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Crood family values

March 28, 2013 For prehistoric rubbings on cave walls, “The Croods” sure have a lot of heart. more »»

Bonnie and Soul

March 21, 2013 Under the stars and dancing palms, a thing called love rocked the Maui Arts & Cultural Center last Friday night. It was a happy, soulful sound. more »»

Tired magic

March 14, 2013 It’s no accident that the folks at Disney dropped the word “Wonderful” from their new movie about the Wizard of Oz. Because it’s no. more »»

Lord of the Beans

March 7, 2013 Amid other casualties of modern technology, we can now add fairy tales to the list. Perhaps the problem is that no one knows what a beanstalk is anymore — much less, a giant beanstalk. more »»

Making history, Hollywood-style

February 28, 2013 How could so many wonderful movies result in such mediocre television? That was the question puzzling viewers after sitting through more than three hours of the Oscars last Sunday night. more »»

Small World

February 21, 2013 I paid a quick visit to New Zealand last weekend. Not the actual New Zealand, but the Aotearoa village at the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu. more »»

No reading required

February 14, 2013 Some of us still remember Previews of Coming Attractions. That’s what advertisements for upcoming movies used to be called, before we switched to the sleeker term, “trailers. more »»

Witness protection for the rich and famous

February 7, 2013 It’s hardly a noble profession. more »»

Column 43

January 31, 2013 After spending more than a month savoring the glow of the best Golden Globe and Academy Awards field in years, along comes “Movie 43” to make me wonder if I have a clue what movies are about in the... more »»

Catfishing in America

January 24, 2013 It’s called Catfishing. The word sounds like something out of Mark Twain, or a song by Taj Mahal, or perhaps a footnote to Richard Brautigan’s almost classic “Trout Fishing in America. more »»

Global Positioning

January 17, 2013 It’s the element of surprise that produces the fun at movie award shows. Like watching action heroes on the red carpet and being surprised at how short they are in real life. more »»

The problem with Bambi

January 10, 2013 We’ve got deer trouble. It’s a price to pay for living right over the fence from Haleakala Ranch in lower Kula. more »»

Tallying 30 . . . 40 . . . infinity

January 3, 2013 So much for Best Movies lists. Beside the films I’ve changed my mind about, how about all the good ones that got here late? “Zero Dark Thirty,” for example. more »»

Aloha, 2012!

December 27, 2012 Whew, now that we’re safely past the last day of the Mayan calendar, it’s a good time to look back and see what actually went on in 2012. more »»

Awards Season

December 20, 2012 One of the many nice surprises about retiring this year was getting a clearer picture of what’s important and what’s not. Like Best Movies of the Year list. more »»

Lighting the Lights

December 13, 2012 Chevy Chase becomes my patron saint every year about now. more »»

Happy Haleakala Holidays

December 6, 2012 Magic is afoot at this time of year. Haleakala Waldorf School’s Holiday Faire is a good place to remember what it looks like. more »»

Oscars in Love

November 29, 2012 Unlike classic romantic ballads where everything gets resolved in 32 rhyming bars, love’s not that easy at the movies. If it’s love at first sight, you don’t have a third act. more »»

An Attitude of Gratitude

November 22, 2012 Black Thursday— whose idea was that? Although it’s now synonymous with the tryptophan stupor brought on by surreal, helium-filled visions in the morning followed by too much football and turkey in... more »»


November 15, 2012 For all the hype attending James Bond’s return last weekend, his “Skyfall” turned out to be the second-best spy thriller hitting screens across the country. more »»



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