Friday, November 28, 2014


What is better than turkey on Thanksgiving?  Blockbuster movies on black Friday, and the weekend beyond, of course!

Here is the lineup from our good friends at CinemaSalem.  This is from their newsletter:

Penguins of Madagascar opens this week, just in time to charm every member of the family. Washington Post: "A delightfully silly star turn for this quartet of absurd little birds, who operate as a team of commandos." Metro: "Hell, it starts with a Werner Herzog joke. You know, for the kids." Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "The film is fun, light-hearted fare that could be watched in the comfort of a long car ride to Grandma's house."

Penguins will screen in 3D  (4:15); Friday and Saturday at (4:15) and 8:45; and Sunday-Thursday at (4:15). If you prefer good old-fashioned 2D, that version will screen Friday and Saturday at (12:00), (2:10) and 6:30; and Monday-Thursday at 6:30.

Also new this week is Horrible Bosses 2, a funny followup to the 2011 film with a very similar name. Washington Post: "This sequel will most likely please fans of the first installment, chiefly because Bateman, Sudeikis and Day are, admittedly, often very funny together." John Hanlon: "Funnier and more entertaining than the original."

Horrible Bosses 2 will screen at (4:45) and 7:00; Friday and Saturday at (11:45 AM), (2:20), (4:45), 7:00 and 9:45; Sunday at (11:45 AM), (2:20), (4:45) and 7:00; and Monday-Thursday at (4:45) and 7:00.

Starting Friday: The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part 1 (PG); Penguins of Madagascar (PG); Listen Up Philip (NR); Big Hero 6 (PG); Interstellar (PG13); 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.

Opening on Friday is The Overnighters, a thought-provoking documentary about people chasing a broken American dream. Boston Globe: "Through patience, skill, discretion, and trust, Jesse Moss has taken a seemingly small town story and turned it into both a microcosm of today's most urgent issues and a portrait of a single suffering soul." The Observer (UK): "Acute portraiture - and for a sobering depiction of an America in crisis that looks shockingly close to the desperation of the 1930s." Daily Express: "Jesse Moss's documentary is as compelling and heartrending as any drama."

The Overnighters will screen on Friday at (12:10), (2:45), (4:40), 7:20 and 9:30; Saturday at (12:10), (2:45), (4:40) and 7:20; Sunday at (12:10) and 7:20; and Monday-Thursday at (4:40) and 7:20.

Of course, we're still playing the marvelous The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. Everyone loves it. Chicago Reader: "The impressive supporting cast (which features Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright, and Woody Harrelson) keeps this highly watchable." Wall Street Journal: "Mockingjay is a rare bird in its genre, an action adventure with an interesting mind and a resonant spirit." AV CLub: "The stealth highlight of this franchise has always been the flavorful cultural satire, which takes center stage throughout much of Mockingjay's fleet runtime."

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay will screen on Friday and Saturday at (11:15 AM), (1:50), (4:30), 7:15 and 10:00; Sunday at (11:15 AM), (1:50), (4:30) and 7:15; and Monday-Thursday at (4:30) an 7:15.

Hey! It's Thanksgiving, and you've got family in town. Perhaps they'd be interested in our home-grown films: This Perfect Place (Monday-Thursday at 4:00), The Spirit of Salem(Monday-Thursday at 5:00), and The True 1692 (everyday at 6:30 and two bonus shows on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00).

Thanks for supporting CinemaSalem, and Happy Thanksgiving!
The Outsiders are being compared to a real-life The Grapes of Wrath.

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