* 2 p.m. Tom Hanks stars in this true tale of the first hijacking of a U.S.-flagged cargo ship in 200 years, this time by Somali pirates. (PG-13/124 min.)
Joaquin Phoenix stars in “Her,” screening Dec. 27 as part of FirstLight: Academy Screenings on Maui at Castle Theater.
Warner Bros. photo
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
* 5 p.m. "People learn to hate. They can be taught to love." The life story of revolutionary, radical, liberator and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela as you've never seen it before. Starring Iris Elba and Naomie Harris. Features the original song, "Ordinary Love," by U2. (PG-13/136 min.)
* 7:30 p.m. Director Alexander Payne ("The Descendants") hits it out of the park again in this quirky silver-screen dramedy, shot in stunning black and white, about a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) taking an 850-mile journey with his son (Will Forte) to claim his "fortune" after receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail. (R/115 min.)
* 2 p.m. One of most beautiful films of the year. The French Riviera. Summer 1915. Jean Renoir returns home to convalesce with Andre, a young woman who rejuvenates, enchants and inspires. France's official submission' to the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film category. In French with English subtitles. (R/111 min.)
* 5 p.m. Judi Dench and Steve Coogan star in this touching and inspiring dramedy about a woman's search, with the help of a BBC correspondent intrigued by her story, for the long-lost son who was conceived out-of-wedlock and who she was emplored to give up for adoption as a young child decades earlier. (PG-13/98 min.)
"The Wolf of Wall Street"
* 7 p.m. Legendary Director Martin Scorsese leads Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Favreau, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jean Dujardin, P.J. Byrne and Kenneth Choi in his newest feature film. (R/165 min.)
"12 Years a Slave"
* 2 p.m. On virtually every critic's Best Films of the Year list, this remarkably inspiring story of a free black man from New York abducted and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War U.S. stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbinder, Benedict Cumberbatch and Paul Dano. (R/134 min.)
"August: Osage County"
* 5 p.m. Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney and Sam Shepard co-star in Director John Wells dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of strong-willed women of the Weston family and the men in their lives. (R/130 min.)
* 7:30 p.m. David O. Russell reunites with his "Silver Linings Playbook" alumni Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper alongside co-stars Amy Adams, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner in this story of a brilliant con man and his cunning and beautiful partner forced to work for a wild FBI agent. (NR/length TBA)
Friday, Dec. 27
* 2 p.m. Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and James Gandolfini star alongside co-stars Catherine Keener, Toni Collette and Ben Falcone in Nicole Holofcener's newest romantic dramedy about a divorced single parent and masseuse finding new and true love in a totally unexpected place. (PG-13/93 min.)
"All Is Lost"
* 5 p.m. According to the New York Times, Academy Award-winner Robert Redford "gives the performance of his life" in what Rolling Stone says is a "thrilling, pulse-racing lost-at-sea survival adventure" written and directed by J.C. Chandor. (PG-13/106 min.)
* 7:30 p.m. Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlet Johansson, Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde and Rooney Mara stars in Director Spike Jonze new romantic drama about a complex, soulful man who, despite not yet having found true love in his own life, writes personal letters for other people - until he shares a genuine, deep and mutual 21st century love and intimacy with "Samantha" the voice of his computer's new operating system. (R/120 min.)
Saturday, Dec. 28 "The Croods"
* Noon An animated prehistoric comedy adventure featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone and Catherine Keener. (PG/98 min.)
"Dallas Buyers Club"
* 2 p.m. Matthew McConaughey stars with Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto in a uniquely American story of the transformative power of resilience and struggle for dignity and acceptance. (R/117 min.)
* 5 p.m. Ever wanted to fire an automatic paintball gun at a two-timing Casanova? A divorced woman in her late 50s recaptures her life and does that, and more, in this pitch-perfect dramedy where she ultimately reconnects with her sensual powers and feels vibrantly alive. Chile's official submission to the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film category. In Spanish with English subtitles. (R/110 min.)
* 7:30 p.m. Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin star in this new romantic drama from writer/director ("Juno," "Up in the Air") Jason Reitman about an escaped convict, unknowingly brought home on Labor Day weekend by a single mom's errand-running 13-year-old son. Their time together shapes the rest of their lives. (PG-13/111 min.)
Sunday, Dec. 29
"aka Doc Pomus"
* 2 p.m. You know his songs. Now hear history. The challenged, yet stratospherically successful, songwriter of "Save the Last Dance for Me," "This Magic Moment" and "A Teenager in Love" who was revered by John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Lou Reed and B.B. King.
* 4 p.m. Greta Gerwig stars in (and co-wrote with Director Noah Baumback) this quirky New York City without an apartment (good luck!) dreamer who throws herself, literally head over heels, into following her bliss with an unaccountable joy and lightness that's a great life lesson to us all. Lighten Up! Why not?
"Blue Is The Warmest Color"
* 6 p.m. The sensation of this year's Cannes Film Festival even before awarded its most prestigious prize, the Palme d'Or. A profoundly moving, sometimes graphic, hymn to both love and life that tells the tale of a young woman and the older woman who becomes the love of her life. "Erotically-Charged, Emotionally Daring and a Ravishing Romance," raved Rolling Stone. In French with English subtitles. (NC-17/179 min.)
