With “Avatar: The Way of Water,” the cinematic experience reaches new heights as Cameron transports audiences back to the magnificent world of Pandora in a spectacular and stirring action-packed adventure. Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, “Avatar: The Way of Water” begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure. Directed by James Cameron and produced by Cameron and Jon Landau, the Lightstorm Entertainment Production stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and Kate Winslet. Screenplay by James Cameron & Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver. Story by James Cameron & Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver & Josh Friedman & Shane Salerno. David Valdes and Richard Baneham serve as the film’s executive producers.
On Tuesday, December 13, Movie Scene Queen will be hosting an advance screening of Avatar: The Way of Water at 7 PM in the Waterfront. To claim your two complimentary tickets, please CLICK HERE!
When an actor dies, the character typically dies with them. After an intense battle with colorectal cancer, “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman died just months after Marvel began filming for “Black Panther 2” in 2020. The biggest question walking into a movie theater this weekend is, “How can the film franchise succeed without the Black Panther?”
But in some brilliant, creative way, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and Director Ryan Coogler honor the cinematic fallen solider and his character, King T’Challa. We needed all 161 minutes of this film to bridge the treacherous journey from grief to glory.
“Wakanda Forever” is that ancestral guide for Black families, especially as it relates to losing a loved one, navigating the steps of grief, and honoring your loved one beyond the grave. Chadwick Boseman’s death transcend the role. The death of Chadwick Boseman is bigger than Black Panther and generates a deeper conversation about all the people we have lost over the pandemic (COVID-19 related or not).
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” which opens in theaters on November 11, stars Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, and Winston Duke. Marked in Wakanda a year after King T’Challa’s death, the nation is still picking up the pieces from their shattered lives and protecting the land from outsiders who want to capitalize on their precious resource, Vibranium.
Wakanda’s future is compromised when a new nation, equipped with similar resources, tries to join forces.
This installment of Black Panther is “The Woman King,” “Power Rangers,” and your second favorite Marvel movie wrapped in a nice present.
The film’s other gift is the fluidity and self-expression of Black women—your obvious new generation of Black Panthers. Not place holders, temporary fixes, and lurking shadows, but these Black women carry the torch.
The Woman King is the remarkable story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s with skills and a fierceness unlike anything the world has ever seen. Inspired by true events, The Woman King follows the emotionally epic journey of General Nanisca (Oscar®-winner Viola Davis) as she trains the next generation of recruits and readies them for battle against an enemy determined to destroy their way of life. Some things are worth fighting for…
The Movie Scene Queen™ will be hosting a screening of The Woman King on Friday, September 9, 2022. For tickets, TEXT (412) 407-2805 with your name. Please note that sending the text does not guarantee entry.
A recent college graduate becomes a hot commodity on the local bar mitzvah circuit when he discovers a hidden talent as a party starter in “Cha Cha Real Smooth.” This unconventional, bittersweet comedy- romance from writer, director, producer and actor Cooper Raiff uniquely explores coming of age through a cross-generational lens.
Apple TV+ and Movie Scene Queen are hosting a screening at Cinemark Robinson Township on June 14th at 7PM. Please comment below with your interest.
Brilliant, but reclusive author Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) has spent her career writing about exotic places in her popular romance-adventure novels featuring handsome cover model Alan (Channing Tatum), who has dedicated his life to embodying the hero character, “Dash.” While on tour promoting her new book with Alan, Loretta is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who hopes that she can lead him to the ancient lost city’s treasure from her latest story. Wanting to prove that he can be a hero in real life and not just on the pages of her books, Alan sets off to rescue her. Thrust into an epic jungle adventure, the unlikely pair will need to work together to survive the elements and find the ancient treasure before it’s lost forever.
