No 3-D! No glasses! No extra ticket charge! No frantic frenzies of meaningless action! And...good gravy! A story! Characters! A plot!"

TP&TF will screen on Friday at (2:00), (4:15) and 6:45; Saturday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:15), 6:45 and 9:00; and Sunday-Thursday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:15) and 6:45.

In the Screening Room is ONG BAK 2: THE BEGINNING, a startlingly beautiful martial arts film with exhilarating action. Sky Movies writes: "Some of the most exhilarating martial arts action to hit screens in recent years. Ong Bak: The Beginning is a showcase for Tony Jaa's abilities." The Stranger is mesmerized: "Head-thumping nirvana ... By the time a dude in a bird suit starts fighting on top of a moving elephant, it seems like a logical, completely awesome progression."

ONG BAK 2 will screen Friday at (2:10), (5:15) and 7:40; Saturday at (12:00), (2:10), (5:15), 7:40 and 9:45; Sunday and Monday at (12:00), (2:10), (5:15) and 7:40; Tuesday at (12:00), (2:10) and 7:40; and Wednesday and Thursday at (12:00), (2:10), (5:15) and 7:40.

I hope to see you here (or there) ~~


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