Saturday, June 28, 2014

Cinema Salem Newsletter

Here is this week's CinemaSalem newsletter.  As you may already know, we LOVE CinemaSalem, and think there is no better theater on the North Shore, or maybe in all of Massachusetts, or even on the East Coast.  See, we really are very passionate about this theater we helped to save when they did a KickStarter campaign to raise money to convert to digital.  

If you are staying in the Hawthorne, remember this gem is only one block away from us.  Or, if you want to have a meal and a show, the Tavern on the Green is the perfect place to come before or after a how, especially since we serve food until 11 pm every night.

Here is the news:

We have three new films coming in over the next week, two starting Friday and one opening next Tuesday, leading up to the huge holiday weekend.

So let's not waste any more time with idle chit chat. Here's the schedule!

Starting Friday:  Transformers: Age of Extinction (PG13); Cold in July (R): Chef (R): How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG); The Fault in Our Stars (PG13); The Spirit of Salem; This Perfect Place; and The True 1692 in 3D!

Her royal highness, Queen Melissa/Tammy, making one of a series of bad decisions.

Tammy (R):  doesn't arrive until next Tuesday at 8 pm, but personally, I'm finding it hard to wait. There are no reviews yet, and I'm sure some stuffy critics may not like it. But based on the trailer (which you can find on our website), it looks like a quintessential Melissa McCarthy vehicle, aka, a total hoot. Not unlike The Heat.

So we expect to see all of you there next Tuesday at 8 pm, or Wednesday or Thursday at (12:15), (2:30), (4:45) and 7:00.

Also new this week, and opening on Friday is the spectacularly successful Transformers: Age of Extinction, screening in both 2D and 3D. Some of the critics love it. IGN: "Lovers of all things explosions, visual effects marvels, and Autobots will be granted a wealth of all of the above, plus a few intriguing and unexpected twists." Screen International: "For audiences seeking the same polished, vacuous grand scale spectacle that has become synonymous with both the series and its director, Transformers: Age Of Extinction gives the series a new lease of life." Variety: "Resurrected to take on man-made knock-offs of themselves, these metallic superheroes cause so much destruction, it's as if they're trying to find a literal new definition for the term "blockbuster" - and indeed, as in the 2007-11 trilogy, which raked in $2.6 billion globally, helmer Michael Bay continues to evolve ways to make robotic shape-shifting look increasingly seamless and realistic in 3D."

Transformers IV will screen in 2D Friday-Thursday at noon and 6:30 pm. The excellent 3D version will screen Friday and Saturday at (3:15) and 9:45; and Sunday-Thursday at 3:15.

Also new this week is Cold in July, shown in the Screening Room. Most of our Screening Room fare is beloved by the critics, and this dark film is no exception, based on the 90% positive RottenTomatoes.com score. Arizona Republic: "It is a brutal, beautifully shot movie that starts out to be about revenge but then becomes something more, something even more primal and disturbing." Minneapolis Star-Tribune: "A tense, engrossing Texas thriller with a sense of humor as sharp and wounding as a Bowie knife." Philadelphia Inquirer: "Pulp fiction doesn't come much better than Cold in July, a gritty, grisly - and perversely giddy - crime yarn."

Cold in July will screen on Friday at (11:45 AM), (2:40), (4:35), 7:15 and 9:40; and Saturday-Thursday at (11:45 AM), (2:40), (4:35) and 7:15.

Pop Quiz: What was the most popular film at CinemaSalem this past weekend? Answer: Chef, about which Canada.com (apparently the website for the entire country) writes: "Jon Favreau's Chef is a sort of five-course meal stuffed onto a three-course plate: an exposé of the restaurant business, a family drama, a road trip, a slice of food porn (don't arrive hungry) and possibly a metaphor for Favreau himself."

Chef will screen on Friday and Saturday at (1:50), (4:20), 7:00 and 9:30; and Sunday-Tuesday at (1:50), (4:20) and 7:00.

One final mini-week for the beautiful and haunting The Fault in our Stars, which will screen Friday-Tuesday at 11:15 am.

With the holiday arriving, perhaps some out of town family will as well. If you want to give them a real treat, bring them to see one (or all) of our home-grown flicks: 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!



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