Thesse are Maui Scene Editor Rick Chatenever's mini-reviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews provided by studios and other sources.
"Bad Teacher" R, 1:47, Kaahumanu 6, Kukui Mall 4 and Front Street Theaters.
Cameron Diaz defines the term “Bad Teacher” in her new comedy
Columbia Pictures photo via AP
Owen Wilson provides the voice of Lightning McQueen who heads for Japan in “Cars 2”
Disney Pixar photo
Cameron Diaz is the authority-defying, rule-breaking troublemaker in this classroom - not such a good thing since she's the teacher. That's the gag in this one-joke comedy of the booze-swilling English teacher at a Chicago middle school, who's only in it for the money so she can get breast implants and land a rich husband. Her version of teaching her students requires nothing more than showing them education-themed movies like ''Stand and Deliver'' and ''Dangerous Minds.'' Jason Segel, Lucy Punch, Phyllis Smith and Justin Timberlake co-star; Jake Kasdan directs.
"Beginning of the Great Revival" NR, 2:04, Kukui Mall 4.
John Woo, Andy Lau and Wei Tang head the cast in this epic look at the birth of the Communist Party in China in the early 1900s. Directed by Sanping Han and Jianxin Huang in Chinese with English subtitles, it's part of Kukui Mall's ongoing Spotlight Asia series.
"Cars 2" G, 2:07, Kaahumanu 6, Kukui Mall 4 and Front Street Theaters.
When cute, talking cars graduated from commercials to the big screen in 2006, they raked in big bucks for Pixar and Disney with their tales of life in the slow lane off Route 66. Owen Wilson once again returns to the driver's seat (well, actually he is the driver's seat and the rest of the vehicle) as Lightning McQueen, who competes in an international grand prix this time around. Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, John Turturro and Emily Mortimer add their voices and John Lassiter directs, working in a spy spoof and a message about alternative fuel in this hybrid vehicle designed to sell both tickets and toys to its young audience.
"Bridesmaids" R, 2:05, Maui Mall Megaplex.
Kristin Wiig brilliantly co-writes and leads the ensemble in this raunchy and neurotic but warm-hearted comedy that proves the Judd Apatow formula works just as well for female characters as it does for guys -the gross-out jokes just involve different parts of the anatomy. Wiig's character starts the movie by losing her Milwaukee bakery and her boyfriend. The invitation to be the maid of honor at her best friend's (Maya Rudolph's) wedding provides a distraction from her nervous breakdown, until she finds herself competing for the role with the bride's new best friend, Rose Byrne. Melissa McCarthy is a scene-stealer amidst the strong supporting cast directed by Paul Feig. Recommended.
"Fast Five" PG-13, 2:25, ends tonight at Kaahumanu 6.
Dwayne Johnson climbs into the driver's seat to join the automotive action of this fifth installment of "The Fast and the Furious" franchise. He plays a relentless federal agent trying to keep up with the always-on-the-run Vin Diesel and his former foe now turned buddy, Paul Walker. Jordana Brewster is also along for the ride, directed by Justin Lin with an emphasis on speed and stunts not to try while taking your driver's license test. Past "Fast and Furious" rowdies including Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges and Sung Kang join in the reckless driving antics in this mindless but enjoyable "Ocean's Eleven"-style heist romp set in the streets of Rio.
"Green Lantern" PG-13, 2:09, Maui Mall Megaplex (3-D and 2-D), Kukui Mall 4 and Lahaina Wharf Cinemas (3-D).
Ryan Reynolds is the latest hunk to morph his casual charisma into superpowers in this special-effects adventure based on character born in DC Comics. He starts the film as haphazard Hal, but after a spaceship crashes in his neighborhood, he winds up with a tight green suit and a ring with special powers. Blake Lively plays his sexy boss in peril and Peter Sarsgaard is his arch nemesis with Tim Robbins co-starring. Martin Campbell directs.
"The Hangover Part II" R, 1:57, Kaahumanu 6 and Front Street Theaters.
The silver screen's answer to the morning after the morning after is tops at the box office this week. This sequel to the original comedy that put the "smash" in hit reunites Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis for another bachelor party on the eve of Helms' latest wedding. Director and co-writer Todd Phillips recycles many of the how-low-can-you-go raunchy gags from the first film, moving the action to Thailand to find out what sort of new trouble the guys can get into there. There's no mystery baby this time, but a smoking, drug-dealing monkey, who tends to outshine his human co-stars in the brains department.
"Judy Moody and the not so Bummer Summer" PG, 1:46, Maui Mall Megaplex; ends tonight at Front Street Theaters.
Australian newcomer Jordana Beatty stars in the title role in this adaptation of the popular children's book series. Judy's plans for a great summer get dashed when all her friends head off on vacation, leaving her with yucky little brother, Stink (Parris Mosteller). Things take a happier, if wackier, turn with the arrival of their free-spired eccentric Aunt Opal (Heather Graham). John Schultz directs the knee-high humor, which includes lots of throw-up jokes, targeting really young audiences.
