Thursday, October 17, 2013

Locally-made Movies and Mainstream Ones Too!

CinemaSalem is a delight, with the best popcorn ever, excellent selection of hot teas, Fresca, and other unusual movie snacks. And movies! It has great movies too!!!! It is located just a block from the Hawthorne Hotel. Don't miss it!
Scene from The History of Halloween
Here is CinemaSalem's upcoming schedule of events:
As you know, we've packed October with fabulous films, starting tomorrow night, October 17 at 8 pm, when it will be our privilege to present the worst movie ever made: Plan 9 from Outer Space, Ed Wood's eccentric masterpiece. A summary of critical consensus bears repeating: "With its incoherent plot, jaw-droppingly odd dialogue, inept acting, threadbare production design, and special effects so shoddy that they border on the surreal, Plan 9 From Outer Space has often been called the worst movie ever made. But it's an oddly endearing disaster; boasting genuine enthusiasm and undeniable charm, it is the work of people who loved movies and loved making them, even if they displayed little visible talent."

This Friday night at 8 pm, we're bringing James Cameron's classic, Aliens, to the CinemaSalem big screen. The 1986 genre-bender starred Sigourney Weaver in a career role that made the critics take note. Cinema Autopsy: "Aliens contains a fascinating exploration of the way Western culture has traditionally aligned feminine characteristics onto nature while masculine characteristics have been aligned with civilisation." New Yorker: "Action thrillers assail but rarely test us; this is the tautest, most provoking, and altogether most draining example ever made." Los Angeles Times: "Fortunately, director-screenwriter James Cameron has shaped his film around the defiant intelligence and sensual athleticism of Weaver, and that's where Aliens works best."

Later that same evening, it's Rocky Horror Picture Show at CinemaSalem, starring the Teseracte Players of Boston. The show starts promptly at 11:59 pm.

Don't forget these additional special screenings in October: On Thursday, October 24 at 8 pm, we'll be screening Night of the Living Dead 3D, the Halloween classic that spawned a couple decades of imitators. On Friday, October 25 at 8 pm, we're happy to present To Salem With Love, a locally-produced documentary about a tradition of hope and remembrance observed by the local Wiccan congregation for more than two decades. On Monday, October 28 at 8:30, "The Creed Spooktacular" arrives at CinemaSalem, an anthology of wonderful local creepfest indie movies, headlined by The Creed, a new film shot by CinemaSalem alum, Tom Chalifour. On Wednesday, October 30 at 8 pm, we'll be screening Mischief Night, featuring a blind girl, and empty house, and a vicious intruder.

If you're not a huge fan of Haunted Happenings in Salem, you'll be happy to hear that we've booked the perfect antidote: the St. Petersburg, Russia, Mariinsky Theater Ballet Company's performance of Swan Lake 3D on Thursday, November 7 at 7 pm.

Finally, on Sunday, November 10 at 8:30 pm, we're thrilled to be presenting Casablanca on our big screen. It's another Sunday-before-a-national-holiday "Stay Up Late" event at CinemaSalem which will be free to our Kickstarter backers and our normal reasonable prices for everyone else. I don't think this particular film is screened except on special occasions at theaters like The Brattle in Cambridge, so make plans to enjoy this wonderful film in Salem. The critics were certainly in love with this flick in 1942, and still are today. UK Daily Telegraph: "There's a reason the world loves this wartime film, now digitally restored: more memorable dialogue than should be strictly legal, heartbreaking performances from the two leads and a plot that works with Swiss-watch precision." Film4 (UK): "Rightly one of the most popular - if not the most popular - films of all time." Hollywood Reporter: "Across seven decades, the Humphrey Bogart-Ingrid Bergman starrer has emerged as Americans' default favorite movie."
Now let's check out this coming week's lineup of films!

Now Playing: Captain Phillips (PG13); Aliens (R); The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R); Plan 9 from Outer Space 3D (NR); Gravity 3D (PG13); The History of Halloween 3D (PG); and The True 1692 in 3D!

Captain Phillips continues to earn critical raves, sailing to an astonishing 95% positive rating on Rolling Stone:"This is acting of the highest order in a movie that raises the bar on what a true-life action thriller can do." Detroit News: "This is one of the year's best movies and it features Tom Hanks' strongest work in more than a decade. But it's a live wire, time bomb of a film that, when it finally releases, leaves your nerves scrambled." The Atlantic: "Whether or not you find it an inadvertent parable of the political moment (I do), Captain Phillips is a terrific film."

Captain Phillips 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 (3:15) and 6:45.

Gravity also continues to wow the critics and draw record October crowds nationwide. Denver Post: "Nerve-racking, sentimental and thrilling, Gravity honors terra firma even as it reaches for the stars with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney." New Yorker: "Gravity is not a film of ideas, like Kubrick's techno-mystical 2001, but it's an overwhelming physical experience -- a challenge to the senses that engages every kind of dread." Toronto Globe and Mail: "Gravity, a weightless ballet and a cold-sweat nightmare, intimates mystery and profundity, with that mixture of beauty and terror that the Romantics called the sublime." The only thing I'd add to all the talk of dread is that the film is amazingly cathartic and its tender emotional arc is certainly the work's strongest and longest-lasting memory.

If you like 3D, you can see Gravity this week on Friday and Saturday at 7:45 and 9:45, and Monday-Wednesday at 7:45. If you prefer 2D, check it out Friday at (3:30) and (5:40); Saturday and Sunday at (11:30 AM), (1:30), (3:30) and (5:40); Monday-Wednesday at (3:30) and (5:40); and Thursday at (3:30), (5:40) and 7:45.

Our two homegrown film have encountered numerous sold-out shows and disappointed filmlovers, some who traveled across the country, so we're expanding their showtimes for the final two weeks of October.

In just under two weeks, The History of Halloween has earned positive write-ups in the Salem News, Salem Life Magazine, Beverly Life Magazine, and the Salem Gazette, as well as consistent rave reviews from audiences. This 3D 35-minute fun and informative film will screen Friday at 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00; Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 AM, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00.

Similarly popular with locals and tourists is The True 1692, the actual events of the Salem Witch Ordeal, as told by a young Salem girl. This film will screen on Friday at 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00; Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 AM, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00.

Looking ahead, we've got a wonderful film opening on Friday, November 1, Short Term 12, which currently boasts a 99% positive RottenTomatoes rating. One of those positive critical reviews comes from the Chicago Sun-Times: "It's one of the best movies of the year and one of the truest portrayals I've ever seen about troubled teens and the people who dedicate their lives to trying to help them."

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