These are Maui Scene's mini-reviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews provided by studios and other sources.
"Finding Nemo 3D," G, 1:40, Kaahumanu 6.
“Finding Nemo” returns to the big screen in 3D Friday. Albert Brooks is the voice of Marlin and Alexander Gould is the voice of Marlin’s son, Nemo.
After his son (Nemo) is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish, named Marlin, sets out on a journey to bring him home. Marlin meets a fish named Dory, a blue tang suffering from short-term memory loss. The companions travel a great distance, encountering various dangerous sea creatures. In the meantime, Nemo and the other sea animals in a dentist's fish tank plot a way to return to Sydney Harbor to live their lives free again. Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres and Alexander Gould star. Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich direct.
"Resident Evil: Retribution," R, 1:30, Kukui Mall, Front Street Theater, Maui Mall Megaplex.
The Umbrella Corporation's deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating undead. The human race's last and only hope, Alice, awakens in the heart of Umbrella's most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Stars Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory and Michelle Rodriguez. Paul W.S. Anderson directs.
"Last Ounce of Courage," PG, 1:41, Maui Mall Megaplex.
This heartwarming movie tells the story of a local war hero whose son goes off to battle. His new wife brings Christian, his first son, into the world while the young hero is away earning medals for valor. However, tragedy changes everyone's life forever in this story of love and forgiveness. Marshall R. Teague, Jennifer O'Neill and Fred Williamson star. Darrel Campbell and Kevin McAfee direct.
"The Cold Light of Day," PG-13, 1:33, Kaahumanu 6.
After his family is kidnapped during their sailing trip in Spain, a young Wall Street trader is confronted by the people responsible: intelligence agents looking to recover a mysterious briefcase. Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver star. Mabrouk El Mechri directs.
"Beasts of the Southern Wild," PG-13, 1:33, Kukui Mall.
Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love. Quvenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry and Levy Easterly star. Benh Zeitlin directs.
"The Words," PG-13, 1:36, Front St. Theaters, Kaahumanu 6.
"The Words" follows young writer Rory Jansen who finally achieves long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There's only one catch - he didn't write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man's work. Stars Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid and Olivia Wilde. Brian Klugman and Lee Strenthal codirect.
"The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure," G, 1:28, ends tonight at Maui Mall Megeplex.
It's Schluufy's birthday, and the Oogieloves (Goobie, Zoozie and Toofie), along with their friends J. Edgar, Windy Window and Ruffy, are organizing a surprise party. Everything is going along just perfectly until J. Edgar trips and loses the last five magical balloons in all of Lovelyloveville. The Oogiloves set out to find the magical balloons. Along the way, they meet some interesting characters. Jaime Pressly, Cloris Leachman and Christopher Lloyd star in this animated feature. Matthew Diamond directs.
"Lawless," R, 1:55, Kukui Mall, Maui Mall Megaplex.
Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Va., a bootlegging gang is threatened by a new deputy and other authorities who want a cut of their profits. Rooted in Prohibition-era outlaw legend, "Lawless" contains exciting character portraits from a robust cast, including Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Guy Pierce. The potent atmosphere of the film ignites into visceral bursts of violence. It is an entertaining tale told with style. The film's merits are not lacking for viewers who like blood-soaked, Depression-era crime sagas. John Hillcoat directs.
"The Avengers," PG-13, 2:23, Maui Mall Megaplex.
Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency. The agency is a who's who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson star. Joss Whedon directs.
"The Intouchables," R, 1:52, Kukui Mall.
A rich quadriplegic, living in a mansion in Paris, requires live-in care. A young offender turns up for an interview, but he is not really looking to get the job. However, to his surprise, he is hired. The two men then develop a close friendship. Omar Sy plays Driss, the ex-con hired to care for Philippe (Francois Cluzet). Co- written and directed by Eric Tolendano and Olivier Nakache, the film is based on a true story.
"The Possession," PG-13, 1:32, Maui Mall Megaplex, Front St. Theaters.