Paramount and Movie Scene Queen are hosting a special advance screening of THE LOST CITY, starring Channing Tatum and Sandra Bullock on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 PM. Once you’ve grabbed your tickets, please comment below “Got ‘Em”
Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short. Set against an epic landscape of sweeping desert vistas and the majestic Giza pyramids, this tale of unbridled passion and incapacitating jealousy features a cosmopolitan group of impeccably dressed travelers, and enough wicked twists and turns to leave audiences guessing until the final, shocking denouement. “Death on the Nile” opens in U.S. theaters February 11, 2022.
Movie Scene Queen has passes for you and a friend to catch this new daring mystery-thriller on Tuesday, February 9, 2022 in the Waterfront. The rules are simple. Comment below with your favorite mystery or thriller film, and we’ll send a link for the passes. To be fair, I’ll start with my favorite thriller– Split (2016).
Eight minutes and forty-six seconds is how long Derek Chauvin’s knee pressed against George Floyd’s neck on the concrete outside of Cups Food on Chicago Street in Minneapolis, MN. We later find out that one of the most gruesome videos of the 21st century lasted even longer than expected— 9 minutes, 29 seconds to be exact.
But eight minutes and forty-six seconds is more than a time stamp, it now represents a global push for change in police brutality, police reform, and police recruitment and training.
George Floyd’s death was avoidable.
In a short film that is 8 minutes and 46 seconds exactly, “We Can’t Breathe” portrays glimpses into the protests in Los Angeles following George Floyd’s death. Directors Miranda Winters and Rocky Romano make a striking comparison between LA protests in the 1960s to current demonstrations. Spilt screens in the short film only confirm one thing—the cries of Watts residents in 1965 are echoed in 2020 as a nation begs for the end of suffering at the hands of police brutality.
Fifty-six years later, we are still on a rugged journey to ask the sworn officials who are supposed to protect and serve us to not to kill us or use excessive force.
George Floyd’s death was avoidable.
“We Can’t Breathe” follows photographer, producer, and engineer Rayna Zemel as she covers dozens of LA protests. We watch her literally strap on her boots and prepare for capturing LA’s most vulnerable moments. It is evident that her creative eyes and social justice efforts have intertwined to create American history.
One hundred years from now when Civics and American History educators are creating lesson plans about the death of George Floyd and worldwide protests, Zemel’s images will surface and this short film with be revered.
George Floyd’s death was avoidable.
The film is all about the time. The time it took for George Floyd to release his last breath. The time protesters staged die-ins all over the world. The time required to make this film. “We Can’t Breathe”, as cliché as it sounds, reminds us that time is precious.
“We Can’t Breathe” was awarded Best Music Video and Audience Award at the 2021 San Luis Obispo Film Festival, and has been selected for numerous film festivals, including the Pittsburgh Shorts Film Festival.
The 2021 Pittsburgh Shorts Film Festival will be held November 18-21 at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, presenting the best contemporary short films from around the globe, highlighting films that promote innovative visual storytelling and cultural tolerance.
This short film is part of the Opening Night- Be The Change block. The block also includes short films including Dawn, Graceland, Like the Ones I Used to Know, Migrants, Refrigerate After Opening, The Kittle Tea Shop, and I Can Change.
This year’s festival will also include a Filmmaker Conference, Q&As with visiting filmmakers, and live readings of scripts for the Script Competition. For more information, visit filmpittsburgh.org.
Sunu Gonera, a film director from Zimbabwe, crosses country lines with the 2020 drama “Riding with Sugar.” The movie is about a young refugee, Joshua (Charles Mnene), whose escape from the life of a child soldier lands him on the streets of South Africa’s Cape Town. A talented bike-rider, he dreams of winning a cycling championship as a way out of poverty. He finds more than shelter after a terrible accident derails his BMX racing career. Under the wings of a trusted advisor, Joshua is forced to balance education, love, health, and trauma to meet his goals.
According to the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, more than 32 million Africans are either internally displaced, refugees, or asylum seekers. Imagine being young with no family, no formal education, and nowhere to go. Gonera paints this picture so vividly through his cinematic release.
