This week at the Harbor Theater

Sun, 02/11/2024 - 11:30am

Story Location:
185 Townsend Avenue
Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
United States

“The Monk and the Gun” -  (PG13; 1 hour, 47 minutes) - From the writer/director of Oscar nominated “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom” much loved by Boothbay’s audience in 2019, captures the wonder and disruption as Bhutan becomes one of the world’s youngest democracies. Known throughout the world for its extraordinary beauty and its emphasis on Gross National Happiness, the remote Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan was the last nation to connect to the internet and television. And if that weren’t enough change, the King announced shortly afterwards that he would cede his power to the people via their vote and a new form of government: Democracy. The Monk And The Gun was the Bhutanese entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 96th Academy Awards. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2 p.m. (OCAP) and  Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.

“David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts” - Exhibition on Screen - (NR; 1 hour, 20 minutes) - Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York, Paris and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide. Now entering his 9th decade, Hockney shows absolutely no evidence of slowing down or losing his trademark boldness. Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London. Director Phil Grabsky secured privileged access to craft this cinematic celebration of a 21st century master of creativity. Voted one of the favourite films at Vancouver International Film Festival. One show only: Friday, Feb. 16, 2 p.m. “Enchanting & enlightening.” - The Oxford Times

“American Fiction” - (R; 1 hour, 57 minutes) - In American Fiction, witness the captivating tale of Thelonious “Monk” Ellison, an English professor and frustrated novelist, whose writing career hits a roadblock due to not being deemed “Black enough.” Directed by Cord Jefferson in his hilarious debut, the film delves into Monk’s journey as he takes a satirical approach, crafting a novel under a pseudonym to expose the publishing world’s hypocrisies. Portrayed by the talented Jeffrey Wright, Monk’s audacious creation becomes an instant hit, thrusting him deeper into the complexities of his assumed identity. As success beckons, Monk finds himself challenging his closely-held worldviews, confronting the very culture that thrives on reducing people to outrageous stereotypes. In a quest to prove his point, Monk’s pen name leads him to write an outlandish  “Black” book, propelling him to the heart of hypocrisy and the very madness he claims to disdain. American Fiction unfolds a narrative that intertwines humor, social commentary, and the unraveling of one man’s convictions in a world obsessed with reducing people to mere caricatures. Shows: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, Saturday, Feb. 17, and Thursday, Feb. 22; 2 p.m. shows on Sunday, Feb. 18 and Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m. (OCAP).

“Wright, so often a strong supporting player... is magnetic in the lead role: commanding, flawed, vulnerable, relatable. American Fiction is his movie, and will likely (and deservedly) land him his first Oscar nomination.” – Adam Graham, Detroit News

Harbor Theater is open for 2 p.m. matinees on Wednesday and Sunday; shows Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for members and children under 18. ADA-mandated Audio Descriptive (AD) and Closed Caption (CC) devices are available for the visually and hearing-impaired. Inquire at the concession stand.