Honolulu's 23rd annual Rainbow Film Festival at the Doris Duke Theatre runs through tomorrow night (Sunday, June 3). I've been away, so I got to see only one of the films: MOSQUITA Y MARI, a sweet coming-of-age film about the developing friendship of two very different 15 year old Chicana girls in Los Angeles.
Yolanda is the sheltered and studious child of hard working immigrant parents. Mari is almost a delinquent, the daughter of a single mother who has almost no money.
It's an unlikely pairing at first, but it doesn't take long for them to respond to each other, and what makes their story poignant is that they have grown up in the straight world and don't really know how to handle the growing physical attraction between them.
MOSQUITA Y MARI screens at 5:15 this Sunday (June 3) evening at the Doris Duke Theatre in the Honolulu Museum of Art.
If, however, you're just looking for fun at the movies, you could hardly do better than DARK SHADOWS, starring Johnny Depp as a vampire whose been trapped in a coffin for two hundred years only to emerge in the 1972. It's a treat to watch this 18th century "gentleman" deal with twentieth century technology.
If you liked Depp in EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and ED WOOD, two earlier films by director Tim Burton, you're sure to enjoy the weird humor of DARK SHADOWS.
THE DICTATOR, Sasha Baron Cohen's newest comedy, is a scripted film not a mock documentary like his first movie, BORAT, and to me THE DICTATOR is his best work so far.
Cohen stars as the arrogant but stupid dictator of a Middle Eastern country who likes to execute anyone who crosses him.
If you like raunchy humor, you'll get some huge laughs from this crazy movie which also manages to make some serious points about the shortcomings of our American democracy.
Finally, I want to recommend MEN IN BLACK 3 which re-teams Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as secret agents who seek out and destroy aliens from outer space.
In this whimsical fantasy Will Smith goes back in time to the year 1969 where he meets the young version of Tommy Lee Jones' character played by Josh Brolin.
MEN IN BLACK is pure fluff, but if you like science fiction comedy at all, this movie will leave you with a big grin on your face.