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Movies On Maui

August 25, 2011
The Maui News

These are Maui Scene's mini-reviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews provided by studios and other sources.

Opening Friday

"Colombiana" PG-13, 2:04, Maui Mall Megaplex and Lahaina Wharf Cinemas.

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Paul Rudd (right) drives Adam Scott — and everyone else — nuts in 'Our Idiot Brother.'
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"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" R, 1:58, Kaahumanu 6 and Lahaina Wharf Cinemas.

Size shouldn't matter when it comes to scary creatures. After all, plenty of people are terrified of rats and spiders. Yet savage and ugly as the tiny monsters are in this remake of a 1973 TV horror movie, they're not as frightening as the filmmakers would have you believe. These wee beasties are not all that interesting, either, and frankly, neither is the movie. Producer and co-writer Guillermo del Toro and director Troy Nixey manage a lot of creepy atmosphere in their story of a couple (Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes) and a young girl (Bailee Madison) menaced by nasty little things that swarm up from beneath the mansion they're restoring. With the girl at the heart of the tale and del Toro's name the big selling point, the filmmakers want you thinking of the movie as a cousin to his masterful "Pan's Labyrinth," but it comes up a distant second in the comparison.

"One Voice" NR, 1:24, Kaahumanu 6.

Lisette Marie Flanary directs this heartwarming documentary look at the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest through the eyes of the student song directors. Like a Hawaiian answer to "Glee," this Maui Film Festival hit gives a stirring look at contemporary Hawaiian culture through the eyes of its next generation.

"Our Idiot Brother" R, 1:45, Maui Mall Megaplex, Kukui Mall 4 and Front Street Theaters.

Paul Rudd hops from one sofa to another to another as the title character, and that's sort of what the film itself does, too. Rudd stars as an amiable, ambling dude named Ned who has no real goals in life; what he does have is a guilelessness that consistently gets him into trouble, both with his family and with the law. He has a knack for always saying or doing the wrong thing, even though he always means well. Director Jesse Peretz, working from a script written by his sister, Evgenia Peretz, and her husband, David Schisgall, follows him as he bumbles his way from one situation to the next with no great momentum or sense of character evolution. Ned grows increasingly irritating to his hippie farmer ex-girlfriend (Kathryn Hahn), the three sisters he mooches off of (Emily Mortimer, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel) and to us. But then supposedly once they've all shunned him for causing so much inadvertent damage, they take him back because they realize what a positive influence he is in their lives. It makes no sense - there's a gap of logic and emotion that's hard to overcome.

Still playing

"30 Minutes or Less" R, 1:23, Kaahumanu 6; ends tonight at Lahaina Wharf Cinemas.

From "Zombieland" director Ruben Fleischer comes this action-comedy that packs powerhouse actors Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride and Nick Swardson. But whether "30 Minutes or Less" can deliver a punch, or punch line, will be left up to a jury of audiences over the coming weeks. Nick (Eisenberg) is a small-town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminal masterminds (McBride and Swardson). The duo kidnaps Nick and forces him to rob a bank. With mere hours to pull off the heist, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet (Ansari). As the clock ticks, the two face police, hired assassins, flamethrowers - and the most tumultuous of them all: their relationship.

"Captain America: The First Avenger" PG-13, 2:06, Kaahumanu 6.

The last Marvel Comics setup for next summer's all-star blockbuster "The Avengers" finds Chris Evans starring as the World War II fighting hero. Evans brings an earnest dignity and intelligence to the role of Steve Rogers, a scrawny kid from Brooklyn with dreams of military glory. But scientist Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) sees something special in him and enlists him for a daring experiment. Through some high-tech injections, Steve is transformed into a supersoldier known as Captain America. But he isn't the only one who's juicing: Hugo Weaving plays the former Nazi leader Johann Schmidt, aka Red Skull, who's formed his own splinter group and built some intimidating weapons. Tommy Lee Jones and Dominic Cooper co-star. Joe Johnston directs.

"The Change-Up" R, 1:12, ends tonight at Kaahumanu 6 and Front Street Theaters.

