Trailer for Ernest and Celestine
Open Friday in the Screening Room is the lovely Ernest & Célestine, of which 97% of the world's cynical and jaded film critics roundly approve. Minneapolis Star-Tribune: "The unlikely cross-species friendship of Celestine the mouse and Ernest the bear teaches a gentle lesson about irrational intolerance in this French animated charmer." Seattle Times: "A joyous rediscovery of hand-drawn animation, all witty and expressive lines, spare backgrounds and gorgeous, watery hues." Austin Chronicle: "The pace and the style of E & C, not to mention its wonderful attention to detail, lift the film from being merely sweet to being something special." Orlando Sentinel: "Despite the rumors of its demise, 2D hand-drawn animation isn't dead. In fact it's becoming vital again in Europe, and this is a brilliant example of what it could be again."
Ernest & Célestine will play in our intimate Screening Room on Friday and Saturday at (12:15), (3:00), (4:30), 7:10 and 8:45; Sunday at (12:15), (3:00), (4:30) and 7:10; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 7:10. This version is in English, so no reading of subtitles is needed.
Back for another colorful and fun week is Rio 2, which will screen on Friday and Saturday at (11:15 AM), (1:45), (4:00), 6:15 and 8:45; Sunday at (11:15 AM), (1:45), (4:00) and 6:15; and Monday-Thursday at (4:00) and 6:15.
As always, we have lots of special events going on a CinemaSalem, and two of them are happening next Thursday, May 1. The first is the premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 at 7:00 pm. The film already opened overseas, and the praise is rolling in. This is London: "[Andrew] Garfield is impressively lithe in the suit, plausibly vulnerable out of it, and it's hard to imagine a better Spidey."
The other special event next Thursday is a art reception showcasing the photos currently hanging in our lobby, "My Grandfather's Photographs", 100-year-old negatives recently given to me which disclose both Alaska in 1914, and the personality and artistic sensibilities of a grandfather I never met. The reception is free and open to the public. It runs from 7:00-8:30 pm, and will feature wine and cheese and the opportunity to view the actual negatives and a demo of the digital detective process that brought these images to light.
Mark your calendars! On Thursday, March 8 at 7:00 pm, we're bringing in the fun and fabulous Moulin Rouge, a ballet which has been seen live by more than 110,000 people across North America, here presented in gorgeous HD. This presentation will be free for Kickstarter Backers and Friends of CinemaSalem (and their immediate family or a friend). Non-backers can attend for our normal, incredibly reasonable admission.
After that, the next Kickstarter Backer/Friend event will be on Sunday, May 25, when we'll be screening Back to the Future at 8:30 pm. That's the day before Memorial Day, so a perfect time to view one of the best movies ever made.
Late-breaking news: We'd hoped to nab a print (technically a digital file) of The Grand Budapest Hotel this week, but the studio is asking us to wait until next Friday, May 2. If you love filmmaking as well as films, you might want to attend our next Cinematography Screening, focused on this Wes Anderson masterpiece. That fun event will be Tuesday, May 6, at 6:00 pm (discussion in the Café) followed by the film itself in one of our big theaters. The discussion is free, and admission to the film is only $6 if you remember to mention the magic six-syllable word: Cinematography. The discussion ranges to all aspects of filmmaking, not just camerawork, so feel free to attend even if your own personal passion is editing, or lighting, or acting, or scoring, or makeup, or sound design, or Key Gripping, or Best Boying, etc.
And don't forget that tomorrow night, Thursday, April 24 at 8:30 pm, we'll be screening the documentary, Raw Faith, a story of a Maine family's attempt to build a sailing ship. Here's a rave from the Portland Press Herald: "A description of the new documentary Raw Faith sounds like the sort of nice, well-meaning inspirational story that secretly makes peoples' eyes glaze over: The true-life tale of a Maine family's dream of building a ship in order to take people with special needs on sea cruises. Instead, Gregory Roscoe's compelling film recalls nothing so much as a Maine version of a Werner Herzog movie, where a man becomes obsessed with an eccentric dream that brings him too close to the inherent dangers of nature, and risks losing literally everything to his quest."
Now here are this week's showtimes!
Also back is one of my favorite Marvel films ever, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which will screen on Friday and Saturday at (12:15), (3:30), 6:45 and 9:40; Sunday at (12:15), (3:30) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at (3:45) and 6:45.
CinemaSalem is also your destination for films about local history or natural history. 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 Saturday and Sunday feature a bonus screening at 2:00.
Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!
Technically, mice are supposed to fear bears, and bears are supposed to eat mice. but Ernest and Célestine are a bit more evolved than that!
Paul Van Ness