Everything, Everything Passes

Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) is a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who is unable to leave the protection of the hermetically-sealed environment within her house because of an illness. Olly (Nick Robinson) is the boy next door who won’t let that stop them from being together. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, Maddy and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together, even if it means losing everything.


Movie Scene Queen is hosting an advance screening of EVERYTHING EVERYTHING on Monday, May 15 at 730PM at the AMC Waterfront 22.  If interested, please comment below with one your favorite teenage love movies.  One of my favorites…because I have a few…is 10 Things I Hate About You (1999).

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

The Light Between Oceans Passes



DreamWorks Pictures’ The Light Between Oceans is a heart-breaking drama about fate, love, moral dilemmas and the lengths to which one couple will go to see their dreams realized.

The movie will be showing at the AMC Waterfront 22 on August 30 at 7:30 PM.  Please comment below with your interest.  Link for passes will be emailed the morning of the screening.

Much Love,


Movie Scene Queen

The Choice Passes

The Choice

When feisty medical student Gabby Holland moves in next door to perennial ladies’ man Travis Shaw, they embark on a surprising romantic journey neither imagined possible. Travis has always believed a serious relationship would cramp his easygoing lifestyle, while Gabby is preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend—until an irresistible attraction between the unlikely couple upends both of their well-planned lives. Spanning a decade and tracing the evolution of a love affair that is ultimately tested by life’s most defining events, this story features a memorable ensemble of friends and family in Sparks’s beloved North Carolina setting, culminating with the question that every couple must ask themselves:  how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

For tickets, please comment below with your favorite love story.  My one of my favorite love stories is Something New (2006), starring Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker.  Below is more information about the screening:

The Choice (PG-13)
Monday, February 1, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
AMC Waterfront 22

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

The Night Before Passes

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


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

‘The Walk’ Trumps Fear and Promotes Faith

Joseph Gordon-Levitt brilliantly stars in The Walk. Based on a true story, this movie tells the World how Philippe Petit used the high-wire to perform death dying stunts. On August 7, 1974, with the assistance of others, successfully walked on tightrope that he places between the north and south towers of the World Trade Center.

The Walk film poster
The movie is amazing. It’s filled with suspense and surprises. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, with his cheesy impression, is still the cool kid from next door. His attempt to portray Philippe Petit was convincing and true. So good that it prompts you to research the actual daredevil.

The story of Philippe Petit is almost unbelievable, but inspirational. It makes me think how many people, even with high-wire walking abilities, would not dare to walk between buildings that stood 110 stories tall.

Fear is encumbering; weighing down on some of life’s most difficult decisions. Should I go back to school? Should I buy a home? Should I move? Should I trust him/her? Should I forgive him/her? These question possess doubt, fear, and worrisome—all spirits that are the exact opposite of how God wants us to feel.

The spirit of fear completely negates the idea of faith and believing. Fear puts a period in situations, whereas faith puts a semicolon. We must be like Philippe Petit, who without fear or regret, continues to chase his dreams.

Three of the most resonating scriptures about fear come from the book of Psalm:

Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 27: 1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 118:6 The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

These verses serve as constant, consistent reminders as I work through my own doubts and fears. Hopefully, they’ll encourage you just the same.

4 Stars

The Visit Passes (Part Two)

Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and younger brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) say goodbye to their mother as they board a train and head deep into Pennsylvania farm country to meet their maternal grandparents for the first time. Welcomed by Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie), all seems well until the siblings start to notice increasingly strange behavior from the seemingly charming couple.


Movie Scene Queen is hosting its second and final screening of The Visit before its September 11th release.  The screening will be held Tuesday, September 8th at 7:30 PM in the Waterfront.  Please comment below with your interest and your favorite grandparent visit.  To give you an idea of what I mean, I’ll start with my own visit… My paternal grandparents- God rest their souls- would always have everything planned when my sisters and I visit them.  On almost every occasion, my Grandma Winnie cooked a huge meal and then took us to Fashion Bug.  Good times!  They were crazy as hell, but they weren’t horror movie crazy!

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

The Age of Adaline Passes

Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) has miraculously remained a youthful 29 years of age for nearly eight decades, never allowing herself to get close to anyone lest they discover her secret. However, a chance encounter with a charismatic philanthropist named Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reawakens Adaline’s long-suppressed passion for life and romance. When a weekend with Ellis’ parents threatens to expose the truth, Adaline makes a decision that changes her life forever.

The Age of Adaline

The advance screening of THE AGE OF ADALINE is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 21st at 7:30PM at South Side Works.  Here’s the link for tickets:



Movie Scene Queen

The Longest Ride Passes

20th Century Fox and Movie Scene Queen are hosting a screening of The Longest Ride tomorrow night in the Waterfront.

The Longest Ride

This drama, which is based off the same titled novel, centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected and fateful connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, this film explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

Below is more information about the screening, including the link for tickets:

The Longest Ride (PG-13)
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 @ 7:30 PM
Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Home Passes…TAKE TWO

Home Film Poster

When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.

Below is information for tomorrow’s screening, including the special Gofobo link:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 7:00 PM
AMC Waterfront 22
Please notice the early start time.  Tickets are available while supplies last.  Enjoy!

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Separating Beyond the Lights from Love and Basketball

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker star as an unlikely couple in the romantic comedy, Beyond the Lights. A British singer, Noni Jean (Mbatha-Raw), is wrestling with instant fame and identity issues when she meets a LAPD officer, Kaz Nicol (Parker) who saves her life. With many forces against them, the pair tries to preserve their young love.

It has been 14 years since Gina Prince-Bythewood wrote and directed Love and Basketball. Black audiences instantly fell in love with the chronological love of two athletes, who despite a rough patch of distance prevailed as childhood sweethearts. When Prince-Bythewood created Beyond the Lights, Relativity Media made a bad decision by closely connecting the two films in their marketing and promotions.

Realizing that the 2000 film was Prince-Bythewood’s biggest work and most notable love story, the connection instantly creates room for comparison. Besides love and Gina Prince-Bythewood, these are two different movies that should be valued as separate entities.

In every way possible, Noni and Kaz just did not flare the same spark and fan admiration as Monica and Quincy. The stories and setting were almost opposite and movies overall messages were not even in the same ballpark. The best way to appreciate Beyond the Lights is to separate the movies from its predecessor.

Beyond the Lights was not memorable and, even in the midst two hours, there was nothing left for the imagination or memory. While believable, the couple was your average atypical romance met with adversity, hurt, and reconciliation.
Mbatha-Raw’s character literally transforms from self-absorbed prom queen to a natural hair, modern woman, all in the name of love. Even though Noni is a fictional character, the woman she transformed into was the same woman I saw a few weeks ago at St. Benedict the Moor church. On set of Will Smith’s new movie, Concussion, it is clear that her “raw”, jovial talent is a mere reflection of who she really is.

She literally walked on that movie set and the room immediately lit up- no lashes, makeup, weave, and acrylic nails.  Similar to her royal role in Belle, Mbatha-Raw has used her multi-racial background in movies to address identity issues that many women are facing. Who am I? What does it mean to be comfortable in my own skin? Does artificial body enhancements define my self-image?

3 Stars: Gugu Mbatha Raw and Nate Parker together are effortlessly in sync. But because the movie has been saturated in Love and Basketball references, it takes away from the film’s individuality. There’s no need for a Venn diagram. It is up to the audience to separate the two fictional love stories.

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