At the theaters

Posted:  Monday, February 26, 2018 - 7:30am

Harbor Theater

185 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor ~ 633-0438 ~

“The Post” - In Steven Spielberg’s hands, the Washington Post’s decision to publish part of the Pentagon papers becomes a thriller about the freedom of the press, the White House’s war on that constitutional right and the role of the publisher, a Washington socialite who became the first female publisher of a major American newspaper. Starring Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee, her editor.  Nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, Best Actress (Streep). Rated  R. Final screening Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

Oscar nominated Short Films -  Thursday, March 1, 2 p.m.: Documentary Short Films, Part A, Rated R. 102 minutes; at 7 p.m.: Live Action Short Films, Rated R. 99 minutes; Friday, March 2 at 2 p.m.: Documentary Short Films, Part B, Rated R. 83 minutes. Ranging in topic from mental illness to the opioid crisis, they all use human stories as a starting point. See related article in A&E. Tickets for each show are $6 (no member discounts).

“Phantom Thread” - Set in the glamour of 1950s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, debutantes and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), and finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.

Six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director (Paul Thomas Anderson), Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Supporting Actress (Lesley Manville), Best Costume Design and Music (Original Score).

“Phantom Thread” is rated R. It plays at 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, Saturday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 7; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4.

Writes Dana Stevens for Slate, "… devilishly funny and luxuriantly sensuous."  And from Peter Travers for Rolling Stone: “Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day Lewis, both in peak form, use the fashion world to tackle the agony and euphoria of creation. Taking full measure of Phantom Thread may require more than one viewing. Our advice for now: just sit back and behold.”

Lincoln Theater

2 Theater St., Damariscotta ~ 207-563-3424 ~

“The Post” - Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post's Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers - and their very freedom - to help bring long-buried truths to light. The Post marks the first time Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have collaborated on a project. Rated PG-13. Final screening Thursday, March 1 at 2 p.m.

“On the Waterfront” (1954) -  Season One of the theater’s Classic Film Club concludes with this multiple award-winner in which an ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. Starring Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint and Karl Malden. On the Waterfront won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor for Brando, and Best Supporting Actress for Saint. Not rated. Plays Friday, March 2 at 2 p.m.

“The Shape of Water” -  Nominated for 13 Oscars! From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes The Shape of Water - an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins, seen recently in the film “Maudie”) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rated R. Playing at 7 p.m. Friday, March 2 and Sunday, March 4; at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3, Wednesday, March 7 (2 p.m.captioned);  and at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 8.

“The Flames of Paris” - Very few ballets can properly depict the Bolshoi’s overflowing energy and fiery passion as can Alexei Ratmansky’s captivating revival of Vasily Vainonen’s The Flames of Paris. With powerful virtuosity and some of the most stunning pas de deux, the Bolshoi Ballet displays an exuberance almost too enormous for the Moscow stage and captured live that day. Run time: 2 hours, 15 minutes. Plays Sunday, March 4 at 1 p.m. Tickets: $25/$23/$5.

Talking Art in Maine, Intimate Conversations - Alan Magee has received awards for his painting from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the National Academy of Design. Several television documentaries have been made about his work including the Maine PBS production, Alan Magee, Visions of Darkness and Light, and Maine Masters: Alan Magee. Magee has been interviewed on Voice of America Radio, Monitor Radio in New York, WHYY in Philadelphia, Pacifica Radio in San Francisco, and on WERU in Maine. Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m. Free.