At the theaters
185 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor ~ 633-0438 ~ www.boothbaycinema.org
“Mary Queen of Scots” - Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, both nominated for Oscars for Best Actress last year, join forces to portray two young queens, female regents in a masculine world, who must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Mary Stuart, Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth 1. Each young Queen beholds her sister in fear and fascination. Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth's sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones - and change the course of history. Rated R (CC & AD, 125 minutes) plays Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 16 and Friday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.
“Bridge on the River Kwai” - The Classic Film series continues with the multi-award-winning 1957 British-American epic war film directed by David Lean and based on the novel Le Pont de la Rivière Kwaï (1952) by Pierre Boulle. The film uses the historical setting of the construction of the Burma Railway in 1942–1943. The cast included William Holden, Jack Hawkins, Alec Guinness, and Sessue Hayakawa. (Rated PG (161 minutes), Plays Thursday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Free popcorn before the movie, complimentary wine and cheese afterwards.
“Vice” - Governor George W. Bush of Texas picks Dick Cheney, the CEO of Halliburton Co, to be his Republican running mate in the 2000 presidential election. No stranger to politics, Cheney's impressive résumé includes stints as White House chief of staff, House Minority Whip and Secretary of Defense. When Bush wins, the bureaucratic Washington insider quietly becomes the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today. A cast consisting of Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell and Tyler Perry make this a winning biopic. (Rated R, 132 minutes, CC & AD) plays at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, Saturday, Jan. 19, Wednesday, Jan. 23 and Thursday, Jan. 24; Sunday matinee at 2.
“… this is in some respects a monster movie; it’s one that takes a lively and at times surprisingly sympathetic interest in its chosen demon.” - New York Times
2 Theater St., Damariscotta ~ 563-3424 ~ www.lcct.0rg
“Lobster War: The Fight Over the World’s Richest Fishing Grounds” - This a must-watch, award-winning feature-length documentary film about a conflict between the United States and Canada over waters that both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. The disputed 277 square miles of sea known as the Gray Zone were traditionally fished by U.S. lobstermen. But as the Gulf of Maine has warmed faster than nearly any other body of water on the planet, the area’s previously modest lobster population has surged. As a result, Canadians have begun to assert their sovereignty, warring with the Americans to claim the bounty. Directed by David Abel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at The Boston Globe, and Andy Laub, an award-winning documentarian. (1 hour, 14 minutes) Playing Thursday, Jan. 17 at 2 and 7 p.m.
“Green Book” - Winner of 3 Golden Globes; Best Screenplay – Motion Picture, Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Mahershala Ali), When Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on "The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism and danger, as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. (PG-13; 2 hours, 10 minutes) Plays at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, Saturday, Jan. 19; at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, Wednesday, Jan. 23 (2 p.m. open captions), and Thursday, Jan. 24. Special MLK Jr. Day matinee Monday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m.
“The Birth of a Nation”- Celebrating the Silents - The most successful and artistically advanced film of its time, DW Griffith's The Birth of a Nation has also sparked protests, riots, and divisiveness since its first release. The film tells the story of the Civil War and its aftermath, as seen through the eyes of two families. The Stonemans hail from the North, the Camerons from the South. When war breaks out, the Stonemans cast their lot with the Union, while the Camerons are loyal to Dixie. After the war, Ben Cameron (Henry B. Walthall), distressed that his beloved south is now under the rule of blacks and carpetbaggers, organizes several like-minded Southerners into a secret vigilante group called the Ku Klux Klan. (1915; 3 hours, 10 minutes) Free event. Friday, Jan. 18, 1 p.m. Please note: Implications and context of the film will be discussed prior to the screening and the film will be followed by a facilitated discussion, for those who would like to stay and explore.
“Blue Planet II: Big Blue” - The big blue is the world's greatest wilderness, far from shore and many kilometers deep. It's a vast marine desert where there is little to eat and nowhere to hide. Yet it's home to some of the biggest and most spectacular creatures on earth. This episode reveals what it takes to survive in this savage and forbidding world; witness feats of incredible endurance, moments of high drama and extraordinary acts of heart-wrenching self-sacrifice. Free event. (58 minutes) Saturday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m.
“Blue Planet II: Green Seas” - Footage of wildlife inhabiting underwater kelp forests, including thousands of giant cuttlefish spawning along a restricted area of rocky reef off the south coast of Australia. Males outnumber females 11 to one, which leads to fierce competition. The program also features tiger sharks hunting for green turtles in fields of seagrass and spider crabs trying to avoid predators while they shed their shells. Free. (58 minutes) Saturday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m.
“EOS Degas: Passion for Perfection”- Exhibition on Screen journeys from a superb exhibition at The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, whose extensive collection of Degas’ works is the most representative in Britain, to the streets of Paris. With exclusive access to view rare and diverse works, this film tells the fascinating story of Degas’ pursuit for perfection through both experimentation with new techniques and lessons learnt from studying the past masters. Sometimes frustrated by his own failings, Degas was consumed by obsessive principles and failing eye sight but his determination to capture everyday life was evident in every mark he made. Never fully satisfied, many of Degas’ drawings and sculptures were kept in private during his lifetime but, now through close examination, they can be seen as some of the most beautifully detailed and expressive works in the modern era. Using written accounts by friends and commentators, and the narration of letters written by Degas himself, this film reveals a more complex truth behind one of the most influential French artists of the late 19th-centuryand serves as an exploration of the complex workings of Degas’ artistic mind. (1 hour, 15 minutes) Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $15/adult, $13/theater members; $5/youth 18 & under.