Harbor Theater presents “Darkest Hour,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” and “The Shape of Water” this week.
In “Darkest Hour,” during the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman).
“Hello, Oscar! Gary Oldman gives the performance of the year as Winston Churchill in director Joe Wright’s rip-roaring take on the celebrated prime minister’s first tumultuous month in office,” said Rolling Stone magazine.
“Darkest Hour” is rated PG-13 and plays Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.
“Sleepless in Seattle” is a romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in Nora Ephron’s wonderfully romantic comedy about two people drawn together by destiny. Hanks stars as Sam Baldwin, a widowed father who has moved to Seattle with Jonah, his 8-year-old son. When the son calls into a radio talk show to find his father a new wife, Sam is an instant hit with thousands of female listeners who deluge his home with letters of comfort.
Meanwhile, inspired in equal parts by Sam’s story and by the film classic “An Affair to Remember,” Baltimore writer Annie Reed (played by Ryan) becomes convinced that it’s her destiny to meet Sam at the Empire State Building in New York City on Valentine’s Day. There are just two problems: Annie is engaged to someone else and Sam doesn’t know yet that they’re made for each other.
Co-stars Rosie O’Donnell, Rita Wilson, and Rob Reiner.
“Sleepless in Seattle” is rated PG and runs 105 minutes, It plays Friday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.
From master storyteller Guillermo del Toro comes “The Shape Of Water,” an otherworldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, and Michael Stuhlbarg.
Del Toro, the legendary Mexican filmmaker, won his first ever Best Director award at the Golden Globes ceremony for “The Shape of Water,” and is touted as a favorite to win Academy Awards.
“The Shape of Water” is rated R and runs 123 minutes. It plays Friday, Feb. 16; Saturday, Feb 17; and Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.
Harbor Theater offers first-run movies, independent films, documentaries, and classics. First-run movies will be shown Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday, with documentaries, independent films, and classics shown on Thursday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Friday at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for children up to age 18. Theater members get a $2 reduction off the regular ticket price. All tickets for Thursday and Friday matinees are $6 and membership discounts do not apply.
For more information, go to boothbaycinema.org or facebook.com/harbortheatre, or call 633-0438. Harbor Theater is a nonprofit cinema located at 185 Townsend Ave., at the junction of Routes 27 and 96, in Boothbay Harbor, across from Hannaford Supermarket.