Thursday, November 11, 2010

Movies, movies, movies!!!

With crummy weather upon us, what better time to go indoors to a great local theater, enjoy excellent popcorn with REAL BUTTER on it, or a nice cup of tea or a Fresca, and watch the best in entertainment on the silver screen, all at prices that are far better than the mega-mall theaters?

Here is the line-up for Cinema Salem, located just one short block from the Hawthorne Hotel, which makes it the perfect location for a pre- or post-theater meal or adult beverage:

Dear Juli,

There were big crowds last weekend at CinemaSalem for Megamind 3D. If you're hoping to save a few bucks (and who isn't these days), consider coming to the 11:45 am show on Saturday or Sunday, when the 3D admission price is only $8! The same show at Liberty Tree Mall will cost $11.50 if you're a child, and $12.50 if you're an adult.

Responding to numerous requests, we've added an earlier set of shows for tomorrow's Veteran's Day school holiday. There'll be a Megamind screening at 2:00, 4:30, and 6:45; a Due Date showing at 2:45, 5:15, and 7:30; Mademoiselle Chambon at 2:15, 4:45, and 7:00, and Paranormal Activity at 2:30, 5:00, and 7:15.

Tomorrow night, Thursday, November 11, we'll be screening Fringe for free. Doors open at 8:30!

Next Thursday, November 18, at 8:15, we'll be presenting another brand new film by a local filmmaker, although this movie was the result of an international collaboration across cultures. Retaliate with Love is a Christian-themed film which tells the heartrending story of a Southeast Asian family's response to the brutal murder of the father. Filmmaker Steve Baldwin, who edited the film in collaboration with other filmmakers from several countries, will be on hand for a discussion after the screening. Best of all, thanks to a generous underwriter, the screening is free! The same show at Liberty Tree Mall would cost you at least $10.50, and let's face it, they aren't showing any local filmmakers these days.

Later that same evening, next Thursday, the Midnight Premiere of Harry Potter 7A hits Salem! Buy your tickets now!

And don't forget that parking is now free at CinemaSalem for two hours! Just park in the Museum Place garage, bring us your blue parking ticket, and we'll affix two validation stickers. Never pay for parking again!

Now let's take a peek at this week's films.

Now Playing: Waiting for Superman (NR); Due Date (R); Megamind 3D (PG); and Paranormal Activity 2 (R)!

Opening for just one week at CinemaSalem is the year's most talked-about documentary, Waiting for Superman, the clear-eye critique of American's educational system and the impact of its failures on individual children. It's not hard to find insane raves when a film sports a 90% positive rating on Boston Globe: "It's meant to infuriate you and break your heart enough that you feel compelled to do something. There's a great deal of agit(ation) with very little prop(aganda)." Roger Ebert: "The film demonstrates (1) that quality education is possible for even the most disadvantaged students; (2) the cost is low, considering that high school dropouts often turn to crime when they can't find good jobs." New York Times: "A powerful and alarming documentary about America's failing public school system."

This film has proven extraordinarily popular with educators, who are moved to see their challenges presented so compellingly on the big screen. In honor of their efforts, we're happy to provide a $2 discount for any K-12 educators who show us their school ID or MTA card.

Waiting for Superman will screen on Friday at (4:45), 7:00 and 9:40; Saturday at (12:00), (2:15), (4:45), 7:00 and 9:40; Sunday at (12:00), (2:15), (4:45) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:45) and 7:00. Principals, don't worry about bringing your whole faculty to a screening; this film will be in one of our large theaters this week, not in the Screening Room.

We have another awesome movie in the Screening Room, however. I'm Still Here is the controversial faux tragic-comic pseudo-doc about Joquin Phoenix's bizarre withdrawal from the life of a movie star. New York Times: "Whatever (the filmmakers') actual intentions, I'm Still Here does take on, at times forcefully and effectively, the pathological fallout of the Entertainment Industrial Complex." Rolling Stone: "I'm not sure I believed a word of this film. Actors who melt down on camera are usually, well, acting. But I couldn't take my eyes off I'm Still Here."

I'm Still Here will screen Friday at (5:00), 7:15 and 9:30; Saturday at (12:15), (2:30), (5:00), 7:15 and 9:30; Sunday at (12:15), (5:00) and 7:15; and Monday-Thursday at (5:00) and 7:15.

The aforementioned Megamind 3D is back for more villainous fun at CinemaSalem. Who loves it? National Public Radio: "The kiddie set can chortle at Megamind's slapstick and its goofy one-upmanship while adults get a kick out of all the smart spatial tricks that highlight the 3-D effects." Aisle Seat: "Megamind is fast and funny, with excellent use of 3D." Washington Post: ""Megamind" is a smart, funny and original treat. Sweet enough to deliver a message about creating your own destiny, but with just enough sour grapes not to cloy, the movie delivers pure pleasure from start to finish."

Megamind will screen starting Friday at (4:30), 6:45 and 9:00; Saturday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:30), 6:45 and 9:00; Sunday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:30) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 6:45.

Due Date drew droves to CinemaSalem last weekend, based on its own set of rave reviews from the nation's nattering nabobs of film positivity. Washington Post: "With Due Date, director Todd Phillips perfects the particular brand of comic alchemy that made his 2009 comedy The Hangover such an unexpectedly huge hit." Philadelphia Inquirer: "There is something comically symmetrical about Downey as an expectant dad rehearsing fatherhood with the overgrown boy and Galifianakis as the fatherless son who adopts Downey as his surrogate dad."

Due Date will screen starting on Friday at (5:15), 7:30 and 9:50; Saturday at (12:30), (2:45), (5:15), 7:30 and 9:50; Sunday at (12:30), (2:45), (5:15) and 7:30; and Monday-Thursday at (5:15) and 7:30.

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

Paul Van Ness




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