Thursday, January 02, 2014

Great Week for a Movie

Because of the snow storm a lot of schools and businesses are closed.  But getting around in Salem, so far, is not so bad.  So here is a thought.  Get in your car, come to the Tavern for lunch or dinner, and then take in a movie at Cinema Salem.  You can leave your car parked here while you are at the movie, today or tomorrow, January 2 and 3, 2013. Just stop by the front desk and ask for a parking pass to put in your vehicle.

I hope to see you here,



Here is their weekly newsletter for your perusal:

Happy New Year and happy upcoming blizzard! What an awesome beginning to 2014. 2013 was an historic year for CinemaSalem, thanks to our Kickstarter Backers, and we're looking forward to another year filled with wonderful movies, events, and delicious popcorn.

With all the school cancellations, I'll take this occasion to remind you that we'll be again presenting a single screening of Frozen this morning at 10:30 am.

We're bringing in one brand new film tomorrow, and holding over the rest of the lineup, a slate which broke CinemaSalem attendance records for December. Let's get right to the schedule!

Now Playing: Is the Man Who is Tall Happy (NR); American Hustle (R); The Wolf of Wall Street (R); The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (PG13); The Spirit of Salem; This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore; and The True 1692 in 3D!

We're about two months away from the 2014 Salem Film Fest, so to get you in the mood for one of the world's great all-documentary festivals, we're bringing in a great new doc called Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky. Another metaphysical question is: Are the critics happy? And the answer in this case is: yes! Chicago Reader: "The onscreen result is a striking inquiry into how we comprehend the world, neatly divided between a man of words and a man of images." Arizona Republic: "What emerges from the chats and the drawings and the animation is an often-fascinating glimpse at both genius and the creative process (itself a kind of genius, after all). If it sounds boring, it isn't. If it sounds weird, it is - but weird in a good way." The New York Times: "Mr. Gondry decided to animate their conversations to reveal - in a Chomsky-ian move - the filmmaking process that ordinarily remains hidden for the viewer's pleasure (and manipulation). Using old-fashioned, hand-drawn animation; a bright, pulsing palette; and live interviews shot with a 16-millimeter film camera (a Bolex - hurray!), Mr. Gondry lays bare his own process as well as his intellectual anxieties as he gently questions and sometimes prods the admirably patient Mr. Chomsky." (In honor of this quote, and this film, we will have a Bolex on display at CinemaSalem all week!)

ITMWITH:AACWNC is playing in the Screening Room, starting on Friday at (4:30), 7:15 and 9:15; Saturday at (12:15), (2:45), (4:30), 7:15 and 9:15; Sunday at (12:15), (2:45), (4:30) and 7:15; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 7:15.

All of our other films did wonderfully this Christmas, especially the ultra-awesome American Hustle, which sports some of the most naturalistic acting in recent memory. American Hustle will screen Friday at (4:00), 7:00 and 10:00; Saturday at (1:00), (4:00), 7:00 and 10:00; Sunday at (1:00), (4:00) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:00) and 7:00.

The Wolf of Wall Street is one of the most polarizing films in recent memory at our theater. There was an interesting story in the Los Angeles Times positing that the marketing of the film encourages some viewers to expect a morality tale, and they're chagrined and disappointed at Martin Scorsese's comedic exploration of the American Dream pushed to the limit -- and beyond. TWOWS will screen on Friday at (2:45), 6:15 and 9:40; Saturday at (11:20 AM), (2:45), 6:15 and 9:40; Sunday at (11:20 AM), (2:45) and 6:15: and Monday-Thursday at (3:30) and 6:45.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a long, lush, suspenseful journey into Middle Earth, as played by the stunning landscapes of New Zealand. Next year's trilogy finale will win all the awards, but this installment is truly not to be missed. The Hobbit 2 will play on Friday at (3:30), 6:45 and 9:50: Saturday at (12:00), (3:30), 6:45 and 9:50; and Sunday at (12:00), (3:30) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at (3:45) and 6:50.
After a couple of weeks off for the holidays, all of our home-grown docs are back this week, rested and ready. The Spirit of Salem will screen Monday-Thursday at 5:00 pm; This Perfect Place will screen Monday-Thursday at 4:00 pm; and The True 1692 will screen Friday at 6:30; Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 and 6:30; and Monday-Thursday at 6:30.

We'll be enjoying the snow as much as anyone does over the next day or two. If it gets to be so deep and wonderful that we have to adjust our schedule, we'll put an alert on the top of our webpage, So check there before you put on your snow shoes and make the trek from Ipswich! As always, thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

In honor of Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?, here is a picture of a Bolex camera. See the real thing at CinemaSalem.

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