A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child. The "true" backstory for this tale has become an urban legend. Several people who have come into possession of the "real" antique box claim to have had terrible fortune. Los Angeles Times writer Leslie Bornstein chronicled the tale in the article, "A Jinx in a Box." The movie stars Natasha Calis, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick. Ole Bornedal directs.
"You May Not Kiss The Bride," PG-13, 1:40, ends tonight at Kaahumanu 6.
An unassuming pet photographer (Dave Annable) is thrown into serious action, adventure and romance when he's forced to marry a Croatian bride (Katharine McPhee) and spend his honeymoon at a remote tropical resort where she is kidnapped. The film sees Rob Schneider returning to comedic concepts introduced in his "First 50 Dates" film character. However, this movie has little to do with Schneider and more to do with Annable?and McPhee. Hawaii-born Tia Carrere also has a role. She and her cousin (Schneider) are part of the nearly fatal misadventure. Rob Hedden directs.
"Premium Rush," PG-13, 1:31, Maui Mall Megaplex.
In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city. Realistic stunt action through the streets of New York translate to convincingly thrilling urban bike-chase sequences. Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt in his first action lead role as the best of the Big Apple's speedster bicycle messengers. Last seen in "The Dark Knight Rises," Gordon-Levitt injured his forearm during filming when he crashed into the back window of a taxi. He later admitted it was his fault, for going "too fast." David Koepp directs the nail-biting action. Co-stars Michael Shannon and Dania Ramirez.
"The Odd Life of Timothy Green," PG, 1:41, Maui Mall Megaplex.
A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears. The movie, from novelist and filmmaker Peter Hedges, author of "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" and creator of Katie Holmes' lovely independent feature "Pieces of April," attempts to Disney-ize the family dysfunction territory he explored so well in those works.
"The Expendables 2," R, 1:44, Maui Mall Megaplex, Wharf Cinema Center, ends tonight at Kukui Mall.
Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat. The movie is full of '80s and '90s action movie stars. Simon West directs the loud and explosive action.
"ParaNorman," PG, 1:33, Maui Mall Megaplex, ends tonight at Front Street Theaters. Opens Friday at Wharf Cinema Center.
A misunderstood boy who can speak with the dead takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. Directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell spin an imaginative patchwork tale. Few movies so taken with death feel so rudely alive as this stop-motion animation. "ParaNorman" is a classic adolescent-misfit adventure. Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick and Christopher Mintz-Plasse star.
"Hope Springs," PG-13, 1:40, Maui Mall Mall Megaplex.
After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship. The couple, Kay and Arnold Soames, are played by Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. With the children grown and their routines in ruts, the couple's relationship went sexless years ago. Thanks to the expert guidance of Dr. Bernard Feld, (Steve Carell), the Soames begin to reintroduce themselves to each other. Comic moments help to lighten the uncomfortable subject of naked adult intimacy and its discontents. David Frankel directs.
"The Bourne Legacy," PG-13, 2:15, Wharf Cinema Center, Kaahumanu 6, Kukui Mall.
Tony Gilroy takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films.
"The Campaign," R, 1:37, Maui Mall Megaplex.
In order to gain influence over their North Carolina district, two CEOs seize an opportunity to oust long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) by putting up a rival candidate. Their man: naive Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. As election day draws near, Brady and Huggins cast ethics aside to engage in mud-slinging, mirroring politics of today.
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days," PG, 1:34, Maui Mall Megaplex.
The formulaic but family-friendly series, based on the popular book, is back and it's business as usual. School is out and "Wimpy Kid" Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) is ready for the days of summer. Greg hatches a plan to pretend he has a job at a ritzy country club - which fails to keep him away from the season's dog days, including embarrassing mishaps at a public pool and a camping trip that goes horribly wrong. Robert Capron and Devon Bostick costar. David Bowers directs.
"Total Recall," PG-13, 1:58, Kaahumanu 6.
A factory worker, Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led. Also stars Bokeem Woodbine and Bryan Cranstons. Len Wiseman directs.
"Step Up Revolution," PG-13, 1:54, Kaahumanu 6.
The colorful and vibrant streets of Miami set the dancing backdrop for this lively romp ti save the neighborhood from development. Stars Kathryn McCormick and Ryan Guzman.
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