Dolphin Tale 2 Passes

Several years have passed since Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) and the team (Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman) at Clearwater Marine Hospital gave Winter the dolphin a prosthetic tail, thereby saving her life. Now however, a new crisis has arisen. Winter’s elderly surrogate mother, Panama, has died, which leaves Winter without a pool mate. According to USDA regulations, dolphins cannot be housed alone; unless a new companion can be found quickly, Clearwater will lose Winter to another aquarium.

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The Movie Scene Queen is hosting two screenings for Dolphin Tale 2. For more information, please read below:

Saturday, August 23rd @ 10:00 AM
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Saturday, September 6th @ 10:00 AM
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Please comment below with the date you would like to see the movie AND your favorite animal movie. I’ll start with mine…(and I actually have a few) Free Willy (1993), Paulie (1998), Monkey Trouble (1994), Dunston Checks In (1996), and Air Bud (1997).

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

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Lucy Passes

The Movie Scene Queen is hosting an advance screening of Universal Pictures’ LUCY on Tuesday, July 22nd at the Southside Works Cinema at 7:30PM.

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From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson directs Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman in LUCY, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Lucy open in theaters July 25th!

For two complimentary tickets, please comment below with your favorite Scarlett Johansson OR Morgan Freeman movie. I’ll start with mine: Her (2014) AND Lean On Me (1989)

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

ISLAND OF LEMURS: MADAGASCAR

Exclusively in IMAX and IMAX 3D Theaters Starting April 4

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ISLAND OF LEMURS: MADAGASCAR Behind-The-Scenes Featurette

Rated G, this family friendly documentary, narrated by Academy Award® Winner Morgan Freeman, is an incredible true story of nature’s greatest explorers—lemurs. Captured with IMAX® 3D cameras, the film takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. Lemurs arrived in Madagascar as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species but are now highly endangered. Join trailblazing scientist Dr. Patricia Wright on her lifelong mission to help these strange and adorable creatures survive in the modern world. (courtesy of Warner Brothers Pictures)

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The Lego Movie

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Will Ferrell, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, and Morgan Freeman lend their voice talents for Warner Brothers Pictures’ newest animated flick, “The Lego Movie”. Emmet Brickowski (voice by Pratt) is an ordinary Lego land citizen who finds out he is destined to be the ultimate Master Builder. Emmett, with the help of his new female friend, Wyldstyle (voice by Banks), has to save his universe from an evil dictator, Lord Business (voice by Ferrell).

The trickiest part of “The Lego Movie” is identifying some of the other familiar voices like Will Arnett, Shaquille O’Neal, Billy Dee Williams, Liam Neeson, Channing Tatum, and Jonah Hill.

“The Lego Movie” is a family friendly movie that taps into the inner childhood of everyone. Even the adults who did not play with Legos as children, like me, are reminded of the playful sprit of every adolescent.

The movie is also evenly balanced for families with both boys and girls. Disney’s “Frozen” is more geared towards little girls, and while most viewers would assume “The Lego Movie” is tailored to young boys, it has the excitement and engagement for the entire family. Similar to the “Shrek” series, the movie has adult like humor and even jokes that only adults would be able to comprehend.

The cinematography is top notch! Visually the movie sucks you right into an actual Lego world. Cinematographer Pablo Plaisted, who also worked on the visual effects of the “Happy Feet” series, manages to show the complexity of making water and food, still his work comes off as simplistic and effortless in the film. The use of 3D effects are very detailed and attention grabbing.

I never imagined Morgan Freeman and Will Ferrell would be such an awesome comedy duo. But it worked so well! Both actors were outrageously hilarious yet clean and appropriate for the younger audience. Will Ferrell, who voiced one of the main characters, also makes an actual cameo in the movie. The creative twist brings the movie all together.

With almost 80 movies under his belt, Morgan Freeman has surpassed all seasoned acting veterans. Freeman is currently 3 filming three movies (“Life Itself”, “Dolphin Tale 2”, “Lucy”). It’s safe to say that any acting role he commits to from now on will only strength his already established legacy. His father-like, soothing voice has become the coined narration of several documentaries, movies and used for many commercial advertisements.

