Thursday, January 05, 2012

Have You Been to a Film Lately?

The first two paragraphs are my personal recommendations for your film-enjoyment.

If you love films, but maybe have not made the time to see one lately, here is the line-up from my favorite theater, CinemaSalem.  And if you haven't seen the newest Sherlock Holmes movie, I can highly recommend it, since I was able to squeeze that into my schedule over the holidays.  I think it is even better than the first one.

Last but not least, be sure to mark your calendar for the Salem Film Festival at CinemaSalem and other local venues.  It is one of the best things that happens each winter in Salem.  Just when you think you can't bear anymore cold weather, this festival comes along and gives you seven days of virtual escape to some of the best documentaries around.  Please don't think of documentaries as boring, because they are absolutely the BEST, and so entertaining, you will definitely be transported.  So mark your calendars for March 1 through 8 this year.

Now that you have read all my personal asides, here is CinemaSalem's official newsletter:

Tomorrow night is French Film Night at CinemaSalem, this week featuring Séraphine, a stunningly-beautiful film about the artistic impulse. The San Francisco Chronicle loves it: "The triumph and fascination of Yolande Moreau's performance as the French painter Séraphine de Senlis (1864-1942) is in the way she makes us believe -- completely and without questioning -- that Séraphine is some kind of divine vessel."
French Film Night is scheduled for the first Thursday of every month and starts at 7:30 pm.

And now, here's the rest of this week's film lineup!

Now Playing: Into the Abyss (PG13); The True 1692 3D; The Adventures of Tintin 3D (PG); We Bought a Zoo (PG); and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG13)!
Our Screening Room feature this week will get you in the mood for the Salem Film Fest, which runs March 1-8, and features the world's best documentary films. Into the Abyss, by master filmmaker Werner Herzog, studies a triple homicide in Conroe, Texas, and explores the reasons why people kill, -- and why a state kills. Among the 91% positive ravers on is the Detroit News: "The abyss here isn't capital punishment, the ostensible subject of the film; it's the seemingly unending capacity for causing and enduring pointless misery that humans seem to have." The Associated Press adds: "Regardless of your own stance on the death penalty, it's impossible not to be shaken by the senseless loss depicted in "Into the Abyss," the overwhelming sadness, but also the possibility of spiritual redemption."

Into the Abyss will screen starting Friday at (4:35), 7:30 and 10:00; Saturday at (12:00), (2:40), (4:35), 7:30 and 10:00; Sunday at (12:00), (2:40), (4:35) and 7:30; and Monday-Thursday at (4:35) and 7:30.

Held over for another week is Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows which will screen on Friday at (4:00), 6:45 and 9:40; Saturday at (1:00); (4:00), 6:45 and 9:40; Sunday at (1:00); (4:00) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at (4:00) and 6:45.

Our most popular holiday film, We Bought a Zoo, will screen on Friday at (4:45), 7:20 and 9:50; Saturday at (11:15), (1:50), (4:45), 7:20 and 9:50; Sunday at (11:15), (1:50), (4:45) and 7:20; and Monday-Thursday at (4:45) and 7:20.

The Adventures of Tintin plays in fabulous 3D this week, screening on Friday at (4:30), 7:00 and 9:30; Saturday at (11:30), (2:10), (4:30), 7:00 and 9:30; Sunday at (11:30), (2:10), (4:30) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 7:00. (Tintin is also our Baby and Me feature on Monday morning at 10 am, our weekly screening specifically for infants and their caregivers!)

Screening every day is 3D is the haunting and fascinating story of the Salem Witch Ordeal, The True 1692, which will screen Friday at 6:30; Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 and 6:30; and Monday-Thursday at 6:30.

Coming soon to CinemaSalem: Everyday Sunshine, Outrage, Full Metal Alchemist (all confirmed) and (unconfirmed but likely) Young Adult and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!
Camera in hand, Werner Herzog stands outside the penitentiary where he shot scenes for Into the Abyss.

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