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“THE SPY BEHIND HOME PLATE” NR, 1:41. Documentary. Regency Kihei Cinemas. 10:30 a.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Morris “Moe” Berg was an enigmatic and brilliant Jewish baseball player turned spy. Berg caught and fielded in the major leagues during baseball’s Golden Age in the 1920s and 1930s, but very few people know that Berg also worked for the Office of Strategic Services, spying in Europe and playing a prominent role in America’s efforts to undermine the German atomic bomb program during WWII.
“THE CURE: ANNIVERSARY 1978-2018 LIVE IN HYDE PARK LONDON” NR, 2:15. Music/performing arts. Consolidated Theatres Ka’ahumanu. 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Cure, acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest live bands, take the stage on a perfect July evening in London’s Hyde Park 2018 to deliver a set of songs celebrating four decades of music making. Directed by long-time collaborator Tim Pope, the 5.1 audio mix by Robert Smith and Paul Corkett complements and completes this fabulously immersive cinematic experience. Robert Smith and his extraordinary band – Simon Gallup, Jason Cooper, Roger O’Donnell and Reeves Gabrels – take us on a magical trip through time.
“SING” PG, 1:50. Animated, comedy. Consolidated Theatres Ka’ahumanu. 10 a.m. Thursday.
Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Buster Moon is a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Seth MacFarlane.
“SPIRITED AWAY — STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2019” PG, 2:20. Concert/special event. Consolidated Theatres Ka’ahumanu. 11 a.m. Thursday.
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, Chihiro’s family is moving to a new house, but when they stop on the way to explore an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits ruled over by the sorceress Yubaba. Chihiro must use all her wits to survive in this strange new place, find a way to free her parents and return to the normal world. Overflowing with imaginative creatures and thrilling storytelling, “Spirited Away” became a worldwide smash hit, and is one of the most critically-acclaimed films of all time.
“BETWEEN ME AND MY MIND” NR, 1:40. Documentary, Regal Maui Mall Megaplex. 7 p.m. Wednesday.
A few minutes into this intimate look at the creative process of founding Phish guitarist and vocalist Trey Anastasio, it is clear that he is exploding with his unique brand of songwriting and creativity. As the frontman of one of America’s longest lasting and most successful touring bands and a solo musician as well, Anastasio’s virtuosic musicianship has made him an icon, beloved by his die-hard fanbase for the depth of his artistic output and the boundless enthusiasm that he exudes on stage and off.
“MET SUMMER ENCORE: AIDA (2019)” NR, 3:00. Music/performing arts, opera. Regal Maui Mall Megaplex. 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The Metropolitan Opera presents a rebroadcast of Verdi’s “Aida,” from the 2018-19 season. Soprano Anna Netrebko and mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili offer blazing performances in Verdi’s grand drama of ancient Egypt, seen in a stunning production by Sonja Frisell. Nicola Luisotti conducts.
“PRINCESS MONONOKE — STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2019” PG-13, 2:30. Concert/special event. Consolidated Theatres Ka’ahumanu. 11 a.m. Thursday.
Inflicted with a deadly curse, the young warrior Ashitaka heads west in search of a cure. There, he stumbles into a bitter conflict between Lady Eboshi, the proud people of Iron Town and the enigmatic Princess Mononoke, a young girl raised by wolves, who will stop at nothing to prevent the humans from destroying her home and the forest spirits and animal gods who live there. Featuring the voice talents of Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Jada Pinkett Smith and Billy Bob Thornton.
“PADDINGTON 2” PG, 1:43. Comedy, family. Consolidated Theatres Ka’ahumanu. 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Paddington (Ben Whishaw) embarks on an epic quest to find a stolen pop-up book for his beloved Aunt Lucy. Starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Julie Walters.
“CLUELESS” PG-13, 1:37. Comedy, romance. Consolidated Theatres Ka’ahumanu. 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school’s pecking scale. She decides to give hopelessly klutzy new student Tai a makeover. When Tai becomes more popular than she is, Cher realizes that her disapproving ex-stepbrother was right about how misguided she was — and falls for him. Starring Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy and Paul Rudd.
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“BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE” PG, 1:38. Documentary. Regal Maui Mall Megaplex, Regency Kihei Cinema.
Surfing champion Bethany Hamilton continues to chase waves while tackling motherhood.
“CRAWL” R, 1:28. Action/adventure, horror, suspense /thriller. Regal Maui Mall Megaplex.
Gigantic alligators swarm around a woman and her father as floodwaters engulf their family home. Starring Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper.
“STUBER” R, 1:33. Action/adventure, comedy. Regal Maui Mall Megaplex, Consolidated Theatres Ka’ahumanu.
A cop who’s recovering from eye surgery recruits an Uber driver to help him catch a heroin dealer. Starring Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista and Iko Uwais.
“ALADDIN (2019)” PG, 2:08. Action/adventure, romance. Regal Maui Mall Megaplex, Regency Kihei Cinemas.
A street urchin teams up with a wisecracking genie to save an exotic kingdom from an evil sorcerer. Starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott.
“ANNA” R, 1:59. Action/adventure, suspense/thriller. Regal Maui Mall Megaplex.
A woman unleashes her strength and skill to become one of the most feared assassins on the planet. Starring Sasha Luss, Luke Evans and Helen Mirren.
“ANNABELLE COMES HOME” R, 1:46. Horror. Regal Maui Mall Megaplex, Consolidated Theatres Ka’ahumanu.
An evil doll terrorizes the young daughter of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga and Mckenna Grace.
“MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL” PG-13, 1:55. Action/adventure, comedy. Regal Maui Mall Megaplex, Consolidated Theatres Ka’ahumanu, Regal Wharf Cinema Center.
The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle the biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization. Starring Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth and Rebecka Ferguson.
“MIDSOMMAR” R, 2:25. Drama, horror, mystery/thriller. Regal Maui Mall Megaplex.
A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown’s fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult. Starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor and William Jackson Harper.
“SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME” PG-13, 2:09. Action/adventure, comedy. Consolidated Theatres Ka’ahumanu, Regal Maui Mall Megaplex, Regency Kihei Cinemas, Regal Wharf Cinema Center.
Following the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. Starring Tom Holland, Zendaya and Jake Gyllenhaal.
“TOY STORY 4” G, 1:40. Action/adventure, animated. Consolidated Theatres Ka’ahumanu, Regal Maui Mall Megaplex, Regency Kihei Cinemas, Regal Wharf Cinema Center.
Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey soon turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody’s slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. Starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Joan Cusack.
“YESTERDAY (2019)” PG-13, 1:56. Comedy, music/performing arts, romance, sci-fi/ fantasy. Regal Maui Mall Megaplex.
A struggling musician wakes up to discover that no one has ever heard of the Beatles. Starring Himesh Patel, Lily James and Sophia Dimartino.