Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Cinema Salem Is Certainly Special

Here is this week's awesome newsletter from our very special local cinema, located just one (1) block from the Hawthorne Hotel -- which makes it uber-convenient as a place to go before or after you dine here at the Tavern on the Green or Nathaniel's.

I hope to see you here, or there.



X-Men is getting great reviews from critics and audiences all over the world. You can be one of the first in America to see the epic tomorrow night at CinemaSalem. The premiere screening starts at 10 pm.

This Sunday night, we have another free Kickstarter/Friend of CinemaSalem screening (and the general public is warmly welcomed to purchase seats at our normal reasonable rate) for the 1985 sci-fi classic, Back to the Future. Currently boasting a 96% positive rating on (that's not likely to slip much after 29 years), the film enjoyed ecstatic reviews when it opened. Orlando Sentinel: "It isn't often that extremely clever moviemakers use their brains in the service of pure fun. But that's just what the people who made Back to the Future have done. This brilliant contraption of a film could become the hit of the summer."
Now here's the rest of this week's juggernaut of awesomeness!

Starting Friday: X-Men: Days of Future Past (PG-13); Locke (R); Back to the Future (PG); Neighbors (R); Godzilla (PG13); The Spirit of Salem; This Perfect Place; and The True 1692 in 3D!

X-Men: Days of Future Past has won over the world's film critics, including those at Variety: "Not since 2003's X2: X-Men United has this filmmaker tapped so effortlessly into his talent for comicbook gravitas, his ability to mine emotional resonance, pop poetry and (crucially) sly humor." Australia's FILMINK agrees: "Bold and ambitious, X-Men: Days Of Future Past is an admirably controlled thrill-ride tempered with perfectly shaded moments of arcing darkness." And then there's this unexpected perspective from the Orlando Weekly: "Perhaps the most astonishing thing is that this movie is as elegant as it is."

After the Thursday night premiere, X-Men: DOFP will screen on Friday at (3:30), 6:45 and 9:45; Saturday at (12:30), (3:30), 6:45 and 9:45; Sunday and Monday at (12:30), (3:30) and 6:45; and Tuesday-Thursday at (4:00) and 6:45.

New in the Screening Room this week is a truly unique film, Locke. The Philadelphia Inquirer gives us the skinny: "A man, a car, a hands-free mobile device. And it is extraordinary." Seattle Times: "For the most part, it works like gangbusters." Denver Post: "The crises Ivan Locke faces with a tremendous will to do the right thing strike a chord. The mistakes that have him in the driver's seat, but hardly in control, are terribly human and all too familiar." As you may have guessed, just one actor appears in the entire film, but according to, what a performance!: "Tom Hardy makes a very compelling case that he could indeed make a spoken word interpretation of the white pages absolutely riveting viewing." Cleveland Plain Dealer: "Take a ride with Tom Hardy in this beautiful, gripping film."

Locke will screen on Friday at (4:45), 7:20 and 9:15; Saturday at (12:15), (3:00), (4:45), 7:20 and 9:15; Sunday at (12:15), (5:00) and 7:20; Monday at (12:15), (3:00), (4:45) and 7:20; Tuesday at 7:20 PM; and Wednesday and Thursday at (4:45) and 7:20.

The surprisingly thoughtful but raunchy Neighbors is back, screening over the holiday weekend on Friday at (4:15), 7:00 and 9:30; Saturday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:15), 7:00 and 9:30; Sunday and Monday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:15) and 7:00; and Tuesday-Thursday at (4:15) and 6:30.

Godzilla ruled the box office this week, and is back for more. The "smooth, sleek, technologically awe-inspiring" film (thank you, Slate Magazine) will screen in 2D on Friday at (4:30) and 7:15; Saturday and Sunday at (11:15 AM), (1:50), (4:30) and 7:15; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 7:15. The 3D screenings will be Saturday and Sunday at 10 pm.

Of course, we're also featuring our home-grown films, which you can't see anywhere else in the world. 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, Sunday, and Monday feature a bonus screening at 2:00.
Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

Tom Hardy delivers the performance of a lifetime in Locke.

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