Here is this week's edition, just in time for you to make plans for the upcoming weekend:
Thanks to all our loyal, sophisticated, and good-looking patrons for voting CinemaSalem the Best North Shore Movie Theater, for the sixth consecutive year. We're very grateful for your continuing support and attendance, and in response, we feel it's our obligation to bring in the best movies we can find, -- and we've got some great ones this week.
One of them is an all-time classic, the first true blockbuster film, and a movie that retains its ability to scare people days after they've seen it. The movie? 1975's Jaws, playing next Thursday, July 24 at 7 pm. The influential masterpiece earned a ravishing 98% positive rating on RottenTomatoes.com. The New Yorker (Pauline Kael, in fact!): "It may be the most cheerfully perverse scare movie ever made. Even while you're convulsed with laughter you're still apprehensive, because the editing rhythms are very tricky, and the shock images loom up huge, right on top of you." Radio Times: "John Williams's Oscar-winning music and the excellent performances of Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss add to the ingeniously mounted tension that cleverly plays on all our deepest primeval fears." The Guardian: "This is a suspense classic that leaves teeth-marks."
Admission to Jaws is free for our Kickstarter Backers and Friends of CinemaSalem (and immediate families or a friend), and available to everyone else at our regular, reasonable ticket prices.
Now let's take a peek at the rest of our fabulous lineup!
Planes: Fire and Rescue will screen in 2D Friday and Saturday at (11:15 AM), (1:30), 6:15 and 8:30; Sunday-Wednesday at (11:15 AM), (1:30) and 6:15; and Thursday at (11:15 AM), (1:15), (5:15). The film will soar in 3D (my favorite) on Friday-Wednesday at (3:45); and Thursday at (3:15).
We're thrilled that our in-house booking braintrust has landed a print of Begin Again, a new film by the auteur who gave us the indie classic, Once. The Advocate: "Irish writer/director John Carney is a master at depicting musicians on the cusp of something special." UK Daily Mirror: "Fans of Once - or, indeed, anyone with a heart - will be swept away by the gentle, sweet-but-sad story." UK Observer: "I found it moving, funny and really rather charming, provoking more than enough laughter and tears." Irish Times: "The result is a film that, while fitting into various great traditions, still bears the unmistakable thumbprint of a singular film-maker."
Begin Again will screen on Friday and Saturday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:30), 7:00 and 9:30; and Sunday-Thursday at (11:30 AM), (2:00), (4:30) and 7:00.
In the Screening Room is the wonderful Video Games: The Movie, an entertaining documentary about the birth and development of one of America's high tech pastimes. Variety: "A slick, entertaining survey of electronic gaming's history to date. The film points at the seminal moment in 1962 when MIT staff and students created a game to showcase the abilities of a new computer with a then-novel display screen. Leading the charge into commercial arcades was Atari, which debuted "Pong" in 1972. Founder Nolan Bushnell says it soon became clear that the most popular games were "simple to learn but impossible to master," making them addictively engrossing." Village Voice: The movie opens with a barrage of statistics before segueing into a sketchy history lesson-cum-industry promotion."
Video Games: The Movie will screen on Friday and Saturday at (12:00), (2:45), (4:40), 7:15 and 9:15; and Sunday-Thursday at (12:00), (2:45), (4:40) and 7:15.
Of course, we're bringing back one of the best-reviewed films of the year, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, about which old friend, Wesley Morris, late of the Boston Globe, writes this for Grantland: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes gets to be exciting and to say something about the world instead of merely blowing it up. The apes are among the more intellectually complex characters you're likely to spend time with this summer."
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will screen on Friday and Saturday at (12:15), (3:30), 6:45 and 9:40; and Sunday-Thursday at (12:15), (3:30) and 6:45.
We've seen a recent spike in attendance at 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 2:00 and 6:30.
Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!
Here's a representative romantic and musical scene from Begin Again.