Ted 2 Passes


Ted 2 Film Poster

Seth MacFarlane returns as writer, director and voice star of TED 2, the follow-up to the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time. Joined once again by star Mark Wahlberg and fellow TED writers Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild, MacFarlane produces the live action/CG-animated comedy alongside Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, as well as Jason Clark and John Jacobs.

The screening will be held on Tuesday, June 23rd at 7:30 PM in the Waterfront.  For your chance to grab two tickets, please comment below with your favorite “Ted” (2012) moment.

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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.

Despicable Me 2


Pittsburgh mommy bloggers, including the Pittsburgh Movie Scene Queen, packed the Pittsburgh Mills theatre on June 27th for the advance screening of Despicable Me 2. Over 100 families enjoyed as Gru (voice by Steve Carrell), his beautiful girls, and the minions saved the day again.

If you remember the first Despicable Me, Gru was an evil villain who wanted to steal the moon. But his plans were completely derailed when he met three little orphan girls who stole his heart.

In Despicable Me 2, the oldest daughter, Margo (voiced by Miranda Cosgrove), is entering the world of dating. The middle child, Edith (voiced by Dana Gaier), is in the awkward pre-teen phase where every statement ends with “EWWWWWW!” And the youngest baby girl, Agnes (voiced by Elsie Fisher), remains her innocence with her love of fairytales and stuffed animals.

You can’t forget about Gru’s “other” children! The minions always steal the show with their made up language, song parodies, and clumsy assistance.

A secret anti-villain agency enlists the help of Gru to investigate and capture a criminal who has been injecting evil poison into people. Gru gets a partner (voiced by) and they go undercover in the mall to find the store owner who is turning minions into crazed psychotic killers. There’s a Mexican twist to the investigation that only leads Gru closer to the real culprit and finding his true love.

The Comedic Genius
Steve Carrell won my heart with his many seasons as Dunder Mifflin Paper Company Manager Michael Scott on the NBC TV series, The Office. Carrell also had memorable roles in the 40-Year-Old Virgin, Date Night, Dinner for Schmucks, and Anchorman. Being named as Life Magazine’s Funniest Man, his erratic, sarcastic humor opens up a new door to making people laugh. The Despicable Me series only confirm his comedic diversity as he perfect his role as a former villain and loving dad.

The Year of Animated Sequels
Similar to Despicable Me 2, there are a handful of animated sequels like Monsters University (which is in theatres now), Smurfs 2, and Cloudy Chance of Meatballs 2 that are coming out this year. Most of them will be released this summer along with new comers like Turbo, Epic, and Escape from Planet Earth. Because of their box office records, animated movies have become a mainstream driving force in the film industry.

5 STARS: Despicable Me 2 is the cutest family movie filled with humor for both kids and adults.

The movie theatre is the only place known where you can beat the heat, kick up your feet, and be entertained for 90 minutes.

Pittsburgh Movie Scene Queen has been invited to The Moms red carpet screening of Smurfs 2 in Chicago later this month so stay tuned for the exclusive review.

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