Author Archive: Robert Newton

CHRIS COOPER IN PERSON! – Opening Night of “Coming Through The Rye” on Fri. Nov. 4 @ 7:00pm!

FRI. NOV. 4 @ 7:00PM

poster-largeCOMING THROUGH THE RYE, set in 1969, is a touching coming-of-age story of sensitive, 16-year-old Jamie Schwartz (Alex Wolff), who is not the most popular kid at his all boys’ boarding school. Disconnected from students and teachers, he believes he is destined to play Holden Caulfield, the main character of The Catcher in the Rye and has adapted the book as a play. After a series of increasingly hostile altercations with the boys at school Jamie runs away to search for J.D. Salinger (Oscar winner Chris Cooper). On his way he picks up Deedee Gorlin (Stefania Owen), a quirky townie. Their odyssey to find Salinger becomes a journey of sexual awakening, the discovery of love, and of the meaning of one’s life.



chris-cooper-as-salinger-1aby writer-director-producer Jim Sadwith

Chris Cooper was always at the top of the “A” List to play JD Salinger.

First and foremost, Chris is a magician. He is a brilliant actor, able to transform himself into characters the likes of which we’ve never seen before.  Breach? Breathtaking. Adaptation? Academy Award winning. American Beauty? Absolutely unforgettable. And the movie I worked with him on – In Broad Daylight? Bedrock solid. Believable. High Noon’s Gary Cooper (Marshall Will Kane) to Brian Dennehy’s Ian McDonald (Frank Miller).

It was 1991 when I chose Chris for In Broad Daylight – a movie about a psychopathic bully who terrorizes a Missouri town until he is ultimately shot dead in broad daylight in front of 30 witnesses – every one of whom claimed not to have seen the shooter. Chris played a salt of the earth highway patrolman who dared go up against the bully. READ MORE>>>


at-camera-copy-e1444012343559-pagespeed-ce-ydmpdaiy5sJim Sadwith’s TV movies, miniseries and drama series have won or been nominated for over thirty-five Emmy Awards and Golden Globes. He has been twice nominated for Emmys and won the Emmy for Best Direction with the miniseries “Sinatra.” In addition Jim has twice been a DGA Award finalist and once a finalist for the Humanitas Award.

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SKEPTICS FILM – “Nuts!” (Wed. Nov. 9 @ 7:30pm)

WED. NOV. 9 @ 7:30PM

nuts-movie-poster-2016-1010773489NUTS! is a feature length documentary directed by Penny Lane about Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire in Depression-era America with a goat testicle impotence cure and a million watt radio station.

Using animated reenactments, interviews, archival footage, and a hilariously unreliable narrator, NUTS! traces Brinkley’s rise from poverty and obscurity to the heights of celebrity, wealth and influence in Depression-era America.

Along the way, he transplants tens of thousands of goat testicles; amasses an enormous fortune; is (sort of) elected Governor of Kansas; builds the world’s most powerful radio station; invents junk mail, the infomercial, the sound-truck and Border Radio; hosts some epic parties; and annoys the heck out of the establishment, until finally his audacious actions force the federal government to create regulations to stop him.

How he does it, and what happens when it all comes crashing down, is the story of NUTS!


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LATE NIGHT SCARES! – “Halloween [1978]” (Fri. Oct. 28 @ 10:00pm)

FRI. OCT. 28 @ 10:00PM ONLY

John Carpenter’s 1978 classic Halloween returns to The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage this Halloween weekend! See the film that defined a genre and launched an iconic franchise the way is was meant to be seen–on the big screen. Plus, catch an exclusive interview and retrospective with the legendary master of horror, John Carpenter. Introducing the film, this special bonus explores the history of the film and the indelible influence Halloween has had on not only the horror genre, but the entire film industry. Carpenter explains why the film is meant for the big screen, the influences that inspire his filmmaking and how Halloween became the highest grossing independent film of all time.

There’s no better way to experience the movie that brought Michael Myers into nightmares everywhere and launched the career of the original “scream queen” Jamie Lee Curtis, than in cinemas, digitally restored and remastered by the film’s cinematographer, Dean Cundey.

Get tickets now for the ultimate Halloween cinema experience!

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HALLOWEEN PARTY – Persuader: The Almost-30th Anniversary Show! (Sat. Oct. 29 @ 8pm)

The Almost-30th Anniversary Show!
(and Halloween Party)
SAT. OCT. 29 @ 8PM

The original members of the popular local band Persuader have reunited to perform at a Halloween Party/Dance at the Cape Ann Cinema & Stage at 8pm on Saturday, October 29th. The band had great success performing from around the late ‘80s through the late ‘90s. One of their best-known events, an annual Halloween Party at the former St. Peter’s Club Function Hall (now The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage), was a local favorite.

They have performed a few “reunion” shows over the years, and recently started to commit to performing regularly again. Along with some of their classic rock covers songs from the ‘60’s through the ‘90’s and some contemporary songs as well, they plan to recreate the annual trend started many years ago. The band performs a mix of upbeat, “danceable” songs with a few ballads thrown in. They would like you to join them for a fun evening at this historic venue!

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NOTE: There will be a costume contest (though costumes are optional).

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HOWL-O-WEEN MOVIE PARTY – “Beetlejuice” (Sat. Oct. 29 @ 1:00pm)

SAT. OCT. 29 @ 1:00PM

beetlejuiceBring your friends and family and join Cape Ann Animal Aid as they raise funds with this spooktacular Halloween movie classic!

