KAHULUI -Kicking off movie award season on Maui, the Maui Film Festival's 13th annual celebration of cinema returns to Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Tuesday. Dividing its programming into two segments, it will screen expected award contenders through Nov. 26 (taking off Thanksgiving Day and Nov. 25), then will return in December for three weeks of screenings over the holidays.
Billing itself as "16 days long, 50 films wide, one movie high," FirstLight has been a reliable barometer of the winning films, performances and artistic achievements that would go on to be recoganized by Academy Awards and other industry prizes.
Among the screenings are a number of premieres of films that will also screen in limited release on the Mainland to qualify for Oscar consideration, but won't be put in wider general release for weeks or months.
Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin star in “Like Crazy,” screening at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday as part of the Maui Film Festival’s FirstLight in the MACC’s Castle Theater.
Here is the schedule for next week's films, with synopses provided by the Maui Film Festival. The December schedule will appear in an upcoming Maui Scene. For more information, visit www.mauifilmfestival.com or call 242-7469.
5 p.m. - "Rango" PG, 1:47.
Jonny Depp leads the way in a story for the ages-a chameleon with an identity crisis. Gore Verbinski, of "Pirates of the Carribean" fame directs.
7:30 p.m. - "The Descendants" R, 1:55
Shot on Kauai. George Clooney and Judy Greer star. Alexandar Payne ("Sideways") directs. A dramedy that rediscovers the meaning of family. (See review)
5 p.m. - "Martha Marcy May Marlene" R, 1:41
A psychological thriller. Elizabeth Olsen is a young woman on the run from a charismatic cult. John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson, Hugh Dancy co-star
7:30 p.m. - "Like Crazy" PG-13 1:29
Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin star in this "I want you, need you, love you and miss you" two-time Sundance Film Festival award winner.
2 p.m. - "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" PG-13, 2;10
The final film in the Harry Potter cinematic constellation is perfectly presented on the big screen at the Castle Theater, Maui's movie palace.
5 p.m. - "Margin Call" R 1:47
Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore and Zachary Quinto star in this brilliant behind-the-scenes look at Wall Street's meltdown.
7:30 p.m. - "The Artist" PG-13, 1:40
An absolutely brilliant black and white "silent film" about the simultaneous fall of a silver-screen icon and rise of his new love interest and ingnue.