“There is a lot to like here,” noted The Irish Times of EAC Films’ latest pick, Dreamworks Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022, PG). “The forests are Skittle-coloured. The set pieces are wild and kinetic. But it is [Antonio] Banderas’s star power that saves the day.” Total Film wrote: “What really elevates this sophisticated sequel is Banderas’ rich voice work”; the Sunday Times (UK) lauded the film’s “painted style that rejects the usual sheen of modern animation.”

The popular film will cap off EAC Films introductory season with 2 pm and 6 pm screenings on Saturday, December 23. For this screening, attendees age 17 & under will be admitted free of charge; while admission for ages 18 & up is $7/person. Children should be accompanied by an adult companion.

Distributor Swank Films summarizes as follows: “Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll: he has burned through eight of his nine lives. Puss sets out on an epic journey to find the mythical Last Wish and restore his nine lives.”

On the Rotten Tomatoes review aggregator site, 95% of 192 critics’ reviews are positive, with an average rating of 7.6/10. The site’s consensus reads: “Arriving more than a decade after the previous installment, the smart, sweet, and funny Puss in Boots: The Last Wish proves some franchises only get better with age.”

EAC Films will continue in 2024, opening the season with Oppenheimer (2023, R), on Saturday, January 20; and Shakespeare in Love (1998, R), on Saturday, February 10. The series continues with The Commitments (1991, R), in March; Mad Max Fury Road (2015, R), and Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975, PG), in April; Respect (2021, PG-13), in May; To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995, PG-13), in June; and The Big Lebowski (1998, R), in July. 

Admission for EAC Films screenings is $7. Attendees age 17 & under will be admitted free of charge to G, PG and PG-13 films, but must be accompanied by an adult. All seats will be $7 for R/NR films. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each screening.

EAC Films, in accordance with MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) guidelines, utilizes the movie ratings system. A summary of the ratings system is included here and specific ratings accompany each movie. For more details on ratings go to: www.filmratings.com or www.mpaa.org. These events have been supported by a Maine Community Foundation Community Building Grant.

Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by the State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. At this time, the use of masks in our building is optional.