At the theaters

Posted:  Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 7:30am
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Harbor Theater

185 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor ~ 633-0438 ~www.boothbaycinema.org

“Sleepless in Seattle” - A romantic comedy for Valentine's Day, (plus Friday afternoon).  Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in Nora Ephron's wonderfully romantic comedy about two people drawn together by destiny. Hanks stars as Sam Baldwin, a widowed father who has moved to Seattle with Jonah, (Ross Malinger), his eight-year-old son. When the son calls into a radio talk show to find his father a new wife, Sam is an instant hit with thousands of female listeners who deluge his home with letters of comfort. 

“Sleepless in Seattle” plays Wednesday, Feb. 14 - with free refreshments starting at 6:30 p.m. Valentine chocolates and cupcakes provided by Sara Fahnley of And Candy Too!, and Valentine cookies by Marie Kelley of Sweet Dreams Bakery; and  Friday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. (sans sweets!)

“Darkest Hour” - During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman).  “Darkest Hour" is  rated PG13. It plays Thursday, Feb. 15  7 p.m. 

"The Shape Of Water" - From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones and Michael Stuhlbarg. "The Shape Of Water,”  rated R, plays at 7 p.m.  Friday, Feb. 16,  Saturday, Feb. 17 and  Wednesday, Feb. 21; plays at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18.
 
The legendary Mexican filmmaker won his first ever Best Director award at the Golden Globes ceremony for “The Shape of Water,” and is touted as a favorite to win Academy Awards. At the awards ceremony, del Toro said, “For 25 years I have handcrafted very strange little tales made of motion, color, light and shadow. These strange stories … these fables … are biography, and they are alive.”
 
“The Final Year” - Documentary filmmaker Greg Barker was offered unprecedented access inside the White House and State Department during President Barack Obama's last year in office and offers an uncompromising view of the inner workings of the Obama Administration. It closely follows Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and two top White House appointees, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, and Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, as they race against the clock to solidify their legacy, promote diplomacy over large-scale military action, and redefine how the U.S. government handles war and peace, before leaving power after eight years.  “The Final Year” screens Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. Refreshments,  intro and Q&A with retired CIA official Paul Zalucky, an authority on Russia at 6:30 p.m.; and at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 - film only.
 
Lincoln Theater
2 Theater St., Damariscotta ~ 207-563-3424 ~ www.atthelincoln.org
 
“Darkest Hour” - During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. Rated PG. Nominated for six Academy Awards. Final screenings Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 2 (with captions) and 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15 at 2 and 7 p.m.

BBC series: “The Royal House of Windsor” - The complete acclaimed BBC4 series on the history of Britain's ruling dynasty over the last 100 years, starting with the time around the outbreak of WWI continues. Episode 3: Enter the Outsider. How in the 1960's Prince Philip harnessed television to revamp the Royals' public image; Episode 4: Shadow of a King. Prince Charles tries to avoid replicating Edward VIII's romantic mistakes. Friday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. Free screenings.

“The Greatest Showman” -  Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, this original musical celebrates the birth of show business and the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams. Playing at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16 and Saturday, Feb. 17; plays at 2 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18 and Wednesday, Feb. 21 - 2 p.m. show is captioned.

“Charlotte’s Web” - Stories to Screen: Talking Animals -  E.B. White’s timeless children’s story comes to life in this colorful animated musical. Playing Saturday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. A free event.

“Into the Light” -  This documentary is an uplifting film for PBS about a Marine returning from Afghanistan with psychological injuries of war who meets a therapist who is confronting her own family’s struggles with mental illness. Q & A after the film with filmmaker Charles Stuart, Jenna Mehnert Executive Director, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (Maine) and Adria Horn, Executive Director, Maine Bureau of Veteran Services. Run time: 1 hour, 5 minutes.  Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. A free event.

“The Blue Planet” - Season One - A mammoth series, five years in the making, explores the rich tapestry of life in the world's oceans will screen daily during school vacation, Tuesday, Feb. 20 through Friday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. - free!

Episode 1: “Ocean World” -  This first episode (Feb. 20) demonstrates the sheer scale, power and complexity of the "Blue Planet." Episode 2:  “The Deep.”  No sunlight penetrates at about a kilometer depth, requiring modern submarine technology, discover at least one new species, or even whole new branches of submarine life. Tuesday, Feb. 20.  Episode 3: “Open Ocean” -  The sea bed is a staggering eight kilometers deeper down and the nearest island is 500 kilometers away. How, then, does life exist? Episode 4: “Frozen Sea” -  Ice at both poles is constantly moving, and in winter freezes solid with air temperatures 70 °C below freezing. Only in spring, with the retreating ice and light reaching the water, does life begin again.  Wednesday, Feb 21.