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Crude humor fails in ‘Happytime Murders’

It’s almost reassuring that in today’s often sanitized, assembly-line mainstream moviemaking, a film can be as crude, as off-brand and as bad as “The Happytime Murders.” Read More

‘Silent Empowerment’ gives voice to victims of abuse

“Silent Empowerment,” a one-day arts event at the Salt at Our Kakaako common space, is dedicated to empowering victims of domestic and sexual abuse and preventing violence. Read More

Artist Harry Tsuchidana paints to capture essence, balance

Harry Tsuchidana doesn’t look at the downside of things. He continually radiates positivity. He views art in the same way that he views life: It’s all about going with the flow, finding balance and viewing different perspectives. Read More

Takumi a teppanyaki haven in Kapolei

Takumi Japanese Restaurant & Bar is a suburban haven, a bit off the beaten path in a shopping center just downstream from a Foodland supermarket. Read More

Jason Gay’s ‘Dynasty’ presents Chinese tunes as jazz

Rather than rework compositions from the Great American Jazz Songbook, or test the market for original melodies, saxaphone player Jason Gay is introducing listeners to songs written or co-written by Chinese composers. Read More

‘Papillon’ remake more thorough, less interesting

The new film version of “Papillon,” based on Henri Charriere’s 1969 best-seller, is rather better than the previous screen adaptation starring Steve McQueen (mouth closed) and Dustin Hoffman (mouth agape). Read More

Johnny Mathis to perform Christmas shows at Blaisdell

Johnny Mathis, whose landmark holiday album “Merry Christmas” was released 60 years ago, will perform a pair of Christmas concerts at the Blaisdell Concert Hall this December, his first shows in the islands in more than 20 years. Read More

Getting jerked around by ‘Mile 22’

The restless camera in “Mile 22” can’t even hold still during a simple scene of dialogue, changingfocus every two seconds — eyes, off-center face, hands, blood pressure monitor, and on and on. Read More

‘All’s Well’ production thrives at Hawaiian Mission Houses

It’s easy to think of museums as stagnant places focused on ancient artifacts. But Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives turns that view on its head. Read More

‘Last Taxi Dance’ examines relationship of lonely soldier, Hawaiian woman

The year is 1945. The place is downtown Honolulu. A lonely soldier, a combat veteran far from home, seeks refuge in a taxi dance hall. Welcome to “Last Taxi Dance,” Hawaii-born indie filmmaker Brayden Yoder’s 18-minute look at a dramatic moment in Hawaii’s history. Read More

Storm previews next album with ‘30 Minutes’

Frank De Lima wasn’t the only one who found inspiration in January’s infamous “false alarm” ballistic missile incident. Read More

Shoppers and vendors converge at a signature state event Made in Hawaii

Made in Hawaii began in 1995 with 61 booths, operated by vendors selling items largely produced in the islands. Read More

Turmoil roils a Hungarian town in ‘1945’

The premise is simple but compelling: Two strangers get off a train in a small town and nothing is ever the same again. Read More

Limon serves up spicy, enticing, authentic Peruvian cuisine

If you’ve never experienced Peruvian cuisine, you are in for a treat at Limon Rotisserie. Read More

‘McQueen’ documents the life of legendary designer

First came the actor, then the British director. But if you live and die for fashion, a documentary called “McQueen” could tell only one story, that of designer Alexander McQueen. Read More

Kevin Hart adds second Oahu performance in November

Stand-up comedian and actor Kevin Hart has added a second show for his return to Hawaii in November. Read More

‘Buybust’ is a bloody, funny film from the Philippines

Featuring one villain in leopard pants and another in a bathrobe, “BuyBust” is surprisingly funny for a movie that’s basically a massacre in progress Read More

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