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Salem Cinema has been a cultural hub of our thriving city since 1982, dedicated to enriching our community by providing year-round films, educational programs, and a venue for engaging activities. We present the richness of American and world cinema, including live-filmed performances such as theatre, dance, opera and other musical events and see film as a source of cultural literacy, learning and vision for the future as well as a place for discovery, community and delight.
In addition to broadening horizons and cultural awareness and understanding through the art of film, we are proud to offer a fundraising asset to our many local non-profit organizations by way of hosting movie benefit nights in partnership with their own missions.
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The Power of the Dog UK/New Zealand/Australia. 2021. Directed by Jane Campion. (125 mins.) Rated R. in English
A masterpiece of psychologically intricate subtext unfolding within the majesty of the American West, THE POWER OF THE DOG is a cinematic powder keg bristling with longing and jealousy. The year is 1925 and the Burbank brothers are wealthy ranchers in Montana. At the Red Mill restaurant on their way to market, the brothers meet Rose (Kirsten Dunst), the widowed proprietress, and her impressionable son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee). The brutally beguiling Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) is ripe with menace, behaving so cruelly he drives them both to tears, reveling in their hurt and rousing his fellow cowhands to laughter – all except his brother George (Jesse Plemons), who comforts Rose then returns to marry her. As Phil swings between fury and cunning, his taunting of Rose takes an eerie form – he hovers at the edges of her vision, whistling an ominous tune. A hothouse psychodrama about performative masculinity and the persona we put on so as not to feel so alone, Jane Campion's beautifully mysterious revisionist western is a brooding, mesmerizing and masterful accomplishment and is already considered a frontrunner for Best Picture!
The Humans United States. 2021. Directed by Stephen Karam. (108 mins.) Rated R. [CC,AD] in English
Providing an incisive, empathetic microcosm of the fractured American family, this chamber drama takes place almost entirely within the cramped, dimly lit confines of the bi-level Chinatown apartment shared by 20-something Brigid Blake (Beanie Feldstein) and her boyfriend Richard (Steven Yeun). Before they’ve even had a chance to unpack, the couple hosts Thanksgiving for Brigid’s Pennsylvanian relatives: parents Erik (Richard Jenkins) and Deirdre (Jayne Houdyshell), older sister Aimee (Amy Schumer), and dementia-afflicted grandmother (June Squibb). At first the Blakes do their best to put on happy faces despite their differences, but as the night progresses and the wine flows, the cracks in the family’s closeness begin to show. With his feature directorial debut, Karam translates the emotional precision of the play into an eerie, cinematic story with atmospheric sound design and distinctive camerawork. Each character is beautifully brought to life with humor and devastating poignance. A simple, honest drama about family, THE HUMANS is rife with cutting comments and surprising moments of sheer, genuine warmth.
Julia United States. 2021. Directed by Julie Cohen, Betsy West. (95 mins.) Rated PG-13. [CC,AD] in English
A true joy in every aspect, JULIA brings to life the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television and even about women. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives and cutting-edge, mouth-watering food cinematography, the film traces Julia Child's twelve-year struggle to create and publish the revolutionary Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date and her rapid ascent to become the country’s most unlikely television star. It’s the empowering story of a woman who found her purpose – and her fame – at 50, and took America along on the whole delicious journey. This sumptuous documentary is a captivating, illuminating delight that captures Child's warmth, wisdom and humanity. Bon appetit!
Belfast UK. 2021. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. (98 mins.) Not Rated. [CC,AD] in English
A spry, uplifting triumph named after the city of his birth, BELFAST is celebrated filmmaker Kenneth Branagh’s most personal and most affecting film yet – an arresting marriage of romanticism and sincerity that joyously bursts out onto the screen. A coming-of-age drama set during the tumult of late-1960s Northern Ireland, the film follows young Buddy (Jude Hill) as he navigates a landscape of working-class struggle and sweeping cultural changes. Buddy dreams of a glamorous future that will whisk him far from "The Troubles", but, in the meantime, he finds comfort with his charismatic parents (Jamie Dornan and Caitriona Balfe) and his tale-spinning grandparents (Ciaran Hinds and Judi Dench). Written, directed and captured with measured grace, Branagh has crafted a moving and deliberately rose-tinted evocation of a lost era. Buoyed by sharp performances, this cinematic memoir is truly a jewel of a film.
The French Dispatch United States/Germany. 2020. Directed by Wes Anderson. (103 mins.) Rated R. [CC,AD] in English and in French with English subtitles
A witty and loving valentine to the spirit of journalism, THE FRENCH DISPATCH brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city. In the 1960s in the French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé, curmudgeonly editor Arthur Howitzer Jr. (Bill Murray) runs The French Dispatch which covers world politics, the arts high and low, and diverse stories of human interest. Three of the magazine's stories concern an artist in prison, student riots and a kidnapping. This gleefully joyous tale features Adrien Brody as art dealer Julian Cadazio, Henry Winkler and Bob Balaban as Cadazio’s uncles, Benicio del Toro as incarcerated artist Moses Rosenthaler, Léa Seydoux as his prison guard and muse, Jeffrey Wright as food journalist Roebuck Wright, Frances McDormand as journalist Lucinda Krementz, and Lyna Khoudri and Timothée Chalamet as student revolutionaries. This vibrant and evocative compilation of comedic vignettes is a singularly gorgeous ode to strangers in strange lands as seen through the strange eyes of one of our most uniquely clever filmmakers.
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