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

These are Maui Scene’s minireviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews that are provided by studios and other sources.

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“STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI” PG-13, 2:32. Action, adventure, science fiction, fantasy. Maui Mall Megaplex and Lahaina Wharf Cinema.

Rian Johnson wrote and directed this installment of the Star Wars saga, which picks up where The Force Awakens left off. While Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) teaches Rey (Daisy Ridley) in the ways of the Force, Skywalker’s former apprentice Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) continues to explore the Dark Side. Carrie Fisher, John Boyega and Domhnall Gleeson co-star.

SPECIAL SCREENING

OPENING NIGHT FAN EVENT, “STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI” PG-13, 2:32. Special Event. Screening at 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at Maui Mall Megaplex.

Be among the first to see “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and receive exclusive content, collectible cards and a special concession offer.

“MESHUGA NUTCRACKER!” NR 2:11 Special Event. Screening at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Maui Mall Megaplex.

Presented by Fathom Events, in partnership with Guggenheim Entertainment, “The Meshuga Nutcracker!” showcases eight stories that pay tribute to the first celebration of Chanukah in the new state of Israel, as well as Judah Maccabee’s triumphant saga and accounts of perseverance. Written and directed by Scott Evan Guggenheim, Shannon Guggenheim and Stephen Guggenheim, the full-length musical comedy features the wonderfully silly sensibilities of the folklore of Chelm (a fictional town of fools), underscored by an invigorating Klezmer-ized orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” Watch for dancing dreidels, singing sufganiot and special guest stars in this holiday delight.

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“COCO” PG, 1:49. Animation, adventure, comedy. Kaahumanu 6 and Lahaina Wharf Cinema.

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to work out the mystery. Starring Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal and Benjamin Bratt.

“DADDY’S HOME 2” PG-13, 1:40. Comedy. Maui Mall and Kaahumanu 6.

Stepfather Brad and biological dad Dusty must deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays. Starring Linda Cardellini, Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson.

“THE DISASTER ARTIST” R, 1:43. Comedy, drama. Maui Mall Megaplex.

The incredible true story behind the making of “The Room,” a 2003 film that quickly became a cult hit due to its reputation as “the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made.” This comedy-drama chronicles its production, and how it emerged from the friendship between weirdo auteur Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) and struggling actor Greg Sestero (Dave Franco). Seth Rogen, Ari Graynor, Alison Brie, Jacki Weaver, and Josh Hutcherson co-star. James Franco also directed

“JUSTICE LEAGUE” PG-13, 2:01. Action, adventure, fantasy. Maui Mall Megaplex and Lahaina Wharf Cinema.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa.

“JUST GETTING STARTED” PG-13, 1:30. Comedy. Maui Mall Megaplex.

A two-hander action comedy in the vein of Midnight Run (1988), about an ex-F.B.I. Agent (Tommy Lee Jones) and an ex-mob lawyer in the Witness Protection Program (Morgan Freeman) having to put aside their petty rivalry on the golf course to fend off a mob hit. Starring Glenne Headly, Rene Russo and Morgan Freeman.

“THOR: RAGNAROK” PG-13, 2:10. Action, adventure, comedy. Maui Mall Megaplex.

Imprisoned, the almighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Cate Blanchett.

“THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI” R, 1:55. Comedy, crime, drama. Kaahumanu 6.

A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit. Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell.

“UNEXPECTEDLY YOURS” NR, 2:00. (Philippines) Comedy, romance. Kaahumanu 6.

Two former high school friends Patty and Cocoy find each other 30 years later not only as organizers of their high school reunion but also as neighbors. Patty and her daughter Yanni’s quiet lives are shaken up when Cocoy and his nephew Jason comes knocking on their door. Starring Sharon Cuenta, Robin Padilla and Julia Baretto.

“WONDER” PG, 1:53. Drama. Maui Mall Megaplex.

Based on the New York Times bestseller, “Wonder” tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

Starring Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson and Izabela Vidovic.

* 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.­

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