Pizza will be served at 1:00pm, and movie starts at 1:30pm.

Costumes are welcome!

Plus, enjoy the prize wheel, door prizes, raffle and more! A fantastic way to kick off the Halloween weekend and all for a great cause!

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PREMIERE – Ben Wickey’s “The Homecoming” & Ray Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes” (Sun. Oct. 30 @ 6:30pm only)

SUN. OCT. 30 @ 6:30PM
shown with Ray Bradbury’s
Something Wicked This Way Comes


ben_wickeyBen Wickey is a 21-year-old Rockport artist, writer, and animator. In 2010, he won the Edward Gorey House’s Fantastagorey Award for book illustration. He has since worked closely with that museum. He has created works for such notaries as Griff Rhys Jones, Liv Ullmann, The John Updike Society, and Ki Longfellow-Stanshall,  author and widow of British eccentric, Vivian Stanshall. He created original animations for Christopher Seufert’s upcoming documentary, “The Last Days Of Edward Gorey,” a rough cut of which screened at The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage in 2015. Paired with Disney’s dark “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” the premiere of THE HOMECOMING is Wickey’s short animated film about a little boy’s tale of his family reunion of vampires and based on Ray Bradbury’s 1946 short story, and is a collaboration with Bradbury’s daughter, Bettina.


something_wicked_this_way_comesIn the hamlet of Green Town, Illinois, two young boys–quiet Will Halloway and somewhat rebellious Jim Nightshade–enjoy the ever-shortening days of autumn. When the boys hear about a strange traveling carnival, they decide to see what it is all about. However, Will is fearful, as most carnivals end their tours after Labor Day. When the ominous Mr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce) rides into town on a dark midnight, setting up his massive carnival in a matter of seconds, the boys are both thrilled and terrified. It seems to be just another carnival at first, but it is not before long that the forces of darkness themselves are manifesting from the haunting melodies of the carousel… which can change your age depending on which way you ride it. With his collection of freaks and oddities, such as the Fat Man, Mr. Electro, and the blind Dust Witch (Pam Grier), Dark intends to take control of the town and seize more innocent souls to damn. It will take all the wit and hope of the two boys to save their families and friends, with aid from an unlikely ally–Will’s father (Jason Robards), the town librarian–who understands more than anyone else that “something wicked this way comes.”

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FILM – “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” (Opens Fri. Oct. 28)


Appropriate for their big screen debut, Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots. Blamed for a major incident at an über-fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!

FILM – “Hell Or High Water” (Opens Fri. Oct. 22)


Toby (Chris Pine) is a divorced father who’s trying to make a better life for his son. His brother Tanner (Ben Foster) is an ex-convict with a short temper and a loose trigger finger. Together, they plan a series of heists against the bank that’s about to foreclose on their family ranch. Standing in their way is Marcus (Jeff Bridges), a Texas Ranger who’s only weeks away from retirement. As the siblings plot their final robbery, they must also prepare for a showdown with a crafty lawman who’s not ready to ride off into the sunset.

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“Brothers on a bank-robbing spree make their way through a desert of economic decline in Hell or High Water, a chase movie disguised as a western with a smashing Jeff Bridges as a Texas Ranger.” –Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

“It’s a tale of brotherhood and family that takes in the harsh beauty of the land, the elusive nature of right and wrong and the quirky delights of human connections in a time of bewildering change.” –Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

“The terrific ‘Hell or High Water’ is like a gritty retelling of the Frank and Jesse James story — only with getaway cars instead of horses.” –Stephen Whitty, New York Daily News

FILM – “Indignation” (Opens Fri. Oct. 22)


Set against the backdrop of the Korean War, a working-class Jewish student, Marcus (Logan Lerman), leaves Newark, New Jersey, to attend a small college in Ohio. There, he experiences a sexual awakening after meeting the elegant and wealthy Olivia (Sarah Gadon), and confronts the school’s dean (Tracy Letts) over the role of religion in academic life. Based on the novel by Philip Roth.

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“Captures with an uncanny realism a moment of innocence and caution in a post-World War II era.” –Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“An emotional and incredibly personal piece of material (it fictionalizes Roth’s own early-’50s college experience) that adapts well to his polite, polished and reasonably old-fashioned aesthetic.” –Peter Debruge, Variety

“The beauty of ‘Indignation’ can be found in how it builds, growing from a garden-variety coming-of-age story into a poetic, even prayerful, meditation on the pitiless vagaries of character and regret.” –Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

FILM – “Operation Avalanche” (Fri. Oct. 14 @ 7:30pm)

FRI. OCT. 15 @ 7:30PM

operation-avalanche1967: the height of the Cold War. The CIA suspects there is a Russian mole inside of NASA, sabotaging the Apollo program. They send two young agents on a mission to go undercover, posing as documentary filmmakers to capture NASA’s race to the moon. The real mission – use their access and technology to hunt down the leak. But what they discover is far more shocking than Soviet spies… their government may be hiding a secret about Apollo that could define the decade, and the White House will stop at nothing to silence anyone who learns it. While not a true documentary, this mockumentary is a top-notch celebration of the documentary genre that creates a thoughtful and entertaining what-if.

TUES. OCT. 17 @ 5:00PM