This week's announcement by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association of nominations for the 2011 Golden Globes is the best advertisement for the Maui Film Festival's 12th annual FirstLight screenings, continuing through the holidays in Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
Most of the Golden Globe nominees, including the field-leading "The King's Speech," are on the FirstLight bill, often showing weeks before their national release.
The film screenings continue though Sunday, Jan. 2, although the schedule is intermittent to make room for the holidays and other events at the MACC.
Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter star in “The King’s Speech,” screening at 6 p.m. Sunday.
The Weinstein Company photo via AP
Tickets and passes are available from the MACC box office. More information is available at www.mauifilmfestival.com.
Here are this weekend's screenings, with synopses provided by Maui Film Festival.
FRIDAY DEC. 17
4 p.m. - "The Kids Are All Right" R, 1:55.
Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo star in this comedy that explores and expands the notion of family in America.
6 p.m. - "Wild Target" PG-13, 1:39.
A free-spirited art thief and a hit man looking for love cross paths in this wild comedy starring Emily Blunt, Bill Nighy and Rupert Grint.
8 p.m. - "The Company Men" R, 1:37.
Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones star in this deeply heartfelt drama also featuring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello.
SUNDAY DEC. 19
2 p.m. - "The Ghost Writer" R, 2:08
Roman Polanski directs Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor and Kim Cattrall in this political thriller set against the backdrop of international intrigue.
4 p.m. - "The Tillman Story" NR, 1:34.
The truth beneath the mythology of their son's life and death resounds with emotion in this profile of Pat Tillman family's quest for justice.
6 p.m. - "The King's Speech" R, 1:58.
Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter star in this brilliant inspirational film based on the life of King George VI of England.
8 p.m. - "Black Swan" R, 1:48.
Darren Aronofsky directs a psychological thriller from the universe of world-class ballet. Stars Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Winona Ryder.