At the theaters

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 10:00am


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

“Just Mercy” - (PG-13; 2 hours, 17 minutes) -  After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) 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 (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. 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. Final screenings Wednesday, March 11 at 2 and 7 p.m.

“The Pollinators” - (NR; 1 hour, 41 minutes) - Appetizers, concessions, cash bar available prior to the screening -  Our complex food system rests on the wings of the honeybee and the commercial beekeepers that move them from farm to orchard pollinating the crops that produce the food we eat. This is that cinematic journey around the United States following migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honeybees that’s indispensable to the feeding of America. Sponsored by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. CMBG’s CFO/COO and Master Beekeeper, Erin MacGregor-Forbes, will give a brief introduction prior to the screening on Thursday, March 12 at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets, $10/adult, $8/child, are available at, or at the door - cash only.

“In Search of Chopin” - (NR; 1 hour, 50 minutes) - The Great Composers -  In a quest to discover new insights into Fryderyk Chopin, the man and his musical genius, Director Phil Grabsky travelled the globe over four years recording performances by world-class musicians and interviewing respected historians and musicologists. Stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson narrates and actor David Dawson voices Chopin's letters. Featuring partial performances of Chopin's works including his “Piano Concertos 1 & 2,” the “Sonata in B-flat minor;” and selections from his short pieces, the mazurkas, ballades, polonaises, and waltzes. Screens Friday, March 13 at 2 p.m.

“Downhill” - (R; 1 hour, 25 minutes) - Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other. Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus star in this biting comedy based on “Force Majeure” by Ruben Östlund. Playing at 7 p.m. Friday, March 13, Saturday, March 14, Wednesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 19; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15.

“The Quiet Man” (1952) -  (G;  2 hours, 9 minutes) - Classic Film Series - John Wayne as jaded ex-prize-fighter Sean Thornton returns from America to Ireland, to lead a quiet life in the village of Innisfree, where he lived as a small boy. He aims to buy the very cottage where he was born, but the widow who owns it is reluctant to sell it. He falls for a local feisty shepherdess, Mary Kate ( Maureen O’Hara), but her hot-headed older brother Will, who has taken a disliking to Thornton because he too wants to buy the cottage, is very reluctant to see his sister and her dowry go. Thornton tries to overcome the obstacles using a mixture of his wiles, respect for local customs and the help of villagers. Director John Ford won his fourth Best Director Oscar - still an unbeaten record; the film also won the Best Cinematography Oscar. A perfect movie for the celebration of the “Green” Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m. Free popcorn. Wine and cheese reception after.



2 Theater St., Damariscotta * 563-3424 *

The theater is closing as of Monday, March 16:  From Executive Director Andrew Fenniman: In hopes of our helping slow the spread of the  coronavirus and Covid-19 in our community, the theater is suspending  all programming as of Monday, March 16, 2020.  We will revisit the decision to re-open/stay closed in three weeks. The office will remain open during this time. We will resume programming as soon as it is prudent to do so.

“Just Mercy” -  (PG-13; 2 hours, 17 minutes) -  A powerful and thought-provoking true-story. Harvard grad Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) 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) sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence. 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. Final screening Thursday, March 12 at 2 p.m.

CANCELED - Talking Food in Maine -  Special guests Luke Holden and Ben Conniff - Free -  In 2009 Holden decided to harness his passion for excellent seafood and his family’s 40-plus years in the Maine lobster industry by opening 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 Holden and partners opened a 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.

“The Whales of August” -  (1987; 1 hour, 30 minutes) -  Maine Bicentennial Celebration/Maine in the Movies -  Set on the coast of Portland, Maine. Sarah and Libby have lived and vacationed together for 60 years. Their husbands are long gone, and the whales that used to appear at summer's end are also things of the past. All they have is each other. Sarah (Lillian Gish), a generous woman devoted to her cranky (and blind) sister (Bette Davis), wants to build a window with an ocean view. She also receives visits from the recently bereaved- - hence available- - Mr. Maranov (Vincent Price). Libby doesn't like the window idea or Mr. Maranov. Both women have decisions to make. Playing Friday, March 13 at 2 p.m.

“The Song of Names” -  (PG-13; 1 hour, 53 minutes) - Martin Simmonds (Tim Roth) has been haunted throughout his life by the mysterious disappearance of his "brother” and extraordinary best friend, a Polish Jewish virtuoso violinist, David Rapaport, who vanished shortly before the 1951 London debut concert that would have launched his brilliant career. Thirty-five years later, Martin discovers that Dovidl (Clive Owen) may still be alive and sets out on an obsessive intercontinental search to find him and learn why he left. Playing at 7 p.m. Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 15.  Wednesday, March 18 screening canceled.

“Der Fliegende Holländer” - (2 hours, 44 minutes) - The Met Live in HD -  François Girard, whose mystical, blood-drenched vision for Wagner’s Parsifal became one of the Met’s most intensely visceral highlights in recent seasons, turns to another Wagnerian masterpiece, “Der Fliegende Holländer,” conducted by Valery Gergiev. Evgeny Nikitin sings the role of the mysterious Dutchman, condemned to roam the seas for eternity, with Anja Kampe as the devoted Senta, whose love can set him free. In a nod to Senta’s obsession with a portrait of the legendary title seafarer, the Met stage is transformed into a colossal oil painting. Franz-Josef Selig portrays Senta’s father Daland, Sergey Skorokhodov takes on the role of the huntsman Erik, David Portillo sings the Steersman, and Mihoko Fujimura is Senta’s nurse Mary. Saturday, March 14 at 1 p.m. Tickets: $25/adult, $23/members;  $5/youth 18 and under. Tickets on sale one hour before showtime. No advance sales for this event.

CANCELED - “Cunningham” -  (PG; 1 hour, 33 minutes) - The iconic Merce Cunningham and the last generation of his dance company is stunningly profiled in Alla Kovgan's 3D documentary, through recreations of his landmark works and archival footage of Cunningham, John Cage, and Robert Rauschenberg. “Cunningham” traces Merce Cunningham's artistic evolution over 30 years of risk and discovery (1944–1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers. The 3D technology weaves together Merce's philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey into his innovative work. A breathtaking explosion of dance, music, and never-before-seen archival material; a timely tribute to one of the world’s greatest modern dance artists. Playing Thursday, March 19 at 2 and 7 p.m.