Film Critique 2
First Light Schedule & Film Summaries (Nov. 20-27)
November 19, 2009FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Rated PG13/92 min.
A repentant former dolphin trainer spearheads a mission into a carefully guarded cove filled with dark secrets. An "eco thriller" that entertains, provokes and informs—without Al Gore or a PowerPoint presentation.
Rated PG/119 min.
Poet John Keats falls for the brash girl next door in 19th century London, but illness and adversity threaten to pull them apart. Pack your hankies.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Rated R/119 min.
Cormac McCarthy's bleak, gripping novel is adapted for the screen, with Viggo Mortensen as a father who leads his son through an unyielding post-apocalyptic wasteland. Early nominee for the feel-good movie of the year.
Rated R/110 min.
Another heart-wrencher based on a bestselling novel, this one follows the travails of a 16-year-old girl twice impregnated by her deadbeat father and abused by her unfeeling mother who somehow finds redemption in 1980s Harlem.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Rated R/105 min.
An Army officer comes home from a tour in Iraq only to be given an equally odious assignment: informing the families of fallen soldiers. Maui's Woody Harrelson co-stars.
Rated R/93 min.
A boozing, cruising female truck driver has her world turned upside down when her 11-year-old son re-enters her life. Twenty bucks says there's a scene where she teaches him to honk the horn.
Rated R/105 min.
Robert De Niro plays a widower who goes on a holiday road trip to drop into the dysfunctional lives of his grown children. No word on whether he brings his lie detector and potty-trained cat.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27
Julie & Julia
Rated PG13/123 min.
Meryl Streep is iconic chef Julia Childs and Amy Adams is a writer who tries to recreate all her famous recipes in this cinematic melding of two memoirs. Warning: you will visit the snack bar. Repeatedly.
The Lovely Bones
Rated PG13/139 min.
Director Peter Jackson takes a break from orcs and giant apes to tell the story of a young girl who is murdered and returns to watch over her family—and her killer.
Up in the Air
Rated R/109 min.
George Clooney plays a slick corporate snake who gets thrown off his game by a woman. Isn't that always the way?
All films screen at the Castle Theater, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului; tickets $10 with VIP fast-pass, $12 general, keiki 12 and under admitted to PG and G rated films free; for more info call 242-SHOW or visit www.mauifilmfestival.com
Screenings run through January 3; see subsequent issues for more listings
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