A Wrinkle in Time Passes

After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.

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Movie Scene Queen is hosting a screening on Monday, March 5, 2018.  Please comment below with your favorite Oprah moment.  It’s so hard to choose.  Recently, Oprah Winfrey was at a press event promoting this movie and she spoke so eloquently about negative forces.  Her explanation will stick with me for the rest of my life.  It’s so easy to be cynical.  But, it’s more rewarding to be the light.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Sing Passes

In theatres December 21, Illumination presents Sing at the holidays. Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly star in an animated feature about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us.

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Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it.  Featuring more than 85 hit songs, Sing is written and directed by Garth Jennings.

The Sing screening is Monday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Southside Works.  If you are interested, please comment below with your favorite animal-friendly animation.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Hot Pursuit Passes

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An uptight policewoman (Reese Witherspoon) tries to protect a drug lord’s sexy widow (Sofía Vergara) as they race through a gauntlet of gunmen and crooked cops.

Movie Scene Queen and Warner Brothers Pictures is hosting a Hot Pursuit screening on Tuesday, May 5th at AMC Waterfront 22 beginning at 7:30 PM.  For tickets, please comment below with your favorite Reese Witherspoon or Sofia Vergara moment.  I’ll start with mine– I just started watching Modern Family from the very beginning and Gloria (Sofia Vergara) is hilarious.  I’m only on Season 4, Episode 13, so don’t spoil it!  🙂

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

The Good Lie

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The Good Lie is a biographical film directed by Philippe Falardeau about the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanual Jal, Corey Stoll, and Sarah Baker, the film features Witherspoon as Carrie Davis, a staffing agent who helps Sudanese refugees relocate to the United States.

While roughly 2.5 million people were killed during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983–2005), the Lost Boys of Sudan- groups of over 20,000 boys who were displaced and/or orphaned- took their chances of relocation to the United States with a lottery. Paul (Jal), Jeremiah (Duany), Mamere (Oceng) and their sister, Abital (Wiel) were lucky enough to get on the list.

Their inevitably challenging transition shows the difficulty of simultaneously adapting to American customs, getting a job, daily living as an immigrant, and coping with the trauma from their previous experiences. That is no easy task!

The true stars are not the big Hollywood actors like Reese Witherspoon or Corey Stroll, but the actors who played Sudan refugees. Emmanuel Jal, Ger Duany, Arnold Oceng and Kuoth Wiel are actual Sudanese refugees. It was clear that the actors used their firsthand knowledge and accounts to effortlessly excel in these roles. They were compelling, convincing, and remarkably powerful. To see real Sudanese refugees tell their stories through this movie was the most rewarding experience.

The Good Lie is a tearful journey and carefully illustrates the horrific scenarios young Sudanese children experienced. Equally important, the movie provides hope for all.

Warner Brothers Pictures and Movie Scene Queen invited members of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation to The Good Lie screenings. Hundreds of movie goers packed the Homestead theater and PBMF members receive VIP treatment, enjoying the movie weeks before its Pittsburgh release.

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Pittsburgh Black Media Federation members at the October 14th screening of the Good Lie: (left to right) Sheila Beasley, Tory Parrish, Brian Cook, Merecedes Howze, and  Clarece Polke.  (Photo by B.Cook/Golden Sky Media)

PBMF President Tory Parrish thought the movie provided “insight into both the brutality of war and the resilience of the human spirit. It’s a thought-provoking film that stays with the viewer well past the duration of the movie. It was sobering and heartening.”

Sheila Beasley, the organization’s Soul Café Subcommittee Chair, attended the movie screening with her mother. “The movie, The Good Lie, was a great story that needed to be shared to bring awareness to the horrendous journey of Sudanese refugees and the nuances settling to American culture. This movie stays with you!” says Beasley.

4 STARS: As Americans, I believe we so easily overlook the more sensitive needs of less fortunate countries. The Good Lie not only opens blind eyes to the destruction and civil war aftermath in Sudan, but the movie also sheds light on the need of compassion for others- regardless of race, sex, or economic status.

The Good Lie Passes

After their village is destroyed and their parents killed by Northern militia, Sudanese orphans Theo, his siblings and other survivors make a difficult journey to a refugee camp in Kenya. Thirteen years later, the group get the chance to settle in the U.S. They are met in Kansas by Carrie Davis (Reese Witherspoon), who has been charged with finding them jobs. However, seeing how adrift they are in 20th-century America, Carrie endeavors to help them in rebuilding their shattered lives.

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There will be two screenings for The Good Lie (PG-13)…

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

AND

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 @ 7:30 pm. 

Both screenings will be held at AMC Waterfront 22.  Please comment below with your interest and what date you would like to see the movie.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

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