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“BEST F(R)IENDS” R, 2:00. Concert/Special Events. 8 p.m. Friday and Monday. Maui Mall Megaplex.
The dynamic duo of Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero have reunited in this new film, plus bonus content, screening Friday and Monday. When a drifter is taken in by a peculiar mortician, the two hatch an underground enterprise off the back of the mortician’s old habits. But greed, hatred and jealousy soon come in turn, and their efforts unravel, causing the drifter to run off with the spoils and leaving the mortician adrift — it’s a dark, strange journey that reminds you why we all fell in love with this amazing duo in the first place.
“MOZART’S COSI FAN TUTTE” G, 4:00. Concert/Special Events. 12:55 p.m. Saturday. Maui Mall Megaplex.
Fathom Events and The Met: Live in HD present a broadcast of “Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte,” live in select cinemas nationwide Saturday only. A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award-winner Kelli O’Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other’s faithfulness. David Robertson conducts.
“KULEANA” SCREENING PARTY. PG-13, 1:35. Concert/Special Events. 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Maui Mall Megaplex.
To commemorate the opening on Friday of this milestone production achievement, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and County Film Commissioner Tracy Bennett joins writer/director Brian Kohne (a Baldwin High School grad), producer Stefan Schaefer and star Moronai Kenekoa (Maui High School grad) plus members of the cast and crew at the Maui Mall’s center stage in front of the Maui Mall Megaplex. There will be a free family-friendly screening of “Kuleana,” as well, between 3 and 6 p.m. Enjoy live music, free movie posters and autograph sessions with the stars, drawings for film-related prizes and more.
NEW THIS WEEK
“GOD’S NOT DEAD: A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS” PG-13, 1:31. Drama, Maui Mall Megaplex. Opens Friday.
Pastor Dave responds to the unimaginable tragedy of having his church, located on the grounds of the local university, burned down. Starring David A.R. White, John Corbett and Shane Harper
“KULEANA” PG-13, 1:35. Drama, mystery. Maui Mall Megaplex, Lahaina Wharf Cinema. Opens Friday.
A disabled Vietnam vet rediscovers the Hawaiian warrior within to protect his family, defend their land and clear his father’s name. Starring Moronai Kanekoa, Kristina Anapau and Sonya Balmores.
“MIDNIGHT SUN” PG-13, 1:31. Drama, romance. Maui Mall Megaplex.
A 17-year-old girl suffers from a condition that prevents her from being out in the sunlight. Starring Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger and Rob Riggle.
“READY PLAYER ONE” PG-13, 2:20. Action/adventure, science fiction. Kaahumanu 6, Lahaina Wharf Cinema.
When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Starring Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn.
“SHERLOCK GNOMES” PG, 1:36. Animation, adventure, comedy. Maui Mall Megaplex, Regal Wharf Cinema.
Garden gnomes, Gnomeo and Juliet, recruit renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments. Starring Mary J. Blige, Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt.
“ANNIHILATION” R, 1:55. Action/adventure,sci-fi/fantasy, suspense/thriller. Maui Mall Megaplex
A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply Starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tessa Thompson
“BLACK PANTHER” PG-13, 2:14. Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Maui Mall Megaplex and Lahaina Wharf Cinema.
Black Panther springs into action when an old enemy threatens the fate of his nation and the world. Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o.
“GAME NIGHT” R. 1:40. Action/adventure, suspense/thriller, comedy. Maui Mall Megaplex.
A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery. Starring Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams and Kyle Chandler.
“I CAN ONLY IMAGINE” PG, 1:50. Drama. Maui Mall Megaplex.
This true story follows the life of Bart Millard, lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe, who loses his father to cancer and inspires him to write the mega-hit song, I Can Only Imagine. Starring J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll and Dennis Quaid.
“LOVE, SIMON” PG-13, 1:50. Drama. Maui Mall Megaplex.
Everyone deserves a great love story, but for 17-year-old Simon Spier, it’s a little more complicated. He hasn’t told his family or friends that he’s gay, and he doesn’t know the identity of the anonymous classmate that he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. Starring Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford and Josh Duhamel.
“MY PERFECT YOU” Unrated, 2:01. Drama, romance. Kaahumanu 6.
It tells the accidental meeting of Burn who is lost in his life after a heartbreak and Abi who is the lively owner of a hostel, Happy Sunshine Camp. Will they find the perfect love for them or will they have to have heartbreak again? Starring Gerald Anderson, Pia Wurtzbach and Tonton Gutierrez.
“PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING” PG-13, 1:51. Action/adventure. Kaahumanu 6.
Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat. Starring John Boyega, Scott Eastwood and Cailee Spaeny.
“PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST” PG-13, 1:48. Drama. Kaahumanu 6.
The story covers Paul’s journey from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Jesus Christ’s most influential apostle as two men struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus. Starring James Faulkner, Jim Caviezel and Joanne Whalley.
“RED SPARROW” R, 2:19. Suspense/thriller. Maui Mall Megaplex.
Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to ‘Sparrow School,’ a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton and Matthias Schoenaerts.
“TOMB RAIDER” PG-13, 1:58. Action/Adventure. Kaahumanu 6 and Lahaina Wharf Cinema.
Going against his final wishes, Lara leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. Starring Alicia Vikander, Dominic West and Walton Goggins.
“A WRINKLE IN TIME” PG-, 1:49. Action/Adventure, Sci-fi/Fantasy. Kaahumanu 6.
After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother and her friend to space in order to find him. Starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon.
* Movie listings reflect showings that are made available by theaters at press time. For up-to-date movies and showtimes, visit www.fandango .com.