185 Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor ~ 633-0438 ~ www.boothbaycinema.org
Winter hours: 7 p.m.shows Wednesday through Saturday; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. only
“Dark Waters” - (Rated PG-13, 2 hours, 6 minutes) - Inspired by a shocking true story. Mark Ruffalo portrays a tenacious attorney, Rob Bilott, as he uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths to Teflon, one of DuPont’s most popular products. Going up against one of the largest corporations in the world, Bilott risks everything -- his future, his family, and his own life -- to expose the truth. Final screenings: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.15 and Thursday, Jan. 16.
“Chariots of Fire” - (Rated PG, 2 hours, 5 minutes) - Classic Film Series - Based on a true story, “Chariots of Fire” is the internationally acclaimed Oscar-winning drama of two very different men who compete as runners in the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a serious Christian Scotsman, believes that he has to succeed as a testament to his undying religious faith. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), is a Jewish Englishman who wants desperately to be accepted and prove to the world that Jews are not inferior.
The film crosscuts between each man's life as he trains for the competition, fueled by these very different desires. As compelling as the racing scenes are, it's really the depth of the two main characters that touches the viewer, as they forcefully drive home the theme that victory attained through devotion, commitment, integrity, and sacrifice is the most admirable feat that one can achieve. This film ended up with four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score. Screening at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 and Saturday, Jan. 18. Tickets: $10 /adults, $8/members and children under 18. Free popcorn before the movie; wine and cheese after.
“A Hidden Life” - (Rated PG-13, 3 hours) - Based on real events, directed and written by Terrence Malick, this is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fanni and children that keeps his spirit alive. Plays at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17; Saturday, Jan. 18; Wednesday, Jan. 22; Thursday, Jan. 23; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19.
“‘A Hidden Life’ is less a story than an experience, a spiritual journey made accessible through light and sound. Malick doesn't transcend cinema. He sanctifies it.” - Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic
Upcoming: “The Good Liar” - Jan. 24.
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“The Irishman” - (R; 3 hours, 29 minutes) - Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s newest film, “The Irishman,” an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran (Deniro), a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century, including the Bufalino crime family. Playing Thursday January 16 at 2 and 6:30 p.m.
“Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” - (PG-13; 2 hours, 58 minutes) - Stories to Screen – Free - Based on the first of the classic novels in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien. Set in mythic, prehistoric times, a young hobbit named Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) inherits a magic ring from his elderly cousin Bilbo. Wise to the powers that the magic ring holds, the dark Lord Sauron wants it to enslave the people of Middle Earth. Frodo recruits the fellowship of a wizard, an elf, a dwarf and others on a mission to destroy the ring by casting it into the volcanic fires in the Crack of Doom. Playing Friday, Jan. 17 at 3:30 p.m. Presented in partnership with Skidompha Library.
“Parasite” - (R; 2 hours, 12 minutes – in Korean with English subtitles) - Bong Joon Ho brings his work home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairy tale. Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to The Parks. Before long, the siblings finagle their father a job as the Parks' chauffeur, and their mom manages to get hired as housekeeper. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide "indispensable" luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. The twist: To keep their ruse running, the Kims have to pretend they don't know one another. Playing 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17; Saturday, Jan. 18; Sunday, Jan. 19; and Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 2 and 7 p.m.
“Hansard” - National Theatre Live - (1 hour, 40 minutes) - See Olivier Award-winners, Lindsay Duncan (“Birdman,” “About Time”) and Alex Jennings (“The Lady in the Van,” “The Queen”), in this brand-new play from Simon Woods, broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.
It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport. Part of NTL’s 10th birthday season. Playing Saturday, Jan. 18 at 1 p,m, Tickets - $15 adult, $13 member, $5 youth 18 and under, are – available at the door.
“Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story” - (PG; 56 minutes) – Stay for post screening discussion - This documentary chronicles the extraordinary life of theologian Howard Thurman, a poet and "mystic” who used religious expression to help ignite social change, went on to become one of the great spiritual and religious pioneers of the 20th century, and whose words and influence continue to echo today.
His efforts at the height of World War II to create the nation’s first interfaith, interracial church stands as a precursor for many contemporary faith communities. And, for millions today who consider themselves "spiritual but not religious,” Thurman’s poetry, meditations, sermons and prayers continue to be wildly popular. Howard Thurman became a "spiritual foundation" for the Civil Rights Movement, inspiring many of its leaders including Martin Luther King, Jr, Jesse Jackson and Congressman John Lewis. Playing at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. Tickets: $6 at the door, High School Students free with school ID.
Upcoming: “Marriage Story” - Jan. 23