Thursday, September 05, 2013

Films Made Here and More From CinemaSalem

From time to time I will engage our guests in conversation which turns to "what shall we see in Salem" and I really enjoy those visits.  Occasionally I will remember to recommend our locally-made films, showing just one block away at CinemaSalem.  When I do share this information with experienced Salem visitors, they are often very surprised, because they just don't know that these films exist. I think it should be more than "occasionally" but there is SO MUCH to do in Salem, and most visitors do not allow enough time.

However, here is a reminder that you should not miss these great films, along with their showtimes, taken from the CinemaSalem newsletter:
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Don't forget to check out our home-grown films! The True 1692 will screen everyday, Friday through Thursday 6:30; matinee shows at 2:00 pm will take place on Saturday and Sunday. The Spirit of Salem will screen on Saturday and Sunday at 11 am, and Monday-Thursday at 5:00. This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore will screen Saturday and Sunday at noon, and Monday-Thursday at 4:00.

We're finishing up the shooting for our new film, The History of Halloween this week, including some scenes with some heavy-hitters on the local acting scene. That fun and informative move will premiere on October 3.

And for those of you who want to see the first-run movies, here is this week's exciting film schedule:

Now Playing: Europa Report PG13); Blue Jasmine (PG13); Lee Daniels' The Butler (PG13); We're the Millers (R); The Spirit of Salem 3D; This Perfect Place; and The True 1692 in 3D!.

Opening in the Screening Room this Friday is Europa Report, a brilliant and thoughtful sci-fi minor masterpiece that will get you in the mood for the upcoming Gravity. The critics are awe-struck. Philadelphia Inquirer: "There are scenes of unutterable beauty in Europa Report, a low-budget space exploration sci-fi suspenser from Ecuadorian director Sebastián Cordero." Time Magazine: "The idea that life evolved independently on Europa is perfectly plausible-and that makes what would be a fun and exciting film in any case all the more worth watching." New York Post: "The real treat here is the science, not the fiction. The film's sleek aesthetic was developed in consultation with NASA about what such a mission would actually require, and look like as viewed on surveillance cameras."

Europa Report will screen on Friday at (4:45), 7:15 and 9:30; Saturday at (12:10), (2:45), (4:45), 7:15 and 9:30; Sunday at (12:10), (2:45), (4:45) and 7:15; and Monday-Thursday at (4:45) and 7:15.

Blue Jasmine is a huge hit at CinemaSalem, featuring an unforgettable performance by Cate Blanchett. Seattle Times: "A wrenching portrait of a woman whose life has fallen apart." Aisle Seat: "A deeply compelling, often darkly comic, and undeniably brilliant film. Cate Blanchett sets the new standard for actors portraying wildly dysfunctional people." Montreal Gazette: "After a few tries at comedy, Allen's pendulum has swung back to drama. Not to say that Blue Jasmine isn't funny, because it is, often farcically so; but it will surprise you with its heft."

Blue Jasmine will screen on Friday at (4:30), 6:45 and 9:00; Saturday at (12:00), (2:15), (4:30), 6:45 and 9:00; Sunday at (12:00), (2:15), (4:30) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 6:45.

Guess who won the North American box office championship for the third week in a row (the first movie to do so in 2013)? That's right, it's Lee Daniels' The Butler, which the New Yorker dubs: "A high-minded, didactic, but irresistible entertainment." New York Daily News: "A singularly full-hearted and moving film." New York Times: "A brilliantly truthful film on a subject that is usually shrouded in wishful thinking, mythmongering and outright denial."

LDTB will screen on Friday at (4:00), 6:30 and 9:20; Saturday at (12:30), (3:45), 6:30 and 9:20; Sunday at (12:30), (3:45) and 6:30; and Monday-Thursday at (4:00) and 6:30.

This will probably be your last week to catch We're the Millers at CinemaSalem. Salon.com gets about as philosophical as you can get with such a film: "It boils down to the idea that men and women alike yearn for what they don't have, and that making your way through life is about seizing the bizarre opportunities it thrusts at you."

We're the Millers will screen on Friday at (4:40), 7:00 and 9:45; Saturday at (11:45 AM), (2:25), (4:40), 7:00 and 9:45; Sunday at (11:45 AM), (2:25), (4:40) and 7:00; Monday-Wednesday at (4:40) and 7:00; and Thursday at (4:40)

Next Thursday, September 12 at 7 pm, we'll screen A Dancer's Dream, which earned this magnificent rave from the New York Times: "Is this the future of the American symphony orchestra? We hope so." A mix of Stravinsky and ballet, this unique film will play one time only at CinemaSalem on the day it's released nationally.

And don't forget that on November 7, we''ll be presenting a stunning 3D version of the world's most beloved ballet, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake!

As always, thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

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I hope to see you here.

Juli



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