When you've got Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman - two masters of deadpan improvisational comedy - bouncing off one another, you should theoretically let the cameras roll and follow them wherever they take you. Then add a screenplay from Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who wrote the original ''The Hangover,'' and you're set. But the too-long film from director David Dobkin (''Wedding Crashers'') is all over the place in tone, veering awkwardly from some daring comic moments to feel-good sappiness and back again in hopes of redeeming some semblance of edginess. Here, Bateman plays Dave Lockwood, a successful Atlanta lawyer who is married with three kids. His childhood best friend, Reynolds' defiantly single Mitch Planko, spends his days doing bong hits in his man cave and his nights bedding as many random women as possible. Each insists the other guy has the better life. After too many drinks one night, they wake up the next morning and poof! They've switched bodies, which leads to some predictable but amusingly executed fish-out-of-water scenarios.

"Conan the Barbarian" R, 1:57, Maui Mall Megaplex (3-D and 2-D), Kukui Mall 4 and Front Street Theaters.

Despite his 6-foot-5 physique, no one is going to mistake the arrival of Jason Momoa with the cultural game-changer represented by someone named Ah-nuld in the 1982 original. Under the direction of Marcus Nispel, this epic relies mostly on sword fights, using the script for little more than filling the space between them. Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang and an over-the-top Rose McGowan co-star.

"Cowboys & Aliens" PG-13, 1:58, Maui Mall Megaplex.

2011 Maui Film Festival honoree Olivia Wilde stars alongside Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in the sci-fi Western "Cowboys & Aliens," based on the 2006 graphic novel of the same name by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. A stranger (Craig), with no memory of his past, stumbles into a New Mexico Territory desert town in 1875. He soon finds that the residents aren't welcoming and the streets are controlled by iron-fisted Col. Dolarhyde (Ford). The desolate town - that's already gripped in fear - isn't prepared for the scary, sudden attack by marauders from the sky. Now, the stranger offers the only hope the city has to survive, and as he slowly regains memory, he realizes he possesses a secret that could give the town a chance to fight back.

"Crazy Stupid Love" PG-13, 1:57, Maui Mall Megaplex.

Straight-laced 40-something Carl Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the American dream: Nice job, house, kids and marriage. But when Carl discovers that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), cheated on him and is seeking a divorce, his "perfect" life unravels. He started dating Emily in high school, so Carl is more than a little rusty in the single world. Now, he's spending his nights sulking solo at a local bar until he is taken on as the wingman to handsome player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon co-star. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa direct, concocting impossible twists in the story, but compensating for them with the likability of all the principals in the cast.

"Final Destination 5" R, 1:35, Kaahumanu 6; ends tonight at Kukui Mall 4 and Lahaina Wharf Cinemas.

Some movies just won't die. "Final Destination 5" is the fifth - yes, fifth - sequel to the film that follows ill-fated individuals who can't escape death's sinister agenda. This same darkness is unleashed after one man's premonition saves a group of co-workers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But the unsuspecting souls were never supposed to survive, and in a race against time, the doomed group tries to discover a way to escape. In the end, viewers may be left wondering how the "Final Destination" sequels have survived this long, other than to depict Spike TV's "1,000 Ways to Die"-type scenarios.

"Friends with Benefits" R, 1:47, ends tonight at Maui Mall Megaplex.

On the heels of Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher's "No Strings Attached" comes a very similar premise exploring friends with benefits, i.e., hooking up without the heartache. Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (Mila Kunis) think it's going to be easy to add the "simple" act of sex to their friendship, despite what Hollywood romantic comedies would have them believe. They soon discover that getting physical always leads to complications. This romantic comedy is wooing certain critics, showing that some love stories shouldn't be counted out.

"Fright Night" R, 2:01, Maui Mall Megaplex (3-D and 2-D) and Lahaina Wharf Cinemas.

The suburban sprawl of Las Vegas makes the possibility that new next-door neighbor Colin Farrell really is a vampire vaguely plausible in this remake of the 1985 horror comedy. Anton Yelchin is the nerdy teen harboring the suspicion; his even nerdier pal Christopher Mintz-Plasse is the only one who believes him. Toni Collette heads the strong supporting cast that also features David Tennant. Craig Gillespie directs, maintaining his sense of humor amidst the bloody gore.

"Glee: The 3D Concert Movie" PG, 1:40, Maui Mall Megaplex.