* 9 p.m. Set against the backdrop of New York City's dance community, this beautiful and emotional drama is filled with rare sensuality. It has garnered awards at the Rio Gay, Tel Aviv LGBT and London Fringe Film Festivals and was the Opening Night Premiere at the Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center in New York City. (Unrated/83 min.)
Thursday, Jan. 2
* 4 p.m. Alicia Keys, Bono, Keith Richards, Jimmy Cliff, Mick Jagger, Gregg Allman, Aretha Franklin and many other living legends help tell the incredible true story of Muscle Shoals, a small town with big sound, where many of rock 'n' soul's most amazing songs were recorded to be shared with the world! (PG/111 min.)
"Reaching for the Moon"
* 6 p.m. Before she went on success as a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and poet laureate of the United States, Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) journeyed to Brazil for inspiration and found both that and met the architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Glria Pires), who became the loves of one another's lives. In English and Portuguese with English subtitles. (Unrated/118 min.)
"The Great Beauty (Le Grande Bellezza)"
* 8 p.m. On his 65th birthday, a one-time-wonder novelist looks past the extravagant nightclub, party, and caf moments in his life to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. A masterpiece that just earned four nominations from the European Film Awards for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and Actor. Italy's official submission to the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film category. In Italian with English subtitles. (Unrated/142 min.)
Friday, Jan. 3
"The Spectacular Now"
* 2 p.m. Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants") and Brie Larsen star in this insightful dramedy from the screenwriters of "500 Days of Summer" that with sly humor and an intensity of feeling creates a vivid, three-dimensional portrait of you confronting the funny, thrilling and perilous business of modern love and adulthood. (R/95 min.)
* 5 p.m. Dazzling with an Academy and Grammy award-winning and -nominated cast, including Forest Whitaker, Angela Bass, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Nasir Jones and Tyrese Gibson, this musical drama illuminates faith, healing and family, based on the play by Langston Hughes. (PG/93 min.)
* 7:30 p.m. Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant and an amateur opera singer becomes an instant YouTube phenomenon after wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice on Simon Cowell's "Britain's Got Talent." James Corden stars. (Not Yet Rated/103 min.)
Saturday, Jan. 4
* 2 p.m. What do Al Pacino, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Richard Gere, Robert Duvall and Diane Lane and 20-plus more A-listers interviewed for this doc have in common? Casting Director Marion Dougherty, a one-of-a-kind behind-the-scenes Hollywood legend. (Unrated/89 min.)
* 4 p.m. Family, legacy, passion and survival come together to reveal that it's not what you cook, it's how and why. Featuring Michelin's top-rated restaurant in North America (also No. 7 in the world), a 150-year-old Iowa hole-in-the-wall Tex-Mexican start-up. Love to cook or eat? See this doc! (Unrated/93 min.)
"The Broken Circle Breakdown"
* 6 p.m. This love-at-first-sight melodrama about a sweeping romance between a tattoo shop owner and a foot-stomping bluegrass band leader just earned five nominations from the European Film Awards. In Flemish with English subtitles. (Unrated/111 min.)
"Bettie Page Reveals All"
* 8 p.m. Jet Black Bangs. Sizzling Scandals. And Immortal icon. The real Bettie Page, pin-up girl par excellence and the women credited by many as the spark that lit the women's liberation movement, emerges from the veil, myth and rumor of her legend with humor and earthy sharp wit. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, 21st century burlesque icon Dita Von Tesse and many more sing her praises. (R/101 min.)
Sunday, Jan. 5
"2Hours. 2Create. 2Morrow."
* 1 p.m. (Part one) A think tank to explore visionary ideas to build a sustainable future for Maui in 2014 and beyond. (60 min.) FREE
"Inequality for All"
* 2 p.m. Former Labor Secretary and economics professor at U.C. Berkeley Robert Reich takes it to the street, Wall Street, in this compelling documentary on the 1 percent, 99 percent and everything in-between. (PG-89 min.)
"Bringing It Home"
* 4 p.m. (Double feature
preceding "GMO OMG") Despite the snickers from some when it's mentioned as a replacement for other subsidized crops, nonpsychoactive industrial hemp is a brilliant, viable, sustainable game-changing alternative. In short, it's not just for hippies anymore. (Unrated/52 min.) one ticket or FastPass 'click' for TWO films
* 5 p.m. (Double feature following "Bringing it Home") Journey to Haiti, Paris, Norway; get ejected from the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto; and explore the answer to the ultimate question: "Is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can't ever get back?" A guaranteed eye-opener for Mauians and others. (Unrated/90 min.) one ticket or FastPass 'click' for TWO films
"2Hours. 2Create. 2Morrow."
* 6:30 p.m. (Part two) Building the Future we want for ourselves, our children, our grandchildren, our pets and all Maui. (60 min.) FREE
* 7:30 p.m. How do you rebuild a human being? Drumming circles, tribal dancing and enjoying ice cream for the first time are the powerful, soulful, beautiful and mouthwatering answers that Rwandan artist Kiki Katese comes up with in this "humanity at its best" doc that explores triumphing over adversity.
* Additional film TBA for Thursday, Jan. 2. For updated showtimes, visit www.mauifilmfestival.com