Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
(R) • 115 minutes • On-screen here from 12/15/17 to 1/4/18
Director: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage
Synopsis: A darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon, an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.
(R) • 93 minutes • On-screen here from 11/22/17 to 12/14/17
Director: Greta Gerwig
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Odeya Rush, Kathryn Newton, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges
Synopsis: In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom, a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father 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.
The Florida Project
(R) • 115 minutes • On-screen here from 11/10/17 to 11/21/17
Director: Sean Baker
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto, Bria Vinaite
Synopsis: 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.
Battle of the Sexes
(PG-13) • 121 minutes • On-screen here from 10/27/17 to 11/9/17
Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Starring: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Bill Pullman, Natalie Morales
Synopsis: In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.
Victoria & Abdul
(PG-13) • 112 minutes • On-screen here from 10/6/17 to 10/26/17
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Olivia Williams, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard
Synopsis: The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s remarkable rule.
When Abdul Karim , a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy.
As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.
(NR) • 106 minutes • On-screen here from 9/22/17 to 10/5/17
Director: Gurinda Chadha
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Manish Dayal, Lily Travers, Huma Qureshi, Simon Callow
Synopsis: New Dehli in March 1947. The huge and stately Viceroy’s Palace is like a beehive. Its five hundred employees are busy preparing the coming of Lord Louis Mountbatten, who has just been appointed new (and last) viceroy of India by prime minister Clement Attlee. Mountbatten, whose difficult task consists in overseeing the transition of British India to independence, arrives at the Palace, accompanied by his Edwina, his liberal-minded wife and by his eighteen-year-old daughter Pamela. Meanwhile, in the staff quarters, a love story is born between Jeet, a Hindu, and Aalia, a Muslim beauty. Things will prove difficult – not to say very difficult – both on the geopolitical and personal level.
(R) • 105 minutes • On-screen here from 9/15/17 to 9/21/17
Director: Justin Chadwick
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Dane Dehaan, Jack O’Connell, Holliday Grainger, Christoph Waltz, Judi Dench, Tom Hollander, Zach Galifianakis, Cara Delevingne
Synopsis: In 17th Century Amsterdam, an orphaned girl Sophia is forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant Cornelis Sandvoort – an unhappy “arrangement” that saves her from poverty. After her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the painter Jan Van Loos, a struggling young artist. Seeking to escape the merchant’s ever-reaching grasp, the lovers risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip bulb market, with the hope that the right bulb will make a fortune and buy their freedom.
(R) • 107 minutes • On-screen here from 8/25/17 to 9/14/17
Director: Taylor Sheridan
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Kelsey Asbille, Graham Greene
Synopsis: A chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent who teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past, to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death.
(R) • 89 minutes • On-screen here from 8/18/17 to 8/24/17
Director: William Oldroyd
Starring: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie, Christopher Fairbank
Synopsis: Rural England, 1865. Katherine is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family are cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
(PG-13) • 115 minutes • On-screen here from 8/4/17 to 8/17/17
Director: Aisling Walsh
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins, Kari Matchett, Zachary Bennett
Synopsis: Maudie, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. Maudie charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.
A Ghost Story
(R) • 92 minutes • On-screen here from 7/28/17 to 8/3/17
Director: David Lowery
Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, McColm Cephas Jr, Kenneisha Thompson
Synopsis: With A Ghost Story, acclaimed director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon) returns with a singular exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection. Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. An unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A Ghost Story emerges ecstatic and surreal—a wholly-unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.
(R) • 93 minutes • On-screen here from 7/14/17 to 7/27/17
Director: Brett Haley
Starring: Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, Krysten Ritter
Synopsis: The Hero stars the legendary Sam Elliott as an aging actor confronting mortality in the moving new film from writer/director Brett Haley (I’ll See You In My Dreams). Lee Hayden (Elliott) is a Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy. The Hero is a beautiful and poignant celebration of life and the legacies we all leave behind.
(R) • 94 minutes • On-screen here from 6/30/17 to 7/13/17
Director: Sofia Coppola
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell
Synopsis: At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.
Paris Can Wait
(PG) • 92 minutes • On-screen here from 6/16/17 to 6/29/17
Director: Eleanor Coppola
Starring: Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin, Arnaud Viard
Synopsis: Anne is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successful, driven but inattentive movie producer, she unexpectedly finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband. What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a carefree two-day adventure replete with diversions involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humor, wisdom and romance, reawakening Anne’s senses and giving her a new lust for life.
