At the theaters

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 1:30pm


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

Puzzle” - A frustrated suburban housewife (Kelly MacDonald) who has never left her own neighborhood, discovers she has a talent for assembling jigsaw puzzles. After reading an ad for a puzzle contest, she sneaks away from her husband and goes to New York City, where she finds a partner (Irrfan Khan) for a puzzle tournament in Atlantic City. As she experiences independence for the first time, she begins to view her value and the pieces of her own life in a whole new light.

“This is a beautiful, nuanced film with remarkable performances. It's a drama…but it’s handled with a gentle, light touch that allows for plenty of laughs of recognition.” - Common Sense Media

Rated R for language, (AD & CC), 103 minutes, plays at 7 p.m. through Thursday, Sept. 13.

The Bookshop” - England, 1959. Florence Green (Emily Mortimer), a free-spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open a bookshop in an historic house -- the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works like Nabokov’s “Lolita,” she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local imperious aristocrat (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel).

As Florence's obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one? Based on Penelope Fitzgerald's acclaimed novel, The Bookshop is an elegant yet incisive rendering of personal resolve, tested in the battle for the soul of a community.

“The Bookshop,” is rated PG (AD & CC), 113 minutes, plays at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 through Thursday, Sept. 20; with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sundays.

Coming soon: “BlackKklansman” - Sept. 21


2 Theater St., Damariscotta ~ 563-3424 ~

“Romeo and Juliet” - the Royal Shakespeare Company -  What if your first true love was someone you’d been told you must hate? Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents. The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change but leads all too quickly to heartbreaking consequences. (2 hours, 45 minutes including one 20-minute intermission) Thursday, Sept. 13 at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets $15/$13/$5.

Behind the Scenes of the PBS NewsHour: News media challenges in 2018. An Evening with Executive Producer, Sara Just.  In her 30 years in the television news business, Sara Just has seen dramatic changes. As patterns of media consumption have changed for so many of us in our lives, so too has the process of reporting and producing the news on television. In her remarks, Sara will outline a typical day at the PBS NewsHour, from early morning Twitter feeds to getting the program on live at 6 pm, as well as the many changes made to the program since she joined four years ago. Sara will also compare the current process to her first TV newsroom with Ted Koppel in 1989 at ABC’s Nightline. In so discussing, we will explore how the media landscape has changed, in both positive and negative ways. Thursday,  Sept. 13 at 7 p.m., Doors open at 6 p.m.  Free event.

“Poldark” - Season 4 Sneak Preview -  This afternoon will feature a free screening of the finale of Season 3 and then the new premiere of Season 4 (which airs on TV on September 30th) of the hit Masterpiece series Poldark.  Join us to see Episode One before it airs on Maine Public Television. Take a selfie with a life-size poster of Poldark himself!  This is a free event presented in partnership with MainePublic. (2 hours, 45 minutes including one 20-minute intermission) Friday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. Free!

“Eighth Grade” -  Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school--the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year before she begins high school. The offers a rare and resounding ring of truth while heralding breakthroughs for writer-director Bo Burnham and captivating star Elsie Fisher. (R; 1 hour, 35 minutes)Playse at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14; plays at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, Sunday, Sept. 18, Wednesday, Sept. 19 (2 p.m. with captions); and at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.

Talking Music in Maine, Intimate Conversations - Hosted by Aaron Robinson. Paul Sullivan is an award- winning pianist, composer and recording artist. A member of the Paul Winter Consort, Sullivan has toured across the globe. He has performed among the dunes of the Negev Desert, in Leonard Bernstein’s living room, on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz”, and has also performed with some of the most legendary orchestras, such as the Philadelphia Orchestra with Eugene Ormandy, and the Boston Pops with both Arthur Fiedler and Keith Lockhart. Thursday,  Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. Free.

Coming soon: “The Bookshop” - Friday, Sept. 21; “BlackKklansman” - Friday, Sept. 28

Upcoming special event: “An American in Paris, The Broadway Musical,” - Sunday, Sept. 23