At the theaters
185 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor ~ 633-0438 ~ www.boothbaycinema.org
“If Beale Street Could Talk” - Based on a novel by James Baldwin, the drama is set in early-1970s Harlem. It's a timeless and moving love story of both a couple's unbreakable bond and an African-American family's empowering embrace, told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers. A daughter and wife-to-be, Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that connected her and her artist fiance Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. If Beale Street Could Talk honors the author's prescient words and imagery as the filmmaker poetically crosses time frames to show how love and humanity endure. (R, 1 hour, 57 mins.) Playing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 and Thursday, Feb. 14.
‘Last Chance Harvey” - Special Valentine’s Day screening - Complimentary refreshments start at 3:30 p.m. - Harvey (Dustin Hoffman) arrives in London for a weekend to attend his daughter's wedding only to discover she has asked her stepfather to walk her down the aisle. His job as a jingle writer is in jeopardy, actually o-v-e-r if he isn’t back in the office on Monday. Sure enough, he misses his flight back home and decides to drown his sorrows in the airport bar. Harvey strikes up a conversation with Kate (Emma Thompson), a slightly prickly, 40-something employee of the Office of National Statistics. Kate is touched by Harvey, who finds himself energized by her intelligence and compassion. (PG-13, strong language; 93 minutes) Screens Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. Free for members. $10/non members.
“Mary Poppins Returns” - Emily Blunt is Mary Poppins and Lin Manuel Miranda takes the lamplighter to new heights in this remake of the original movie with the kids as adults now faced with a new problem for Mary. Bank teller Michael Banks learns that his house will be repossessed in five days unless he can pay back a loan. His only hope is to find a missing certificate that shows proof of valuable shares that his father left him years earlier. Just as all seems lost, Michael and his sister receive the surprise of a lifetime when Mary Poppins, the beloved nanny from their childhood, arrives to save the day and take the Banks family on a magical, fun-filled adventure. Also starring Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep, with cameos by Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. (Rated PG, 130 mins.) Playing at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, Saturday, Feb. 16 and Thursday, Feb. 21; at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17; and at 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20!
2 Theater St., Damariscotta ~ 563-3424 ~ www.lcct.org
“Van Gogh: Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies” - Take a fresh look at Van Gogh through the legacy of the greatest private collector of the Dutch artist's work: Helene Kröller-Müller (1869-1939), one of the first to recognize the genius of Van Gogh. In the early 20th century, Kröller-Müller amassed nearly 300 of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings now housed at her namesake museum in Holland. The Basilica Palladina exhibition in Vicenza, "Amid Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies," with 40 paintings and 85 drawings on loan from the Kröller-Müller Museum, lends the basis of this program, revealing Van Gogh's art and his genius, while allowing audiences to understand the importance of drawing as part of his craft. Produced by 3D Production and Nexo Digital. (90 minutes) Playing Friday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $15/adult, $13/theater members, $5/youth 18 and under.
“On The Basis of Sex” - The film tells an inspiring and spirited true story that follows young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) as she teams up with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination. You don’t want to miss the true story of her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice. The feature premiered in 2018 in line with Justice Ginsburg's 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court. (PG-13; 2 hours) Playing at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.; at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, Sunday, Feb. 17 and Wednesday, Feb. 20 (2 p.m. with captions); and Thursday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m.
“How to Eat Fried Worms” - Stories to Screen: Elementary Advenures - Based on the hugely popular Thomas Rockwell book, the film tells the classic story of a boy whose bravado lands him in a difficult predicament. The film revolves around 11-year-old Billy who inadvertently challenges the school bully on his first day at a new school. In order to save face and earn the respect of his new classmates, Billy agrees to a bet that requires him to eat 10 worms in one day. As the pressure mounts, Billy must summon all his strength to keep his younger brother from blabbing, his weak stomach from betraying him and his big mouth from getting him in even more trouble! (PG; 1 hour, 20 minutes) Playing Saturday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. Free event.
“Talking Pictures How to Watch Movies” by Ann Hornaday: Book Club Registration - Explore film making through its various disciplines with the clarity and compassion of author Ann Hornaday, chief film critic at the Washington Post and finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in criticism. The “Talking Pictures” book club will meet every Thursday in March, starting on the 7th, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., covering two chapters each week. Ann Hornaday will join the group via video conference at the last meeting on March 28. The cost to register is $25 and includes a copy of the book and admission to that afternoon’s matinee film screening. Call the theater to register beginning Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 9 a.m. by The book club is limited to 20 people, so don’t wait to sign up.
Talking Art in Maine, Intimate Conversations - Please join us for the second guest artist in our 2019 series “Talking Art in Maine,” a series of intimate, one on one conversations between artist, Jane Dahmen, and notable artists and curators who have made a substantial contribution to the arts in the state of Maine. Charlie Hewitt is known for his energetic abstract paintings, his woodcuts and his biomorphic steel sculptures. Growing up in the mill-working towns of Lewiston/Auburn, his work reflects the energy and culture of these two communities, and the three priorities common to both - the church, family, and work. These influences infuse Hewitt’s work and the symbols he creates. Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Free event.