(R) • 118 minutes • On-screen here from 6/9/17 to 6/15/17
Director: Joseph Cedar
Starring: Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenazi, Michael Sheen, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi
Synopsis: Norman Oppenheimer is the President of New York based Oppenheimer Strategies. His word-of-mouth business is consulting work largely in American-Israeli business and politics, that focus due to being Jewish. Most of that work is as a fixer: doing work that others don’t want to do and with which they don’t want to be officially associated. In reality, Norman is a shyster, and not a very good one at that. His office is comprised of his cell phone and whatever is stuffed in his satchel which is usually slung over his shoulder as he wanders the streets. What he promises is making connections, setting up a meeting between his guy and the other guy. Generally, “his guy” is non-existent, he dropping names of people he usually doesn’t know to make connections. A usual tactic he uses is to say that his deceased wife was personally connected to so-and-so, such as being a babysitter, those stories always untrue. All he needs is for one of the people that he approaches to believe a story to build that network. Not so much a story, but an act of kindness with that ulterior motive does eventually pan out as the connection of which he could have only dreamed. He is able to build off that connection to become the toast of the town, a status upon which he tries to parlay into being an even bigger fish in the pond. But the greater his exposure, the greater the potential scrutiny about him as a person, which could bring his fragile network come crumbling down around him.
(R) • 97 minutes • On-screen here from 5/25/17 to 6/8/17
Director: Azazel Jacobs
Starring: Debra Winger, Tracy Letts, Aiden Gillen, Leslie Fera
Synopsis: The Lovers is a refreshingly funny look at love, fidelity, and family, starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as a long-married and completely dispassionate husband and wife. Both are in the midst of serious affairs and are increasingly committed to their new partners. But on the brink of officially calling it quits, a spark between them suddenly and unexpectedly reignites, leading them into an impulsive romance that forces them to navigate the hilarious complications of “cheating” on their respective lovers. A mixture of humor and powerful emotion, the story is a uniquely honest take on modern marriage.
A Quiet Passion
(PG-13) • 126 minutes • On-screen here from 5/19/17 to 5/25/17
Director: Terence Davies
Starring: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff, Keith Carradine
Synopsis: Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Acclaimed British director Terence Davies (House of Mirth, The Deep Blue Sea) exquisitely evokes Dickinson’s deep attachment to her close knit family along with the manners, mores and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry.
(R) • 117 minutes • On-screen here from 5/5/17 to 5/18/17
Director: Lone Scherfig
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Jeremy Irons, Helen McCrory
Synopsis: 1940, London, the Blitz; with the country’s morale at stake, Catrin (Gemma Arterton), an untried screenwriter, and a makeshift cast and crew, work under fire to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits; and inspire America to join the war. Partnered alongside fellow screenwriter, Buckley (Sam Claflin) and eccentric actor Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy), the trio set off to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the American population. THEIR FINEST, based on Lissa Evans’ novel, ‘Their Finest Hour and a Half’, is a witty, romantic and moving portrayal of a young woman finding her way, and her voice, in the mayhem of war… and the movies!
The Lost City of Z
(PG-13) • 141 minutes • On-screen here from 4/28/17 to 5/4/17
Director: James Gray
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Ian McDiarmid
Synopsis: The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett – supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.
The Sense of an Ending
(PG-13) • 108 minutes • On-screen here from 4/21/17 to 4/27/17
Director: Ritesh Batra
Starring: Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Emily Mortimer
Synopsis: Tony Webster leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago.
The Zookeeper’s Wife
(PG-13) • 124 minutes • On-screen here from 3/31/17 to 4/20/17
Director: Niki Caro
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl
Synopsis: The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.
(R) • 118 minutes • On-screen here from 3/24/17 to 3/30/17
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani
Synopsis: Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey – they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, he writes poetry into a notebook; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura. By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily. The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.
I Am Not Your Negro
2017 Oscar Nominee for Best Documentary Feature
(PG-13) • 93 minutes • On-screen here from 3/17/17 to 3/23/17
Director: Raoul Peck
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Dick Cavett, Shumerria Harris
Synopsis: In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, “Remember This House.” The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
The Women’s Balcony
(NR) • 96 minutes • On-screen here on 3/18/17 as part of Maine Jewish Film Festival
Director: Emil Ben-Shimon
Starring: Evelin Hagoel, Igal Naor, Aviv Alush
When the women’s balcony in a Sephardic Orthodox synagogue collapses during a bar mitzvah, severely injuring the rabbi’s wife, the congregation is at a loss. Struggling with the reconstruction, the men align with the charismatic ultra-Orthodox Rabbi David, who quickly takes charge. He instructs the men to make their wives follow traditional rules, such as wearing head coverings, and decides to replace the balcony with a small room behind bars. Furious, the women come together to fight back and the battle lines are drawn for Lysistrata, Israeli style. This intimate portrait of a community trying to maintain traditions while resisting extremism, set to a lively soundtrack amid the back alleys of old Jerusalem, is sure to leave you smiling.
