Friday, June 22, 2012

Top 5 Things to Do on a HOT Day in Salem

5.  Visit the Peabody Essex Museum to see the Ansel Adams: At the Water's Edge exhibit.  Just looking at these wonderful photos will cool you off, not to mention how great the cooling system is at PEM.

4.  Go to the Willows, get popcorn and ice cream at Hobbes, and dangle your feet in the water at one of the beaches in the area.

3.  Pop in and out of all of our great downtown shops and mini-museums.  Stay longer at the ones with good air conditioning.

2.  Come to the Tavern at the Hawthorne Hotel for lunch or dinner, or just for some great cocktails (both adult, and non-alcoholic drinks are always terrific here.)

1.  Go to the movies at CinemaSalem.  Here is the schedule for the movies that start today:

Now Playing: Brave (PG); Headhunters (R); Rock of Ages (PG13); Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 3D (PG): This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore (NR); and The True 1692 3D!

Brave, featuring an independent, strong, clever heroine, arrives at CinemaSalem on Friday, and the critics are raving. New York Magazine: "In addition to being fast, funny, and unpretentious, Brave is a happy antidote to all the recent films in which women triumph by besting men at their own macho games." Variety: "Adding a female director to its creative boys' club, the studio has fashioned a resonant tribute to mother-daughter relationships that packs a level of poignancy on par with such beloved male-bonding classics as Finding Nemo." Village Voice: "The animation studio's first film with a female protagonist, a defiant lass who acts as a much-welcome corrective to retrograde Disney heroines of the past and the company's unstoppable pink-princess merchandising."

 Brave will play on Friday and Saturday at (12:00), (2:15), (4:30), 7:00 and 9:30; and Sunday-Thursday at (12:00), (2:15), (4:30) and 7:00.

New in the Screening Room this week is Headhunters, currently rated 92% positive on St. Paul Pioneer Press: "The good guy in the Norwegian Headhunters looks like a bad guy, and the bad guy looks like a good guy. And that's just one of the ways this dazzling movie messes with us." Boston Herald: "This is one funny, gory, high-class crime thriller and my favorite Norwegian export since Troll Hunter." Miami Herald: "By film's end, we're deep into Coen brothers territory, with an extra splash of Sam Raimi-level gore."

Headhunters will screen on Friday and Saturday at (12:10), (2:45), (4:45), 7:40 and 9:50; and Sunday-Thursday at (12:10), (2:45), (4:45) and 7:40.

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 3D continues to dominate the box office charts in its fourth week. The Denver Post loves it: "From time to time the improbable occurs: A sequel outdoes its original." Newark Star-Ledger: "A fun and fast family entertainment." The Movie Report: "The wildly successful animated comedy series finally--and, to be frank, very unexpectedly--breaks from pleasantly watchable kid-friendly mediocrity to visually imaginative, consistently witty all-ages entertainment."

Madagascar 3 will screen on Friday and Saturday at (11:15 AM), (1:30), (4:00), 6:45 and 9:00; and Sunday-Thursday at (11:15 AM), (1:30), (4:00) and 6:45.

Entering its second week is Rock of Ages, and many critics (including some heavyweights) are rocking. San Francisco Chronicle: "No matter how you feel about Guns N' Roses, Tom Cruise's as a bandanna-headed Axl Rose type will hit you as the purest bit of genius in the man's entire film career." Los Angeles Times: "Blessed with unstoppable energy, an undeniably bawdy sense of fun and Tom Cruise in backless leather pants, it takes songs you may never have loved and turns them into a musical that's easy to enjoy." Rolling Stone: "There's no denying the party-time pow of Rock of Ages, or of Tom Cruise's performance."
ROA will screen Friday and Saturday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (5:00), 7:30 and 10:00; and Sunday-Thursday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (5:00) and 7:30.

This Perfect Place is wowing viewers with its beautiful vistas of the North Shore, and its clear and fascinating description of the animals with whom we share this beautiful place. The film will screen on Friday at 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00; Saturday and Sunday at 12:00 and 1:00; and Monday-Thursday at 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00.

The True 1692, our historically-accurate 3D film about the Salem Witch Trials, will screen everyday at 11:00, 2:00, and 6:30. The 2D version of 1692 will screen on Friday at 3:00; and Monday-Thursday at 3:00, 4:00, and 5:00 pm.

A scene featuring Merida from Brave.


Stay cool out there, or come on in here and stay cool with us.


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