The Art of Racing in the Rain Passes

Based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN is a heartfelt tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner). Through his bond with his owner, Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia), an aspiring Formula One race car driver, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition and understands that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life. The film follows Denny and the loves of his life – his wife, Eve (Amanda Seyfried), their young daughter Zoe (Ryan Kiera Armstrong), and ultimately, his true best friend, Enzo.

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Movie Scene Queen is teaming up with 20th Century Fox 20th on upcoming release, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, opening nationwide August 9th. Based on the best-selling novel, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN is a heartfelt tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo. The screening will be held Thursday, August 1st at 7:30PM at AMC Waterfront 22. Please comment with your favorite dog movie. MSQ’s Favorite Dog Movies: 101 Dalmatians (1996) and Beethoven (1992)

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Movie Scene Queen

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A Dog’s Purpose Passes

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron,  A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström, shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Juilet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz and Pooch Hall.

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The screening will be held on Tuesday, January 24 at the AMC Waterfront 22 at 7:30 PM.  Please comment below with your favorite dog movie.

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Movie Scene Queen

Kung Fu Panda 3 Passes

After reuniting with his long-lost father (Bryan Cranston), Po (Jack Black) must train a village of clumsy pandas to help him defeat the villainous Kai (J.K. Simmons).

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This weekend, Movie Scene Queen is hosting a special advance screening of KUNG FU PANDA 3 on Saturday, January 16th  at the Cinemark Robinson Township. This mini-premiere will include activities at 2 PM followed by a live stream of the LA premiere at 3 PM and the screening of the film at beginning approximately 3:30 PM.

Please comment below with your favorite Kung Fu Panda moment.  Like myself, Kung Fu Panda loves dumplings. No, like I really, really love dumplings! 🙂

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Movie Scene Queen

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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Movie Scene Queen

The Nut Job

“I wanna lick your face!” – Precious the Pug (voice by Maya Rudolph)

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Open Road Films took its first stab at animated films with a story about an exiled squirrel with hopes of finding food for the winter in “The Nut Job.” Surly (voice by Will Arnett) and his trusty rat friend, Buddy (voice by Robert Tinkler) have to make a shaky deal with other park friends to steal nuts for the winter. The park animal alliance is led by Raccoon (voice by Liam Neeson), Andie ( voice by Katherine Heigl), and park hero, Grayson (voice by Brendan Fraser).

Minnie Riperton’s daughter, Maya Rudolph, is a breath of fresh air. She’s super cute, quirky and funny. And now proving her extreme versatility for she hit a home run as the adorable pet pug, Precious. Rudolph track record has been consistently humorous with movies like Bridesmaids (2011) and The Way, Way Back (2013). After Saturday Night Live’s recent diversity dilemma, I was really sad to see her go, but she is clearly making a name for herself aside from the NBC show.

“The Nut Job” is inferior in comparison to Disney’s Frozen. Walt Disney’s latest classic spent two non-consecutive weeks at the #1 spot in the box office and as of January 13th, the fairy tale racked in an estimated $317 million. While “The Nut Job” had a villain, a good guy, and a twist like “Frozen”, it lacked catchy tunes, glittery princesses, and a family feel.

The movie was average but a great opening mark for a new movie production company like Open Road. Children will enjoy the cuddly talking animals, while parents will take pleasure in the minor adult-like humor. But, what adults will quickly notice are the periodic moments of boredom, where the movie gets a little dry and you catch yourself dozing off. The Nut Job lacked the engaging excitement of “Frozen”.

If you are anything like my family though, you can use “The Nut Job” for what it is worth; an opportunity to get the kids out of the house. A warm movie theater, good company and overpriced food makes for a great Saturday outing.

On Saturday, January 11, 2014, the Movie Scene Queen hosted the Pittsburgh premiere of the Nut Job at AMC Waterfront 22. Hundreds of children and their parents filled the Homestead movie theater for the special screening. “I thought the movie was a nice, funny family movie that taught the kids a great lesson about working together as a team,” says Denisehia Crawford, 25, who attended the Pittsburgh premiere with her two little ones.

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Nyier and Kyan Crawford attended the Nut Job’s Pittsburgh premiere at AMC Waterfront on Saturday, January 11, 2014.

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