At the theaters
185 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor ~ 633-0438 ~ www.boothbaycinema.org
“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) Plays at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16.
“Red Joan” - In a picturesque village in England, Joan Stanley (Academy Award (R) winner Dame Judi Dench), lives in contented retirement. Then suddenly her tranquil existence is shattered as she's shockingly arrested by MI5. For Joan has been hiding an incredible past; she is one of the most influential spies in living history. Cambridge University in the 1930’s, is where the young Joan (Sophie Cookson), a demure physics student, falls intensely in love with a seductively attractive Russian saboteur, Leo. Through him, she begins to see that the world is on a knife-edge and perhaps must be saved from itself in the race to military supremacy. Post-war and now working at a top secret nuclear research facility, Joan is confronted with the impossible: Would you betray your country and your loved ones, if it meant saving them? What price would you pay for peace? Inspired by an extraordinary true story, “Red Joan” is the taut and emotional discovery of one woman's sacrifice in the face of incredible circumstances. A woman to whom we perhaps all owe our freedom. (Rated R - 1 hour, 50 minutes) Playing at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, Saturday, May 18, Wednesday, May 22, Thursday, May 23; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19.
“Lindsey Shapiro has captured an intriguing piece of hidden history, showcasing women’s strengths and the overlooked roles they played during the world’s most turbulent times of war.” - Tiffany Tchobanian, Film Threat
2 Theater St., Damariscotta ~ 563-3424 ~ www.lcct.org
“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) Final two showings, Thursday May 16 at 2 and 7 p.m..
“Hotel Mumbai” - A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, “Hotel Mumbai” vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India. Among the dedicated hotel staff is the renowned chef Hemant Oberoi (Anupam Kher) and a waiter (Academy Award-Nominee Dev Patel) who choose to risk their lives to protect their guests. As the world watches on, a desperate couple (Armie Hammer and Nazanin Boniadi) is forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to protect their newborn child. (R; 2 hours, 3 minutes) Playing at 2 and 7 p.m. Friday May 17, Saturday May 18, Sunday May 19, and Wednesday May 22; and at 2 p.m. Thursday May 23.
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” - Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort's defenses. (PG; 2 hours, 33 minutes) Plays Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m. Free event.
Hearts Ever Young (H.E.Y.): A Decade of Razzle Dazzle! - This unique troupe of local "senior” citizens celebrates its 10th annual production featuring many selections of past audiences' favorite songs, dances, and comedy routines. Enjoy the full chorus with solos, duets and ensembles led by popular music director, Sean Fleming. Watch the H.E.Y. dancers kick up their heels to a variety of snappy tap/clog and jazz dances ... including the infamous, Can-Can! Fun, family entertainment. Suggested donation at the door: $10 Performances: Monday, May 20 at 2 p.m.; and at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 28.
“Water Lilies of Monet – The Magic of Water and Light” - Voyage through the masterpieces and obsessions of the genius and founder of Impressionism, Claude Monet. An art-world disruptor at the turn of the 20th century whose obsession with capturing light and water broke all convention, Monet revolutionized Modern Art with his timeless masterpieces. An in-depth, exclusive tour led by Monet scholars of the museums that house the largest collections of the prolific artist's lilies paintings including the Musée Marmottan Monet, the Orsay Museum, the world-famous panels at L'Orangerie and concluding with Monet's own house and gardens at Giverny, the site where his fascination for water lilies was born. (Not Rated; 1 hour, 20 minutes) Playing Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. and Friday, May 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $15/adult, $13/members, $5/youth 18 and under.