xXx: Return of Xander Cage Passes


Starring: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Toni Collette, Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev, Tony Jaa, Kris Wu, Michael Bisping, Rory McCann, Nicky Jam, Neymar Jr., and Samuel L. Jackson, the third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Diesel) coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. Packed with the series’ signature deadpan wit and bad-ass attitude, “xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE” will raise the bar on extreme action with some of the most mind-blowing stunts to ever be caught on film.

Please comment below with your favorite Vin Diesel moment.  The screening will take place on Wednesday, January 18th at Cinemark Robinson Township.

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Movie Scene Queen

The Legend of Tarzan Passes



Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.

The Legend of Tarzan will be screening in the Waterfront on Monday, June 27.  For tickets, please comment below with your favorite jungle or Tarzan movie.

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Movie Scene Queen

Kingsman: The Secret Service Passes

Tomorrow night, Movie Scene Queen is hosting an impromptu screening…


Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Below is the screening information, along with the GOFOBO code and link for tickets:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 @ 7:30 PM
AMC Waterfront 22

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Movie Scene Queen

Captain America: The Winter Solider


Chris Evans stars as Captain America in Marvel’s latest superhero comic sequel, Captain America: The Winter Solider. Captain America enlists the help of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and, notably the first African-American superhero, Falcon (Anthony Mackie), to expose the internal misrepresentation at S.H.I.E.L.D. Secrets stemming back to World War II are revealed after Captain America finds out his childhood friend, Bucky (Sebastian Stan), is still alive. The three team up with the help of S.H.I.E.L.D. Director, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), to save the organization’s reputation and infrastructure. The movie also stars Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, and Robert Redford.

Anthony Mackie chronologically gets better with every movie. It is hard to believe that the same slinky guy who played “Papa Doc” from 8 Mile (2002) would Marvel’s first Black superhero. He is outstanding, persuasive, and balanced. Mackie’s recent increased number of acting gigs is evidence that he is competition now. Typically, we see the same Black actors and it is refreshing to see some different, long-lasting faces.

Anthony Mackie

The fighting scenes are superb! Minutes in the movie some of the best combating occurs and it consistently continues throughout the movie. The choreography, timing, and precision with the fighters is multi-dimensional and believable.

I have always been a light Scarlett Johansson fan. Since ‘Her’ (2013), I have placed the red head on an idealistic pedestal. Merely her voice was featured in the winter movie, but in Captain America: The Winter Solider, the audience gets a glimpse of everything (well not everything). Johansson is drop dead gorgeous. Her beauty is only a drop in the bucket compared to the effort she spends on screen acting. Johansson was fierce as Black Widow.


The movie’s initial Captain American uniform looked like when Marla Gibbs concocted a homemade superhero uniform for Robert Townsend in The Meteor Man (1993). I am not quite sure if Marvel was going for a vintage look, but it surpassed the thrift shop sale rack. Although the uniform is microscopic compared the rest of the elements, I thought a brand new, shiny Captain America suit would be the least expected.

Any movie more than two hours is a mini-series. I should not be subject to endure more than 120 minutes without the option of pausing or stopping the movie. Captain America: The Winter Solider was too long and I have identified the long movies as a trend previously. Give me 110 minutes, a cliff-hanger ending, and I’ll patiently wait until the next film. The movie should have had some more deleted scenes for the DVD.

As a mother of a 6-year-old boy, I think I am forced to familiarize myself with the comic book affairs of Captain America, The Avengers, and any other supernatural human being. But, please do not proceed by quizzing me on the origin of any superhero, villain, or storyline because I literally watch the movie. I do not follow the superheroes. I am intrigued to find out more information about Marvel’s first Black superhero, Falcon, who was created in 1969.

3 STARS: The movie is too long but I suspect it’s the perfect length for all superhero and Captain American fans. Scarlett Johansson and Anthony Mackie got more points with me and the fighting was on point. Plans for Captain America part 3 are in the works now and the movie is slated to be released in 2016. In the meantime, you can catch Captain America: The Winter Solider this weekend in theaters.

Turbo (7.22.13)


When life is moving at a snail’s pace you might just need some “Turbo!”

The younger kids will definitely enjoy DreamWorks newest creation, Turbo. The movie is about a small garden snail’s quest to win Indianapolis 500. Theo aka Turbo (voice by Ryan Reynolds) is tired of being stuck in the tomato garden and always had dreams to branch out and become the fastest snail in the world. After saving his brother, Chet (voice by Paul Giamatti), in a crow eating attempt, Turbo found himself in a place where he was free to race.

Any animated movies with superstar voices like Samuel L. Jackson and Snoop Dogg is a shoe in for great entertainment. The fast snail leader, Whiplash (Jackson), is tough and loud similar to person voicing him. West coast rapper Snoop Dogg voices the coolest snail of the pack, Smoove Move, using his Cali slang. The fast pack also includes the first lady, Burn (voice by Maya Rudolph) Skidmark (voice by Ben Schwartz), whose name says it all, and the largest but active snail, White Shadow (voice by Michael Bell).

In a more realistic context, the movie teaches its audience to dream BIG. There’s no real chance of a snail winning a professional motor race but the moral of the story is anything is possible. Small children will have just another ounce of confidence after watching this snail’s tale.

3.5 STARS: Although the movie is adorable, it had its down moments. Parts of the movie I wondered, “is this necessary?” Hopefully, Turbo can quickly rise to the top of this weekend’s box office.

Despicable Me 2 has held the #1 box office spot for 3 weekends in a row. Let’s see if a new animated movie can pushed them out of the top spot! Also, out this weekend is the Conjuring, which might give all the movies a run for their money. Based on a true story, The Conjuring, set in the early 1970s, is about paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) who help the Perron family figure out unknown spirits and activity in their Harrisville, Rhode Island house.

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Miss Laila Gray at the Pittsburgh premiere of Turbo.

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