If I Stay

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If I Stay, starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley, is this summer’s ultimate love-layered narrative. Based off of a Gayle Forman novel of the same name, Mia Hall (Moretz) has an out-of-body experience after enduring a car accident that kills her entire family. It’s her cello, which she’s mastered, and her semi-turbulent relationship with punk rocker boyfriend, Adam Wilde (Blackley), that ultimately keeps her alive.

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Chloë Grace Moretz, who is only 17 years old, is simply spell binding. She holds a small time beauty. It’s not just her cute-as-a-button face or petite frame, but even at a young age, it is evident that Moretz has already established a prosperous career.

The book is as gratifying and relating as the movie. Gayle Forman’s words bleed right off of the page. Rarely do you see such actual depiction when making a movie based off a book. There’s a novel sequel to “If I Stay” called “Where She Went” where narration switches from Mia to Adam. Both books are currently on the New York Times’ Best Sellers list, “If I Stay” is landing the #1 spot and the sequel comes in a close third place.

I’ve only read the first few pages of “Where She Went”, but I hope Director R.J. Cutler has the tenacity to push the rest of Mia and Adam’s story to the big screen. Cutler captures the creation of this love so effortlessly that I know making “Where She Went” ought to be a mere drop in the bucket.

“If I Stay” is “The Notebook”(2004), “The Fault in Our Stars” (2014), and “Ghost” (1990) all wrapped up into one pretty package. “If I Stay” is most similar to another novel-adapted movie, “The Fault In Our Stars”. Both movies tell the tale of young, unfortunate love with the multiple breakups, immature logic, and inevitable distance.

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Even though the plot is cut short with cancerous death, “The Fault in Our Stars” lingers in the air a little bit longer than “If I Stay”. The movie immediately becomes heartache when two young people with terminal cancers fall in love. Yet both films relay powerful messages- life sometimes pulls you away from love and every true love doesn’t have a fairy tale ending.

4.5 Stars:
I am tempted to give this movie a perfect score. While similar love stories have been told many different times, it is the sweet combination of the book and the movie that makes “If I Stay” one of the most leading romantic films of our time.

November Man Passes

Code named The November Man, an ex-CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect. Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan), who has been enjoying a quiet life in Switzerland, is lured out of retirement for one last mission. He must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier. He soon uncovers this assignment marks him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason. With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred.

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Movie Scene Queen is hosting a screening Tuesday, August 26th at South Side Works Cinema, beginning at 7:30 PM. Please click the link below for passes:

http://www.relativityscreenings.com/PittMovieSQ

If you are having trouble accessing the passes with the link above, go back to the Relativity Screenings website and use code PittMovieSQ to redeem your tickets.

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Dolphin Tale 2 Passes

Several years have passed since Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) and the team (Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman) at Clearwater Marine Hospital gave Winter the dolphin a prosthetic tail, thereby saving her life. Now however, a new crisis has arisen. Winter’s elderly surrogate mother, Panama, has died, which leaves Winter without a pool mate. According to USDA regulations, dolphins cannot be housed alone; unless a new companion can be found quickly, Clearwater will lose Winter to another aquarium.

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The Movie Scene Queen is hosting two screenings for Dolphin Tale 2. For more information, please read below:

Saturday, August 23rd @ 10:00 AM
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Saturday, September 6th @ 10:00 AM
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Please comment below with the date you would like to see the movie AND your favorite animal movie. I’ll start with mine…(and I actually have a few) Free Willy (1993), Paulie (1998), Monkey Trouble (1994), Dunston Checks In (1996), and Air Bud (1997).

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MSQ Concert Review: Drizzy dominates show despite app outcome

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As some of you may notice, Movie Scene Queen is expanding! In addition to movie reviews, MSQ will also provide concert reviews for the hottest shows. Drake VS Lil’ Wayne…

Originally posted on New Pittsburgh Courier:

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Drake (Photo by Mel Brandon, Jr. )

Lil’ Wayne won the coin toss and opened the show for the Drake VS Lil’ Wayne tour Sunday night. But it was the Canadian rapper who dominated the First Niagara Pavilion.  Dressed in all black and gold, Drake was ready for the Steel City attendees and even shouted out the beautiful Ms. Peachie, Wiz Khalifa’s mother.

