Special end of November ‘Giving Thanks’ movie series

Wed, 11/15/2023 - 10:30am

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

    In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Harbor Theater would like to show our appreciation to our supportive local community by offering a series of favorite movies with special discount ticket prices. All tickets for the three films in the series are $8. These are films you may have seen before, but merit viewing on the big screen among friends and with compassion in our hearts!

    Opening the series Thanksgiving weekend on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. is “The Big Chill (1983, R, 1 hour 43 minutes). This compassionate "comedy of values" probes the growing pains of seven college housemates from the 1960s who have drifted apart and then reunite at the funeral of a friend. Having entered adulthood as non-conformists, most now belong to the establishment. Harold (Kevin Kline) has "grown up" to be a running-shoe magnate; Michael (Jeff Goldblum), a gossip magazine journalist; Sam (Tom Berenger), TV's hottest private eye; and Nick (William Hurt), a drug dealer. Among the women, Sarah (Glenn Close) is a doctor; Meg (Mary Kay Place), a lawyer; and Karen (JoBeth Williams), a wife and mother in the suburbs. Stunned by the death of their peer, sensing their own mortality and the loss of their innocence, each takes the opportunity to reevaluate his or her life and re-establish their bond. “Funny and ferociously smart.” Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

    Don’t forget the Saturday, Nov. 25 free family film Paddington (2014;  rated PG for rude humor and mild action, 1 hour ,35 minutes) at 2 p.m.! With free popcorn!! A young bear (Ben Whishaw) makes his way from the Peruvian rainforest to England in search of a new home. The bear, dubbed "Paddington" for the London train station, finds shelter with the family of Henry (Hugh Bonneville) and Mary Brown (Sally Hawkins). Although Paddington's amazement at urban living soon endears him to the Browns, someone else has her eye on him: Taxidermist Millicent Clyde (Nicole Kidman) has designs on the rare bear and his hide.

    Next in the series is Sleepless in Seattle (1993, PG, 1 hour, 44 minutes), one show only, Sunday, Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. After the death of his wife, Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) moves to Seattle with his son, Jonah (Ross Mallinger). When Jonah calls in to a talk-radio program to find a new wife for his father, Sam grudgingly gets on the line to discuss his feelings. Annie Reed (Meg Ryan), a reporter in Baltimore, hears Sam speak and falls for him, even though she is engaged. Unsure where it will lead, she writes Sam a letter asking him to meet her at the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day. "Sleepless in Seattle is a real charmer, is a romantic comedy about an ultimate long-distance relationship. Emphasize ‘romantic.’ Emphasize ‘comedy.’ It delivers both.” Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times

    Closing the November series is Good Will Hunting (1998, R, 2h 6m) on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. Will Hunting (Matt Damon) has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard), who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. When Will is arrested for attacking a police officer, Professor Lambeau makes a deal to get leniency for him if he will get treatment from therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams). “Good Will Hunting is lyrically directed, efficiently written, side-splittingly funny, quietly devastating.” Roxana Hadadi, RogerEbert.com.

    Harbor Theater is located at 185 Townsend Ave. in the Meadow Mall, Boothbay Harbor. For more information about the theater and upcoming screenings, visit https://boothbaycinema.org.