Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What's Playing at the Movies?

We are so fortunate here in Salem to have an independently owned movie theater located just one block from the Hawthorne Hotel.  It is a gem of a place, offering REAL butter on their excellent popcorn, a lovely selection of teas and other alternative drinks to soft drinks, and even White Castle burgers -- not things you find in most cinemas anywhere!  They even offer two hours of free parking in the parking garage right over the cinema -- just bring your parking ticket in to get the stamps put on it when you buy your movie tickets.

Here is their weekly newsletter, so you can see what is on offer for this coming week.

Don't forget, stopping by the Tavern or Nathaniel's (before or after a film) is a great way to round out your in-town getaway.  The Tavern serves food from 11 am to 11 pm daily, and Nathaniel's offers great breakfasts and innovative American food at dinner.

I hope to see you here, or there.



CinemaSalem's Newsletter

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2014 Salem Film Fest. It was the best ever, drawing our biggest crowds ever. Thanks also to all the volunteers, hospitality sponsors, and our fellow presenting venues, the National Park Service and PEM. Next SFF? March 5-12, 2014!

We have a treat of a completely different kind this week. As you probably know, the eagerly-awaited Muppets Most Wanted opens this Friday, March 21, but we've been given permission to host a premiere party one night early, tomorrow, Thursday, March 20, at 7 pm. Tickets are already on sale online and at the box office.

So let's take a look at next week's awesome lineup!

Starting Friday: Muppets Most Wanted (PG); Like Father, Like Son (NR); The Wind Rises (Kazetachinu) (PG13); Mr. Peabody and Sherman 2D & 3D (PG); 300: Rise of an Empire (R); The Spirit of Salem; This Perfect Place; and The True 1692 in 3D!

Muppets Most Wanted features our likeable friends touring the grand theaters of Europe, when suddenly, they're caught up in an international crime caper, just about the time Kermit starts acting strange! Film Journal International loves it: "A caper movie crossed with a prison picture, this second Muppets outing from new owner Disney is self-referential fun in the troupe's traditional hip/smart/campy/corny-copia." IGN Movies: "A fun, joyful film that once more reminds us why the Muppets are so wonderful." Village Voice: "The story matters only in that it creates opportunities for heaps of ridiculousness, and writer-director James Bobin (who also directed The Muppets), along with co-writer Nicholas Stoller, mines them skillfully and breezily."

Muppets Most Wanted will screen on Friday at (4:00), 6:45 and 9:30; Saturday at (11:00 AM), (1:30), (4:00), 6:45 and 9:30; Sunday at (11:00 AM), (1:30), (4:00) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at (4:00) and 6:45.

Our new Screening Room film arrives on a wave of critical acclaim. Like Father, Like Son boasts an 84% positive rating, exemplified by this rave from Cinemalogue: "It's well-acted and quietly powerful without settling for easy solutions to its unique dilemma." Toronto Globe and Mail: "If you've seen any of Koreeda's previous films, and especially the wrenching children-alone saga Nobody Knows, it won't surprise you to learn that the observation of children in Like Father, Like Son is unfailingly acute." "[Lead actor] Fukuyama succeeds at being unlikable but highly believable as an entitled jerk, but it's really the kids who give the movie its emotional edge because they could care less about genetics."

Like Father, Like Son will play on Friday at (4:20), 7:10 and 9:15; Saturday at (11:45 AM), 7:10 and 9:15; Sunday at (11:45 AM), (4:20) and 7:10; and Monday-Thursday at (4:20) and 7:10.

300: Rise of an Empire returns for one more week. I'll admit that not every film critic loves it, but even scribes most down on this flick can not keep talking about Eva Green. Antagony and Ecstacy: "Eva Green's the single piece of spice that turns this 300 clone into a zestful, delightful bad movie." AM/New York: "This sequel is a wholly second-rate effort, save for the incomparable Eva Green." Eva and the rest of the boys will be screening on Friday and Saturday at (4:30) and 9:45; Sunday at (4:30); and Monday-Wednesday at 7:15.

We're happy to hold over The Wind Rises, meaning two Japanese contemporary cinematic masterpieces screening at the same time! This epic animation will screen Friday at 7:00; Saturday and Sunday at (11:15 AM), (2:00) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30).

The lovely Mr. Peabody and Sherman graces our cinema again this week. The New York Post calls it "a smart, funny and beautifully designed feature."

Mr. Peabody and Sherman will screen in both 3D and 2D. The 3D screenings will be Friday and Saturday at (4:15) and 9:15; and Sunday-Thursday at (4:15). If you prefer old-fashioned 2D, you can see the film Friday at 6:30 PM: Saturday and Sunday at (11:00 AM), (1:45) and 6:30; and Monday-Thursday at 6:30.
If you'd like some local product, check out our three regional documentaries. The Spirit of Salem will screen Monday-Thursday at 5:00. This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore will screen Monday-Thursday at 4:00. The True 1692 will screen every day at 6:30, and Friday through Sunday feature a bonus screening at 2:00.

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

Here are three of the stars of Like Father, Like Son, a photo snapped just before the film's screening at Cannes.

Paul Van Ness 

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