He shows us the few impoverished options for young Joshua and the other millions of African who seek the same safety and relief.
The turbulent struggles and murky waters the main character navigates through is a creative glimpse into Gonera’s film making process. The final product is colorful yet dark, making every life turn that much more relatable for the audience.
The beauty of “Riding with Sugar” lies within its adaptability and how even in a different country, on a different continent, the troubles of young Joshua are the same troubles Black youth face here in America. The journey to find oneself and not succumb to gangs, drugs, and other illicit behavior is boundless, impacting both Africans and African Americans.
The cast, which includes Mnene, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Simona Brown, and Hlayani Junior Mabasa, was phenomenal. The only woman to grace the main slate is Simona Brown, who plays Joshua’s beau, Olivia.
Brown is effortlessly radiant. But that’s to be expected. She brings a calm yet complex demeanor to all of her roles. Most recently, she starred in the Netflix thriller, “Behind Her Eyes.” The British actress is racy, delicate, gentle—pretty much the ideal love interest for every flick.
She breaks up the male-dominated film with her quirks of legitimate care and concern. Brown also debunks all the stereotypes that foreigners hold about African women. She’s smart, capable, healthy, and wealthy.
“Riding with Sugar” takes you on a journey. It is more than a coming-of-age story. There’s a piece of Joshua in all of us; an inner child who battles with identity, self-sufficiency, and belonging.
Both Black and African films, such as “Riding with Sugar”, are vital to the fabric of telling stories of the untold and bringing awareness to the vulnerable population of refugees.
“Riding with Sugar,” the winner of six South African Film and Television Awards including Best Picture, is available for in-person and virtual screenings at the 2021 Three Rivers Film Festival.
Friday, November 12, 7:15 PM at the Waterworks Cinemas
Saturday, November 13, 4:45 PM at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater
The film is available for virtual viewing November 11-17 in PA, WV, and OH only.
Please check theaters COVID-19 safety policies.
Need tickets? Film Pittsburgh is teaming up with Motor Mouth Multimedia to increase diversity and access to both the Three Rivers Film Festival and the Pittsburgh Shorts and Script Competition, which feature nearly 40 Black films shown in-person and online. Enter the discount code LOCMM50 for 50% off the All Festival passes, and LOCMM2OFF for $2 off all individual tickets. Visit filmpgh.secure.force.com/ticket to purchase tickets.
The Black students at Winchester University are back for their senior year in the final season of “Dear White People.” Starring Logan Browning and DeRon Horton, the Netflix series brings the tumultuous life of undergraduate studies at an Ivy League school to an end for Sam White and her friends.
The highlight of Sam White’s studies is her controversial student radio show, “Dear White People,” and her hopes to one day become a film director.
Logan Browning, who plays Sam White, has consistently portrayed a beautifully flawed college student. Her character’s wisdom and wit strokes even the nerdiest egos, while her sass and spunk create the Black Girl Magic we all fell in love with freshman year.
Sam White, who’s typically a pitbull in a skirt, is soft and vulnerable in this season as she meets her match with new student, Iesha Vital (Joi Liaye). The unlikely pair builds friction causing the gang to resolve some unspoken issues and fight to produce an all-Black variety show on a predominantly White campus.
The topics tackled in this season were on point, per usual. The most relevant one is the continuous division amongst Black people. The public divide amongst Black people, especially in an academic or professional setting, is devastating.
As my mom would say, “What happens in this house, stays in this house.” So, when Black folks have a public disagreement, it almost lets White people pick out the weaknesses to capitalize on our dispute. These types of conflicts also take attention away from the true matter, delaying the work in progress.
The claim that some Black people are not Black enough or do not do enough for “the cause” is also a nasty setback to moving the needle forward. The Black student caucus at Winchester University faces all those things as Sam White and Iesha Vital rise as leaders of two different packs.