At the theaters
185 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor ~ 633-0438 ~ www.lboothbaycinema.org
“The Public” - An unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, some homeless patrons turn the building into a shelter for the night by staging an "Occupy" sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what's really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation's most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library. (Rated PG-13, 2 hours, 2 minutes) Playing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 9.
“The Artist’s Garden” - Exhibition On Screen - “The Artist’s Garden” tells the intertwining stories of American Impressionism and The Garden Movement which flourished in America between 1887–1920. The film follows a sell-out exhibition on its journey from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to the ‘home’ of the movement - Florence Griswold’s colony at Old Lyme, Connecticut. Then the audience is transported to Appledore Island where Impressionist Childe Hassam spent decades painting in Celia Thaxter’s famed gardens. Viewers are offered a unique opportunity to get up-close views of art by American Impressionsts Willard Metcalf, Mary Cassatt, Theodore Robinson, John Singer Sargent and Childe Hassam, and to understand the unique cultural moment in which they were produced. (Not Rated, 1 hour, 30 minutes) Screening Friday, May 10, 2 p.m.
“Amazing Grace” - Sydney Pollack filmed Aretha Franklin recording the most successful gospel album of all time, “Amazing Grace,” in 1972, but the singer would never allow the film to be shown while she was alive. Pollack died in 2008, Franklin last year. But, as Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post says, “thanks to former Atlantic producer Alan Elliott’s tenacity, and the gifts of digital technology, “Amazing Grace” may now be seen in all its aesthetic, spiritual and historical glory.” No interviews, no distractions, the film is just Aretha Franklin, in her church is Watts, Los Angeles, as the choir and congregants sing along. (Rated G, 1 hour 39, minutes) Screens at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10; Saturday, May 11;, Wednesday, May 15; Thursday, May 16; Sunday, May 12, 2 p.m.
“This is obviously one of the great music films. What distinguishes Amazing Grace, what lifts it to the penthouse, is a mix of energy and moment.” - Wesley Morris, New York Times
2 Theater St., Damariscotta ~ 563-3424 ~ www.lcct.org
“The Aftermath” - Set in postwar Germany in 1946, Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: They will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal. (R; 1 hour, 48 minutes) Final showing Thursday, May 9 at 2 p.m.
“The Munk Debate on China” - Tackling the geopolitical issue of the movement: is China a threat to the liberal international order? Increasingly in the West, China is being characterized as a threat to the liberal international order, one that must be overcome through economic, political, technological and even military means. Arguing the affirmative is H.R. McMaster and Michael Pillsbury. Arguing against the resolution is Kishore Mahbubani and Huiyao Wang. (1 hour, 30 minutes) Broadcast live from Toronto, Thursday May 9 at 6:45 p.m. Free event.
“The Mustang” - Roman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict in a prison in rural Nevada, participates in a rehabilitation program in which he trains wild mustangs. He struggles to connect with the horses and his fellow inmates alike. But in time, working alongside young convict Henry (Jason Mitchell) and an old trainer Myles (Bruce Dern), Roman soothes an especially feisty horse and confronts his own violent past. The Mustang was an Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival. (R; 1 hour, 36 minutes) Playing at 2 and 7 p.m. Friday, May 10; Wednesday, May 15; and Thursday May 16’ at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12.
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” - New adventure—more dangerous, more thrilling than ever—is yours in this enthralling film version of the fifth novel in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, brought to you by the Lincoln Theater’s Stories to Screen Program. A terrifying showdown between good and evil awaits. Prepare for battle! Lord Voldemort has returned, but few want to believe it. In fact, the Ministry of Magic is doing everything it can to keep the wizarding world from knowing the truth. (PG-13; 2 hours, 18 minutes) Playing ONE HOUR EARLIER: Saturday May 11 at 9 a.m. Free event!
“Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites” - The Met Live in HD - Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the classic John Dexter production of Poulenc’s devastating story of faith and martyrdom. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the touching role of Blanche and soprano Karita Mattila, a legend in her own time, returns to the Met as the Prioress. (3 hours, 9 minutes, includes one 30-minute intermission) Playing Saturday, May 11 at Noon (please note the early start time). Tickets: $25/adult; $23/members and $5/youth 18 and under.
Winter Series III: Beethoven or Bust - Daponte String Quartet - Presenting Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Quartet No. 12 in E flat Major Op. 127, String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor Op. 18, and String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor Op. 95. Sunday, May 12 at 2 p.m . Tickets: $25/adults; $23/ members at the door; free for those 20 and under. Purchase at www.daponte.org website ($22.50 if purchased online) and at Sherman's Bookstore, Main Street, in Damariscotta.