At the theaters

Posted:  Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 7:15am

Harbor Theater

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

“Murder on the Orient Express” - Based on the stylish and suspenseful 1934 mystery by Agatha Christie, the film starts out as a lavish trip through Europe and quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard the famous train. The world's greatest detective, Hercule Poirot is booked passage on the train for a bit of vacation time, but ends up sleuthing - interrogating all the passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike again.

Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast including Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad. Last screening is Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.

“Miracle on 34th Street” (1947) - comedy/drama that has become a perennial Christmas favorite. Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwynn), seemingly the embodiment of Santa Claus, is asked to portray the jolly old fellow at Macy's. Supervisor Maureen O'Hara begins having second thoughts about hiring Kris because his portrayal of Santa Claus is so complete those who meet him believe he is Santa while others begin questioning Kris’ sanity. 
Plays Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. "It is light, it is charming, it is delightfully funny and completely captivating."  -NY Daily News.
“Wonder” - Based on the New York Times bestseller, “Wonder” tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out. The film stars Jacob Tremblay as Auggie, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as his parents; with Mandy Patinkin, 
"Wonder" is that rare thing, a family picture that moves and amuses." - New York Times
​Rated PG, it plays at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, Saturday, Dec. 23, and Wednesday, Dec. 27 through Friday, Dec. 29, Wednesday, Jan. 3; plays at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 31.​

Lincoln Theater

2 Theater St., Damariscotta ~ 563-3424 ~

“The Florida Project”  - Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World. A multiple award-winning film, The Florida Project offers a colorfully empathetic look at an under-represented part of the population that proves absorbing even as it raises sobering questions about modern America. Starring Willem Dafoe. Rated R. Final screenings Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 2 (with open captions) & 7 p.m.

Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” (1954) - Celebrate the season with this Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen classic in which a successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.  Playing Thursday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m.; then follow the bouncing ball at 7 p.m. and sing-along!  This is a free event.

“Lady Bird” - Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against, but is exactly like, her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home. Rated R, the film plays at 2 and 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22, Saturday, Dec. 23, Wednesday, Dec. 27 and Thursday, Dec. 28; plays on Sunday, Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. only.

“Planet Earth: Season One” - As of its release in early 2007, “Planet Earth” is quite simply the greatest nature/wildlife series ever produced. This astonishing BBC series is brilliantly narrated by Sir David Attenborough and sensibly organized so that each 50-minute episode covers a specific geographical region and/or wildlife habitat (mountains, caves, deserts, shallow seas, seasonal forests, etc.) until the entire planet has been magnificently represented by the most astonishing sights and sounds you'll ever experience from the comforts of home.

The premiere episode, "From Pole to Pole," serves as a primer for things to come, placing the entire series in proper context and giving a general overview of what to expect from each individual episode. With free shows daily starting Tuesday, Dec. 26 through Saturday, Dec. 30, at 10 and 11 a.m.