These are Maui Scene's mini-reviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews provided by studios and other sources.
"Masquerade" NR, 2:11. Drama, history. Engish subtitles. Maui Mall Megaplex.
Michael Eklund (left) and Abigail Breslin in “The Call”
AP photo / SPWAG
Korea's 15th ruler of the Joseon Dynasty King Gwang-hae orders his councilor to find him a double in order to avoid the constant threat of assassination. Starring Byung-hun Lee, Seung-yong Ryoo, Hyo-ju Han and In-kwon Kim. Directed by Chang-min Choo.
"The Call" R, 1:35. Thriller. Maui Mall Megaplex.
When veteran 911 operator Jordan Turner (Halle Berry) receives a call from a girl who has just been abducted, she soon realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life. Evie Thompson and Abigail Breslin also star. Brad Anderson directs.
"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" PG-13, 1:40. Comedy. Lahaina Wharf Cinema and Maui Mall Megaplex.
Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas Strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt's growing ego. But lately the duo's greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they've grown to loathe each other. Facing cutthroat competition from guerrilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show is starting to look stale. But there's still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act - both onstage and off - if only Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place. Directed by Don Scardino.
"Dead Man Down" R, 1:10. Action, crime drama. Kaahumanu 6.
In New York City, a crime lord's right-hand man is seduced by one of his boss' victims - a woman seeking retribution. Starring Colin Farrell,?Noomi Rapace and Dominic Cooper. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev.
"Emperor" PG-13, 1:40. Drama, History,?war. Maui Mall Megaplex.
As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S. Matthew Fox, Colin Moy and Tommy Lee Jones star. Peter Webber directs.
"Escape from Planet Earth" PG, 1:29. Animation, adventure comedy. Maui Mall?Megaplex.
Astronaut Scorch Supernova (voice of Brendan Fraser) finds himself caught in a trap when he responds to an SOS from a notoriously dangerous alien planet. Also lending their voices to this animated adventure comedy are Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Alba. Cal Brunker directs.
"Hansel &?Gretel: Witch Hunters" R, 1:28.?Action, fantasy horror. Maui Mall Megaplex.
Tommy Wirkola directs this new spin on the famous fairy tale in which Hansel and Gretel are now bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.
"Identity Thief" R, 1:51. Comedy, crime. Maui Mall Megaplex.
Mild-mannered businessman Sandy Patterson travels from Denver to Miami to confront the deceptively harmless-looking woman who has been living it up after stealing Sandy's identity. Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy and John Cho star.
"Jack the Giant Slayer" PG-13, 2:02. Adventure, drama fantasy. Lahaina Wharf Cinema and Kaahumanu?6.
The ancient war between humans and a race of giants is reignited when Jack (played by Nicholas Hoult), a young farmhand fighting for a kingdom and the love of a princess, opens a gateway between the two worlds. Stanley Tucci and Ewan McGregor also star in this adventure filled fantasy drama.
"Life of Pi," PG, 2:07. Adventure, drama. Maui Mall Megaplex.
Academy Award winner Ang Lee directed this adventure-drama starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Akil Hussain. A young man survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor -a fearsome Bengal tiger.
"Oz the Great and Powerful" PG, 2:10. Action, Adventure Fantasy. Lahaina Wharf Cinema and Kaahumanu 6.
Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well. Directed by Harald Zwart.
"Phantom" R, 1:37.?Thriller. Ends tonight at Maui Mall Megaplex.
The haunted Captain (played by Ed Harris) of a Soviet submarine holds the fate of the world in his hands. Forced to leave his family behind, he is charged with leading a covert mission cloaked in mystery. Inspired by actual events. Starring Julian Adams and David Duchovny and directed by Todd Robinson.
"Safe Haven" PG-13, 1:55. Drama, mystery romance. Maui Mall Megaplex.
A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, N.C., where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her. Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel and Cobie Smulders star in this drama-mystery romance. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom.
"Silver Linings Playbook" R, 2:02. Comedy, drama romance. Maui Mall Megaplex.
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
"Snitch" PG-13, 1:35. Action, drama, thriller. Kaahumanu 6.
Dwayne Johnson stars as a father whose teenage son is wrongly accused of a drug distribution crime and is looking at a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years. Joining Johnson in this action drama thriller are Barry Pepper, Jon Bernthal, Susan Sarandon and Michael Kenneth Williams. Directed by Ric Roman Waugh.
"The Impossible" PG-13, 1:54. Drama, history, thriller. Ends tonight at Maui Mall Megaplex.
Nothing is more powerful than the human spirit in this true-life tale of surviving the tsunami in Thailand. Stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor.
"The Last Exorcism Part II" PG-13, 1:28. Horror thriller. Maui Mall Megaplex.
As Nell Sweetzer tries to build a new life after the events of the first movie, the evil force that once possessed her returns with an even more horrific plan. Ashley Bell, Julia Garner and Spencer Treat Clark star in this horrifying thriller. Ed Gass-Donnelly directs.
"21 and Over" R, 1:33. Comedy. Maui Mall Megaplex, ends tonight at Lahaina Wharf Cinema.
The night before an important medical school exam, a promising student Jeff Chang (Justin Chon) celebrates his 21st birthday with his two best friends played by Miles Teller and Skylar Astin. What was supposed to be a quick beer becomes a night of humiliation, over indulgence and utter debauchery. Directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.
"Warm Bodies" PG-13, 1:37. Comedy, horror, romance. Maui Mall Megaplex.
John Malkovich stars with Teresa Palmer and Nicholas Hoult. Director Jonathan Levine takes audiences on a comedic romp laced with horror and romance in this film about R (a highly unusual zombie), who saves Julie from an attack. The two form a relationship that sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.
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