Jamie Foxx delivers in ‘Soul’; Film Evokes The Importance of Purpose and Passion

Death is a raw, touchy subject, especially now more than ever.

There are zero degrees of separation when identifying someone you know or love who has been affected by the coronavirus.

Death is also typically a conversation had amongst adults, so when Kemp Powers, Mike Jones and Pete Docter decided to create an animation film about life’s finale, I was more than skeptical.

But after 100 minutes of tear-jerking, feet-tapping, life-thinking reactions, I can proclaim that “Soul” is one of the best things this crazy year has produced.

Ironically, with the many people we have lost during this global pandemic, the movie is a sweet reminder about the true meaning of life, love and finding your purpose.

Pixar finally presents its first feature film with an African American leading role. Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx lends his voice talents for Joe Gardner, a jazz enthusiast and music teacher whose soul gets separated from his body right before the biggest gig of his life.

“Soul,” like jazz music, is beautiful, smooth and a delightful keepsake of both time and life.

“You already have a pretty fantastic life and sometimes that’s hard to see,” said “Soul” writer and director Pete Docter in a roundtable discussion hosted by the African American Film Critics Association.

Docter told me that when he’s on his death bed, he’s not going to be thinking about finishing the film on time or making sure it’s under budget, but Docter, Pixar’s chief creative officer, wants to reflect upon “family friends, and…everyday moments that I could easily take for granted.”

“I hope that people will have a gratitude for what they have.”

Out of all the undertones that resonated in “Soul,” the idea of purpose lingered at the top of the list. As Joe Gardner seeks to live for his love of jazz, we, too, crave to fulfill our destiny and walk in our purpose even though at times we seem to live aimlessly. If anything, life’s true purpose is the fuel to taking full advantage of your time here on Earth.

That is some deep stuff for a kids movie.

For the full review, please visit The New Pittsburgh Courier, Jamie Foxx delivers in ‘Soul’

Some Pittsburgh Black mothers reliant on ‘huge support system’ – Family and friends helping with childcare, groceries and a positive outlook

When Homewood resident Allison McLeod heard the news of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf closing all K-12 schools in the state, she instantly felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With the change in schedules, I had to scatter my son around from family member to family member, all while ensuring he stayed up to date with his studies,” she told the New Pittsburgh Courier in an exclusive interview.

As many Pennsylvanians scrambled to purchase groceries and toiletries, McLeod and other working mothers had an additional layer—finding childcare and balancing work with children.

With schools closed, McLeod now has to put even more food on the table for her son, Christopher. Additionally, as a behavioral specialist for two companies and founder of Building Bridges Parent Support Group, her work requires her to travel to three different counties. With all of the traveling for work, her biggest fear is, “becoming sick and bringing anything home that can compromise my son’s health.”

Health plays a big factor for mother of two, Willesha Miller. The Garfield resident, who works at a local hospital, is concerned about her son’s health, as he has previously suffered from pneumonia three times. Those who have had or currently have pre-existing health conditions are more susceptible to harsher complications from COVID-19, or novel coronavirus.

“The biggest inconvenience so far is trying to keep my kids occupied and food in the house,” Miller told the Courier. “It’s getting so expensive having to constantly buy food since they are home all day, seven days a week. I am honestly getting to the point of having anxiety if schools are closed longer.”

Jena Cox, of the North Side, also has two children, and they may each miss an educational milestone this school year. Her son, Jaoir, 10, is looking forward to his promotion to the fifth grade. And Cox’s daughter, Jaiden, 4, is looking forward to her promotion to kindergarten. “It would be very unfortunate if they don’t get to experience and celebrate their accomplishments with their peers and family,” Cox said.

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Read more at the New Pittsburgh Courier, Some Pittsburgh Black mothers reliant on ‘huge support system’ – Family and friends helping with childcare, groceries and a positive outlook

Onward Passes

Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney and Pixar’s “Onward” introduces two teenage elf brothers (voices of Chris Pratt and Tom Holland) who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new original feature film is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae—the team behind “Monsters University.” “Onward” releases in theaters on March 6, 2020.

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Movie Scene Queen, Disney, and Pixar are hosting a special screening on Monday, March 2, 2020 at AMC Waterfront 22 at 7 PM. Family four packs to catch the advance screening of Onward are available.  All you have to do is comment below with the last Disney movie you’ve seen.

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Movie Scene Queen

Dolittle Passes

Dolittle stars Robert Downey Jr. with an ALL-STAR voice cast of supporting actors. After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company.

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The screening will be Saturday, January 11 at 10:00 AM at AMC Waterfront 22. Please comment below with your favorite animal movie. For me, it’s easy! I love Monkey Trouble (1994) and Dunston Checks In (1996).

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Movie Scene Queen

Abominable Passes

When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.

But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) to help Everest get home.

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Abominable will be screening in the Waterfront on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 10:00 AM. Please comment below with the name of your best friend.  I’ll start with mine– Maisha and Bianca.

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Movie Scene Queen

NBC’s Bluff City Law Passes

NBC and Movie Scene Queen are hosting a special screening of BLUFF CITY LAW – a new drama where a father-daughter legal team comes together to take on injustice and change the world.

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Please follow the instructions below to grab your tickets to this special screening on September 10, 2019 at AMC Waterfront at 7:00pm. Complimentary concessions will be provided to all guests!

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We hope you’ll join Movie Scene Queen in being the first to watch this new series! After you grab your passes, please comment “GOT ‘EM”!

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Movie Scene Queen

Toy Story 4 Passes

Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.

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Movie Scene Queen is hosting a screening of the highly anticipated, Toy Story 4, on Monday, June 17th at AMC Waterfront 22.  Please comment below with your favorite Toy Story moment (and you should have a lot of material to chose from).

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Movie Scene Queen

Missing Link Passes

This April, meet Mr. Link: 8 feet tall, 630 lbs, and covered in fur, but don’t let his appearance fool you… he is funny, sweet, and adorably literal, making him the world’s most lovable legend at the heart of Missing Link, the globe-trotting family adventure from LAIKA. Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Link recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, our fearless trio of explorers encounter more than their fair share of peril as they travel to the far reaches of the world to help their new friend. Through it all, the three learn that sometimes you can find a family in the places you least expect.

Movie Scene Queen will be screening Missing Link on Saturday, April 6th, 11:00 AM at AMC Waterfront 22. Please comment below to express interest. Tickets will be sent early next week.

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Movie Scene Queen

The Courier’s ‘Movie Scene Queen’ has a new Leading Man

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As many in Pittsburgh know, Merecedes has been reviewing movies for more than five years and, as a writer for the Courier, was recently recognized as one of the best feature category writers in the state by the Pennsylvania Newsmedia Association! The movie-themed wedding was held in Cheswick, where the couple welcomed 125 guests.

Source: New Pittsburgh Courier The Courier’s ‘Movie Scene Queen’ has a new Leading Man

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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