"Kung Fu Panda 2" PG, 1:45, Kaahumanu 6 and Lahaina Wharf Cinemas (2-D).
Jack Black's portly panda Po has evolved from the under-bear of the first film to the Dragon Warrior in this colorful, cinematic animated 3-D sequel. His mission this time is to keep things is to rescue his Chinese domain from the nasty, canon-wielding Peacock (Gary Oldman) and to discover his roots in the process.. He's once again mentored by Dustin Hoffman and aided by Tigress (Angelina Jolie) and the rest of his celebrity-voiced posse of critters (Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu and David Cross), crossing paths with other animals voiced by Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Haysbert, Michelle Yeoh and others. Jennifer Yuh Nelson directs.
"Midnight in Paris" PG-13, 1:34, ends tonight at Kukui Mall 4.
Owen Wilson steps into the Woody Allen role, bringing his own more laid-back neuroses to the role of a writer in Paris with his fiancee Rachel McAdams. Allen stays behind the camera writing and directing, but sending Wilson into his own fantasy of going back to the City of Light in its golden age where he gets to hang out with folks like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Salvador Dali and Gertrude Stein. Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Corey Stoll and Tom Hiddleston co-star in this affable crowd pleaser at the Cannes Film Festival that reportedly has its writer-director returning to peak form.
"Mr. Popper's Penguins" PG-13, 1:52, Kaahumanu 6, Kukui Mall 4 and Front Street Theaters.
Jim Carrey isn't worried about the scene-stealing tendencies of his cute little co-stars, and reportedly adds a lot of his own heart to the slapstick in this family comedy. He plays a successful Manhattan real estate developer whose life changes when he receives a box full of penguins from his dad, whose travels included a visit to Antarctica just before his death. Along with the cute if uncouth table manners, you know they're going to teach him some things about reconnecting with his loved ones before they're through. Ophelia Loviband, Carla Gugino, Madeline Carroll and Maxwell Perry Cotton co-star along with the little birds; Mark Waters directs.
"Pirates of the Caribbean, On Stranger Tides" PG-13, 2:16, Maui Mall Megaplex (3-D and 2-D).
Johnny Depp brings rascally Capt. Jack Sparrow back for the fourth installment of the fantastically successful film franchise inspired by a Disneyland ride. This time he's onboard with the always interesting Penelope Cruz as his old flame, Angelica. Ian McShane plays the buccaneer in charge, the dastardly Blackbeard, who's on a desperate mission to find the fountain of youth after a prophecy that he's going to die in two weeks. En route, out on the bounding main, they encounter zombies and mermaids, among other things. Although Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley got off the ship in the last film, Geoffrey Rush is still around as old foe-turned-ally Barbarosa. Rob Marshall
"Super 8" PG-13, 2:07, Maui Mall Megaplex and Lahaina Wharf Cinemas.
Modern action master J.J. Abrams directs this homage to the guy who invented the modern action blockbuster, Stephen Spielberg, in this sci-fi thriller. Spielberg serves as producer for the tale that reverts back to his own childhood, revolving around a group of small-town kids (Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths and Elle Fanning) who witness strange goings-on in the old hometown. Reminiscent of "E.T." and Spielberg's other early work, it explores themes of youthful loneliness and attempts to touch reality with a camera but never loses the adrenaline rush of the action.
"Thor" PG-13, 2:10, Maui Mall Megaplex (3-D and 2-D).
Norse mythology makes its contribution to the Marvel Comics superhero franchise with hunky, funny Australian actor Chris Hemsworth in the title role, and Shakespearean veteran Kenneth Branagh directing a cast also featuring Oscar winners Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins. Branaugh adds Shakespearean shadings to the story in which Thor defies his father, Odin, and starts liking the humans he encounters on earth more than the deities he comes from. Stellan Skarsgaard and Kat Dennings co-star with the epic-scale action and special effects. It's smarter, funnier and classier than your typical superhero epic, having taken its hammer to making its mark at the box office. Recommended.
"X-Men: First Class" PG-13, 2:27, Maui Mall Megaplex ends tonight at Kukui Mall 4 and Front Street Theaters.
It's not easy being a mutant as this prequel to the hit movie series demonstrates. The bright young cast is led by James McAvoy as Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbinder as his best friend but eventual arch rival, soon to be named Magneto. Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones and Rose Byrne co-star as their superprodigies in a plot beginning in the '40s and culminating in the middle of the Cuban missile crisis. Kevin Bacon is along as the arch adversary, with Oliver Platt also co-starring. Matthew Vaughn directs, adding lots of '60s visual style and sly humor to the action, with Brian Singer, director of the first two "X-mens," producing.
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