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Time for the best

December 26, 2013 Timing is everything when it comes to making a “Best Movies of the Year” list. It’s taken almost four decades to figure that ou. more »»

Keeping FirstLight holiday films at MACC turned on

December 19, 2013 Last week’s announcement of the Golden Globe field — led by “American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave” with seven nominations each — got film critics and fans buzzing about this year at the movies and... more »»

‘Tis the season

December 12, 2013 At this time of year, miracles come in many forms. There have been a lot on football fields in recent weeks, many with one second left, on the last play of the gam. more »»

‘Frozen's' warm glow

December 5, 2013 As “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” continues burning up box-office records with Jennifer Lawrence’s wondrous role model of strength, courage and heart for young women, Walt Disney Studio’s animate... more »»

‘Hunger Games’

November 28, 2013 Note to self: Next time a blockbuster like “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” opens, don’t arrive at the theater after the trailers have already begun … unless you want to sit in the front row aga. more »»

The old man and the sea

November 21, 2013 For those of us who read Entertainment Weekly as though it were gospel and sometimes perceive patterns that may not actually exist in reality, the season for movie awards is a ripe time. more »»

Changing times

November 14, 2013 It’s an amazing story, none of it good, says Brad Pitt to Chiwetel Ejiofor after hearing his tale in “12 Years a Slave. more »»

Acting our age

November 7, 2013 On our Mana‘o Radio show, “What’s Playing,” last week, Kathy Collins observed that the titles of the weekend’s new movies might have gotten reverse. more »»

‘Counselor’ gets a hung jury

October 31, 2013 In 2007 Cormac McCarthy — whose novels include “All the Pretty Horses” and “No Country For Old Men” — won a Pulitzer Prize for painting a bleak, black apocalyptic future in “The Road. more »»

Whither journalism?

October 24, 2013 Aside from strengthening the impression that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is one creepy guy, I’m still wondering what message you’re supposed to take away from “The Fifth Estate. more »»

Profiles in courage

October 17, 2013 Alternately calm, clever, desperate and terrified, Tom Hanks delivers a remarkable profile in courage in “Captain Phillips. more »»

Force behind ‘Gravity’

October 10, 2013 You’ve never seen anything like “Gravity” before. I was going to say, you’ve never seen a movie like “Gravity” before. But then I remembered how few hearty souls have actually walked in space. more »»

Men & their machinery

October 3, 2013 Poor Don Jon. He’s got Scarlett Johansson waiting in bed, but he can’t pry himself away from his Internet por. more »»

Darkness and light

September 26, 2013 It rains a lot in “Prisoners. more »»

Highly recommended

September 19, 2013 Winner of the audience award for best drama at last June’s Maui Film Festival, “Short Term 12” opens at Kaahumanu 6 on Friday. more »»

Work in progress

September 12, 2013 About a month ago in this space, I wrote about an exhibit coming to Schaefer International Gallery by the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s first artist-in-residence, Wes Bruce. more »»

Maui autumn

September 5, 2013 Ah, autumn — the best of the seasons has returne. more »»

Superheroes like soaring high; Woody Allen picks lower stakes

August 29, 2013 News from last week that Ben Affleck will play Batman in the upcoming “Superman” sequel got national attentio. more »»

History Lessons

August 22, 2013 A sunlit reflection of my face looks back at me from the screen of my MacBook Pro as I write these words. Possibly, you’re reading them on an Apple product, too. We can thank Steve Jobs for that. more »»

Island In The Sky

August 15, 2013 It’s 2154. Earth has become an endless slum patrolled by robots. Matt Damon plays a man named Max, living in what’s left of Los Angeles, conjuring ways to escape to a paradise in the sky. more »»



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