Star-Bulletin Features

Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Laurie Holden and Jim Carrey star in "The Majestic,"
slated for the FirstLight Academy Screenings.

Top films booked
for Maui festival

Festival moves into big leagues


The Maui Film Festival's 2001 FirstLight Academy Screenings will feature 29 films vying for Oscar consideration Dec. 19 to 30 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

Hollywood guild members will be admitted free. RSVP by calling (808) 579-9553 or email

Admission for others is $7 per film with a "3-Film Maui Film Festival FirstLight Passport," $10 for single tickets. Passports are available at the MACC box office. Call (808) 579-9996. For more information, see story in the A section.

Dec. 19

>> 2 p.m. -- "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" (PG-13): Previously released.
>> 5 p.m. -- "Lantana" (R): Previously released.
>> 7:30 p.m. -- "Vanilla Sky" (Not Rated): Stars Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Jason Lee and Kurt Russell.

Dec. 20

>> 5 p.m. -- "Dark Blue World" (R): Two Czech Spitfire pilots serving together in the U.K.'s Royal Air Force during World War II and the Battle of Britain find themselves in love with the same woman. In Czech with English subtitles.
>> 7:30 p.m. -- "The Majestic" (NR): Jim Carrey plays a screenwriter in 1951 who gets blacklisted, loses his memory, winds up in a small town, and is mistaken for someone else.

Dec. 21

>> 5 p.m. -- "Focus" (PG-13): William H. Macy and Laura Dern star in an Arthur Miller story about the ramifications of anti-Semitism in Brooklyn during WWII.
>> 7:30 p.m. -- "Waking Life" (R): Animated film from Richard Linklater that's been described as a cross between "My Dinner with Andre" and "Yellow Submarine," offering a psychedelic experience. Repeats Dec. 29.
>> 9:30 p.m. -- "The Deep End" (R): Previously released.

Dec. 22

>> 2 p.m. -- "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (PG): Previously released.
>> 5 p.m. -- "Iris" (NR): Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent and Kate Winslet star in this true tale of romance between novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch and John Bayley, from meeting as teachers at Oxford, through 40 years of Murdoch's fight with Alzheimer's Disease.
>> 7:30 p.m. -- "The Royal Tanenbaums" (R): Gene Hackman, Anjelica Houston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Stiller star in this dramatic comedy about a family of neurotic geniuses.

Dec. 22

>> 9:30 p.m. -- "Ocean's 11" (PG-13): George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia, Carl Reiner and Julia Roberts star in a remake of a casino heist classic, except no one gets killed and there's no bad language.

Dec. 23

>> 2 p.m. -- "Pearl Harbor" (PG-13) Previously released.
>> 5 p.m. -- "The Affair of the Necklace" (R): Hillary Swank stars with Christopher Walken and Jonathan Pryce in this film set in 18th century France, about an aristocrat fixated on stealing a precious necklace to avenge her family's mistreatment before the French Revolution.
>> 7:30 p.m. -- "Ali" (not rated). Will Smith, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jamie Foxx star in this Muhammed Ali biopic.

Dec. 26

>> 2 p.m. -- "Ghost World" (R): Previously released.
>> 5 p.m. -- "Monster's Ball" (R): Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Heath Ledger, Peter Boyle and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs star in this story about interracial love set in the deep South.
>> 7:30 p.m. -- "The Shipping News" (NR): Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett and Scott Glenn. A newspaperman attempts to find love and happiness upon returning to his ancestral home.

Dec. 27

>> 5 p.m. -- "Charlotte Gray" (NR): A Scottish woman joins the French Resistance during World War II in an effort to find her RAF pilot lover who was shot down in France. She has an affair with a French resistance fighter while trying to find him.
>> 7:30 p.m. -- "The Man Who Wasn't There" (R): Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, James Gandolfini in this elliptical tale of a meditative small town barber who gets in way over his head in a "Double Indemnity"-like blackmail scheme.
>> 9:30 p.m. -- "Black Hawk Down" (NR): Josh Hartnett and Ewan McGregor star in a heroic account based on a group of elite U.S. soldiers sent into Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993 as part of a U.N. peacekeeping operation to kidnap Somali warlords.

Dec. 28

>> 5 p.m. -- "Last Orders" (NR): Set in London, stars Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, David Hemmings, Tom Courtenay, Ray Winstone and Helen Mirren in a story that deals with the big subjects: love, friendship, death and life.
>> 7:30 p.m. -- "A Beautiful Mind" (PG-13): Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Adam Goldberg and Christopher Plummer star in a film about the survival of a challenging marriage as well as a man's journey through genius and madness. Based on the life of formerly schizophrenic mathematician John Nash Forbes Jr., winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics.
>> 9:30 p.m. -- "Sexy Beast" (R): Previously released.

Dec. 29

>> 11 a.m. -- "Shrek" (PG); Previously released.
>> 2 p.m. -- "No Man's Land" (R): Best Screenplay winner at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival is a black comedy about two soldiers, a Bosnian and a Serb, who are trapped in a trench between both sides, next to an injured Bosnian lying on a mine that could kill them all.
>> 5 p.m. -- "Gosford Park" (R): Robert Altman directs this murder mystery set in England in 1932. It stars Michael Gambon, Jeremy Northam, Helen Mirren, Emily Watson and Ryan Phillipe, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas.
>> 7:30 p.m. -- "Amélie" (R): Previously released.

Dec. 30

>> 11 a.m. -- "Monsters, Inc." (G) Previously released.
>> 2 p.m. -- "Moulin Rouge" (PG-13) Previously released.
>> 5 p.m. -- "Italian for Beginners" (R): Winner of the Silver Bear at the 2001 Berlin International Film Festival. Several Italian language students find romance in studying the language of love. In Danish and Italian with English subtitles.
>> 7:30 p.m. -- "I Am Sam" (PG-13): Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer and Laura Dern star in this story of a mentally disabled man trying to regain custody of his daughter, taken away by social service workers.

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