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“HAWAI’I INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL” Concert/special events. Castle Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Various times, Friday through Sunday.
The forum of international cinematic achievement in the Asia-Pacific region, the Hawai’i International Film Festival recognizes new and emerging talent and facilitates cultural exchange through the cinematic arts.
“Moananuiakea: One Ocean. One People. One Canoe,” 6:30 p.m. Friday.
In 1976, a voyaging canoe — Hokule’a — sparked a cultural revival that quickly spread throughout Polynesia, breathing new life into ancient myths and legends. This film celebrates the historic worldwide voyage, and represents the passing of the mantle to the next generation of kanaka maoli.
“Sharkwater Extinction,” 1 p.m. Saturday.
A follow-up to “Sharkwater” (HIFF 2007), this new chapter is an inspiring action-packed journey that follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the massive illegal shark-fin industry.
“50 First Kisses,” 3 p.m. Saturday.
This Japanese remake of the romantic comedy, “50 First Dates,” is the story of a womanizing travel agent who falls in love with an art teacher with amnesia, whose father and brother try to preserve the illusion that nothing has changed since her accident.
“Anote’s Ark,” 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Threatened with total destruction caused by rising sea levels, the low-lying Pacific nation of Kiribati is poised to be one of the first catastrophic victims of climate change. This crucial film follows the country’s president as he fights to have climate displacement recognized as an urgent human rights issue and struggles to find a lasting home for his people.
“MEOW WOLF: ORIGIN STORY” PG-13, 1:50. Concert/special events. Maui Mall Megaplex. 7:30 p.m. tonight.
A group of artists in Santa Fe, NM, frustrated by the lack of access to the art world, decide to form their own collective and name themselves Meow Wolf. Meow Wolf’s immersive, large-scale exhibitions crack open a profitable niche in the arts industry, and it sparks the interest of George R. R. Martin (creator of “Game of Thrones,”) who comes on board as an investor and supporter. With wild success obtained on its own terms, Meow Wolf tells its own story and inspires the DIY spirit in creatives, entrepreneurs and dreamers the world over.
“MIRAI (PREMIERE EVENT)” PG-, 1:55. Concert/special events. Maui Mall Megaplex. 7 and 8 p.m. tonight.
Fathom Events and GKIDS bring the daringly original story of love from acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda and Japan’s Studio Chizu. When four-year-old Kun meets his new baby sister, his world is turned upside down. Named Mirai (meaning “future”), the baby quickly wins the hearts of Kun’s entire family. As his mother returns to work, and his father struggles to run the household, Kun becomes increasingly jealous of baby Mirai… until one day he storms off into the garden, where he encounters strange guests from the past and future — including his sister Mirai, as a teenager. Together, Kun and teenage Mirai go on a journey through time and space, uncovering their family’s incredible story.
“THE P0LAR EXPRESS” G, 1:40. Animated, family. Maui Mall Megaplex. Noon Saturday.
Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for this inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades.
“POKEMON THE MOVIE: THE POWER OF US” PG, 1:45. Concert/special events. Maui Mall Megaplex. 12:55 p.m. Saturday.
Fathom Events and The Pokemon Company International bring this highly-anticipated new animated feature film. A young athlete whose running days might be behind her, a compulsive liar, a shy researcher, a bitter old woman and a little girl with a big secret — the only thing they have in common is the annual Wind Festival in Fula City. When a series of threats endangers not just the festival, but all the people and Pokemon of Fula City, it’ll take more than just Ash and Pikachu to save the day! Can everyone put aside their differences and work together — or will it all end in destruction?
“ALLEGIANCE TO BROADWAY” PG, 1:25. Concert/special events. Maui Mall Megaplex. 7:30 p.m., Saturday.
Fathom Events and Sing Out, Louise! Productions present the story, the dream — the journey of a musical. Following Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione along with the creative team from the Broadway musical “Allegiance” from page to stage, the team grapples with the tough subject matter of a difficult period, and their obligation to maintaining and furthering George Takei’s legacy. From rehearsals to marketing meetings and everywhere in between, this documentary sheds a light on the tough nature of show business and the creative decisions that all Broadway producers must face when trying to navigate the rough waters of the Great White Way. This special documentary event includes an exclusive trailer featuring interviews with George Takei and the creative team.
