ALL IN: The Fight for Democracy Passes

Tonight, join me for a special virtual screening of All In: The Fight for Democracy! Here’s the link for tickets: http://amazonscreenings.com/AllInMSQ

In anticipation of the 2020 presidential election, ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY examines the often overlooked, yet insidious issue of voter suppression in the United States. The film interweaves personal experiences with current activism and historical insight to expose a problem that has corrupted our democracy from the very beginning. With the perspective and expertise of Stacey Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, the documentary offers an insider’s look into laws and barriers to voting that most people don’t even know is a threat to their basic rights as citizens of the United States. Coming to theaters Sept. 9, on Prime Video Sept. 18.

Virtual screenings work a little bit different than in-person movie theater screenings. So here’s some pointers: Once you visit the link above to claim your passes, you will receive an email confirmation. And then about an hour before the screening, you’ll get an email where to check-in to reserve your spot. Please plan to “arrive” early as “seating” is technically first come, first serve.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Jackie Passes

JACKIE is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). JACKIE places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that they created and loved so well.

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On Tuesday, December 20 at 8:00pm in the Waterfront, Movie Scene Queen will be hosting a special screening of Jackie.  Who’s your favorite First Lady?  Comment below with your answer for passes.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Our Brand Is Crisis Passes

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A Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine (Bullock). In self-imposed retirement following a scandal that earned her nickname and rocked her to her core, Jane is coaxed back into the game for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy (Thornton), now coaching the opposition.

Warner Brothers Pictures and Movie Scene Queen will host a special screening of Our Brand is Crisis beginning at 7:30 PM on Monday, Oct. 26 at AMC Waterfront.22.  Please comment below with your favorite Sandra Bullock moment.  Although I thoroughly enjoyed The Blind Side (2009), the funnier side of Sandra Bullock is always more enjoyable– Miss Congeniality (2000) and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005).

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Brick Mansions

“Revenge and justice are not the same!” –Grandfather Collier (Frank Fontaine)

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The November 30th untimely death of Fast and Furious star Paul Walker is followed by his first posthumous project, Brick Mansions. Walker stars as a Detroit detective who is seeking revenge and justice for the unlawful death of his father. After being summoned for a special assignment from the Mayor’s office, Detective finally gets his opportunity to uphold vengeance on his father’s death and save the poverty-stricken city. With the help of an inmate and Brick Mansions native, Lino (David Belle), the two devised an uneducated plan to sneak in the urban redevelopment to take down drug kingpin, Tremaine (RZA).

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The Wu Tang Clan member was teeter totting during the entire film. Some moments, I was like “yeah, that’s gangsta” and then, other times, the rapper just came off as corny and cheesy. RZA had a few too many cliché ad libs making the serious scenes unbelievably scripted. RZA gets mad cool points for his attempts in making his strong New York accent sound like he could actually point out Detroit on a map.

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Paul Walker was nothing short of decent. He gets behind the wheel a few times creating Fast and Furious flashbacks, which was pretty heartwarming. But Walker’s last performance could not save the straight-to-DVD feel of the movie.

In its opening weekend, Brick Mansion scraped together $9.5 million in earnings and at this rate, it would take three weeks for the movie to even reach its $28 million budget. I assumed the circumstances of Paul Walker sudden death would generate a bigger buzz for the movie. But, I was wrong. The timing for the movie’s release was bad too. There are still great movies in theatres like Captain America, Rio 2, and the biggest theatrical surprise, Heaven is For Real.

One central issue the movie raises is political and government corruption, exposing politicians with hidden agendas. In the movie, the city of Detroit’s most impoverished neighborhood is in jeopardy and secluded from the rest of the Motor City’s population. We see it here in Pittsburgh. Northview Heights has a one way in, one way out “safety” measure, completely isolating the “gated” community from the rest of the city. With no immediate plans to restore or refurbish one of the only projects left in Pittsburgh, we have to question the political motives in maintaining its existence.

As the primary elections are gaining on our heels to jump over the first hurdle in electing a new Pennsylvania governor, Brick Mansions remind us that we must take charge in the appointment of local officials too. Low-income urban areas have to become stakeholders in political gain and power. Because according to the movie, the livelihood and co-existence depends on it.

2 Stars: Because of Paul Walker’s last full performance as an actor, I hate to bash the movie but Brick Mansions’ strong parts were outweighed with the unnecessary foolishness of unseasonable fighting and overworked plugs.

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