Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Time To Go To The Movies (and Dinner?)

When the weather gets cold there is nothing better for a relaxing activity than a good movie accompanied by some excellent popcorn with real butter, and a broad range of beverage choices.  And to get just that perfect combination, you need go no further than CinemaSalem, located just one block from the Hawthorne Hotel.

Don't forget that it is Restaurant Week(s) in Salem, this week and next, so on Sunday through Thursday nights you can enjoy a three-course dinner, from our regular menu in Nathaniel's, for only $28.  Reservations are a great idea, and you can call us at 978-825-4311 or go to this site to make them on-line:  Reserve on-line at OpenTable.

The BEST Pot Roast 

I hope to see you here.



CinemaSalem's Weekly Newsletter:

Here are a few quick tips before we get to this week's exciting showtimes. First, Short Term 12 (which plays today and tomorrow in the Screening Room) is earning amazing praise, including a few critics (and my wife) dubbing it "the best film of 2013" and predicting an Oscar nod for Brie Larson. Affecting, moving, and beautiful, it's a wonderful and cathartic film, and if you don't get a chance to catch it at CinemaSalem, seek it out elsewhere.

Second, tomorrow night brings Swan Lake 3D to CinemaSalem at 7 pm! The dancing is gorgeous, the music ravishing, and the cinematography is breathtaking! (And save the date: Saturday, December 14 at 11 am -- The Nutcracker in 3D!)

Third, on Sunday night at 8:30, we're proud to host a rare big-screen presentation of Casablanca, one of the best movies ever made. This screening is free for our CinemaSalem Backers, and regular price for everyone else. If you weren't able to become a Backer during our Kickstarter campaing, but you'd like to enjoy these awesome ongoing benefits, you can now become a "Friend of CinemaSalem," which will get you into Casablanca and a full year of great movies for free.

You can find out about how to become a "Friend of CinemaSalem" by asking at the box office.

Now let's take a peek at this coming week's film lineup!

Now Playing: Thor: The Dark World (PG13); How I live Now (R); Ender's Game (PG13); Free Birds (PG); 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!

Thor: The Dark World already opened in the UK, so we've got plenty of raves to share from our sophisticated cousins across the pond. This is London: "What's all the fuss about this franchise? Trust me. Once you've met jokey Loki, you'll understand." Film4: "It's as action-packed and visually spectacular as any of its Marvel stablemates - and arguably the funniest of the lot." ViewLondon: "Delivers thrills, laughs and emotion in equal measure, thanks to a witty script, superb performances, thrilling action sequences and assured direction from Alan Taylor that gets the tone exactly right."

Thor: The Dark World will screen in 2D every day at (4:20) and additionally on Saturday-Monday at (2:00). If you love 3D, catch it on Friday at (7:15) and 9:45; Saturday at (11:45 AM), 7:15 and 9:45; Sunday and Monday at (11:45 AM) and 7:15; and Tuesday-Thursday at 7:15.

Also new this week is How I Live Now, an inventive and provocative film set in the near future, also already screening in Britain. Shadows on the Wall: "It has an exceptionally skilled filmmaker at the helm, plus three of the finest young actors working at the moment. So it's a strongly involving odyssey." Daily Express: "Based on the prizewinning novel by Meg Rosoff, How I Live Now is impeccably crafted with some beautiful cinematography from Franz Lustig and tender direction from Kevin Macdonald." Financial Times: "All England is here: a blend ... of dark with light, of the eternal-pastoral with tense and tactile forebodings of an unwritten future."

How I Live Now will screen on Friday at (4:40), 7:20 and 9:30; Saturday at (12:10), (2:45), (4:40), 7:20 and 9:30; Sunday and Monday at (12:10), (2:45), (4:40) and 7:20; and Tuesday-Thursday at (4:40) and 7:20.

Ender's Game captured the North American box office championship this past weekend, and also won the hearts and minds of film critics. Leonard Maltin: "The futuristic setting of the piece is beautifully realized, but it's the emotional quotient that dominates and drives the film." Aisle Seat: "Smart, engaging, and fun." NPR: " Ender's Game is a dark story of a children's crusade built on the crushed psyches of damaged youths, and too much uplift would undermine it." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "A thoughtful, intelligent portrait of a world where we are all made victims of the battles being fought in our name."

Ender's Game will screen on Friday at (5:10), 7:30 and 9:50; Saturday at (12:15), (2:45), (5:10), 7:30 and 9:50; Sunday and Monday at (12:15), (2:45), (5:10) and 7:30; and Tuesday-Thursday at (5:10) and 7:30.
The hilarious Free Birds has found a few champions among the press. "Free Birds not only rediscovers the giddy joy of being truly silly, it's confident enough to make us laugh without resorting to regurgitated pop-culture references or grownup double-entendres." "A more than worthy (and weird) holiday diversion for the whole family." USA Today: "Likable and amusing." Washington Post: "Finally, there's a movie vegetarian parents can enjoy with their impressionable offspring."

Free Birds in 2D will soar on Friday at 6:45 and 8:45; Saturday at (12:00), 6:45 and 8:45; Sunday and Monday at (12:00) and 6:45; and Tuesday-Thursday at 6:45. For those who like their turkeys in 3D, you can catch Free Birds every day at (4:45), with an additional screening on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at (2:30).

Our home-grown docs are drawing nice crowds, especially The History of Halloween, which will screen Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm.

The Spirit of Salem will play Tuesday-Thursday at 5:00; and This Perfect Place will screen Tuesday-Thursday at 4:00 pm. The True 1692 will screen every day at 6:30.

As always, thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

How I Live Now and Casablanca both meditate on love in a time of war.

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