For the Gleeks out there, this big-screen opportunity will be hard to miss. Get an up-close-and-personal experience during a concert with stars from the multigenerational TV phenomenon. Well, sort of. The film - in theaters for two weeks -is being displayed only in 3D, so fans can get a taste of the singing, dancing and sarcasm, just like attending and documenting a real performance. "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie" includes the castmates' live concerts, with a few fan testimonials. Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz, Harry Shum Jr., Chord Overstreet and Ashley Fink star. Kevin Tancharoen directs.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" PG-13, 2:10 Maui Mall Megaplex.

Just as Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) grow up, the audience is forced to grow up, too, and say a sobering yet satisfying goodbye to the well-loved stars in the much-anticipated, final adventure of the Harry Potter film series. In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here. But thankfully, the memories with Harry, Hermoine and Ron will live on in the hearts and minds of lifelong fans.

"The Help" PG-13, 2:17, Kaahumanu 6 and Kukui Mall 4.

In the 1960s, three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From the improbable alliance of Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny, a remarkable sisterhood emerges, igniting the courage to transcend the lines that define the women - and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed. Starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. Tate Taylor directs. Recommended. (See review on Page 2.)

"One Day" PG-13, 1:44, Maui Mall Megaplex.

This romantic drama might have been retitled "When Em Met Dex," or "When Anne Hathaway Met Jim Sturgess," since they're the ones playing the parts. The day, or night, in question was a post-college graduation party in 1988, and the story keeps time traveling back to it through all the actual career and relationship changes occurring in its protagonists' lives en route to the inevitable night when they'll be together again. Lone Scherfig directs.

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" PG-13, 1:05, Maui Mall Megaplex, Kukui Mall 4 and Front Street Theaters.

Silly humans. We're so arrogant. We see a cute, cuddly baby chimp, assign all kinds of familiar characteristics to it and raise it with the loving playfulness we'd give our own children, only to find that the creature's unpredictable and ferocious animal nature wins out in the end. If the documentary ''Project Nim'' didn't serve as enough of a warning for us earlier this summer, now we have this blockbuster, which is sort of a prequel and sort of a sequel and sort of a reboot. Mainly, it's a spectacle. Sure, it might be trying to teach us a lesson about hubris. But mostly it's about angry, 'roided-up chimps taking over and wreaking havoc. This is not a complaint, mind you. This seventh film in the ''Planet of the Apes'' series rises to such ridiculous heights, it's impossible not to laugh out loud - in a good way, in appreciation. There's big, event-movie fun to be had here, amped up by some impressive special effects and typically immersive performance-capture work by Andy Serkis (Gollum from the ''Lord of the Rings'' films). James Franco stars as the scientist whose drug tests to find a cure for Alzheimer's lead to the birth of the super-smart Caesar. Freida Pinto and John Lithgow co-star; Rupert Wyatt directs.

"The Smurfs" PG, 1:42, Kaahumanu 6 (3-D and 2-D).

Blue is the new black. Pint-sized blue toons are making their 3-D debut when "The Smurfs" hits the big screen. The 1980s NBC cartoon series, affectionately known for its flat animation, simple illustration and good versus evil tales, is given 21st century life, thanks to Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures Animation. When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the Smurfs out of their village through a portal, they're forced out of their world and into ours - landing in the middle of New York's Central Park. Stuck in the Big Apple, and measuring about three apples high, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel finds them. Neil Patrick Harris, George Lopez and Katy Perry provide vocals. Raja Gosnell directs.

"Spy Kids: All the Time in the World" PG, 1:44, Maui Mall Megaplex (3-D and 2-D) and Front Street Theaters.

Being a stepmom is the toughest challenge yet for former spy Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba). To make matters worse, she's married to a famous spy-hunting TV reporter. When Marissa is called back into action, she sees it as an opportunity to bond with her new step-children, Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook). They set out to stop the evil Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) from taking over the world. With a little help from a couple of very familiar Spy Kids, Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara), they just may be able to save the world and possibly bring their family together while they're at it. Robert Rodriguez once again directs.

"The Zookeeper" PG, 1:57, ends tonight at Maui Mall Megaplex.

Kevin James gets out of the mall cop business to become a zookeeper, with the same lovably inept results. This time, the animals in the zoo take matters in their own hands, er paws, to get his romantic life in order and keep him on the job. Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb, Ken Jeong and Donnie Wahlberg co-star; Frank Coraci directs.

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