This week at Harbor Theater

Open Monday evenings in March
Mon, 03/13/2023 - 1:00pm

Story Location:
185 Townsend Avenue
Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
United States

“Emily” - (R; 2 hours, 10 minutes) - Emily covers the years leading up to Brontë writing her novel, which is about cruel and haunted characters who play devastating games with love and social status. Mackey’s Brontë is the black sheep in her family, both berated and neglected by her father (Adrian Dunbar), a widower and parish priest. He showers all his favor on Brontë’s older sister Charlotte and older brother Branwell, whose wayward ways demand special attention from the patriarch. The film empowers Brontë’s sometimes turbulent emotions, setting environments according to the author’s moods in ways that can be riveting. There’s a chilling early scene in which Brontë dons a ghostly white mask to perform a haunting for guests but gets carried away by her own storytelling ability. She’s also harboring confused emotions about her dead mother and some warranted anger towards her audience. The line between prank and possession is unnervingly blurred, and O’Connor leans into it with a thick soundscape and flickering lighting, finding in this scene some footing for the gothic elements from Wuthering Heights. (Source: Betsy Reed, Editor, The Guardian) Final shows: Wednesday, March 15, 7 p.m., Thursday, March 16, 7 p.m.

“Frances O’Connor makes a striking directorial debut with a provocatively revisionist biography of Emily Brontë.” – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

“Maybe I Do” - (PG-13; 1 hour, 35 minutes) - Diane Keaton, Richard Gere, William H. Macy, Susan Sarandon, Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey star in this multi-generational romantic comedy. Michelle (Roberts) and Allen (Bracey) have reached the point in their relationship to take the next steps toward marriage. Thinking it is a good idea to invite their parents to finally meet, they set a dinner and make it a family affair. To everyone's surprise, the affair takes on a whole new meaning as the parents already know each other all too well -- they've been cheating on their spouses for months... with each other. Trapped in this precarious predicament, they try to hide their dalliances from the kids while confronting their spouses' lovers head-on. Let the games begin! Plays at 7 p.m. Friday, March 17; Saturday, March 18; Wednesday, March 22; Thursday, March 23; and Sunday, March 19, 2 p.m.

“The Wild Bunch” – (1969; R - 2 hours, 25 minutes) - The death of the "Motion Picture Production Code" in 1967 ushered in a new era for cinema goers, it was a time for brave and intelligent directors to step up to the plate to deliver stark and emotive thunder, and with "The Wild Bunch", director Sam Peckinpah achieved this by the shed load. The Wild Bunch  is a harsh eye-opening perception of the Western genre. Peckinpah's piece is thematically harsh and sad for the protagonists, for these are men out of their time, this is a despicable group of men, driven by greed and cynicism, they think of nothing to selling arms to a vile amoral army across the border. Wear your Western gear to the Saturday matinees and earn a chance to win one free pass. All tickets $6! Final show: Saturday, March 18, 2 p.m.

“Unforgiven” - (1992; R - 2 hours, 10 minutes) - William Munny (Clint Eastwood taking the lead and directing the piece) is an old and retired gunman whose past misdemeanors would make the devil himself seem tame. Widowed and struggling to raise his two children on a paltry farm, he's tempted out of retirement for one last pay dirt job, the consequence of which provides violence - both physically and of the soul. When prostitute Delilah Fitzgerald (Anna Thomson) is disfigured by a pair of cowboys in Big Whiskey, Wyoming, her fellow brothel workers post a reward for their murder, much to the displeasure of sheriff Little Bill Daggett (Gene Hackman), who doesn't allow vigilantism in his town. Two groups of gunfighters, one led by aging former bandit William Munny (Clint Eastwood), the other by the florid English Bob (Richard Harris), come to collect the reward, clashing with each other and the sheriff. Two shows only: Monday, March 20, 7 p.m., Saturday, March 25, 2 p.m. Wear your Western gear to the Saturday matinees and earn a chance to win one free pass. All tickets $6!

Coming soon: “Champions” - March 24.

Harbor Theater is open Monday evenings in March and Wednesday through Sunday at 7 p.m. with a matinee only on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for members and children under 18. ADA-mandated Audio Descriptive (AD) and Closed Caption (CC) devices are available for the visually and hearing-impaired. Inquire at the concession stand.