Thursday, September 01, 2011

Cinema Salem To Premier 3D Film About 1692 Events In Salem

If you are a history enthusiast, or someone specifically interested in the "Witch Trials" of Salem, MA, this is definitely something you will not want to miss!

Big news: in exactly one month, we'll be premiering a new 3D film we've produced in collaboration with History Alive!, the people behind "Cry Innocent", the interactive and engrossing history destination which over 20 years has remained a huge hit with North Shore locals and tourists alike.

The new film is called The True 1692. Historically-accurate, suspenseful, and emotionally-captivating, this riveting 35-minute movie immerses the audience in the dangerous realities of life in Salem Village at the end of the 17th Century and dramatically reveals the odd coincidence of forces, external and internal, which set in motion the tragedy of the witch trials.

Why 3D? It's easy to look back at Salem Village with condescension, as if nothing like that could happen in our world. The artistic but immersive 3D approach we employed in producing this new film lets a modern audience step into the world of 1692, and helps us realize that it's not so different from our own.
You can find out more, and watch the trailer here. The film will premiere on September 30 and play throughout October. If you don't love 3D, there'll be one 2D show a day!

Tickets are already available at the CinemaSalem box office or on our website. Check it out!
Now on to this week's great films!


Now Playing: The Debt (R); Good Neighbors (NR); Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG13); and Sarah's Key (PG13)!
Much-anticipated, The Debt opens today, a complex and sophisticated thriller about heroism and morality currently sporting an 81% positive rating on The Toronto Star: "Relentlessly paced and artfully lensed and constructed, it's a first-rate thriller that explores loyalty, duty to country and self, and the price of deception with skill and razor-sharp precision." Arizona Republic: "Put Helen Mirren and Tom Wilkinson together in a movie and chances are you're not going to be disappointed." Cleveland Plain Dealer: "A taut, wildly engrossing thriller packed with excellent performances, chief among them Jessica Chastain's as a Mossad agent." The Debt will screen today and Thursday at (2:10), (4:40) and 7:05: Friday at (2:10), (4:40), 7:05 and 9:45; Saturday at (11:30 AM), (2:10), (4:40), 7:05 and 9:45; Sunday at (11:30 AM), (2:10), (4:40) and 7:05; Monday and Tuesday at (2:10), (4:40) and 7:05; and Wednesday and Thursday at (4:40) and 7:05.

Good Neighbors, a dark drama from our neighbors to the north, arrives riding a wave of raves like this from the New York Times: "Swerving from bland to brutal, endearingly coy to shockingly explicit, the Canadian import "Good Neighbors" finds pitch-black comedy among white-bread lives." Rex Reed in the New York Observer is similarly impressed: "Good Neighbors is a hotbed of twisted ideas with a straightforward yet novel approach to the Gothic horror in the hearts of mistakenly everyday people." I didn't think that Compuserve existed anymore, but I was wrong; they at least are writing great movie reviews: "An effective noirish drama of three neighbors with hidden, violent flaws."

Good Neighbors (who are decidedly not) will screen on Friday at (2:15), (4:45), 7:30 and 10:00; Saturday at (12:00), (2:15), (4:45), 7:30 and 10:00; Sunday at (12:00), (2:15), (4:45) and 7:30; Monday and Tuesday at (2:15), (4:45) and 7:30; and Wednesday and Thursday at (4:45) and 7:30.
Returning for another week is Sarah's Key, which Wesley Morris in the Boston Globe seems to like: "Luckily, the movie has Scott Thomas. She knows her radiance can't be helped, so she uses it here like a searchlight." The London Daily Mirror raves: "It's a powerful and upsetting film with a real tear-jerking finale."

Sarah's Key will screen on Friday at (1:45), (4:20), 7:15 and 9:50; Saturday at (11:15 AM), (1:45), (4:20), 7:15, 9:50; Sunday at (11:15 AM), (1:45), (4:20) and 7:15; Monday and Tuesday at (1:45), (4:20) and 7:15; and Wednesday and Thursday at (4:20) and 7:15.

What film has most impressed The New Yorker this summer? One candidate: "Rise of the Planet of the Apes is spectacle with a kick: the transcendence of the normal in creatures so like ourselves is both an entertainment and a needling rebuke to human vanity." Louis Proyect adds: "A sharp critique of human nature from the standpoint of our closest relative, the chimpanzee who comes off as much more civilized than those who maintain prisons, zoos, and fight wars against weak and defenseless nations."

ROTPOTA will screen on Friday at (2:00), (4:30), 7:20 and 9:40; Saturday at (11:40 AM), (2:00), (4:30), 7:20 and 9:40; Sunday at (11:40 AM), (2:00), (4:30) and 7:20; Monday and Tuesday at (2:00), (4:30) and 7:20; and Wednesday and Thursday at (4:30) and 7:20.

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem

Don't forget that we would love to see you here at the Hawthorne Hotel before or after the show.  We are just one block away from CinemaSalem!


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