Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CinemaSalem Sails into Fall

If you have read our blog before, you probably already know that I adore CinemaSalem.  It has exactly everything a locally-owned movie theater should have, and it is located just a block from the Hawthorne Hotel.

Here is my list of important attributes for a local movie house:

1) Real butter on awesome popcorn.
2) Excellent selection of hot tea. (How often do you find THAT in a megaplex?)
3) Fresca
4) Reasonable prices
5) Validated parking in the parking garage
6) Unique films in the screening room.
7) A great newsletter writer who has a wry sense of humor
8) Special events ALL the time
9) Small enough to not require big long hikes to get anywhere within the theater, but big enough to be a real theater.
10.  Shorts and documentaries
10.  A local, involved owner who does so much for our community

So, here is that awesome newsletter for this week:

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We have an awesome week coming up at CinemaSalem, plus an extravagant lineup of special events in October, so before we get to this week's regular lineup, here's a quick rundown.

Did you know that there's an international Charles Dickens symposium happening in Salem this weekend? Of course you did! We're hosting one of the best events in our Café on Saturday, September 27 from 1-4 pm, featuring two rare Dickens film adaptations: 1964's Mr. Scrooge starring Cyril Ritchard in the title role, and London by Dickens, featuring a young Alan Bates as Boz. Tickets are only $15, but we're not handling sales; please call 978-979-0574.

On October 2, we're proud to be presenting Monty Python's Terry Gilliam's new film The Zero Theorum at 7pm, and we're doing it up big! First of all, we'll have a Cinematography Screening discussion in the Café at 6 pm, free to everyone, and then after the film, we'll have a filmmaker live discussion with screenwriter, Pat Rushin.

One week later, on October 9 at 7 pm, it's the world premiere of The Mouth, filmed by CinemaSalem staffer, Brian Cowe, who with four of his production colleagues will be happy to field questions about this brilliant new horror film after the screening.

On Friday nights, October 10 and 17 at midnight, it's Rocky Horror Picture Show with the Tesseracte Players of Boston. Tickets are $12.

On Columbus Day, Monday, October 13, we'll be screening Monster Squad and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (showtimes to be determined). that same day, we're having a pumpkin decorating contest from 1-3 pm in the Café. Anyone with a ticket to either of the two movies above is invited to decorate a pumpkin (which is provided for free, while supplies last). The best decorators in two ages groups win fabulous prizes! If you can't see the movie, $5 gets you entry into the contest. The Café will be featuring pumpkin-flavored drinks and other fall favorites available for purpose. Should be awesome!

On Tuesday and Wednesday, October 14-15, we'll be screening The Damned at 5 pm and 7 pm. The Village Voice loves it: "It's all well acted and expertly crafted - quick edits that play mind and visual games with the viewer, music that heightens tension, and some cool special effects."

Then on Thursday, October 16 at 7 pm, it's another special event with live discussion. The film, Blood is the Life: A Night with Dracula and New England Vampires, will be preceded by an insightful and fascinating live introduction by Bram Stoker's great-grand nephew, Dacre Stoker, who'll also be available to sign autographs after the movie.

On Monday-Wednesday, October 20-22, we'll be screening Tusk, the new film from Kevin Smith starring Justin Long and Johnny Depp, about which The Examiner raves: "Tusk is the story of a man forced to become a monster while also settling in and finding comfort in his new skin. Michael Parks and Justin Long are superb. This is the best kind of demented absurdity any horror dramedy could ever hope to be."

Looks like we're running out of room here, Just enough time to mention Mudbloods, the Quidditch documentary on October 23, and Bridgewater Triangle on October 24, plus a horror fest on Halloween week. More about that next week. And now, here are this week's cool showtimes!

Starting Friday: The Boxtrolls (PG); The Zero Theorem (R); Manhattan Short Film Festival (NR); The Hundred-Foot journey (PG): The Drop (R); Dolphin Tale 2 (PG):; The Spirit of Salem; This Perfect Place; and The True 1692 in 3D!

Laika Studios is back with another offbeat family film and critics' favorite, The Boxtrolls, presented in 2D and 3D. Australia's Filmink: "It's a thoroughly entertaining comedy-adventure that will appeal to all ages." CinemaBlend: "The Boxtrolls isn't just a superb movie for the whole family, it's the best animated film of the year." Daily Mail (UK): "It is joyously witty and profoundly weird. I recommend it heartily. But think twice before taking young children." Financial Times (UK): "The Boxtrolls is mad, funny and inventive."

The Boxtrolls will screen in 3D on Friday and Saturday at (4:15), and 8:45; and Sunday-Thursday at (4:15 PM). The 2D screenings are Friday at 6:30, Saturday and Sunday at (11:30 AM), (1:45) and 6:30; and Monday-Thursday at 6:30.
Also new is this year's edition of the Manhattan Short Film Festival, which Vermont's Seven Days adores: "The lineup of the 16th annual competition is as distinctive as it is diverse, with representatives from six countries and a rich mix of styles and genres, animation and live action, guaranteed to earn any true movie lover's love. Past selections have won Oscars, and the quality of this year's offerings left me in little doubt that we'll hear about several of these mini-masterworks again when March 2 rolls around."

The MSFF will screen on Friday at (4:00), 7:15 and 9:45; Saturday at (11:30 AM), (4:00), 7:15 and 9:45; Sunday at (11:30 AM), (4:00) and 7:15; and Monday-Thursday at (4:00) and 7:15.

Back for another week is The Drop, currently sporting an 88% positive rating at RottenTomatoes.com. Chicago Reader: "Lehane's climactic plot twist is all the more laudable because it springs directly from complexity of character; you realize the truth has been obscured not through a writer's trickery but through your own simple reading of the action."

The Drop will screen on Friday at (4:35), 7:00 and 9:30; Saturday at (12:00), (2:15), (4:35), 7:00 and 9:30; Sunday at (12:00), (2:15), (4:35) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:35) and 7:00.

I've now heard from several people who've seen The Hundred-Foot Journey two or three times, and liked it better each time. The foodie favorite will screen on Friday at 9:15; Saturday at (11:00 AM) and 9:15; Sunday at (11:00 AM); and Monday-Wednesday at 6:45 PM.

Also back for another week is Dolphin Tale 2, screening on Friday at (4:00) and 6:45; Saturday and Sunday at (1:30), (4:00) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at (4:00 PM).

Now's a great time to view our home-grown, and locally-inspired films. 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 Friday at 6:30; Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 and 6:30; and Monday-Thursday at 6:30.

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!

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I hope to see you here, or there.

Juli


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