Friday, August 22, 2014

Free Community Screening of Good Will Hunting

The newsletter from CinemaSalem is always interesting.  Here is this week's edition.  There is going to be a FREE community event at CinemaSalem on Sunday August 31.  Details are here:


Whenever something dark happens, there seems to be a very positive human impulse to create even a small light in response. That's what Karen Scalia of Salem Food Tours and some friends have done in response to the passing of Robin Williams. In partnership with CinemaSalem, they've organized a free community screening of Good Will Hunting a week from Sunday, August 31, at 8 pm.

Admission is free and donations will be accepted on behalf of local and national nonprofit organizations working toward suicide prevention and mental health. So grab a bunch of friends and come honor a great actor and enjoy one of the top 50 films of all time -- for a great cause.


And now let's get to this week's fantastic lineup!

Starting Friday: Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (NR); To Be Takei (NR); The Giver (PG13); Guardians of the Galaxy (PG13); The Spirit of Salem; This Perfect Place; and The True 1692 in 3D!

The first Sin City created a sensation for it's amazing look and fun storytelling: film noir translated to a graphic novel and then back to film, and gaining something new with each transformation. Well, the long-awaited sequel is here, co-directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez: Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

The buzz is huge, augmented by early reviews like this from Digital Spy: "The class of the impressive cast and the immersive film noir atmosphere just about sustains our interest in a film that's most striking visual effect is the hair on Bruce Willis's head." Daily Telegraph: "It's neither high art nor noir, but it's what a Sin City film should be."

Sin City 2 will screen in 2D Friday-Thursday at (12:00), (2:15) and 7:00; and in 3D Friday and Saturday at (4:40) and 9:30; and Sunday-Thursday at (4:40).

New in the Screening Room is To Be Takei, the fun and engaging documentary about groundbreaking actor, George Takei. Variety love it: "A unique blend of camp and conviction, To Be Takei deftly showcases George Takei's eclectic personality and wildly disparate achievements, from Star Trek crewmate to gay-rights activist." Village Voice: "If witnessing Takei and Brad exchanging vows doesn't bring a tear to your eye, you're either heartless, or you're William Shatner."
To Be Takei will screen on Friday and Saturday at (11:45 AM), (2:45), (4:45), 7:15 and 9:15; and Sunday-Thursday at (11:45 AM), (2:45), (4:45) and 7:15.

The Giver is winning some rave reviews as well, like this from the Denver Post: "As Jonas, Brenton Thwaites brings thoughtful wonder to the role of a young man who is thrilled and frightened by what he learns." The Giver will screen on Friday and Saturday at (11:30 AM), (1:45), (4:15), 6:30 and 9:00; and Sunday-Thursday at (11:30 AM), (1:45), (4:15) and 6:30.

The fabulous Guardians of the Galaxy returns to bring absurd hilarity to the super-hero genre, focusing on a motley case of characters who, in the super-hero universe, don't seem to have made the move from Pawtucket. Old friend Wesley Morris writes in Grantland: "[Director Jame] Gunn appears to remember the high of certain kinds of moviegoing, where when the credits are over, all you want to do is get back in line and enjoy the whole thing again."

Guardians of the Galaxy will screen on Friday and Saturday at (11:00 AM), (1:30), (4:00), 6:45 and 9:45; and Sunday-Thursday at (11:00 AM), (1:30), (4:00) and 6:45.

If you want to learn more about Salem and our awesome North Shore, you'll want to make time for 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.

And don't forget that tomorrow night, Thursday, August 21 at 8:00 pm, it's an anniversary presentation of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, presented in cooperation with the Cape Ann Community Cinema. The film print is a new restoration, and Gunnar Hansen, the original Leatherface, will be present in person! Tickets are $16 for general admission and $14 for CACC members and CS Backers and Friends.

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

The famous and courageous Gorge Takei.

Paul Van Ness

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