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Academy screenings on Maui.

December 17, 2009
Trisha Smith

The FirstLight series screens some of the best films of the year—some prior to their national release dates—at “Maui’s Movie Palace,” the Castle Theater. Over 30 of the most “award-worthy” films will screen at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) from Wednesday, Dec. 16, through Sunday, Jan. 3.

All-star cast Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire and Natalie Portman take audiences through an emotional rollercoaster in Brothers, showing on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. A decorated Marine returns home unexpectedly to find his former black-sheep brother as the man of the house—his house. Intense drama foreseen.

And later that evening at 7:30 p.m., fall in lust with Nine, a provocative musical depicting a time in the life of world-famous film director and womanizer Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis). The film features scene-stealers Penelope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman and Sophia Loren.

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FirstLight 2009 Screenings

Relax with the kiddies the day after Christmas during the “stop-motion” animated feature Coraline at noon, or go on an adventure with a star-studded cast in Wes Anderson’s “magical stop-motion debut,” Fantastic Mr. Fox, on Saturday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m. Kids (12 and under) are always free to all films rated “PG.”

The heartbreaking yet inspirational film Precious (based on the novel Push by Sapphire) has already won the hearts of critics and audiences nationwide, with glitter-free Mariah Carey turning in the best screen performance of her career. Check out what all the buzz is about on Sunday, Dec. 27, at 2 p.m.

Jane Campion gained period-piece glory with her Oscar-winner The Piano, so her latest effort Bright Star (Sunday afternoon, Jan. 3) has enormous potential. Campion conveys a “shimmering biopic” of English poet John Keats—a hopeless romantic whose life was cut short by illness.

Come enjoy the power of creativity and lose yourself in the movies at the MACC’s Castle Theater, located at One Cameron Way in Kahului. There will also be “the usual live music, flirting, dinner, dessert and complimentary massage” at the CandleLight Cafe between evening screenings.

Single-film tickets are available starting on the Monday of each week’s screenings for $12 per film. The $40 “FirstLight 4-Film FastPass” is good for early entry into the theater and being able to remain when seeing two or three films consecutively. Passes can be purchased at MACC Box Office and the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center Information Kiosk.

Call 242-SHOW and visit for more information.

FirstLight: Academy Screenings on Maui

Friday, Dec. 18
5 p.m. That Evening Sun - Life-long Tennessee farmer sneaks out of his nursing home to reclaim his life, on his own terms.

7:30 p.m. The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond - Long-lost screenplay from renowned American playwright Tennessee Williams is brought to life on screen.

Sunday, Dec. 20
2 p.m. Brothers - A compelling tale of how two brothers come to terms with issues of love, loyalty and manhood—and with the woman caught between them.

5 p.m. Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love - A music-infused cinematic journey about the power of one man’s voice to inspire positive change.

7 p.m. Nine - Critically acclaimed director Rob Marshall (Chicago) delivers a provocative musical about a famous Italian film director in creative and personal crisis.

Tuesday, Dec. 22
5 p.m. Amreeka - Find the warmth, humor and humanity in a Palestinian refugee and her family’s bittersweet search for a place to call home in America.

7:30 p.m. Oh My God - A stunning and insightful exploration that reveals global culture’s core beliefs regarding the question, “What is God?”

Wednesday, Dec. 23
2 p.m. Good Hair - The wonders of African-American hairstyles are explored by comedian Chris Rock in this funny documentary.  

5 p.m. The Hurt Locker - An intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world—disarming bombs in the heat of combat.

7:30 p.m. Sherlock Holmes - Director Guy Ritchie leads Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams in this dynamic, new portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous characters.

Saturday, Dec. 26
Noon Coraline - Visionary director Henry Selick brings us a spectacular stop-motion animated adventure—the first to be originally filmed in 3D.

2 p.m. Amelia - Distinguished actress Hillary Swank portrays the legendary aviatrix and enigmatic symbol of the American free spirit, Amelia Earhart. Hearts will fly.

5 p.m. Pirate Radio - A cheeky, yet fact-based, tale of a seafaring band of rock ‘n’ roll deejays—led by rascal Philip Seymour Hoffman—whose “pirate radio” captivated and inspired ’60s Britain.

7:30 p.m. New York, I Love You - Collaborative storytelling from some of today’s most imaginative filmmakers and movie stars on love in the city that never sleeps.

Sunday, Dec. 27
2 p.m. Precious - This Sundance and Toronto Audience Award winner shocks and inspires with a tale of one young woman’s perseverance to overcome darkness and see the light.

5 p.m. A Single Man - A luminous tale of love lost starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore.



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