These are Maui Scene's mini-reviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews provided by studios and other sources.
"Battle of the Year: The Dream Team" PG-13, 1:49. Music. Theater.
Written and directed by Haiku native Destin Daniel Cretton, “Short Term 12” follows Grace (played by Brie Larson), a young supervisor at a foster care facility that includes teenagers such as Marcus (Keith Stanfield). The story is loosely based on Cretton’s own experiences working at a group home in California.
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Danielle Bisutti stars in the horror film, “Insidious: Chapter 2.”
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Hugh Jackman (left) and Paul Dano in a scene from “Prisoners.”
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Vin Diesel stars in the action, sci-fi thriller “Riddick”
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Robert DeNiro stars as Fred Manzoni in the action-comedy film “The Family.”
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Battle of the Year attracts all the best teams from around the world, but the Americans haven't won in fifteen years. Dante enlists Blake to assemble a team of the best dancers and bring the Trophy back to America where it started. Stars Josh Holloway, Lax Alonso and Josh Peck. Benson Lee directs.
"Prisoners" R, 2:26. Crime, drama, thriller. Maui Mall Megaplex and Lahaina Wharf Cinema.
When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis. Directed by Denis Villeneuve.
"Short Term 12" R, 1:36. Drama. Kaahumanu 6.
A 20-something supervising staff member of a foster care facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend. Starring Brie Larson, Frantz Turner and John Gallagher Jr. Written and directed by Maui-native Destin Cretton.
"2 Guns" R, 1:49. Action, comedy, crime. Maui Mall Megaplex.
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.
"Elysium" R, 1:49. Action, drama, sci-fi. Maui Mall Megaplex.
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.
"Getaway" PG-13, 1:30. Action, crime. Ends tonight at Maui Mall Megaplex.
Brent Magna must get behind the wheel and follow the orders of a mysterious man to save his kidnapped wife. Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez and Jon Voight star. Courtney Solomon directs.
"Insidious: Chapter 2" PG-13, 1:45. Horror, thriller. Kaahumanu 6.
The haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world. Starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey. Directed by James Wan.
Lee Daniels' "The Butler" PG-13, 2:12, Biography, drama. Maui Mall Megaplex.
The story of an African-American's eyewitness accounts of notable events of the 20th century during his tenure as a White House butler. Starring Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo and Mariah Carey.
"Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" PG, 1:46. Adventure, family, fantasy. Maui Mall Megaplex and Lahaina Wharf Cinema.
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.
"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.
"Riddick" R, 1:59. Action, sci-fi, thriller. Maui Mall Megaplex and ends tonight at Lahaina Wharf Cinema.
Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick's past. Starring Vin Diesel, Karl Urban and Katee Sackhoff. David Twohy directs.
"The Bit Player" NR, 1:51. Drama. Filipino with English subtitles. Kaahumanu 6.
"Ekstra" is the original title of this film that pokes fun at TV soap operas. Starring Vilma Santos, Marlon Rivera and Vincent de Jesus. Directed by Jeffrey Jeturian.
"The Family" R, 1:45. Action, comedy, crime. Kaahumanu 6 and Lahaina Wharf Cinema.
The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France, under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard. Starring Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer. Luc Besson directs.
"The Grandmaster" PG-13, 1:48. Action, biography, drama. Kaahumanu 6.
This is a story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee. Starring Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Ziyi Zhang and Jin Zhang. Directed by Kar Wai Wong.
"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" PG-13, 2:10. Action, adventure, drama. Maui Mall Megaplex.
When her mom is attacked and taken from their home in New York City by a demon, a seemingly ordinary teenage girl, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), finds out truths about her past and bloodline on her quest to get her back, that changes her entire life. Also starring Jamie Campbell Bower and Jemima West. Directed by Harald Zwart.
"The Smurfs 2" PG, 1:45. Animation, comedy, family. Maui Mall Megaplex.
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 Spectacular Now" R, 1:35. Comedy, drama, romance. Maui Mall Megaplex.
A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl." Starring Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley and Kyle Chandler. James Ponsoldt directs.
"The World's End" R, 1:49. Action, comedy. Maui Mall Megaplex.
Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind's only hope for survival. Stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Martin Freeman. Edgar Wright directs.
"This is the End" R, 1:47. Action, comedy. Ends tonight at 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.
"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.
"We're the Millers" R, 1:50. Comedy. Kaahumanu 6 and Lahaina Wharf Cinema.
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.