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Juli Lederhaus, General Manager
Editorial commentary by Juli Lederhaus, Hawthorne Hotel General Manager:
Even if you cannot go to the movies here in Salem (we realize not all of our fair readers live nearby, or may only be coming here once in awhile from points north, south and west of here) you will want to take the time to read this newsletter, because you can get the inside scoop on movies that are in current release.
Yes, I know that will not apply to these next two paragraphs, as they are not current release films:
Tomorrow night (August 14) is the free Backers/Friends screening of The Goonies. The show starts at 7:00 pm and is available at regular admission prices for everyone else.
And then next Thursday, August 21 at 8:00 pm, it's our anniversary presentation of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, presented in cooperation with the Cape Ann Community Cinema. The film print is a new 4k restoration, and the original Leatherface, Gunnar Hansen, will be present in person! Tickets are $16 for general admission and $14 for CACC members and CS Backers and Friends.
So let's get to this week's fantastic lineup!
Starting Friday: The Giver (PG13); Venus in Fur (NR); Boyhood (R); Guardians of the Galaxy (PG13); The Spirit of Salem; This Perfect Place; and The True 1692 in 3D!
Opening this week is a film based on the Newbury Awardwinning book, The Giver, which was fully-imagining a dystopian future way back when The Hunger Games was in short pants. The critics are loving it. The Baret News: "A thought-provoking meditation on mind control offering a valuable lesson about the virtue of challenging any totalitarian authority." Dustin Putnam: "For a motion picture taking place within a population suffocated by its own sameness, The Giver dazzles and provokes as a rallying cry in favor of the irreplaceable messiness and beauty that life has to offer." John Hanlon Reviews: "A beautiful and memorable adaptation of the beloved Lois Lowry book. Fans of the novel will not be disappointed."
The Giver will screen on Friday and Saturday at (11:45 AM), (2:15), (4:30), 6:45 and 9:30; and Sunday-Thursday at (11:45 AM), (2:15), (4:30) and 6:45.
In the Screening Room, we're proud to present a new film from Roman Polanski, Venus in Fur, about which the critics are also raving. Philadelphia Inquirer: "Wickedly smart and wickedly playful, Roman Polanski's adaptation of David Ives' Tony-nominated Venus in Fur works on so many levels, it's almost dizzying." Cleveland Plain Dealer: "Fun, sexy, playful, and edgy, it also features two wonderful performances from Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric." St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "Venus in Fur is a stellar achievement.
Venus in Fur 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.
I just saw Boyhood last night and -- you heard it here first, August 12 -- : Best Picture winner at next year's Oscar! (I've been wrong before, so don't bet the house on it.) We'll summarize the 99% positive rating with this bravo from the Seattle Times: "The year's most captivating narrative experiment, and possibly the most engrossing coming-of-age movie in the history of the genre."
Boyhood will screen on Friday and Saturday at (12:30), (4:30) and 8:30; Sunday-Wednesday at (11:30 AM), (3:00) and 6:30; and Thursday at (11:30 AM) and (3:00).
The fabulous Guardians of the Galaxy returns to amuse and save the universe. Top critic, Christy Lemire loves it: "Director and co-writer James Gunn brings a giddiness and a wondrous, endless sense of why-the-hell-not? possibility that's reminiscent of Star Wars."
Guardians of the Galaxy will screen on Friday and Saturday at (11:00 AM), (1:30), (4:15), 7:00 and 9:45; and Sunday-Thursday at (11:00 AM), (1:30), (4:15) and 7:00.
If you love Salem, you'll love our locally-grown 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 2:00 and 6:30.
Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!
Here are three central characters in The Giver. I don't think it's a spoiler to say that Meryl Streep is not the heroine.