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Saoirse Ronan faces the challenges of adolescence in first-time director Greta Gerwig’s critically acclaimed coming-of-age film “Lady Bird.” Photo courtesy A24

Maui Film Festival FirstLight looms large at MACC

Maui Film Festival’s 19th annual FirstLight: Academy Screenings on Maui returns to Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater in Kahului to loom larger than life for four evenings. Opening night is Wednesday, followed by centerpiece screenings Dec. 23 and 26 and closing night films ...

“The Meshuga Nutcracker!” debuts in theaters nationwide Dec. 19, putting a unique spin on the classic “Nutcracker” ballet. Photo courtesy Fathom Events

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These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources. OPENS TODAY “STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI” PG-13, 2:32. Action, adventure, science fiction, fantasy. Maui Mall Megaplex and Lahaina Wharf Cinema. Rian Johnson ...

Gal Gadot stars in “Justice League.” Ratpac-Dune Entertainment photo via AP

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These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources. OPENS FRIDAY “UNEXPECTEDLY YOURS” NR, 2:00. (Philippines) Comedy, romance. Kaahumanu 6. Two former high school friends Patty and Cocoy find each other 30 ...

The quirky Hector (left), as voiced by Gael Garcia Bernal, and Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez, star in Disney-Pixar’s “Coco.” Disney-Pixar photo via AP

* “Coco” four stars out of four. The Associated Press At first, Disney-Pixar’s latest, “Coco,” sounds a lot like the 2014 Fox film “The Book of Life.” Both are animated features steeped in the aesthetics and customs of Day of the Dead: the Mexican tradition of creating ...

Jacob Tremblay (left) and Noah Jupe star in “Wonder.” Lionsgate photo via AP

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These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources. OPENS FRIDAY “DETROIT” R, 2:23. Crime, drama, history. Kaahumanu 6. Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police ...

The voice of Anthony Gonzalez, as Miguel, stars in “Coco.” Disney/Pixar photo via AP

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These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources. STILL PLAYING “A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS” R, 1 hr 57 min. Comedy. Kaahumanu 6. This sequel follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as ...

Jason Momoa (from left) Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher star in “Justice League.” Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. photo via AP

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These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources. OPENS TONIGHT “JUSTICE LEAGUE” PG-13, 2:01. Action, adventure, fantasy. Maui Mall Megaplex and Lahaina Wharf Cinema. Fueled by his restored faith in ...

Mila Kunis (from left), Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn star in “A Bad Moms Christmas.” STX Entertainment photos via AP

‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ tastes like a stale chestnut

* “A Bad Moms Christmas,” one and a half stars out of four. The Associated Press In that old Christmas stalwart “Love Actually,” the wonderful Bill Nighy plays an aging rock star angling for an easy payday by cynically subbing the word “Christmas” into one of his hits, and ...

Judi Dench (left) and Olivia Colman star in “Murder on the Orient Express.” Twentieth Century Fox Film photo / via AP

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These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources. OPENS TONIGHT “DADDY’S HOME 2” PG-13, 1:40. Comedy. Maui Mall and Kaahumanu 6. Brad and Dusty must deal with their intrusive fathers during the ...

Kristin Bell (from left), Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn rebel against society’s expectations in “Bad Moms Christmas.” STX Entertainment via AP

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These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources. OPENS TONIGHT “THOR: RAGNORAK” PG-13, 2 hr 10 min Action/Adventure Sci-Fi Fantasy. Maui Mall Megaplex and Lahaina Wharf. The mighty Thor finds himself in a ...

Miles Teller (left) and Beulah Koale in “Thank You for Your Service.” DreamWorks Pictures via AP

Teller delivers strong, thoughtful performance in latest vet drama

* “Thank You For Your Service,” three stars out of four. The Associated Press “Thank You For Your Service” may be an Iraq war film. But its most harrowing scene takes place far from the battlefield: in the sterile, dingy waiting room of the Department of Veterans Affairs. There, ...

“Only the Brave” based on true events. IMDB photo

Good intentions go up in smoke in ‘Only the Brave’

* “Only the Brave,” two stars out of four. The Associated Press Firefighters must be our last real superheroes. They run toward stuff that’s on fire, for heaven’s sake. There are the few public servants — not cops, politicians or doctors — as beloved or who have managed to ...

Matt Passmore stars in “Jigsaw.” IMDB photo

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These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources. OPENS TONIGHT “JIGSAW” R, 1:31. Crime, horror, mystery. Kaahumanu 6. Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As ...

Idris Elba stars in the romance/survival movie “The Mountain Between Us.” Twentieth Century Fox via AP photo

Romance, survival mix in ‘The Mountain Between Us’

Associated Press “The Mountain Between Us” is about two strangers who survive a plane crash only to end up in the unforgiving snowy Utah mountains, with no cell reception and precious little food. So they do what comes naturally. They try to eat each other. No, no, no. Are you crazy? ...

Miles Teller (left) and Taylor Kitsch in a scene from “Only the Brave.” Sony Pictures via AP

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These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources. OPENS tonight “ONLY THE BRAVE” PG-13, 2 hr 14 min. Action/Adventure, Drama. Kaahumanu 6. A drama based on the elite crew of firemen from Prescott, Arizona ...

Jackie Chan stars in his latest movie, “The Foreigner”
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These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources. OPENS TODAY “LAST NIGHT” NR, 1 hr 46 min. Romance. Kaahumanu 6. As they spend time together and in every failed attempt of leaving this world, both Mark and ...

Tom Cruise stars in “American Made.”
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In ‘American Made,’ a new (but the same) Tom Cruise

* “American Made,” three stars out of four. There are basically two kinds of Tom Cruise performances, and both can look pretty similar on the surface. Each likes sunglasses, going fast and smiling big. He never exactly loosens up or slows down — the most unfathomable thing of all in ...

Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas star in “Blade Runner 2049”
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These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources. OPENS TONIGHT “BLADE RUNNER 2049” R, 2:43. Sci-fi, thriller. Kaahumanu 6 and Lahaina Wharf Cinema. A young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried ...

Domhnall Gleason (left) and Tom Cruise star in the suspense/thriller “American Made”
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These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources. OPENS TONIGHT “AMERICAN MADE” R , 1 hr 55 min Suspense/Thriller. Kaahumanu 6. In this ’80s-set thriller based on a true story, airline pilot Barry Seal ...

Channing Tatum and Halle Berry star in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”
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OPENS TONIGHT “BRAD’S STATUS” R, 1:41. Comedy, drama. Kaahumanu 6. A father takes his son to tour colleges on the East Coast and meets up with an old friend who makes him feel inferior about his life’s choices. Starring Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams and Jenna ...