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.

images (2).jpg

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

Advertisements

Home Passes…TAKE TWO

Home Film Poster

When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.

Below is information for tomorrow’s screening, including the special Gofobo link:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 7:00 PM
AMC Waterfront 22
Please notice the early start time.  Tickets are available while supplies last.  Enjoy!

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

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.

lucy-scarlett-johansson-poster

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

Captain America: The Winter Solider

Captain_America_The_Winter_Soldier

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.

Scarlett-Johansson_Black-Widow-Captain-America-2-Poster-618x400

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.

Her

Her film poster

“We are only here briefly, and in this moment I want to allow myself joy.” – Amy (Amy Adams)

“Her” is a vibrant tale of two unlike forces falling in love. During a difficult divorce, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with a computer operating system (OS) named Samantha (voice by Scarlett Johansson).

Set in future Los Angeles, “Her” takes a stab on how anti-social the world has become with smart phones, social media, and advanced technology. The plot frequently shows people preoccupied with their OS’ and cellular devices. The movie also suggests that the general public becomes stagnant and lazy; too lazy to write letters to each other that they enlist Theodore’s help to capture their personal sentiments.

The movie was very bright and colorful. The wardrobe, the set design, the cars, everything was full of deep pastels and light spring colors. I found it very refreshing and calmly close to the cheerfulness and illumination of the original Brady Bunch set.

Director Spike Jonze, who also directed Jay Z and Kanye West’s “Otis” video, took a deeper look on how many users have become obsessed with our technologies. We fall in love with other operating systems like connectivity, the internet, Facebook, Twitter, Google or the simple, convenient art of texting. What would you do if your WIFI was not working…if Facebook administrators deleted your profile…or if Apple discontinues its MAC or iPhone services?

The evolution of technology dissocializes people and reduces human to human contact. If “Her” is any indication of what to expect in the future, we will all eventually be consumed and absorbed with life-less programmed systems that tell us what we want to hear.

The overall theme of “Her” relates to a romantic theme of endless love, with no boundaries or restrictions. One man falls in love with a being other than human. And the inhuman computer program, which was originally design to be an assistant or organizer, evolves from its initial design to take on human like feelings and characteristics. And while you’ll never see Scarlett Johansson, her presence is visible leaving her mark. Her rusty yet soft voice brings “Samantha” to life.

In addition to the numerous nominations, 50 to be exact, the film has already won 34 awards including Best Film of the Year award by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and winner of Best Picture and Best Director by the National Board of Review.

“Her” recently received three Golden Globe nominations: Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Motion Picture Musical or Comedy). The 2014 Golden Globes Awards airs on Sunday, January 11th on NBC.

WARNING: There are moments of strong sexual content, but it meaningfully aligns with the context of the movie.

4stars1

‘Her’ Passes

Her-poster

Movie Scene Queen is starting off the year right with a screening of Warner Brothers Pictures presents Her.

Set in Los Angeles, slightly in the future, “her” follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. From the unique perspective of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature—and the risks—of intimacy in the modern world.
(Courtesy of GOFOBO.com)

The screening will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 7:30 PM at AMC Waterfront 22.

For the GOFOBO code, please comment below with your New Year Resolution(s). I’ll start with mine…

(And this is NOT to offend anyone) For 2014, I want to grow closer to God, strengthen my relationship with Him so that I may excel in every area I try to tackle. Through hard work and domination, I’d love to maximize on the movie industry through movie reviews and make Movie Scene Queen a global entity. (I do have subscribers all over the world so I guess I am on my way! LOL)

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