Paul Van Ness
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
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New this Friday is everyone's favorite bear, Paddington, who brings with him a 96% positive rating on RottenTomatoes.com. Film Journal International: "In the spirit of the best Disney classics, Paddington is one for the ages and all ages." CinemaBlend: "One of those amazing films that perfectly blends heart and humor, with a gigantic quantity of whimsy." AV Club: If the film seems head-and-shoulders above the average effects-driven family-matinee flick, it's because it never gives the impression that it's trying to be anything more (or less) than good-natured and fun to watch." Australia Herald Sun: "The filmmakers behind this magnificent movie adaptation of Paddington have indeed looked after the bear. For this is one of the finest family films of this, or any other year."
Paul Van Ness
We're presenting 10 movies this week on our four screens including a one-time showing of The Interview and of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. That last movie is showing on Sunday night at 8:30 with free admission for Kickstarter Backers and Friends of CinemaSalem, and our regular price admission for everyone else.
Here are the showtimes for this week!
Starting Friday: Paddington (PG): The Interview (R); Birdman (R); A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (NR); Bill & Ted's Excellent dventure (PG); Selma (PG13); Wild (R); The Spirit of Salem (NR); This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore (NR); and The True 1692 in 3D.
Paddington will screen on Friday at (4:15), 6:30 and 8:45; Sunday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:15), 6:30 and 8:45; Sunday and Monday at (11:45 AM), (2:00), (4:15) and 6:30; Tuesday and Wednesday at (4:15) and 6:30; and Thursday at (4:15) and 6:15.
Also new to us this week is the Oscar-likely Birdman, featuring Michael Keaton, in a truly memorable role. The Chicago Sun-Times: "This is a strange and beautiful and unique film, one of the best movies of the year." Salon: "It's a quasi-religious fable about a man haunted by the past and facing a profound moral and existential crisis in the present, and it's a dazzling display of virtuoso cinematic technique and showboat performances." Associated Press: "Birdman, more than most, seems a film that deserves a second viewing, not only to admire the work of Keaton and his co-stars, but to delve into its many layers."
Birdman will screen on Friday at 7:15; Saturday-Monday at (2:15) and 7:15; and Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:15.
Next Thursday at 8 pm, we'll be presenting a one-time screening of The Interview, a "we-thought-up-the-premise-in-a-bar" comedy that became a cultural milestone and rallying point for freedom of speech. If you've never heard of it, here's a review by The Independent: "The Interview, the gross-out satire that has united Americans in support of free speech and against North Korea, is broad, bawdy and bad -- but also consistently, undeniably entertaining."
In the Screening Room, we're showing A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, the first Iranian Vampire Western movie ever made, and it certainly sounds intriguing. Chicago Sun-Times: "The semi-Iranian hipster feminist vampire romance A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is gorgeous to behold and up to its jugular vein in quirky/spooky atmosphere." San Francisco Chronicle: "One of those art house films that movie lovers speak of with awe, as they do of Michelangelo Antonioni's movies in the 1960s or Jim Jarmusch's in the 1980s. It's a discovery, and a dare. You just HAVE to see this. You won't believe it." Laramie Movie Scope: "Not your average crowd-funded American Persian feminist vampire movie. A lesser filmmaker simply could not have made this story work so elegantly. Much of this story is conveyed by images alone. This is a masterwork."
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night will screen on Friday at (4:40), 7:20 and 9:30; Saturday at (12:00), (2:45), (4:40), 7:20 and 9:30; Sundaty and Monday at (12:00), (2:45), (4:40) and 7:20; and Tuesday-Thursday at (4:40) and 7:20;
Back for another week is Selma, praised by the BBC as "a movie about how King changed America by having the canny political genius to show the country an image of itself that it could not bear.."
Selma will screen on Friday at (4:30), 7:00 and 9:45; Saturday at (11:15 AM), (1:45), (4:30), 7:00 and 9:45; Sunday and Monday at (11:15 AM), (1:45), (4:30) and 7:00; and Tuesday-Thursday at (4:30) and 7:00.
Wild continues to gather raves, both in the press and in our lobby. Eye for Film (UK): "The humour in this film is gently underplayed so not everyone will get it, but it's more endearing as a result." Tampa Bay Times: "Witherspoon fully commits to Cheryl's pitiable ways and degrading herself to play them, stripped bare physically and emotionally. The Oscar winner has never been better." And from the location state of Oregon, in the Willamette Week: "Here's some good news for Oregonians: Wild gets our state right, and it does so without a single artisanal letterpress studio or gluten-free doughnut shop. It's also a rich and affecting piece of filmmaking, independent of any book."
Wild will screen on Friday at (4:45) and 9:50; Saturday at (11:30 AM), (4:45) and 9:50; Sunday and Monday at (11:30 AM) and (4:45); and Tuesday-Thursday at (4:45 PM).
And here's the lineup for our home-grown films: This Perfect Place will screen Monday-Thursday at (4:00); The Spirit of Salem plays Monday-Thursday at 5:00; and The True 1692 will screen every day at 6:30; and also Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 2:00.
As always, thanks for supporting CinemaSalem!
I believe it's Paddington in front of the Queen's house!
Paul Van Ness
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