“BURN THE STAGE: THE MOVIE” UR, 1:25. Documentary. Ka’ahumanu 6. 7 p.m., Wednesday.
This first movie from Burn The Stage takes you behind the scenes of the BTS Wings Tour to reveal the full story of the band’s meteoric rise to fame. This unmissable cinema event provides an intimate look at what happens when the most successful global boyband of all time breaks down barriers and invades the mainstream music scene. Exclusive tour footage and brand-new one-on-one interviews with BTS members give fans an unprecedented glimpse into the group’s lives and an opportunity for everyone to celebrate together.
“BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY” PG-13, 2:15. Drama. Maui Mall Megaplex, Regency Kihei Cinemas.
Freddie Mercury takes the music world by storm as the lead singer of the rock ‘n’ roll band Queen. Surrounded by darker influences, Mercury decides to leave Queen years later to pursue a solo career. Diagnosed with AIDS in the 1980s, the flamboyant frontman reunites with the group for the benefit concert Live Aid — leading the band in one of the greatest performances in rock history. Starring Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee and Ben Hardy.
“BOY ERASED” R. 1:55. Documentary/drama. Maui Mall Megaplex.
Jared, the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, is outed to his parents at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends and faith. Starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Lucas Hedges.
“CREED II” R, 2:00. Drama. Ka’ahumanu 6, Maui Mall Megaplex.
Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed, who is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson.
“DR. SEUSS’ THE GRINCH” PG, 1:30. Animated, comedy. Ka’ahumanu 6, Maui Mall Megaplex, Regal Wharf Cinemas, Regency Kihei Cinemas.
When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones and Angela Lansbury.
“FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD” PG-13. 2:14. Action/adventure, sci-fi/fantasy. Ka’ahumanu 6, Maui Mall Megaplex, Regency Kihei Cinemas.
Magizoologist Newt Scamander joins forces with young Albus Dumbledore to prevent the devious Gellert Grindelwald from raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp and Jude Law.
“THE FRONT RUNNER” R. 1:53. Drama, Suspense/thriller. Ka’ahumanu 6.
The film follows the rise and fall of Sen. Gary Hart, who was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice. Starring Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga and Molly Ephraim.
n”GREEN BOOK PG-13. 2:10. Action/adventure, comedy, drama. Maui Mall Megaplex.
Two men confront racism and danger while taking a road trip through the Deep South in 1962. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali and Linda Cardellini.
“INSTANT FAMILY” PG-13, 1:58. Comedy. Maui Mall Megaplex.
A couple find themselves in over their heads when they adopt three children. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne and Octavia Spencer.
“THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS” PG, 1:39. Action/adventure, sci-fi/fantasy. Maui Mall Megaplex.
Young Clara disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world after following a golden thread in search of a magical key to unlock a special box. In that world, she meets a soldier named Phillip, a group of mice and the regents who preside over three realms. Clara and Phillip must now enter a fourth realm to retrieve the key and restore harmony to the unstable land. Starring Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy and Morgan Freeman.
“OVERLORD” R. 1:49. Action/adventure, horror. Maui Mall Megaplex.
American soldiers battle an experimental army of the undead in a Nazi-occupied village. Starring Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell and Pilou Asbaek.
“RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET” PG, 1:52. Action/Adventure, Animated. Ka’ahumanu 6, Regency Kihei Cinemas and Regal Wharf Cinemas.
Ralph and Vanellope embark on an adventure inside the internet to find a spare part for a game. Starring John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Alan Tudyk.
“ROBIN HOOD (2018)” PG-13, 1:56. Action/Adventure. Maui Mall Megaplex.
A war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography, and a timeless romance. Starring Taron Egerton, Eve Hewson and Jamie Foxx.
“WIDOWS” R. 2:08. Suspense/thriller. Maui Mall Megaplex.
“Widows” is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez and Liam Nelson.
* Movie listings reflect showings that are made available by theaters at press time. For up-to-date movies and showtimes, visit www.fandango.com.