These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources.
“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” PG, 2:09. Special event. Screening is at noon and 7 p.m Saturday at Maui Mall Megaplex.
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore.
“DOCTOR WHO: THE RETURN OF DOCTOR MYSTERIO” PG, 1:30. Special event. Screening is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Maui Mall Megaplex.
Fathom Events and BBC Worldwide continue the Doctor Who Christmas Special tradition by bringing “Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio” featuring an exclusive intro and behind-the-scenes look.
“ALLIED” R, 2:04. Action, drama, history. Maui Mall Megaplex.
In 1942, an intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war. Starring Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard and Jared Harris.
“ARRIVAL” PG-13, 1:56. Drama, mystery, sci-fi. Maui Mall Megaplex.
A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications. Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.
“ASSASSIN’S CREED” PG-13, 1:55. Action, adventure, fantasy. Maui Mall Megaplex, Kaahumanu 6 and Lahaina Wharf Cinema.
When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a master assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society. Starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irons.
“COLLATERAL BEAUTY” PG-13, 1:37. Drama. Maui Mall Megaplex.
Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty. Starring Will Smith, Edward Norton and Kate Winslet.
“DOCTOR STRANGE” PG-13, 1:55. Action, adventure, fantasy. Maui Mall Megaplex.
A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams.
“FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM” PG-13, 2:13. Adventure, family, fantasy. Kaahumanu 6.
The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Colin Farrell.
“JACKIE” R, 1:40. Biography, drama. Maui Mall Megaplex.
Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children and define her husband’s historic legacy. Starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard and Greta Gerwig.
“MOANA” PG, 1:53. Animation, adventure, comedy. Kaahumanu 6.
A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui. Starring Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson and Rachel House.
“MANCHESTER BY THE SEA” R, 2:17. Drama. Maui Mall Megaplex.
An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies. Starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler.
“OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY” R, 1:45. Comedy. Maui Mall Megaplex.
When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch, the branch manager throws an epic Christmas party in order to land a big client and save the day, but the party gets way out of hand. Starring Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn and T.J. Miller.
“PASSENGERS” PG-13, 1:56. Adventure, drama, romance. Kaahumanu 6.
A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt and Michael Sheen.
“ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY” PG-13, 2:13. Action, adventure. Maui Mall Megaplex and Lahaina Wharf Cinema.
The Rebellion makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow. Starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk.
“SING” PG, 1:48. Animation, comedy, drama. Maui Mall Megaplex, Kaahumanu 6 and Lahaina Wharf Cinema.
A koala named Buster Moon has one final chance to restore his theater to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Seth MacFarlane.
“THE SUPER PARENTAL GUARDIANS” NR, 1:55. Comedy. Kaahumanu 6.
Shortly after the murder of his friend, a young gay man accepts guardianship of her two kids while her brother tracks down her killer. Starring Vice Ganda, Coco Martin and Onyok Pineda.
* Movie listings reflect showings that are made available by theaters at press time. Films are subject to change and may be released after publication. For up-to-date movies and showtimes, visit www.fandango.com.