These are Maui Scene's mini-reviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews provided by studios and other sources.
"The Heat" R, 1:57. Action, comedy, crime. Maui Mall Megaplex.
Channing Tatum (left)` stars as John Cale and Jamie Foxx as President James Sawyer in the action-thriller film, “White House Down.”
Sony Pictures Entertainment photo
Melissa McCarthy (left) stars as Boston detective Shannon Mullins and Sandra Bullock stars as FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn in “The Heat.”
20th Century Fox photo via AP
Brad Pitt (left) and Daniella Kertesz star in “World War Z”
Paramount Pictures photo via AP
Uptight FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn is paired with testy Boston cop Shannon Mullins in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. The hitch: neither woman has ever had a partner - or a friend for that matter. Starring Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy and Demian Bichir. Directed by Paul Feig.
"White House Down" PG-13, 2:11. Action, drama, thriller. Maui Mall Megaplex.
Capitol policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country. Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal star. Roland Emmerich directs.
"The Smurfs" PG, 1:43. Animation, adventure, comedy. Kaahumanu 6.
When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world into New York City. Starring Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris and Jonathan Winters.
"Epic" PG, 1:42. Animation, adventure, family. Maui Mall Megaplex.
A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group of characters in order to save their world - and ours. Stars Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson and Beyonce Knowles. Chris Wedge directs.
"Fast &Furios 6" PG-13, 2:10. Action, crime, thriller. Maui Mall Megaplex.
Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) enlists Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his team to bring down former Special Ops soldier Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), leader of a unit specializing in vehicular warfare. Stars Paul Walker and Michelle Rodriguez. Directed by Justin Lin.
"Iron Man 3" PG-13, 2:10. Action, sci-fi, thriller. Maui Mall Megaplex.
In this third installment, Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin and he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Guy Pearce. Directed by Shane Black.
"Man of Steel" PG-13, 2:23. Action, adventure, fantasy. Lahaina Wharf Cinema and Kaahumanu 6.
A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind. Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Michael Shannon star. Zack Snyder directs.
Monsters University" G, 1:50. Animation, adventure, comedy. Kaahumanu 6 and Wharf Cinema.
Mike Wazowski, voiced by Billy Crystal, and James P. Sullivan, voiced by John Goodman, are an inseparable pair, but that wasn't always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met, they couldn't stand each other. "Monsters University" unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. Written by Disney/Pixar.
"Now You See Me" PG-13, 1:56. Crime, thriller. Maui Mall Megaplex.
An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo and Woody Harrelson. Directed by Louis Leterrier.
"Star Trek Into Darkness" PG-13, 2:12. Action, adventure, sci-fi. Maui Mall Megaplex.
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find that an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. J.J. Abrams directs.
"The Bling Ring" R, 1:30. Crime, drama. Maui Mall Megaplex.
Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the Internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes. Starring Katie Chang, Israel Broussard and Emma Watson. Directed by Sofia Coppola.
"The Great Gatsby" PG-13, 2:23. Drama. Maui Mall Megaplex.
The year is 1922 as would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) leaves the Midwest and travels to New York City during an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her philandering husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). Before long, Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits.
"The Hangover Part III" R, 1:40. Comedy. Maui Mall Megaplex.
This time, there's no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off. In the aftermath of the death of Alan's father, the wolfpack decide to take Alan (Zach Galifianakis) to get treated for his mental issues. But things start to go wrong on the way to the hospital as the group is assaulted, and Doug (Justin Bartha) is kidnapped. Now they must find Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) again in order to surrender him to the gangster who kidnapped Doug in order to save him. Starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and John Goodman.
"The Ice Man" R, 1:45. Crime, drama, thriller. Maui Mall Megaplex.
The true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters have any clue about his real profession. Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder and Chris Evans star. Ariel Vromen directs.
"The Internship" PG-13, 1:59. Comedy. Maui Mall Megaplex.
Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) are salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. But, gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group of the nation's most elite, tech-savvy geniuses to prove that necessity really is the mother of re-invention.
"The Purge" R, 1:25. Horror, sci-fi, thriller. Maui Mall Megaplex.
In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity-including murder-becomes legal. The police can't be called. Hospitals suspend help. It's one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking. When an intruder breaks into James Sandin's (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide. James DeMonaco directs.
"This is the End" R, 1:47. Action, comedy. Maui Mall?Megaplex.
While attending a party at James Franco's house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse. Directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen.
"World War Z" PG-13, 1:56. Action, drama, horror. Kaahumanu 6 and Wharf Cinema.
United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself. Also stars Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale and Daniella Kertesz. Directed by Marc Forster.
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