At the theaters

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 12:15pm


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

Two rescheduled films (Due to projector repair): “The Pollinators” (NR, 1 hour, 41 minutes) will screen Thursday, March 12 at 6 p.m.  The film focuses not only on these vital pollinators, but also on the beekeepers, farmers, chefs, and academics who interact with them, offering the audience a broader perspective about honey bees’ importance and the threats to both their survival and our food security. “Great Composers: In Search of Chopin” (NR, 1 hour, 50 minutes) will screen Friday, March 13 at 2 p.m.  Some of the world’s best musicians provide the music, including Leif Ove Andsnes, Daniel Barenboim, Ronald Brautigam and the Orchestra of the 18th Century. 

“JoJo Rabbit” (PG-13, 1 hour, 48 minutes) -  Writer director Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok”) brings his signature style of humor and pathos to his latest film, JOJO RABBIT, a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis as Jojo) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism. The film JoJo won this year’s Oscar for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay). Final screenings at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 5.

“Jean the Match-Maker” - (1910, 13 minutes) - Maine Bicentennial Celebration: Maine in the Movies - silent short film with musical score. Sponsored by the First National Bank, presented in partnership with the Maine Historical Society. Maine’s oldest narrative movie features the first certifiable animal movie star: (Eastport-born) Jean, the Vitagraph Dog - before Rin Tin Tin, Lassie, and Toto, too. Jean was the most famous dog in the world. Owner, trainer, director Laurence Trimble  made 25 silent films together. Believed to be lost, a print was discovered in the New Zealand Film Archive and restored by the Library of Congress. A new musical score has been commissioned from LA composer Mikel Hurwitz specifically to accompany the film. Screens Friday, March 6 at  2 p.m.

“Vermeer and Music” - (NR, 1 hour, 26 minutes) - Exhibition on Screen - The National Gallery, London, offered a fresh look at one of the most startling and fascinating artists of all – Johannes Vermeer and his relationship with music. It is one of the most popular themes of Dutch painting and reveals an enormous amount about the sitter and the society they lived in. New research, revealed for the first time at this exhibition, showed how his technique and materials affected Vermeer’s works. Screening Friday, March 6 at 2:15 p.m.

Way Down East” (1920) - (NR, 2 hours, 29 minutes, silent film) - Maine Bicentennial Celebration: Maine in the Movies – D.W. Griffith’s melodrama stars Lillian Gish as an innocent “Down East” country girl who falls in love with a smooth-talking city man. He dupes her into a sham marriage ceremony, gets her pregnant, and then abandons her to her fate. After the baby dies, she is desperate and moves in with a farming family in Maine who reject her when they find out about her past. Off she goes to the river in a blizzard; the son of the family finally rescues her and brings her back into the fold, but not without great difficulty. To accompany the film, New Hampshire based musician Jeff Rapsis who specializes in creating musical scores for silent film screenings, will provide background music. Free for members, $10 at the door. Free popcorn! See it Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m

“Just Mercy” - (PG-13, 2 hours, 13 minutes) - A powerful and thought-provoking true story of a young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson). One of his first and most incendiary cases is that of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx). In 1987 McMillian was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds-and the system-stacked against them. Screening at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, Saturday, March 7, Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12; at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8.


2 Theater St., Damariscotta * 563-3424 *

“Fantastic Fungi” - (Not Rated; 1 hour, 21 minutes) -  For the first time in memory, brought back by popular demand! Imagine an organism that feeds you, heals you, reveals secrets of the universe and could help save the planet. A revelatory time-lapse journey about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth that began 3.5 billion years ago.  Final showing Thursday, March 5 at 2 p.m.

“Ninotchka” -  (1939; 1 hour, 50 minutes) -  Classic Film Club - Director's Choice -  A no-nonsense diplomat of the Soviet Union, Nina Ivanovna "Ninotchka" Yakushova (Greta Garbo) arrives in Paris to ensure the sale of jewels seized during the Russian Revolution. Meanwhile, carefree bachelor Count Leon d'Algout (Melvyn Douglas) attempts to intercept the valuables on behalf of their former owner, the Grand Duchess Swana (Ina Claire). Despite their conflicting allegiances, the icy Ninotchka soon warms to Leon's charms, reluctantly going against her better judgment. Playing Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. and Friday, March 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $8/adult, $6/theater members and youth 18 and under. Free for Classic Film Club Members. Tickets on sale one hour before showtime. No advance sales for this event.

“Just Mercy” -  (PG-13; 2 hours, 17 minutes) -  After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) might have had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx) who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. Playing at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, Saturday, March 7,  Sunday, March 8; and at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday March 12.

“In Search of Chopin”  - (1 hour, 52 minutes) - Great Composers -  Chopin’s grave in Paris remains a place of pilgrimage and his music continues to sell out concert halls worldwide – but who exactly was this man who fled his Polish homeland for Paris never to return, took up with the notorious George Sand in France, rarely gave public performances and, despite a life of ill-health, wrote some of the deepest and most powerful music ever written?  Playing Saturday, March 7 at 1 p.m. Tickets: $15/adult, $13/theater member, and $5/youth 18 and under. No advance tickets; sold one hour before showtime only.

“Bambi” - (G; 1 hour, 10 minutes) -  Maine Bicentennial Celebration - Maine in the Movies -  The Disney classic that made the woodlands feel like home to generations of young children has connections throughout Maine: Maurice Day, of Damariscotta, photographed Katahdin and the North Woods for the film's visual development; the two live fawns who served as animation models were sent to California by the Maine Development Commission; and the film's musical composer, Frank Churchill, was a Rumford native. If not literally set in Maine, Bambi could well have been. Playing Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m. Regular movie ticket prices. No advance sales for this event.

“How to Marry a Millionaire”  -  (1953; 1 hour, 35 minutes) -  Maine Bicentennial Celebration - Maine in the Movies -  The story is simple: three young women, Loco (Grable), Pola (Monroe), and Schatze (Bacall) plot to marry each other off to a millionaire husband. They rent an expensive apartment, put their heads together, and snare their prey. Playing Wednesday March 11 at 7 p.m.. Regular movie ticket prices; no advance sales.

“Talking Food in Maine: Intimate Conversations” - In 2009, Luke Holden decided to harness his passion for excellent seafood and his family’s 40-plus years in the Maine lobster industry to open the first Luke’s Lobster in the East Village with his dad Jeff, a lobster processor, and co-founder, Ben Conniff. To keep up with demand, Luke and partners opened Luke’s Lobster’s own seafood processing facility in 2012. Luke’s Lobster has over 30 locations across 9 US cities and internationally in Japan and Taiwan. Hosted by Cherie Scott. Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. Free.