Friday, November 07, 2014

Back to Normal

During October it seems that so many of our non-work time diversions wind down to only one -- catching up on our sleep from all the work that we do the rest of the day.

One of my favorite diversions is going to the movies, and I adore CinemaSalem, so I often post their excellent newsletter right here for all to read.

Now that October is over, maybe I can get back in to see a few films!  I hope you can make it there too!


Tomorrow night is huge at CinemaSalem, with the premiere of Big Hero 6 at 7:00 pm and then the premiere of Intersteller in 4K Digital at 8:00.

So let's get right to the rest of this week's awesome showtimes!

Starting Friday: Big Hero 6 (PG); Interstellar (PG13); Nightcrawler (R); 1,000 Times Good Night (NR); The Spirit of Salem (NR); This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore (NR); The History of Halloween 3D (NR); and The True 1692 in 3D.

Big Hero 6 is a smash, according to the Hollywood Reporter: "East meets West to immensely satisfying effect in the vibrant mash-up of an animated romp, Big Hero 6." "Your kids will love it. And frankly, they should: Big Hero 6 is zippy, beautifully made, fraught with action and peril but never scary or bloody and features a vocal team of actors so smooth and polished it verges on the criminal." Times of London: "Baymax turns out to be a formidable weapon in this gorgeously realised tale of boy and 'bot, and the bond that develops between them." Screen International: "An animated comedy-adventure that cannily combines the emotion, humour and - courtesy of a cuddly inflatable robot - cuteness expected from Disney with a heavy dose of Marvel-style superhero action."
Big Hero 6 will screen on both 2D and (my favorite) 3D. 2D screenings are Friday at 6:45; Saturday and Sunday at (11:00 AM), (1:30) and 6:45; and Monday-Thursday at 6:45. 3D screenings are Friday and Saturday at (4:00) and 9:15; and Sunday-Thursday at (4:00).

Interstellar is the latest example of Christopher Nolan's "thrilling, thought-provoking, and visually-resplendent filmmaking". LA Times: "It's a mass audience picture that's intelligent as well as epic, with a sophisticated script that's as interested in emotional moments as immersive visuals. Which is saying a lot." National Post: "It's rare for a film to deliver a scene of such emotional power that the hardened critic is fighting back tears. It's even less common for a celluloid image to have that effect. Interstellar does both." St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "This is epic cinema that begs to be compared to 2001: A Space Odyssey. But unlike Stanley Kubrick's psychedelic joyride, this journey is powered by a human heart."

Interstellar will screen in 4K Digital on Friday at (3:00), 6:20 and 9:45; Saturday at (11:30 AM), (2:50), 6:20 and 9:45; Sunday at (11:30 AM), (2:50) and 6:20; and Monday-Thursday at (3:15) and 6:30.

1,000 Times Good Night is a thoughtful film as well, starring Juliette Binoche as a brilliant war-zone photojournalist torn between the competing demands of her important work and her family. Rolling Stone: "Poppe can't match the stunning opener of Binoche photographing a suicide bomber in Kabul with scenes of domesticity. But Binoche never falters. She's the film's fire and grieving heart." New York Times: "What makes 1,000 Times Good Night more than a dramatic essay on wartime journalism is Ms. Binoche's wrenchingly honest portrayal." Spirituality and Practice: "A sensitive drama about the challenges idealists and people of great passion face within the family circle."
1,000 Times Good Night will screen on Friday at (3:45), 7:30 and 9:40; Saturday at (11:45 AM), (3:45), 7:30 and 9:40; Sunday at (11:45 AM), (3:45) and 7:30; and Monday-Thursday at (3:45) and 7:30.

Nightcrawler is a fascinating look at the other end of the journalism spectrum, and it's won over 93% of the world's film critics, some of whom are drawing some intriguing comparisons. The Atlantic: "Now 33 years old, Gyllenhaal is the same age that De Niro was in Taxi Driver and, like him, he is learning to channel an eerie, inner charisma, offering it up in glimpses and glimmers rather than all at once." San Francisco Bay: "A hypnotic confluence of action, comedy and hysteria that is at once unnerving, exhilarating and unlike anything I've ever seen." Flick Filosopher: "Noirish 1950s cynicism meets nasty 1970s Corman-esque exploitation in a thriller that is uncomfortable, unpleasant, unforgiving, and pretty darn brilliant."

Nightcrawler will screen on Friday at (4:30), 7:15 and 10:00; Saturday at (11:15 AM), (2:00), (4:30), 7:15 and 10:00; Sunday at (11:15 AM), (2:00), (4:30) and 7:15; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) and 7:00.

If you're looking for some films that take a fresh look at the local scene, you can check outThe Spirit of Salem, playing Monday-Thursday at 5:00 pm; and This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore playing Monday-Thursday at 4 pm.

Or you can check out the highest-grossing film in CinemaSalem history, The True 1692, which tells the authentic story of the Salem Witch Ordeal. This documentary screens Friday at 6:30; Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 and 6:30; and Monday-Thursday at 6:30.

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem.

Couple of rascals from Big Hero 6.


I hope to see you here or there.


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