Wednesday, March 13, 2013

CinemaSalem News for the Week

Here is the newsletter I just received from CinemaSalem.  The Film Fest is still on, through tomorrow, Thursday March 14.


There are still two more evenings of the world's best documentary film at the 2013 Salem Film Fest, our biggest and best yet, with audience raves to prove it.

If you're looking for a recommendation here for what to see tonight or tomorrow night (steering away from the shows that are already sold out), I'd suggest The Mosuo Sisters tonight at 8:15 and Portrait of Wally tomorrow night at 6 pm. Check out their trailers at

Plus, we've got some great new "regular" movies coming in on Friday. So here's the whole scoop!

Now Playing: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (PG13); The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (NR); Oz the Great and Powerful (PG); Jack the Giant Slayer (PG13); The Spirit of Salem 3D; This Perfect Place; and The True 1692 in 3D!.
Opening nationally Friday is a comedy with one of the funniest trailers I've ever scene, The incredible Burt Wonderstone, starry Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, and Alan Arkin. Check out the trailer here. The critics are liking it as well. Variety: "Carell is at the top of his form as the self-absorbed Burt struggles to maintain his haughty sangfroid while trying to convince himself, and everyone else, that's he's still a superstar." Total Film: "Carell and Carrey shine like sequinned suits in a comedy that allows them endless fun with the dressing-up box."
Burt Wonderstone will screen on Friday at CinemaSalem promptly at (5:00), 7:15 and 10:00; Saturday at (12:15), (2:30), (5:00), 7:15 and 10:00; Sunday at (12:15), (2:30), (5:00) and 7:15; and Monday-Thursday at (5:00) and 7:15.

At the far end of several spectrums laid end-to-end is The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, a documentary playing in the Screening Room this week. San Francisco Chronicle: "Different - and chillingly effective." New York Times: "Compellingly illuminates how the monsters among us leave more than corpses in their wake." "One of the greatest serial killer movies ever made - an intimate, sobering look at the ripple effect that someone's aberrant behavior can have on the lives of those they come into contact with."

TJDC will screen on Friday at (5:10), 7:30 and 9:15; Saturday at (12:00), (5:10), 7:30 and 9:15; Sunday at (12:00), (3:00), 5:10 and 7:30; and Monday-Thursday at (5:10) and 7:30.

Back this week is Oz The Great and Powerful, a thoughtful, fun, and respectful companion to the 1939 classic. Besides topping the North American box office charts with a huge opening, OTGAP is charming the critics. Denver Post: "Let us take a moment to praise two great and surprisingly powerful characters: a winged monkey and a wee girl made out of china. Because so much human wonder resides in these two creations of make-up, puppetry, digital effects and lovely performances." Minneapolis Star-Tribune: "Relax, my pretties. Oz the Great and Powerful is a lollapalooza of funhouse thrills and visually sumptuous filmmaking."

Oz the Great and Powerful will screen on Friday at (3:45), 6:45 and 9:30; Saturday at (12:45), (3:45), 6:45 and 9:30; Sunday at (12:45), (3:45) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at (3:45) and 6:45.

Back for one more week is Jack the Giant Slayer, about which the Toronto Star writes: "This sprightly fairy tale reworking is full of beans, smartly written and packs plenty of fun." NPR: "At its heart, the film is just a simple fairy tale, an epic reduced to an engaging adventure of a bedtime story."

Jack will play Friday at (4:00), 6:30 and 9:00; Saturday at (11:30 AM), (1:40), (4:00), 6:30 and 9:00; Sunday at (11:30 AM), (1:40), (4:00) and 6:30; and Monday-Thursday at (4:00) and 6:30.

Have you caught our popular home-grown films yet? The Spirit of Salem is my personal favorite, explaining the character of this city through the inimitable characters who formed it. SOS will play on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 am and Monday-Thursday at 5:00 pm.

If you love the outdoors and want to understand why the North Shore is so unique and beautiful, you'll want to see This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore, featuring Kristina Lindborg, screening Saturday and Sunday at noon, and Monday-Thursday at 4:00.

And our most popular film is The True 1692, the subject of Tiki's history report, and a year-round school field trip destination. 1692 will screen on Friday at 6:30, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 and 6:30; and Monday-Thrusday at 6:30.

Thanks for supporting the Salem Film Fest in such numbers this year, and thanks for supporting CinemaSalem every week of the year.


Yes, it's Burt.

I hope to see you here, or there.


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