Did you know, if you happen to own a garlic press, you have Julia Child to thank? Following on her best-selling cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” and her popular series on public television, Julia revolutionized every kitchen in post-World War II America. With “Julia,” Directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West bring audiences one of the best documentaries of 2021 and share with us an example of a life well lived. According to Roger Ebert film reviewer Tomris Laffly, “Julia” will have you “leave the table comforted and satisfied, in a state of bliss that Child would very much approve of.”
“House of Gucci” - (R; 2 hours, 37 minutes) - Inspired by the shocking true story of the family behind the Italian fashion empire. When Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel the family legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately…murder. Also starring Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Selma Hayek, and Al Pacino. Final screenings Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 2 and 7 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. Please note for this screening: masks are required and there will be distanced seating; no concessions.
“Stalag 17” - Classic Film Club - (1953; 2 hours) - The fourth film in season four celebrating the films of Billy Wilder. Film Historian Jeannie MacDonald will be joining us for a presentation pre-screening and for a post-film talk-back. One night in 1944, in a German POW camp housing American airman, two prisoners try to escape the compound and are quickly discovered and shot dead. Among the remaining men, suspicion grows that one of their own is a spy for the Germans. All eyes fall on Sgt. Sefton (William Holden) who everybody knows frequently makes exchanges with German guards for small luxuries. To protect himself from a mob of his enraged fellow inmates, Sgt. Sefton resolves to find the true traitor within their midst. Playing Thursday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m.
“Julia” - (PG-13; 1 hour, 35 minutes) - The story of the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives, and cutting-edge, mouth-watering food cinematography, the film traces Julia Child’s surprising path, from her struggles to create and publish the revolutionary Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date, to her empowering story of a woman who found fame in her 50s, and her calling as an unlikely television sensation. Playing Friday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 8 at 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 9 at 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. - masks required, distanced seating, no concessions.
“Truth Tellers” - (NR; 1 hour, 3 minutes) - In honor of the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we hope you will join us for “Truth Tellers,” a new documentary film diving into the lives of courageous Americans fighting for racial justice, climate change and indigenous rights through the eyes of Robert Shetterly, a longtime activist and artist. The film, by acclaimed Maine filmmaker Richard Kane, explores the intersection of these timely issues stressing the urgency of coming together to confront them and galvanizing our resolve to uphold our country’s founding ideals. We are pleased to welcome filmmaker Richard Kane and artist Robert Shetterly who will be joining us Thursday, Jan. 13 for a talk-back following the 7 p.m. screening. Also showing at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14.
Coming soon – tickets on sale: “C’mon C’mon” – Jan. 14; Talking Food in Maine, with guest Amber Lambke of Maine Grains – Thursday, Jan. 20; “West Side Story” – Jan. 21.
Tickets are available at the door starting 30 minutes before showtime or online in advance through the theater’s website at www.LincolnTheater.net. Movie tickets are $8 adult, $6 members and youth 18 and under. Event ticket prices vary. The Lincoln Theater is located at 2 Theater St., downtown Damariscotta. Curtain going up!