Drizzy is beyond amazing!  He can do it all. In the 90s, he proved his acting skills as Wheelchair Jimmy in the popular teen TV show, “Degrassi.”  Now, on tour with some of the rap game’s toughest competition, he had the guts to softly serenade the women right after strongly spitting 16 bars.

Please don’t forget about Yo Gotti- the appetizer of the tour. The Memphis rapper, who is releasing an album in November, was on stage briefly.  His opening set, which featured his newest single “Errrbody”…

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Let’s Be Cops

Ride Along and 22 Jump Street have already stake their claim as number one box office winners this year. Buddy cop movies are a growing trend in Hollywood and in order to successfully pull one off the movie must include consistent comedy, crooked cops, and a dynamic duo.

Let’s Be Cops joins the ranks as two Ohio friends try to convince themselves that they are members of the Los Angeles Police Department. Ryan O’Malley (Jake Johnson), a washed up college football player, takes the phony occupation too far when he drags his roommate, Justin Miller (Damon Wayans, Jr.), into his fantasy.

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The movie has about four big hilarious moment and they are so spread out that it strings the audience along until the very end. But, it are those in-between moments are bland and uninteresting.

The real magic was the energy and collaboration between Jake Johnson, who had a small stint in 21 Jump Street, and Damon Wayans, Jr. They were like a group of immature college kids with no relevant agenda. Good, clean fun occurred when the pair put on their uniforms.

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Damon Wayans Jr. and his pops were at the Pittsburgh Improv two years ago and they were equally hilarious. It’s truly a talented family to have bore so many naturally comedic people. Junior is young, attractive, and frequently reminds you of his father’s early In Living Color Days.

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3 Stars:
If you need a quick, inexpensive laugh then Let’s Be Cops is right up your alley. Damon Wayans Jr. has proven they his talents and insane wits are passed on through his father and funny family. On the other hand, Jake Johnson has crafted the lazy comedy. The stars are certainly on track for Let’s Be Cops 2 in the near future.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were first introduced in a 1984 comic book. The animated reptiles were quickly popularized with cartoon series, movies and a gang of official TMNT merchandise.

But like most childhood fictional tv characters-the Power Rangers, Duck Tales and Teletubbies- the essence of their being slowly faded away. A mixture of corniness and maturity added to their non-existence but it is moments like this where 80s babies can recapture those faded memories.

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Megan Fox, Will Arnett, and Johnny Knoxville star in the fifth TMNT movie adaption. Nickoldeon’s version of Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael were back in action as vigilantes fighting a New York City gang, the Foot Clan.

The motion capture technology, which was also used in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, provided precision and definition to the TMNT. Prepare to see the shelled superheroes like you’ve never seen them before.

It took too long to get the first glimpse of our humanly, pizza-loving turtle friends. The movie initially involved too much Megan Fox fluff and evil pretenses. In my mind, I’m thinking: “Bring on the crew!”

I was more excited to see Whooping Goldberg, who played an unflattering news director, than Megan Fox. Despite Fox’s sex appeal and cinema popularity, she is actually melodramatic as April O’Neil.

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The sweetest redemption is enjoying the movies with your children, whether they’re yours or not. Children are able to capture the same memories of their parents. Even in its evolution, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remains a timeless classic for all to enjoy.

2.5 Stars
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The movie just was not as great as I thought it would be. Megan Fox was not convincing and we should have had more Cowabunga time with our childhood buddies. Overall, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was hilarious, especially Michelangelo.

If I Stay Passes

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Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz), a talented young cellist, thought the most difficult decision she would ever have to make would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at prestigious Julliard, or follow her heart to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley), a rock singer/guitarist. However, a car wreck changes everything in an instant, and now Mia’s life hangs in the balance. Suspended between life and death, Mia faces a choice that will decide not only her future, but her fate.

The Movie Scene Queen is hosting two screenings for If I Stay. For more information, please read below:

Tuesday, August 12th @ 7:00 PM
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Monday, August 18th @ 7:30 PM
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Please comment below with the date you would like to see the movie.

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Movie Scene Queen