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Widows Passes

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Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

For your chance to snag two passes to the November 7th screening of Fox’s Widows, please comment below with your favorite Viola Davis moment.  Can I say I am addicted to “How to Get Away with Murder”?  I don’t miss an episode!  In my opinion, it’s some of her best acting.

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Movie Scene Queen

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The Commuter Passes

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In this action-packed thriller, Liam Neeson plays an insurance salesman, Michael, on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes, for himself and his fellow passengers.

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Lionsgate’s first 2018 release, THE COMMUTER, will be screening on Tuesday, January 9th at 7PM a the Southside Works.  Please comment below with your favorite train movie.  Mine? The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) 

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Silence Passes

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Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) – at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The celebrated director’s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life will be in theaters this Christmas.

The Silence screening will be on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at AMC Waterfront 22, beginning at 7:30 PM.  Please comment below telling us what your ‘passion project’ is for a chance to win two tickets.  

My Passion Project is simple!  I’ve always been an advocate for premier public education.  But, in 2017, I also want to pay it forward through generosity and kindness.  I started with a kind gesture at a concert last night, but the idea is my selflessness and gentle spirit will be infectious and spread widely.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Run All Night Passes

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From Warner Bros. Pictures comes the action thriller Run All Night, starring Oscar nominee Liam Neeson, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Oscar nominee Ed Harris, and Oscar winner Common, under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra.  Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days.  Lately, it seems Jimmy’s only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass.  But when Jimmy’s estranged son, Mike (Kinnaman), becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago.

The screening will be held Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at AMC Waterfront 22, beginning promptly at 7:30 PM.  Please comment below with favorite Liam Neeson moment.  Without being too cliché, my favorite Liam Neeson moment was in the very first Taken (2008).  Like a true confident thug, he uttered these words:

“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you..”

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Non- Stop

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Liam Neeson is the iconic hero. He saved his daughter in ‘Taken’ (2008) and then years later he saved his wife in ‘Taken 2’ (2012). This time he’s United States Federal Air Marshall, Bill Marks, in ‘Non-Stop.’ On an international flight to London, he has to save all the passengers from a anonymous hijackers.

Neeson set the bar with Taken. As a result, it’s quite difficult to comparably make cinematic connections with his other works. He recently lent his voice for the box office surprise “The Lego Movie”, but Non-Stop gave us typical Neeson; high action, bravery, and investigative deployment.

I enjoy when he saves the day, even if it is predictable.

The film, also starring Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Anson Mount, and Lupita Nyong’o, is attention-grabbing, suspenseful and full of surprises. Despite the cliche ending, ‘Non-Stop’ holds up to its name with its never-ending curve balls of suspects and blame.

Although she had a smaller role, African-Mexican beauty Lupita Nyong’o graces the movie with her presence. She could not have uttered more than a few dozen words in the movie, but I was excited to see her again. She hasn’t failed yet and every one of her red carpet looks are better than the previous one.

Nyong’o’s recent fame hails from her inaugural role as ‘Patsey’ in Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years a Slave.’ She has already snagged several awards, including the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress and 37 other acknowledgments. This past Sunday, she was bestowed the most prestigious award; the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

3.5 Stars: The suspense, and Liam Neeson of course, is what keeps the movie alive.

Non-Stop

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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