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June Squibb in
June Squibb in "Nebraska."

Award winning films continue this week, featuring the work of amazing actresses of a "certain age" including Dame Judi Dench and June Squibb. The opportunities to see such seasoned female performers are rare in the very male-dominated film industry. Please come and enjoy the performances of these incredible women.

'Philomena' (PG-13, 1:38)
Nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress, "Philomena" (Judi Dench) is a stubborn, kindhearted Irish Catholic woman trying to discover what became of the son she was forced to give up as a teenager.

It is a story so quietly moving that it feels lit from within. A major theme of this anticlerical screed is forgiveness. Dench's Philomena glows with the radiance of someone serene in her faith despite inhumane treatment by the church. That she makes you believe her character has the capacity to forgive provides the movie with a solid moral center. Closes Thursday, Jan. 23 with shows at 2 and 7 p.m. Presented in partnership with Renys.

'Downton' in Damariscotta
Episode 3 of season 4 of the popular Masterpiece Theater series, "Downton Abbey" is up next. If unable to catch it Sunday night, or just interested in enjoying it for the first or second time on the big screen of a community living room, come join us at Lincoln Theater for this free series. The program runs just under an hour, plays next on Friday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. (and continues on Fridays in January and February.)

'Nebraska' (R, 1:55)
Nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Bruce Dern) and Best Actress (June Squibb), in this compelling story of Woody King, an aging, stubborn alcoholic who thinks he's won a sweepstakes and sets off from his home in Montana to Lincoln, Neb., to claim the prize.

Along the way, in the company of his younger son, David (Will Forte), he stops in his hometown, where his encounters with old friends and sad memories propel a small-town comedy worthy of Preston Sturges. But for all the film's sharp humor, the director, Alexander Payne, and the writer, Bob Nelson, are attentive to the strains of bitterness and regret that hover over Woody and his family.

The absence of sentimentality makes this black-and-white portrait of the American dream in retreat all the more moving. Nebraska opens Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. and also screens Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 and 7 p.m. and closes Wednesday, Jan. 29 with shows at 2 and 7 p.m.. Presented in partnership with The First.

National Theatre Live: Shakespeare's 'Coriolanus'
National Theatre Live will broadcast the Donmar Warehouse's production of "Coriolanus," Shakespeare's searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, with Tom Hiddleston ("The Avengers," "War Horse (film)," BBC's "The Hollow Crown") in the title role and Mark Gatiss ("Season's Greetings" at the National Theatre, BBC's "Sherlock") as Menenius, directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke.

When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home, too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens' hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.

Plays Thursday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. (live from London) and then rebroadcast that evening at 7 p.m.

Up Next
"Saving Mr. Banks," with Golden Globe Best Actress award winner Emma Thompson opens Friday, Jan. 31. "The Great Beauty," winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film and front runner for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, screens Friday, Feb. 7.

Save the Date!
Live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera return Saturday, Feb. 8 with Dvorak's "Rusalka" starring Renee Fleming reprising the role in which she made her Met debut. On Thursday, Feb. 27 we will screen The National Theatre Live: The National Theatre's original stage production of "War Horse" as it is performed on the London stage.

The theater's complete monthly schedule and information on all theater events are available at Check us out by viewing our facebook page, calling the theater's box office at 563-3424, or by dropping by for a visit. The office is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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