Members of the Steel City LUG ( Lego User Group) and other Lego lovers gathered in the Waterfront on Saturday, February 1, 2014 for the Pittsburgh premiere. Iva Freeman, 35, was one of the Pittsburgh parents who brought her family to get a first glimpse of the movie. “The movie was great family fun and although it starts off with funny children things, the movie ends with a lesson for all ages.” The movie’s lesson is that “everyone is different in their own way and that’s what makes them special.”

3.5 Lego Stars

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Now You See Me (5.24.13)

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Now You See Me was surprisingly refreshing and filled with suspense, action, and occasional laughter. The movie follows four lonely illusionists as they live out a dead magician’s son’s vendetta.

FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) joins forces with Interpol Detective Alma Vargas (Mélanie Laurent) to prove that a team of Las Vegas magicians, the Four Horsemen, were responsible for robbing a Paris bank and rewarding their audience with the $3 million. The Four Horsemen consists of as J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), The Know-It-All, who amazed New York City crowds with his elaborate card tricks, Isla Fisher as Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), The Beauty, who captivated her audience with tricks and good looks, Jack Wilder (Dave Franco), The Rookie, who seems like he was greater at breaking and entering rather than simple magic tricks, and finally, Merritt Osbourne (Woody Harrelson), The Mentalist, who before joining the group was conning married couples out of their vacation money.

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Woody Harrelson, who is most known in the Black community as the b-baller from the 1992 classic White Men Can’t Jump, was absolutely charismatic and loveable in Now You See Me. He’s clearly aged but he’s aged well. In the movie, Harrelson played the brazen, arrogant psychic, knowing your every thought and desire. But, like most spiritualists and predictors, he was just very good at guessing and sensing the obvious.

Harrelson definitely get puts on the “You’re So Ugly, You’re Kinda Cute” List!

Another pleasant, handsome surprise was rapper and actor Common, who played FBI Supervisor Evans. Common only popped up in a few scenes but it was definitely worth it! He’s so posed and regal that it’s hard not to notice him. I still haven’t come to a solid conclusion whether his talents are more superior as an actor or a rapper. But, if Nelly, Ludacris, and TI can do, I say more power to Mr. Common!

My favorite AARP card holder, Morgan Freeman (197 years old), graced us with this presence. Mr. Freeman has yet to let me down in his cinematic roles. In Now You See Me, he’s a key player. His character, Thaddeus Bradley, exposes the tricks to everyone’s act. Money quickly becomes his motivator as he shifts gears mid-way through the movie. Of course, this isn’t a spoiler review so please check out Now You See Me, which “magically” hits theatres on May 31st!

3.75 STARS: Besides the ending, which happened to be a little cliché, the movie was great!

Week of 3.18.13- Olympus Has Fallen

Two Words: ACTION PACKED!!!

Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, and Gerard Butler star in a heroic story about a CIA agent who pretty much has the entire country counting on him as Korean terrorists take over the White House. Eighteen months prior to the White House attack, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Butler) made efforts to save President and First Lady Asher (Aaron Eckhart and Ashley Judd) after a terrible car accident. Agent Banning was only able to save the President and watched as First Lady Asher fell to her untimely death. Banning’s lifesaving attempts removed him from the President’s detail and behind a desk at the US Treasury. This desk position probably puts him in the best predicament because he was one of the first responders to the terrorist aircraft that gunned down innocent civilians.

From the director of Training Day, it was evident why one viewer said “it was like Die Hard 2013 meets Saw.” Similar to Training Day, the movie had a dark glow. You know-that “the world is about to end” glow full of panic, chaos, police sirens, and no sign of running water and electricity. The President and his executive cabinet were slightly tortured but to see one’s man fight to save them was heroic.

This movie leaves you with ONE burning question: HOW OLD IS MORGAN FREEMAN?

Sheesh! He might out live me.

4.5 STARS: This is surely a man’s flick! But I can see the ladies getting together to watch a whole bunch of men kill each for one’s country.

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