These are Maui Scene's mini-reviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews provided by studios and other sources.
"Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" PG, 1:46. Adventure, family, fantasy. Maui Mall Megaplex.
Dusty, voiced by Dane Cook, in a scene from the animated film, “Planes”
Disney Enterprises photo via AP
Matt Damon (left) and Sharlto Copley star in “Elysium,” opening tonight at Maui Mall Megaplex.
Columbia Pictures photo via AP
In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising. Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson star. Thor Freudenthal directs.
"We're the Millers" R, 1:50. Comedy. Kaahumanu 6.
A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico. Starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis and Emma Roberts.
"Elysium" R, 1:49. Action, drama, sci-fi. Kaahumanu 6.
In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley.
"Planes" PG, 1:32. Animation, adventure, comedy. Maui Mall Megaplex.
Dusty is a cropdusting plane who dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. The problem? He is hopelessly afraid of heights. With the support of his mentor, Skipper, and a host of new friends, Dusty sets off to make his dreams come true. Starring Dane Cook, Stacy Keach and Brad Garrett.
"2 Guns" R, 1:49. Action, comedy, crime. Maui Mall Megaplex and Lahaina Wharf Cinema.
A DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer find themselves on the run after a botched attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. While fleeing, they learn the secret of their shaky alliance: Neither knew that the other was an undercover agent. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton and Denzel Washington. Baltasar Kormaku directs.
"Despicable Me 2" PG, 1:38. Animation, comedy, crime. Lahaina Wharf Cinema.
Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. Also stars Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt and Ken Jeong.
"Fruitvale Station" R. 1:30. Biorgraphy, drama. Maui Mall Megaplex.
The true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Melone Diaz and Octavia Spencer. Directed by Ryan Coogler.
"Grown Ups 2" PG-13, 1:41. Comedy. Kaahumanu 6.
After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny (Adam Sandler), finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, schizo bus drivers, drunk cops on skis, and 400 costumed party crashers, sometimes crazy follows you. Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade. Dennis Dugan directs.
"Pacific Rim" PG-13, 2:11. Action adventure, sci-fi. Maui Mall Megaplex.
When an alien attack threatens Earth's existence, giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace. Stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Rinko Kikuchi. Directed by Guillermo del Toro.
"R.I.P.D." PG-13, 1:36. Action, comedy, crime. Maui Mall Megaplex.
A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him. Starring Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Bacon. Directed by Robert Schwentke.
"The Conjuring" R, 1:52. Horror, thriller. Kaahumanu 6.
Paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives. Also starring Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston and Shanley Caswell. Directed by James Wan.
"The Heat" R, 1:57. Action, comedy, crime. Maui Mall Megaplex.
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.
"The Smurfs 2" PG, 1:45. Animation, comedy, family. Maui Mall Megaplex and Lahaina Wharf Cinema.
The Smurfs team up with their human friends to rescue Smurfette who has been kidnapped by Gargamel (voiced by Hank Azaria), since she knows a secret spell that can turn the evil sorcerer's newest creation - creatures called the Naughties - into real Smurfs.
"The Way, Way Back" Comedy, drama. 1:43. Comedy, drama. Maui Mall Megaplex.
This poignant coming of age story follows 14-year-old Duncan's summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and his daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park. Starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette and Allison Janney. Directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.
"The Wolverine" PG-13, 2:06. Action, adventure, fantasy. Kaahumanu 6 and Lahaina Wharf Cinema.
Summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, Wolverine becomes embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons. Hugh Jackman, Farmke Janssen and Will Yun Lee star. James Mangold directs.
"Turbo" PG, 1:36. Animation, family. Maui Mall Megaplex.
A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500. Stars Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti and Maya Rudolph. Directed by David Soren.
"World War Z" PG-13, 1:56. Action, drama, horror. Opens Friday at Maui Mall Megaplex.
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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