A Bad Moms Christmas Passes

No mom is perfect…

And this November the baddest moms of all time are BACK!

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A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers. By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.

Movie Scene Queen is hosting a special BAD MOMS screening on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 7:30 PM in the Waterfront.  For tickets, please comment below with your favorite bad moms moment.

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

The Night Before Passes

Movie Scene Queen has just confirmed a screening of THE NIGHT BEFORE…

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Starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie, “The Night Before” is about three childhood friends in search for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties in New York.  The screening will be held this Monday, November 16th at AMC Waterfront 22, beginning at 7:30 PM. For tickets, please comment below with your favorite holiday movie(s).  Here are mine– in random order: Elf (2003), Borrowed Hearts (1997), I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1998),  The Preacher’s Wife (1996), Home Alone 1, 2, 3, and Christmas Everyday (1996).

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!

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba as former South African President Nelson Mandela, is a lesson to be learned by all ages. As the world still mourns after Nelson Mandela’s December 5th death, there’s a slight comfort and learning opportunity with this movie. With seven different movies about Nelson Mandela’s life, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is only movie authorized by Nelson Mandela and his family.

Idris Elba and Naomie Harris as Nelson and Winnie Mandela is a match made in heaven. Elba, who was recently nominated for Best Actor by the Golden Globes for his role in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, is strong and poised, and with the spot of makeup magic, gave the audience an intense snapshot of Nelson Mandela from a young lad to a senior citizen. Whereas, Harris is feisty and mild tempered as the former First Lady of South Africa. Both actors portray the couple as they had studied their behavior and work for a long period of time.

As expected, the movie was long. Although worth it, I wonder why the movie focused a great deal of time on his first marriage and his promiscuous ways. I know all leaders are not perfect and hold their own flaws. But the focus on that particular part of his life was not detrimental to story line. I wish the movie would have shed light more on the work he did once he was elected president in 1994.

On December 12th, Movie Scene Queen hosted a special screening of the movie and invited Pittsburgh Public Schools students and District leaders. Student members of the African American Center for Advanced Studies (AACAS) Executive Committee, a group of PPS Black gifted students, and young African American men a part of the WE PROMISE program, a District initiative to mentor male students and help them obtain the Pittsburgh Promise, were in attendance.

“The only thing I knew about Nelson Mandela was that he fought to end apartheid and spent 27 years in prison. Everything else that happened in the movie, I never knew” says AACAS executive committee member and Brashear High School junior, Makeda Drew, 16.

Drew and roughly 40 other students spent 139 minutes learning the multi-layered story of Nelson Mandela. “I think it’s important for us to be exposed to a great leader. The movie was inspirational to see what changes one man could accomplish because of what he believed in,” says Drew.

The movie has already seen cinematic success in South Africa. According to Box Office Mojo, the movie debuted at #1 during its opening weekend (November 28th release date) and has currently grossed an estimated $1.2 million.

4 STARS: In addition to the many local initiatives in Pittsburgh to honor Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy, let’s maximize on this holiday break and support this movie. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a must see for everyone.

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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