Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cold Weather + Best Popcorn Ever + Terrific First Run Movies = Cinema Salem

Here is the current newsletter from our friends at Cinema Salem.  Located just one block from the Hawthorne Hotel, it is the perfect place to continue or finish a movie day out.  You can either start with a meal in the Tavern, or finish up with one there.  Since we serve from 11 am to 11 pm, it is the perfect place to think of when you are planning a day out on the town of Salem.

I hope to see you here, or there,


As you probably know, the second installment of the wildly popular Hunger Games film series opens tomorrow. We're celebrating by showing the original film at 5 pm, then at 8 pm, we're hosting the premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Get your tickets now!

Our next Friend of CinemaSalem/Kickstarter Backer free event will be The Nightmare Before Christmas on Saturday, December 7 at 11 am. Our screening of this holiday classic is free for Backers and Friends, and our regular, reasonable ticket price for everyone else.

A week later, on Saturday, December 14 at 11 am, we'll be presenting the Mariinsky Theater Ballet's The Nutcracker. If you were among the throng at the recent Swan Lake, you know that this will be a special and wonderful event for the whole family.
Now let's take a peek at this week's movie lineup! We're still working out some options for the holiday, so this update extends through Tuesday, when we'll send out next week's edition of this email, one day early.

Now Playing: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG13); The Hunt (NR); 12 Years a Slave (R); Thor: The Dark World (PG13); The History of Halloween 3D (PG); This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore; The Spirit of Salem 3D; and The True 1692 in 3D!

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a critical smash, currently enjoying a 92% positive rating on ReelViews: "Offers its audience many of the elements that made The Hunger Games compelling, but adds to that by deepening the themes and emotional currents and traveling to darker destinations." Village Voice: "Jennifer Lawrence, of course, is the real draw. Female role models come and go, and Lawrence's Katniss is one of the better ones." New York Magazine: "Catching Fire is terrific." THG:CF will screen starting tomorrow night at 8:00 pm; Friday at (3:15), 6:45 and 9:40; Saturday at (11:40 AM), (3:15), 6:45 and 9:40; Sunday at (11:40 AM), (3:15) and 6:45; and Monday and Tuesday at (3:45) and 6:45.

New in the Screen Room this week is The Hunt, also boasting a mid-90s rating on, and a film with particular resonance to Salem. Seattle Times: "Through it all, we see an idyllic-looking community, where glorious fall colors fade into twinkling December snow - a pretty frame for a terrifying story of a modern-day witch hunt." Philadelphia Inquirer: "The Hunt offers a powerful, provocative study of mob mentality and the fabric of trust." San Francisco Chronicle: "An intense, hard to watch drama, of a man's life torn apart by his fellow citizens. The performance is skilled enough that it won the top acting award at last year's Cannes festival."

The Hunt will screen on Friday at (4:00), 7:20 and 9:30; Saturday at (11:50 AM), (4:00), 7:20 and 9:30; Sunday at (11:50 AM), (4:00) and 7:20; and Monday and Tuesday at (4:00) and 7:20.

Everyone is impressed with 12 Years a Slave, including the critics who hoisted it to a 96% rating. Arizona Republic: "Slavery is revealed for the unrelenting horror that it was. About time." San Jose Mercury News: "This is not medicine for America to swallow; it's filmmaking of the highest caliber." Rolling Stone: "You won't be able to tuck this powder keg in the corner of your mind and forget it. What we have here is a blistering, brilliant, straight-up classic."

12 Years a Slave will screen on Friday at (3:30), 6:30 and 9:15; Saturday at (12:15), (3:30), 6:30 and 9:15; Sunday at (12:15), (3:30) and 6:30; and Monday and Tuesday at (4:00) and 7:00.

Do you have misgivings about Thor: The Dark World, which hung on to its box office championship this week, and has earned more than $150 million in the US,. It's easy to explain its success, given its deft mix of action, strong characters, and self-deprecating humor. Still have misgivings? Read the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: "The latest chapter in Marvel's never-ending story takes a while to find its narrative momentum, but its later, better scenes have a loony oomph that drowns out your misgivings." Thor is super popular, and a genuinely nice guy, but some critics want more, especially more of Thor's evil brother! Arizona Republic: "Thor is an interesting superhero and all, but really, people, we need a Loki movie."

Thor: The Dark World will play in 3D on Friday at 10:10 PM; Saturday at (2:15) and 10:10; Sunday at (2:15 PM); and Monday and Tuesday at (4:45 PM).
If you like your Thors in good, old-fashioned 2D, come on in Friday at (4:45) and 7:15; Saturday and Sunday at (11:30 AM), (4:45) and 7:15; or Monday and Tuesday at 7:15 PM.

As the holidays approach, with your relatives hanging out - perhaps a bit too long --, this is a perfect time of year to catch one or more of our home-grown docs, including The History of Halloween, which will screen Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm. The Spirit of Salem will play Monday-Thursday at 5:00; This Perfect Place will screen Monday-Thursday at 4:00 pm. and The True 1692 will screen every day at 6:30.

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

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