Friday, January 24, 2014

So Excited, Academy Awards and Salem Film Fest Coming Up Soon

Here is the weekly newsletter which I love to get from Cinema Salem.

This is one of our favorite times of the year, with our auditoriums filled with Best Picture nominees and the Salem Film Fest just on the horizon.
That world-class, all-documentary festival will run March 6-13 this year, and the film roster looks awesome. Tickets will go on sale in early February. In the meantime, if you want a sneak peek at one of the films, check out this trailer.

Now let's check out our showtimes for this coming week at CinemaSalem!

Starting Friday: Nebraska (R); Knights of Badassdom (R); Inside Llewyn Davis (R); American Hustle (R); The Spirit of Salem; This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore; and The True 1692 in 3D!

New at CinemaSalem this week is Alexander Payne's latest, Nebraska. Washington Post: "[Payne has] made an "American Gothic" for 21st-century, post-recession America. Who needs a pitchfork anyway, when you can have an ice cold bottle of Bud?" But don't think it's a bummer movie, according to the Detroit News: "Nebraska is a wonderful comedy shot in black-and-white and told in shades of gray." The Movie Report is paying close attention (Hear, hear!) to the cinematography: "The simple beauty of the entire package is well summed up by Phedon Papamichael's beautiful black-and-white cinematography, which makes everything at once all the more modest yet majestic." We'll give the final word to the Miami Herald: " Payne remains a deeply humanist filmmaker: He loves people no matter their flaws, and he once again conveys that sympathy through a beautiful, haunting film that initially feels slight but grows large in your memory."
Nebraska will screen on Friday at (4:30), 7:00 and 10:00; Saturday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:30), 7:00 and 10:00; Sunday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:30) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 7:00.

Pop Quiz: How many of you are seriously into LARPing? Wow, more than I thought! As everyone knows, Live Action Role-Playing refers to awesome people (some of whom are eccentrics and oddballs, but not all) who spend weekends in full costume re-enacting a Dungeons and Dragons-derived Middle Ages that never were. Certainly, richly fertile ground for a comedy. However, be warned! Beware! Even LARPers can occasionally accidentally summon an evil she-demon from the pits of hell. And she's not happy about it! Such is the premise, kind Lords and Ladies, of our Screening Room's new feature, Knights of Badassdom, starring Peter Dinklage, Ryan Kwanten, Summer Glau, and Steve Zahn.

KOB will screen on Friday at (4:15), 7:10 and 9:30; Saturday at (12:00), 2:00 and 7:10; Sunday at (12:00), (2:00), (4:15) and 7:10; and Monday-Thursday at (4:15) and 7:10.

The Chicago Reader sums up the more profound sensibilities of the fabulous Coen brothers: "The broad, black humor of the Coens' early features has ripened over the years into a sadder, more philosophical brand of comedy that puts them in a class with Billy Wilder." Inside Llewyn Davis will screen on Friday at (4:45), 7:15 and 9:30; Saturday at (11:45 AM), (2:15), (4:45), 7:15 and 9:30; Sunday at (11:45 AM), (2:15), (4:45) and 7:15; and Monday-Thursday at (4:45) and 7:15.

We can all agree that American Hustle certainly cleaned up when Academy Award nominations were handed out last week. This Oscar-magnet will screen on Friday at (3:45), 6:45, and 9:40; Saturday at (12:30), (3:45), 6:45 and 9:40; Sunday at (12:00), (3:45) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at (3:45) and 6:45.

If you want great films with a local focus, check out one of our three local documentaries. 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-Thursday at 6:30.

There are quite a few awesome films on the radar here at CinemaSalem: We should be getting The Lego Movie and The Monuments Men shortly.

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

According to many critics, Bruce Dern delivers the performance of a lifetime in Nebraska.

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