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Review – Theeb

A characters journey is a crucial part of story telling, with most films using a characters journey as their main plot device or vehicle. Coming of age films are a prime example of a genre of film that uses the characters inner journey to further the plot and their own personalities, creating a contrast between the lead […]

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” opening early and why you’ll want to see it!

Tickets now on sale for our Thursday, July 31st 8:00 PM premiere! Tickets can be purchased here. When Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy flies into theaters on August 1st, it will be Marvel Studios and Disneys biggest gamble yet. Guardians of the Galaxy is the 10th film from Marvel Studios, a once independent production company […]

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Out of the Furnace Trailer Released

‘Crazy Heart’ director Scott Cooper presents his newest drama, ‘Out of the Furnace’. This film includes an amazing cast featuring Christian Bale and Casey Affleck playing brothers who find themselves in strife with Woody Harrelson,  a ruthless local criminal. Viewers should expect a powerful performance from the full cast. Other stars include Zoe Saldana, Willem […]

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COMPLIANCE, not easy on the brain, but well worth watching.

Compliance has stirred up a fair amount of controversy since it debuted at Sundance, and this week, we bring Compliance to you, the faithful and stalwart patrons of CinemaSalem. And stalwart you will need to be. Based on a real life case, the details of which can be reviewed here, the film depicts an incident […]

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Hara-Kiri delivers drama, Queen of Versailles horror

I’ll be talking about two movies this week–Takashi Miike’s new drama Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (opening today in the screening room) and Lauren Greenfield’s latest documentary, The Queen of Versailles (opening on one of the big screens today). Takashi Miike, best known for some of his more gruesome work–Ichi the Killer, Audition–returns to the […]

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I Wish a delight for all ages

This week’s screening room film, I Wish, directed by Hirokazu Koreeda (Nobody Knows, Still Walking) is a simple, joyous delight. Like most of Koreeda’s films, the plot centers on a family in crisis. The narrative revolves around the two sons Koichi and Ryu, who are living in separate households following their parent’s divorce. Koichi wants […]

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Peter’s top films of 2011

2011 has come to a close. The Golden Globe awards were just a few days ago, the Oscar nominations are right around the corner, and every movie critic and blogger has been posting their top films lists, so now it’s our turn. Before I jump in, let me preface this by saying that this isn’t […]

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“Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” Review

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, the feature directorial debut from writer/director Eli Craig is a well crafted horror comedy made by a true fan of the genre. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil isn’t a parody, it’s a well blended genre mash-up in the same vein as Zombieland. Like Zombieland, this film is just as witty […]

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THOR opens this Friday, May 6th!

Thor, the fourth film from Marvel Studios (Iron Man 1+2, The Incredible Hulk), and the first of their two features this summer, comes out in 3D this Friday, May 6th. I was lucky enough to catch an advanced screening for this film a few weeks ago and I have never been so pleasantly surprised by […]

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Easy A is John Hughes style crowd-pleaser

Easy A is sticking around for another week of comedic teenage misery. Director Will Gluck and writer Bert V. Royal clearly wanted to hearken back to the 80’s teen dramadey genre ruled by the much loved and missed John Hughes, referencing the master and his films frequently throughout the film. Following Emma Stone’s character as […]

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