Don't forget that the Tavern or Nathaniel's are both perfect places to dine or imbibe a wonderful holiday beverage, either before or after a film. You could even come both before AND after!
I hope to see you here.
On Saturday morning, we're presenting one of the most moving and musically sophisticated films we've shown at CinemaSalem, the Theater of Vienna production of Handel's Messiah, directed by the estimable and ever-controversial Claus Guth. This extraordinary film screens this Saturday at 10 am.
We have an awesome slate of movies to show you over the next week, so let's get right to the showtimes!
Perhaps the most eagerly-awaited film of the year opens Friday, here in the city in which much of it was filmed. The brilliant comedy-with-an-edge American Hustle is earning astonishing raves from the world's critics, who've rewarded it with a 95% positive rating. Los Angeles Times: "Dizzying, outlandishly entertaining." RogerEbert.com: "Ridiculously entertaining in all the best ways." USA Today: "With one of the best ensemble casts of any film this year, it's audacious, enthralling and uproarious." Entertainment Weekly: "It's a film of jaw-dropping virtuosity and pleasure, one that leaves you revved, enthralled, tickled, moved, and amazed." New Yorker: "American Hustle offers so many easy pleasures that people may not think of it as a work of art, but it is. In the world that [Director and Co-writer David O.] Russell has created, if you don't come to play you're not fully alive."
American Hustle opens this Friday at (3:45), 7:00 and 10:00; Saturday at (12:45), (3:45), 7:00 and 10:00; Sunday at (12:45), (3:45) and 7:00; Monday at (3:45) and 7:00; Christmas Eve at (12:20) and (3:45); Christmas Day at (3:45) and 7:00; and Thursday at (12:20), (3:45) and 7:00.
Also opening Friday is the winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, awarded unprecedentedly to the two lead actors and the director. Having conquered the festival circuit, Blue is the Warmest Color also has charmed the critics. The Toronto Star: "One of the year's best films." Detroit News: "An astounding, complex film about the ecstasy, the danger and the beauty of love." Newsday: "The more wondrous things about Blue Is the Warmest Color include its emotional honesty, precision, abandon and need." Toronto Globe and Mail: "Blue is the Warmest Color is too exceptional a film to be defined by its controversy." San Francisco Chronicle: "Make no mistake, Blue Is the Warmest Color constitutes a breakthrough, in addition to being the best film of 2013."
BITWC will screen on Friday at (3:20) and 7:15; Saturday at (11:00 AM), 6:30 and 9:35; Sunday at (11:00 AM), (3:20) and 7:15; Monday at (3:15) and 6:30; Tuesday at (12:00) and (3:15); Christmas Day at (3:15) and 6:30; and Thursday at (12:00), (3:15) and 6:30.
If you've read those reviews, you might think it impossible for a third new CinemaSalem movie to trump those raves and earn a spot as odds-on favorite to beat them in the Oscar Best Picture category, but according to the advance buzz, Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street may do just that. Time Out London: "All the signs pointed to real-life stock-market story The Wolf of Wall Street being classic, old-school Martin Scorsese: drugs, swearing, big speeches, bigger performances, a spot of social critique and lashings of classic rock. But while many of these elements are present, something unexpected has snuck in alongside them: huge, unashamedly crowd-pleasing laughs. This is without doubt the funniest movie of Scorsese's career - earlier efforts like The King of Comedy and After Hours may have been brilliant, but their chuckles were chillier and more unsettling. The Wolf of Wall Street plays modern tragedy as epic farce, reminding us just how much fun Scorsese can be when he's in a playful mood." London Daily Telegraph: "Great filmmakers don't grow old like the rest of us, and at 71, Martin Scorsese has stormed back with a picture that would have exhausted a director half his age." Compuserve: "Bursting with energy, this blue chip treatment of the rise and fall of a self-made man is the best film of the year." Rex Reed, New York Observer: "The sets are ravishing. The cinematography dazzles. There's so much going on that you don't blink for fear that you might miss something. Did I say over the top? I meant over the moon. Against my better judgment, there were times in The Wolf of Wall Street when I was over the moon myself."
TWOWS will open next Wednesday, Christmas Day, screening at (3:00) and 6:45; and again on Thursday at (11:30 AM) and (3:00) and 6:45.
Still playing, of course, is the current North America box office champion and critical darling, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The New York Times: "A relentless adventure tale, teaming with rowdy action, slavering enemies and Elven gymnastics." Seattle Times: "The moviemakers create a world that you just want to jump in to, even if it means facing down the King of the Orcs." Village Voice: "[The film] parades wonders before us, not the least being the greatest dragon in the history of movies."
The Hobbit 2 will play in 3D each day, Friday-Thursday at 3:30 pm. (That's the format I'll be watching.) If you like the 2D version, you can see in on Friday at 6:30 and 9:40; Saturday at (12:00), 6:30 and 9:40; Sunday at (12:00) and 6:30; Monday at 6:30; Tuesday at (11:45 AM); and Christmas Day at 6:30 PM. Thu: (11:45 AM), 6:30
Disney's wonderful Frozen is playing now and will through Christmas Eve. I'll be sad to see it go, as will The New Yorker: "Extravagant care is taken with minutiae, and the directors, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, whistle through the first twenty minutes of the plot with a controlled giddiness that would leave many live-action adventures staggering in their tracks." Time Out: "Frozen has both showtunes and darkness, but most satisfying is a formula-defying finale that successfully subverts the fairytale status quo." UK Daily Mirror: "A Christmas Disney animation with a cheeky wit, this musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" is thoroughly enjoyable."
Frozen will screen on Friday at (4:15), 6:45 and 9:00; Saturday at (10:45 AM), (1:30), (4:15), 6:45 and 9:00; Sunday at (10:45 AM), (1:30), (4:15) and 6:45; Monday at (4:00) and 6:45; and Christmas Eve at (11:30 AM), (1:45) and (4:15).
This is a great week to check out our home-grown documentaries, including The Spirit of Salem, which will play Monday-Thursday at 5:00; This Perfect Place, which will screen Monday-Thursday at 4:00 pm. and The True 1692, which will screen every day at 6:30; with an additional screening on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 2 pm.
Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem, and have a wonderful holiday!