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Imagery is Everything in ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ (March 14)

African Americans in film are having the best year ever! We are barely over 70 days into 2018 and “Black Panther” tops the box office for the fourth week in a row ($41.1 million), and right behind it this past weekend is another Disney movie, “A Wrinkle in Time” ($33.3 million).

Directed by a Black woman, Ava Duvernay, “A Wrinkle in Time” is based on a 1962 novel about a sibling duo who searches through space and time for their missing father. The film stars Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and newcomer Storm Reid.

Although Oprah did sprinkle massive amounts of the greatness in this film, it was 14-year-old Reid who stole the show. Reid, who had a small role in “12 Years a Slave,” plays main character and big sister, Meg Murray. She is amazing, filling really big shoes with a small amount of effort. Her role is very important for little Black girls. It changes the imagery of what it means to be a young Black student.

Source: New Pittsburgh Courier, Imagery is Everything in ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ (March 14)


A Wrinkle in Time Passes

After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.


Movie Scene Queen is hosting a screening on Monday, March 5, 2018.  Please comment below with your favorite Oprah moment.  It’s so hard to choose.  Recently, Oprah Winfrey was at a press event promoting this movie and she spoke so eloquently about negative forces.  Her explanation will stick with me for the rest of my life.  It’s so easy to be cynical.  But, it’s more rewarding to be the light.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Annihilation Passes

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Lena, a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X – a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline.  Once inside, the expedition discovers a world of mutated landscape and creatures, as dangerous as it is beautiful, that threatens both their lives and their sanity.

From visionary writer and director Alex Garland (Ex Machina28 Days Later) and based on the acclaimed best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation stars Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez and Tuva Novotny.


For tickets to the February 21st screening of Annihilation, please comment below with your favorite Natalie Portman film.  I still have yet to see Jackie (2016), but I thought No Strings Attached (2011) with Ashton Kutcher was a cute movie.


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Early Man Passes


Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, EARLY MAN tells the story of how one brave caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day!


THIS Saturday, February 10th at 10AM at the AMC Waterfront, Movie Scene Queen has family four packs are on deck to catch Early Man. If you’d like a family four pack, please comment below with your interest.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Black Panther Passes

T’Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

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We have four prize packs which includes two tickets to a February 12th screening at Pittsburgh Mills, a Black Panther hat, shirt, and mini poster.  Please comment below with your favorite superhero.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

MORE THAN PIZZA: I am Jade Martin

How ironic that MLK weekend in Pittsburgh was kicked off with viral footage of a woman named Jade Martin being assaulted by a Pizza Milano staff member.  Everything Dr. King stood for like non-violence, peace, and civil rights were dismantled when Jade Martin was physically disrespected.

For each time her head banged off of that cold floor, a tear fell down my face.  That could have easily been me.  Jade Martin could have been me.  I am unapologetic.  I am defiant.  I have a “smart mouth.”  I sometimes have an attitude.  I am Jade Martin!

Zone 2 police should have been called, but instead a coward dispatched his innermost hate to inflict pain on Jade Martin.

Shame on all of the people saying “she should have just left”, “oh well”, “we won’t be talking about this tomorrow”, “y’all still going to eat down there”, “logging off of Facebook”.  The insensitivity is deafening, and it’s a sign of everything but courage and compassion.

As a Pizza Milano frequent flier, I will never step foot in there again.  It’s more than copping pizzas and chilling down there after a PPG Paints Arena event. It’s our responsibility to take notice and cripple the entire economic foundation Pizza Milano sits upon.

Every large institution in a 2-mile radius should also refuse its convenient services— The Penguins, PPG Paints Arena, and Duquesne University.

I couldn’t be there physically but I salute the men and women who are on the front lines boycotting Pizza Milano: I see you, Bo, Allison, Lance, and Vernard! 💪 No Justice.  No Pizza.


With Love,

Yours in Service,

Merecedes J. Howze
Owner, Movie Scene Queen

The Commuter Passes

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In this action-packed thriller, Liam Neeson plays an insurance salesman, Michael, on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes, for himself and his fellow passengers.

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Lionsgate’s first 2018 release, THE COMMUTER, will be screening on Tuesday, January 9th at 7PM a the Southside Works.  Please comment below with your favorite train movie.  Mine? The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) 

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Downsizing Passes


Downsizing imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small.  People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized world, and with the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha in order to get small and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.


Interested in joining Movie Scene Queen for an advance screening of DOWNSIZING on December  19?  Just answer one question:  What’s the first thing you would purchase with your “downsizing” fortune?  I’d buy a house.  It would be the size of a closet, but in the downsizing world that’s a mansion.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Pitch Perfect 3 Passes

Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3!

After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth.  But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

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Would you like to join Movie Scene Queen for the last installment of the Pitch Perfect franchise, PITCH PERFECT 3?  The screening will be held at Southside Works on Tuesday, December 19 at 7:30 PM. Please comment below with your favorite Pitch Perfect moment.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

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