Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw Passes

Lawman Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and outcast Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.

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Movie Scene Queen is giving away passes for the promotional screening of Universal’s FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW on Tuesday, July 30th at 7:30 PM at AMC Waterfront 22.  Please comment below with your favorite The Fast and the Furious moment.

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No Good Deed

There’s no question why ‘No Good Deed’ is the #1 movie in America right now. Knocking ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ striaght out of the top spot, the movie’s quick suspense and appealing cast are clear indications that the film is well worth the $24.5 million box office sales.

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A deserted housewife, Terri (Taraji P. Henson), shows an escaped convict, Colin (Idris Elba), a brief act of kindness. But, that brief of act of kindness swiftly turns into a night of terror. Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba are electifrying and the pair, who also serves as executive producers, are a match made in movie heaven.

Idris Elba And Taraji P.Henson At The LA Special Screening Of Screen Gems' "No Good Deed"

When Idris Elba plays the villain it fondly reminds me of this days as Stringer Bell on HBO’s ‘The Wire’. His role in this movie is like when Denzel Washington was in ‘Training Day’ (2001)- the utter excitement of seeing the good looking guy play the bad boy. Elba is charmingly attractive on screen with his artifical American accent, even though his English accent slips in occassionally.

Doesn’t it seem like trailers are now starting to reveal too much of the storyline? Initially, I was frustrated with the ‘No Good Deed’ trailer because it was giving too much of the plot away. Despite the lengthy trailer, there are lots of twists and turns. The thriller creates the creepy suspense of ‘The Shining’ (1980) and man-vs-woman battle of ‘Enough’ (2002).

I knew it wouldn’t be long before someone took this fictional scenario and made a real life reference. When the Ray Rice NFL decision broke early last week, social media pages were flooded with a meme about women and their double standards. Here’s the Instagram post:

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Although this movie’s release date has been set for almost a year, maybe it was bad timing. Or maybe it’s a mere coincidence that Ray Rice’s video publicly surfaced around the same time a movie about domestic violence would be released. Clearly, the connection did not stop millions of movie goers from enjoying the movie this past weekend.

As a woman, at no point in time did Ray Rice’s elevator footage dilute my desire to see this flick. While domestic violence is a global epedimic, the issue is widely depcited in movies and should serve as platform rather than promotion. ‘No Good Deed’ touches on other relevant topics like Infidelity (Future, Stevie J) and Child Endangerment (Adrian Peterson). (And we didn’t attack those people or make a sad association.)

3.5 STARS

No Good Deed Passes

Terri (Taraji P. Henson) is a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta when Colin (Idris Elba), a charming but dangerous escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming car trouble. Terri offers her phone to help him but soon learns that no good deed goes unpunished as she finds herself fighting for survival when he invades her home and terrorizes her family.

No Good Deed Cancelled

The screening will be held Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at AMC Waterfront 22, beginning promptly at 7:30 PM.

For tickets, please comment below with your favorite Taraji P. Henson and/or Idris Elba movie.
MSQ’s Favorite Taraji P. Henson Movie: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
MSQ’s Favorite Idris Elba Movie: Daddy’s Little Girls (2007)

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Movie Scene Queen


***This screening has been cancelled. Screen Gems sent the following message to all ticket holders: Screen Gems has decided to cancel all of the advance screenings of NO GOOD DEED. There is a plot twist in the film that we do not want to reveal as it will affect the audiences’ experience when they see the film in theaters. We apologize for any inconvenience.

MSQ also apologizes for the inconvenience.

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.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Passes

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” -Nelson Mandela

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Days after the December 5th death of South African Former President Nelson Mandela, The Weinstein Company presents a movie about his life, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Nelson Mandela (Idris Elba) served 27 years in prison and was very instrumental in the abolishment of apartheid and eventually became South Africa’s president.

The Movie Scene Queen has the opportunity for you to see the movie on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:30 PM. The screening will be held at South Side Works Cinema (425 Cinema Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15203).

PLEASE COMMENT BELOW TO RSVP

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Pacific Rim (7.12.13)

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Sometimes, in order to fight monsters you have to create monsters!

Falling in line with the rest of the 2013 apocalyptic movies, Warner Brothers presents Pacific Rim starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, and Rinko Kikuchi. This science fiction movie depicts life in 2020s as Earth is under attack by enormous monsters called Kaijus. Kaijus, programmed to eliminate human life, are too powerful to stop. Countries join forces to initiate a war against them and create equally large robots called Jaegers to protect the diminishing human population. Military officers and service men are trained as pilots to work the Jaegers during combat.

After several years of the Kaiju War, research analysts and military experts realized that Kaijus are evolving and slowly destroying all Jaegers. In a last attempt to permanently liquidate Kaijus, a special force team under the leadership of Marshall Stacker Pentecost (Elba) uses his remaining four Jaegers to try to save Earth in Hong Kong.

There are a lot of hidden stories in this 132-minute movie that unfold. Star Jaeger Pilot Raleigh Becket (Hunnam), in addition to the war, has his own personal battles as he deals with losing his original co-pilot and younger brother previously in a fight with a Kaiju. Raliegh is constantly reminded of his delicate past every time he pilots a Jaeger.

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Idris Elba is such a talented man! If this movie gig I have is going to be long lasting I have to stop watching his movies.They are bad for my physique and overall human understanding. On a more serious note, Idris Elba’s character is strong, captivating, and dominant. As one of the only Black characters in the movie, he resembles a young Sidney Poitier. Now, as for the Lil Boosie haircut that he had in the movie, it was horrific but his natural beauty over shadowed the hair malfunction.

3.5 STARS: It was a good movie (there’s no question)! But it was extremely long and I don’t know if it was the 3D/IMAX experience but at times you didn’t know who was fighting who. The graphics just weren’t as crisp and detailed as I would have expected. If you’re a sci-fi and/or Transformers junkie, then Pacific Rim is right up your alley.

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