Thursday, February 07, 2013

Cinema Salem ~ Get Ready for the Oscars!

With the Oscars only a few weeks away, now is the time to catch up on the nominated films from 2012. Cinema Salem is playing some wonderful films this weekend to help get you "Oscar ready". Relax with some real buttered popcorn and a hot tea from their concession stand and take in some of the best picture nominees.

Below is the weekly newsletter from Cinema Salem. 

If you didn't already know it, CinemaSalem is lucky to have an audience of some of the most passionate film lovers you can imagine.

Example One: We sold out the Screening Room on Monday night, with a multi-generational group of fans of the Oscar Live Action Short nominees, who got to hear Richard Buckley share a ton of fascinating details about his son, Bryan Buckley, and Bryan's nominated film, Asad.

Example Two: The several people who wrote lamenting the fact that the Oscar-nominated Documentary Shorts were only showing once, on Friday at 7:30. We understand people who love documentaries, because we love documentaries. The trouble with this collection of great shorts is that the program is over three hours long, which makes it tough to schedule.

But the good news is that we're holding all the Oscar-nominated shorts for another week, which means that all doc fans can catch the short docs again this Friday night at 7:30. Because of the popularity of these programs (and the relative tininess of the Screening Room), you might want to buy your tix in advance.

In fact, we're holding over our entire schedule for another week. Here's the exciting lineup!

Now Playing: Lincoln (PG13); Silver Linings Playbook (R); Zero Dark Thirty (R; 2013 Oscar Shorts: Animated, Live Action; and Documentary (NR); The Spirit of Salem 3D (NR); This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore (NR); and The True 1692 3D!

I was chatting with some people this evening, when someone mentioned what an awesome year for movies this has been, especially the films we're showing this week: a diverse, challenging, and deeply rewarding collection of great films. There's little in common between Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty, other than filmmaking excellence, and provocative and satisfying subject matter that keep you thinking for weeks.

This week, Daniel Day-Lewis' Lincoln will screen on Friday at (3:15), 6:30 and 9:30; Saturday at (12:00), (3:15), 6:30 and 9:30; Sunday at (12:00), (3:15) and 6:30; and Monday-Thursday at (3:45) and 6:45.

Silver Linings Playbook will screen on Friday at (4:30), 7:15 and 10:00; Saturday at (11:30 AM), (2:00)(4:30), 7:15 and 10:00; Sunday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:30) and 7:15; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 7:15.

Zero Dark Thirty will play on Friday at (3:30), 6:45 and 9:50; Saturday at (12:15), (3:30), 6:45 and 9:50; Sunday at (12:15), (3:30) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at (3:30) and 6:40.

As mentioned, if you'd like to see the year's best Documentary Shorts, you need to come on Friday at 7:30.

And if you'd like to glimpse the year's best Live-Action Shorts, we'll be showcasing them starting Saturday at 7:30 and 9:45; Sunday at (4:30) and 7:30; and Monday-Thursday at 7:30 PM.

The Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts will screen on Friday at (4:30 PM); Saturday at (11:45 AM); Sunday at (11:45 AM) and (2:45); and Monday-Thursday at 4:30 PM.

The Spirit of Salem will screen Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 am; and Monday-Thursday at 5:00 pm.

The True 1692, our popular 3D film which presents the actual events of the Salem Witch Ordeal, will screen on Friday at 6:30, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 and 6:30; and Monday-Thursday at 6:30.

This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore will screen on Saturday and Sunday at noon; and Monday-Thursday at 4:00 pm.
Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

Like Asad, the other four films in the Oscar-nominated Live Action slate are mesmerizing. Here's an image from Death of a Shadow, a satisfying puzzle of a movie that slowly discloses its secrets like a steampunk Rubik's Cube.


If you are looking for a place to relax after the movie, make sure to stop by our Tavern on the Green. Food is served from 11 am to 11 pm daily, and beverages served until midnight. With the cozy fireplace and friendly service, it is the perfect place to sit and talk about all of the fantastic films nominated for Oscars this year.

I hope to see you here or there. 


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