At the theaters
185 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor ~ 633-0438 ~ https://boothbaycinema.org
“Beirut” - An old-fashioned spy thriller set in Beirut in 1982 during the Lebanese Civil War, the film stars Jon Hamm as a former CIA officer who returns to service to save a colleague from the group responsible for the death of his family. Critics call it “absorbing,” and “a complex, tightly-plotted tale of international intrigue, elevated by strong performances from Hamm and Pike.” (R; 1 hour, 49 minutes) Last showing: Wednesday, May 9, 7 p.m.
“I Can Only Imagine” - The story behind Mercy Me’s beloved song of the same name which topped the charts in the early 2000s and eventually became a world-wide phenomenon. Bart Millard (J. Michael Finley) wrote the song after his father (Dennis Quaid) died. Its theme is the estranged relationship between father and son that turned to forgiveness and love and offered hope to so many. The song is performed live on stage at the end of the film. Across the country the film has been at the top of the box office charts for weeks. The film also stars Cloris Leachman. (PG 1 hour, 50 minutes) Playing Thursday, May 10, 7 p.m. and Friday, May 11 at 2 p.m
“Isle of Dogs” - The long-awaited new movie by Wes Anderson is a stop-motion animated comedy set in a dystopian near-future Japan. When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey to find his pet … and decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.
This quirky, imaginative creation will delight his followers, and anyone who loves dogs from age 8 to 88. A star-studded cast lend their voices to the characters, including Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Liv Schreiber, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Yoko Ono, and Bill Murray. (PG-13, 101 minutes) Plays at 7 p.m. Friday, May 11, Saturday, May 12, and Wednesday, May 16; and at 2 p .m. Sunday, May 13.
Writes Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal, “Wes Anderson’s joyous feature is…… clever, funny, startlingly beautiful, politically acute and surprisingly heartfelt. Mr. Anderson’s film is all a movie lover could ask for. It’s the canine version of the cat’s meow.”
2 Theater St., Damariscotta ~ 563-3424 ~ www.atthelincoln.org
“The Death of Stalin” - The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast. (R; 1 hour 47 minutes) Final screening Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m.
Talking Music in Maine, Intimate Conversations - The second installment of our new series exploring the musicians’ craft with artists who have had an impact on the music scene in Maine and beyond. Tonight, Aaron Robinson talks with Brad Terry, jazz clarinetist and world-renowned virtuoso whistler. A living legend in the jazz world, he has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Roger Kellaway, Doc Cheatham, Buck Clayton, Buddy Tate and Lenny Breau, among countless others. Free event. Thu May 10 at 7 PM. Sponsored by Horch Roofing.
“Isle of Dogs” - In this stop-motion-animated film from writer/director Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox), an outbreak of canine flu in Japan leads all dogs to be quarantined on an island. A boy (voice of Koyu Rankin) journeys there to rescue his dog Spots (Liev Schreiber) and gets help from a pack of misfit canines who have also been exiled. His quest inspires a group of dog lovers to expose a government conspiracy. The voice cast also includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban, Greta Gerwig, and Yoko Ono. (PG-13; 1 hour, 41 minutes) Playing Fri May 11 at 7 PM, Sat May 12 at 2 PM & 7 PM, Sun May 13 at 7 PM, Wed May 16 at 2 PM (with open captions) & 7 PM, Thu May 17 at 2 PM & 7 PM.
DaPonte String Quartet - Hear the Quartet’s final concert of the 2017-18 season: Winter Series III: “Obsessions,” featuring Hugo Wolf "Italian Serenade", Bela Bartok String Quartet No. 2, Sz. 67 and Franz Schubert String Quartet in G Major. Sunday, May 13 at 3 p.m.