A Grain of Truth
(NR) • 110 minutes • On-screen here on 3/19/17 as part of Maine Jewish Film Festival
Director: Borys Lankosz
Starring: Robert Wieckiewicz, Zohar Strauss, Magdalena Walach
Once the star of the Warsaw prosecutors’ office, Teodor Szacki (Polish Academy Award-winning actor Robert Więckiewicz) has ended his career and marriage to start a new life in a small southeast Polish town. Seen as an outsider by the close-knit community, he faces suspicion when called in to investigate the brutal murder of a well-known social activist, her body discovered outside a former synagogue. As more murders occur, a wave of anti-Semitism explodes and Szacki must not only solve the crimes, but also face the hysteria of public opinion and the painful history of Polish-Jewish relations. This noir whodunit is based on the bestselling novel by Polish author Zygmunt Miłoszewski.
(NR) • 91 minutes • On-screen here on 3/19/17 as part of Maine Jewish Film Festival
Director: Job Gosschalk
Starring: Jip Smit, Michiel Romeyn, Daniel Cornelissen
Endearing, smart and relatable, Moos is a romantic comedy that keeps you smiling from the opening scene to the closing credits. Uncomfortably unmarried and without a clear career path, 20-something Moos (pronounced Mohs) attempts to pursue her dream of getting into Amsterdam’s famed acting academy. Will she make it, or will lies, love affairs and a meddling family derail her dreams? Dutch actress Jip Smit’s luminous performance as Moos and a special cameo by Israeli singing star Asaf Hertz make this an unforgettable film.
A United Kingdom
(PG-13) • 111 minutes • On-screen here from 3/10/17 to 3/23/17
Director: Amma Asante
Starring: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Jessica Oyelowo
Synopsis: A United Kingdom is the true story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and Ruth Williams, a white woman from London, which caused an international uproar when they decided to marry in the late 1940’s just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa. It was a decision that altered the course of African history.
***Oscar Winner – Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay ***
(R) • 111 minutes • Originally on-screen here from 12/9/16 to 12/15/16, returned 3/3/17 through 3/9/17
Director: Barry Jenkins
Starring: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson, Alex R. Hibbert, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris, Jaden Piner
Synopsis: Three time periods – young adolescence, mid-teen and young adult – in the life of black-American Chiron is presented. When a child, Chiron lives with his single, crack addict mother Paula in a crime ridden neighborhood in Miami. Chiron is a shy, withdrawn child largely due to his small size and being neglected by his mother, who is more concerned about getting her fixes and satisfying her carnal needs than taking care of him. Because of these issues, Chiron is bullied, the slurs hurled at him which he doesn’t understand beyond knowing that they are meant to be hurtful. Besides his same aged Cuban-American friend Kevin, Chiron is given what little guidance he has in life from a neighborhood drug dealer named Juan, who can see that he is neglected, and Juan’s caring girlfriend Teresa, whose home acts as a sanctuary away from the bullies and away from Paula’s abuse. With this childhood as a foundation, Chiron may have a predetermined path in life, one that will only be magnified in terms of its problems when he reaches his difficult teen years when peer pressure affects what he and many of his peers do, unless he follows Juan’s advice of truly making his own decisions for himself.
(R) • 120 minutes • On-screen here from 2/24/17 to 3/2/17
Director: Taylor Hackford
Starring: Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Harvey Keitel, Edie Falco, Danny DeVito, Patti LuPone
Synopsis: An aging comic icon, Jackie Burke (Robert De Niro) has seen better days. Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former television character he once played. Already a strain on his younger brother (Danny DeVito) and his wife (Patti LuPone), Jackie is forced to serve out a sentence doing community service for accosting an audience member. While there, he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann), the daughter of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul (Harvey Keitel), and the two find inspiration in one another resulting in surprising consequences. Through the alchemy of their unlikely friendship, Harmony and Jackie overcome their own emotional damage and emerge as better people.
20th Century Women
(R) • 119 minutes • On-screen here from 2/10/17 to 2/23/17
Director: Mike Mills
Starring: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup
Synopsis: The story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s.
(R) • 99 minutes • On-screen here from 1/27/17 to 2/9/17
Director: Pablo Larrain
Starring: Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Peter Sarsgaard, Billy Crudup, Greta Gerwig
Synopsis: Jackie is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that they created and loved so well.
(PG-13) • 118 minutes • On-screen here from 1/13/17 to 1/26/17
Director: Garth David
Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Rooney Mara
Synopsis: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Based on a true story.