Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Elections Over, Let the Movies Begin

James Bond, looking out at the city, happy the elections are over.

Now that the elections are over, we can get back to the real business of America: watching movies and eating popcorn.

CinemaSalem has some great flicks for you this week, so let's get right to the schedule.

Now Playing: Skyfall (PG13); Cosmopolis (R); Wreck-It Ralph (PG); Cloud Atlas (R); Argo (R); The Spirit of Salem (NR); This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore (NR); and The True 1692 3D!

James Bond is back at CinemaSalem in Skyfall, which has already grossed a fortune overseas, and has won over the critics. Entertainment Weekly: "Conveys the melancholy of loss, mortality, and future-shock anxiety, while at the same time leaving us plenty of space to enjoy one of the most complexly unhinged villains in Bond history." Toronto Globe and Mail: "Suffice to say, Skyfall is one of the best Bonds in the 50-year history of moviedom's most successful franchise." Variety: "Putting the "intelligence" in MI6, Skyfall reps a smart, savvy and incredibly satisfying addition to the 007 oeuvre."

Skyfall will play Friday at (4:00), 7:00 and 10:00; Saturday at (12:00), (3:30), 7:00 and 10:00; Sunday and Monday at (12:00), (3:30) and 7:00; and Tuesday-Thursday at (4:00) and 7:00.

Opening in the Screening Room this week is David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, featuring Robert Pattinson as a Wall Street trader having a complicated day. Memphis Commercial Appeal: "A black comedy as dry and deadpan as a bleached skull. To this end, the movie opens with a sort of death's-head grin: an in-your-face closeup of the grille of a stretch limousine." CinePassion: "A master filmmaker's rumination on capitalism as a vision of diseased titanium." NPR: "It's like a dream that engages and drifts, until waking with a start in a finale that's as bracing and raw as the rest of the film is coolly distant." New York Times: "Mr. Cronenberg's direction throughout Cosmopolis is impeccable, both inside the limo and out."

Cosmopolis will screen on Friday at (4:00), 7:30 and 9:40; Saturday at (11:30 AM), (4:00), 7:30 and 9:40; Sunday and Monday at (11:30 AM), (4:00) and 7:30; and Tuesday-Thursday at (4:00) and 7:30.
Wow! Wreck-It Ralph is a monster hit! LA Times: "The movie's subversive sensibility and old-school/new-school feel are a total kick." Newark Star-Ledger: "For anyone with a grade-schooler and a free Saturday, it's a pretty safe and painless bet. And a great excuse to go up to the attic later and see if you can dig out your old Atari 2600." Toronto Globe and Mail: "It's impossible not to feel a strong sense of nostalgic amusement, if not sheer delight, at the comings and goings of all these characters."
W-IR will screen on Friday at (4:30), 6:45 and 9:00; Saturday at (11:45 AM), (2:10), (4:30), 6:45 and 9:00; Sunday and Monday at (11:45 AM), (2:10), (4:30) and 6:45; and Tuesday-Thursday at (4:30) and 6:45.

There continues to be terrific Oscar buzz for Argo. Washington Post: "It's serious and substantive, an ingeniously written and executed drama fashioned from a fascinating, little-known chapter of recent history." Rolling Stone: "Ben Affleck doesn't merely direct Argo, he directs the hell out of it, nailing the quickening pace, the wayward humor, the nerve-frying suspense. There's no doubt he's crafted one of the best movies of the year." LA Times: "Affleck easily orchestrates this complex film with 120 speaking parts as it moves from inside-the-Beltway espionage thriller to inside Hollywood dark comedy to gripping international hostage drama, all without missing a step."

Argo will screen on Friday at 7:15 and 9:45; Saturday at (12:30), 7:15 and 9:45; Sunday and Monday at (12:30) and 7:15; and Tuesday-Thursday at 7:15.

We'll be playing Cloud Atlas once a day this week, and it's a film I highly recommend. Like Tree of Life, it's epic, mythical, inscrutable, and challenging, and rewards the viewer's attention with some of the most amazing, audacious and unforgettable images in film history. And you must stay for the credits to see which minor characters were played by the stars!

Cloud Atlas will screen on Friday-Thursday at (3:45).

The True 1692, the most historically-accurate depiction of the Salem Witch Trials, will screen on Friday at 6:30; Saturday-Monday at (2:00) and 6:30; and Tuesday-Thursday at 6:30. The Spirit of Salem will screen Saturday-Monday at 3:00.

This Perfect Place will present its breathtaking vistas and intimate glimpses of natural life on the North Shore on Friday at 4:00; Saturday-Monday at 12:00; and Tuesday-Thursday at 4:00.

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!


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