Sing Passes

In theatres December 21, Illumination presents Sing at the holidays. Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly star in an animated feature about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us.

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Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it.  Featuring more than 85 hit songs, Sing is written and directed by Garth Jennings.

The Sing screening is Monday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Southside Works.  If you are interested, please comment below with your favorite animal-friendly animation.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Bad Santa 2 Passes

Bad Santa is coming to town AGAIN!

BAD SANTA 2 returns Academy Award®-winner BILLY BOB THORNTON to the screen as America’s favorite anti-hero, Willie Soke. Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus (TONY COX), to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Along for the ride is ‘the kid’ – chubby and cheery Thurman Merman (BRETT KELLY), a 250-pound ray of sunshine who brings out Willie’s sliver of humanity.

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Mommy issues arise when the pair are joined by Academy Award®, Golden Globe and Emmy-winner KATHY BATES, as Willie’s horror story of a mother, Sunny Soke. A super butch super bitch, Sunny raises the bar for the gang’s ambitions, while somehow lowering the standards of criminal behavior. Willie is further burdened by lusting after the curvaceous and prim Diane, played by Emmy Award-nominee CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, the charity director with a heart of gold and libido of steel.

Movie Scene Queen is holding a special Pre-Thanksgiving screening on Monday, November 21 at South Side Works Cinemas.  AMC Waterfront 22.  For tickets, please comment below with your favorite Bad Santa moment.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

December 2013 Throwback Movie of the Month- Elf

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In light of the recent release of the Will Ferrell’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, it’s only right to choose Elf as this month’s throwback movie.

An orphan accidentally climbs into Santa Claus’ bag and is carried away to the North Pole. Head elf, Papa Elf (Bob Newhart) takes the baby and names him Buddy. Papa Elf raises Buddy like he’s an elf. But it’s clear that Buddy is different than the rest of the elves.

When Buddy becomes of age, he branches off to the city to find his real family. Buddy has some troubles getting accumulated to the fast paced life of New York City. More importantly, he has a difficult time establishing a relationship with his biological father, Walter (James Caan), keeping a job, and finding his first love, Jovie (Zooey Deschanel). Eventually it’s up to Buddy the Elf and his mate, Jovie, to save Christmas.

Will Ferrell has such a lively, juvenile sense of humor. I know it was a piece of cake for him to be an elf. Buddy’s naive, candy popping attitude made the film that much more adorable. And he never took the large green Elf costume off.

This cute holiday movie included great music, classic Will Ferrell lines and all of the natural components of addictive season traditions from beginning to end.

As a Christmas classic, Elf joins Borrowed Hearts (1997), I’ll Be a Home for Christmas (1998), Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2 (1992), The Santa Clause film series with Tim Allen, Jingle All the Way (1996), and A Christmas Story (1983) as holiday necessities in my house. Elf is no doubt the Donny Hathaway-This-Christmas of movies.

5 Stars: Elf is family friendly, funny and full of child-like antics, Will Ferrell’s second best movie behind Stepbrothers (2009).

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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Happy Holidays from the Movie Scene Queen

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No matter what you celebrate, the Movie Scene Queen wishes you a safe, prosperous holiday season! Use this time to reflect on the many blessings 2013 has bestowed upon you and look forward to the great things 2014 has to offer.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Happy Hanukkah. Merry Christmas. Happy Kwanzaa. Happy New Year 2014.

Black Nativity

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Fox Searchlight Pictures and Eve’s Bayou Director Kasi Lemmons retells Langston Hughes’s beautiful story, Black Nativity. The remake stars Jennifer Hudson, Jacob Latimore, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, and Tyrese Gibson.

Young Langston (Latimore) is forced to leave his mother, Naima (Hudson) in Baltimore to relocate with his estranged grandparents (Whitaker and Bassett) in New York City. Falling into some bad habits, it is up to Langston to restore his broken family, bring some clarity to his mother’s misfortune, and find out the truth about his biological father. Through spiritual songs and creative movement, Black Nativity celebrates and retells the illuminating birth of Jesus Christ.

I enjoyed the complexity and complicated work of Kasi Lemmons’ previous projects such as Eve’s Bayou. However, Black Nativity lacked general flow and understanding. A very long church scene included distorted points of view. The audience will be confused as the movie transitions from dream scenes to present situations. There was no clear delineations between musical numbers and when the movie switched from fantasy to reality.

Since What’s the 411?, I have been an avid Mary J. Bilge fan. But I questioned her and rapper Nas’ existence in Black Nativity. Both musicians made me question their connection to the overall story-line.

As Christians, we too fall short of the glory of God. Naima’s family was torn as a result of her teenage pregnancy. Furthermore, the parents ostracized her for failing to uphold her preacher’s daughter image. Also, it is not our role as onlookers to past further judgement on others, yet we are to forgive them for their transgressions and empower our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to live righteously (James 4:11).

2.5 STARS: Black Nativity had strong moments. But, overall, the movie did not collectively meet my expectations.

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