These are Maui Scene's mini-reviews, excerpts of wire service reviews and previews provided by studios and other sources.
"GI Joe: Retaliation" PG-13, 1:50. Action, adventure. Kaahumanu 6 and opened Wednesday at Lahaina Wharf Cinema.
Channing Tatum (left) and Dwayne Johnson are ready for action in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”
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Gerard Butler (left) is a heroic federal agent, while Radha Mitchell plays his wife in “Olympus has Fallen.”
FilmDistric photo via AP
Robbie Jones (left) and Jurnee Smollett-Bell turn up the heat in “Tyler Perry’s Temptation”
Diane Kruger is out of this world in the alien adventure “The Host.”
Open Road Films photo via AP
China Girl, voiced by Joey King, and James Franco as Oz, star in the film “Oz the Great and Powerful.”
Disney Enterprises photo via AP
Action figures come to life in this action adventure. The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are also forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. Starring Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Ray Park and Bruce Willis.
"Spring Breakers" PG-13, 1:34, Comedy, crime, drama. Maui Mall Megaplex.
Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work. Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and Ashley Benson. Harmony Korine directs.
"The Host" PG-13, 2:05, Action, adventure. Maui Mall Megaplex.
When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger and William Hurt. Andrew Niccol directs.
"Tyler Perry's Temptation" PG-13, 1:51. Drama. Maui Mall Megaplex.
An ambitious married woman's temptation by a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal, recklessness, and forever alters the course of her life. Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Vanessa Williams, Brandy Norwood and Kim Kardashian star. Directed and written by Tyler Perry.
"Admission" PG-13, 1:57. Comedy. Maui Mall Megaplex.
Straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is caught off-guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school overseen by her former college classmate, the free-wheeling John Pressman (Paul Rudd). Pressman has surmised that Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), his gifted yet very unconventional student, might well be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption many years ago. Paul Weitz directs.
"Dead Man Down" R, 1:10. Action, crime drama. Ends tonight at 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. Ends tonight at 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.
"Identity Thief" R, 1:51. Comedy, crime. Ends tonight at 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. Kaahumanu 6.
The ancient war between humans and a race of giants is reignited when Jack, a young farmhand fighting for a kingdom and the love of a princess, opens a gateway between the two worlds. Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci and Ewan McGregor star. Directed by Bryan Singer.
"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.
"Olympus Has Fallen" R, 2:00. Action, thriller. Maui Mall Megaplex.
When the White House is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As the U.S. national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning's inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger disaster. Starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman. Directed by Antoine Fuqua.
"Oz the Great and Powerful" PG, 2:10. Action, Adventure Fantasy. Lahaina Wharf Cinema and Kaahumanu 6.
A small-time magician arrives in an enchanted land and is forced to decide if he will be a good man or a great one. Starring James Franco, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz. Directed by Harald Zwart.
"Safe Haven" PG-13, 1:55. Drama, mystery romance. Ends tonight at 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 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 Croods" PG, 1:38. Animation, adventure, comedy. Maui Mall Megaplex and Lahaina Wharf Cinema.
The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world's first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures- and their outlook is changed forever. Stars Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Cloris Leachman.
"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" PG-13, 1:40. Comedy. Maui Mall Megaplex and ends tonight at Lahaina Wharf Cinema.
When a street magician's stunt begins to make their show look stale, superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton look to salvage on their act- and their friendship-by staging their own daring stunt. Directed by Don Scardino.
"21 and Over" R, 1:33. Comedy. Maui Mall Megaplex.
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.
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