Name a better comedy duo than Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. I’ll wait. ‘Bad Boys for Life’ delivers

After 17 years, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence finally grace us with the third installment of the “Bad Boys” series. The infamous Mike Lowery (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) are still chasing bad guys and causing trouble when an old case resurfaces in “Bad Boys for Life.”

I thought Martin Lawrence’s weight gain and Will Smith’s age were going to be a distraction. And clearly, movie makers were thinking the same thing. However, instead of covering up their flaws with great makeup and advanced technology, they made it part of the storyline. Genius!

Each “Bad Boys” installment has been consistent with the right balance of comedy, action, and drama. That’s a testament to the on-screen chemistry Smith and Lawrence have built over the years. In my opinion, there’s no better comedy duo in any film series.

WILL SMITH AND MARTIN LAWRENCE star in the new movie, “Bad Boys for Life.”

The third installment of a film series is difficult to overcome. It establishes whether a movie has longevity and success over an extended time span. A good example of how you can royally destroy a film series is “Home Alone 3” (1997). If Macaulay Culkin, who was 17 at the time, no longer fit the little kid mold, then just let it go. On the other hand, there are great movie series like “Fast and Furious” and “Friday” where the third time really was a charm.

As for “Bad Boys for Life,” it truly delivers in this latest chapter. It is a guaranteed ticket of nostalgia and good entertainment. Many of the stars from the original cast, like Joe Pantoliano and Theresa Randle, have returned, making it that much more enjoyable.

Read more at the New Pittsburgh Courier, Name a better comedy duo than Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. I’ll wait. ‘Bad Boys for Life’ delivers

New movie ‘Like A Boss’ has great chemistry between Haddish, Byrne

Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne are an unlikely best friend duo in the year’s first comedy, “Like A Boss.” Mel (Bryne) and Mia (Haddish) are in major debt with their cosmetic company when a makeup mogul (Salma Hayek) tries to buy them out and take over the company.

The movie overall seemed to be missing something and I can’t quite put my finger on it. I think the promotion and marketing was grand. Maybe too grand, because I thought that the movie was going to be gut-busting hilarious. In reality, “Like A Boss” gave me a couple chuckles at most. I was definitely expecting more.

Salma Hayek’s character, Claire Luna, was cliché, almost satire. Not only was the character not believable, but it put a huge damper in the storyline. It was a poor attempt at “Devil Wears Prada” (2006). The orange wig and porcelain teeth was too much.

The film’s biggest takeaway was the value of a long-lasting friendship. What seemed like a strange pair, Haddish and Bryne actually meshed well together and brought the key messaging to life. Their chemistry was evident and rubbed off as authentic. Haddish was over the top and loud, while Bryne was bland and reserved. The pair was an out-of-the-box balance.

A small piece of Pittsburgh was in “Like A Boss.” Pittsburgh native Billy Porter plays Mia and Mel’s spicy production assistant, Barrett. He was wonderful. The “Kinky Boots” star almost played himself—bubbly, zesty, and quick-witted.

Read more at the New Pittsburgh Courier, New movie ‘Like A Boss’ has great chemistry between Haddish, Byrne

Like A Boss Passes

Best friends Mia and Mel run their own cosmetics company — a business they built from the ground up. But they’re also in over their heads financially, and the prospect of a buyout offer from an industry titan proves too tempting to pass up. The beauty business is now about to get ugly as the proposal puts Mia and Mel’s lifelong friendship to the ultimate test.

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Calling all my bosses to the Pittsburgh advance screening of Like A Boss next Tuesday on the South Side. Please comment below with your favorite Tiffany Haddish or Billy Porter moment for a link to tickets. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Porter at CMU a few years ago, and he was the sweetest man ever. He let the students sing for him. He took photos. He signed autographs. A real treat!

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

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)

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Stuber Passes

STUBER is a buddy action-comedy directed by Michael Dowse and is about a mild-mannered Uber driver,  Stu (Kumail),  who picks up a passenger (Dave) who turns out to be an old-school cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer, and the driver is thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life and his five-star rating.

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STUBER arrives in theaters everywhere on July 12, 2019! Movie Scene Queen has your opportunity to see this summer’s newest comedy on July 10th.  Please comment below with your favorite comedy duo.  My favorite comedy duo is a tie between Martin Lawrence and Will Smith and Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Green Book Passes

We are hosting a GREEN BOOK screening on Monday, November 19, 2018 on the South Side!

A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

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Please comment below with your favorite down South movie.  From the deep Southern accents to tackling the big issues (domestic abuse, racism, civil rights, etc.), my favorite down South movie is Fried Green Tomatoes (1991).

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Daddy’s Home 2 Passes

More Daddies.  More Problems.

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In the sequel to the 2015 global smash, father and stepfather, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) have joined forces to provide their kids with t he perfect Christmas. Their newfound partnership is put to the test when Dusty’s old-school, macho Dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad’s ultra-affectionate and emotional Dad (John Lithgow) arrive just in time to throw the holiday into complete chaos.

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Movie Scene Queen is teaming up with Paramount Pictures to bring some much needed laughter with a Daddy’s Home 2 special screening.  The screening will be held on Tuesday, November 7th at 7:30pm at the AMC Waterfront 22.  Please comment below with your favorite moment of Daddy’s Home (2015)

Wanna check out the official Daddy’s Hoem 2 trailer? Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38z-xuYhGnA

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Movie Scene Queen

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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

‘Spider-Man’ displays diversity, ‘Despicable Me 3’ shows off

Summer is such an exciting time for the cinemas. Not only are the year’s best films released during this season, but the movie theater is the best place to sit back, relax, and beat the heat. I have two family-friendly flicks for you to catch this week: “Despicable Me 3” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

After refusing to go back to a life of crime, the yellow cuddly minions desert their fearless leader, Gru (Steve Carrell). But, after losing his job and finding his long-lost twin brother, Dru (also Carrell), Gru is tempted to go back to his villainous ways.

“Despicable Me 3” is as cute and funny as its predecessors, “Despicable Me” (2010) and Despicable Me 2” (2013). There are so many random parts of the movie, but it all comes together for a wacky, whimsical animation.

The glue that holds this film series together is Gru. Carrell worked double-time in the third installment with the introduction of the new character. The audience gets twice the amount of clean comedy. Carrell is a comedic genius, and his success with “Despicable Me 3” only confirms his range and brilliance.

Read more at the New Pittsburgh Courier: ‘Spider-Man’ displays diversity, ‘Despicable Me 3’ shows off 

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