In Kill The Messenger, Jeremy Renner plays Gary Webb, a former investigative reporter for the San Jose Mercury News who in the mid-1990s blew the lid off the CIA’s dealings with Central American cocaine traffickers. His reporting was dramatic but controversial, and the resulting backlash cost Webb a lot, and damaged journalism everywhere. (On a personal note, back in 1996 Nick Schou–the author of the 2006 book Kill The Messenger upon which the movie is largely based–gave me my first journalism job.) Anyway, the movie–which had limited Mainland release–is getting a special Maui screening courtesy the FirstLight Film Festival. The movie is rated R and is 112 minutes long. $15. 5pm. Maui Arts & Cultural Center (One Cameron Way, Kahului); 808-242-SHOW, Mauifilmfestival.com.
-Anthony Pignataro (@apignataro)