GIVEAWAY: advanced screening for THE BIRTH OF A NATION Monday, October 3 (Philly, PA)

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MMT has secured passes to an advanced screening of the highly anticipated film THE BIRTH OF A NATION on Monday, October 3.

Set against the antebellum South and based on a true story, “The Birth of a Nation” follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher whose financially strained owner Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer) accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself, his wife Cherry (Aja Naomi King), and fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

To try your luck at an admit-two pass, you must be a subscriber of this website and send an email to contests@musicmoviesthoughts.com with the subject line “Nat Turner” and your full name in the body. 40 winners will be selected and notified on Friday, September 30.

You can watch the trailer below and get additional information at the film’s official website here. THE BIRTH OF A NATION opens in theaters nationwide on October 7.

Good Luck!

 

GIVEAWAY: advanced screening for ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS on July 18 (Philly, PA)

Absolutely Fabulous

Happy Monday MMT Fam! Today’s giveaway is for both subscribers and non-subscribers, so you gotta be quick! We’re giving away passes for the Philly advanced screening of ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, which is showing next Monday, July 18 in Center City.

To try your luck at an admit-two pass, click here to get to the Fox Searchlight landing and follow the “Get My Pass” prompt. Passes, like theater seating, is not guaranteed and on a first come, first served basis.

You can read the synopsis and watch the film’s trailer below, and get additional info at the official website here.

Good Luck!

About the Film:

Appropriate for their big screen début, Edina and Patsy are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots.  Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!

GIVEAWAY: advanced screening for ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL Tuesday, June 16 (Philly, PA)

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (photo: Fox Searchlight)

Hey MMT Fam!  According to the MMT FB post earlier, I’m cutting it close with this giveaway – but prayerfully some of you are still up and on social media commenting on the NBA Finals!  We’ve partnered with Fox Searchlight to give away passes for the Philly advance screening of ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL next Tuesday, June 16.

To try your luck at a pair of passes, click here and follow the “Get My Pass” prompt.  Passes, like theater seating, are not guaranteed and on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can read synopsis and watch the film trailer below, and get additional info at the official website here.

Good luck family!  Until next thought, Thomasena

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL synopsis

Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann) is an awkward high school student determined to coast through his senior year as anonymously as possible. Avoiding social interactions like the plague, Greg spends most of his time remaking wacky versions of classic movies with his only friend, Earl. Greg’s well-meaning mother (played by Connie Britton) intervenes, forcing him to befriend Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a classmate who’s been diagnosed with leukemia.  Greg and Rachel are surprised—even shocked—to find out that they actually like each other.  The unlikely duo becomes inseparable, but their bond is threatened by Rachel’s worsening condition.  Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a poignant, and often comic, coming-of-age tale made in a fresh and inventive filmmaking style.

GIVEAWAY: advance screening for ‘FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD’ April 4 (Philly, PA)

Far From The Madding Crowd (photo: Fox Searchlight)

Happy Tuesday MMT Fam!  The MMT Facebook family had a heads up for this giveaway, so if you’re not following us there shame on you! 🙂  We’ve obtained advanced screening passes for Fox Searchlight’s highly anticipated remake of FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD next Monday, May 4 in Center City.

To try your luck at a pair, click here and follow the Get My Pass prompt.  Passes, like theater seating, are not guaranteed and are first-come, first-served.

You can read the synopsis and watch the trailer below, and get additional information about the film at the official website here. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD opens in in select theaters on May 8.

Good luck family!  Until next thought, Thomasena

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors:  Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor.  This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.

Directed by:                                          Thomas Vinterberg

Screenplay by:                                     David Nicholls

Based on the book by:                         Thomas Hardy

Produced by:                                         Andrew Macdonald, Allon Re ich

Cast:                                                        Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, Juno Temple, Jessica Barden

GIVEAWAY: advance screening of ‘Belle’ on Monday, May 5 (Philly, PA area)

Belle (Fox Searchlight)

Hey MMT Family!  I know, I know, I have been missing in action! The Walk MS – Philly event is this Saturday and I’ve been doing a lot of campaigning, fundraising and preparing!  There is still time to donate online (online donations will be accepted through May 30), so please see logo at top right of page if interested.  Now on to the really good stuff!  We’ve partnered with Fox Searchlight for an advance screening of Belle, a film inspired by a 1779 painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle. There has been much hype surrounding this film, and is surely one to see in advance if you can catch it!

The movie is being screened next Monday night at 7:30 p.m. Seating and passes are not guaranteed, and are on a first come-first served basis.  Click here to get to the giveaway page and enter the code MMT if needed.  Read the synopsis and/or check out the trailer below, and remember to stop back and leave or comment or two about the film! 🙂

Good Luck!  Until next thought, Thomasena

Belle synopsis

BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral.  Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing.  Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.

 

GIVEAWAY: ‘Baggage Claim’ DVDs and a special Grand Prize!

BAGGAGE CLAIM on DVD

Well Happy Valentine’s again MMT Family!  I’ve got a special romantic-themed giveaway for you all this evening!  MMT has partnered with Allied-THA to give away five BAGGAGE CLAIM DVDs courtesy of the Fox Searchlight film.  In addition, we will give away a grand prize of one Maxlite 2 Duffel Bag, by Travelpro“the luggage choice of flight crews and frequent travelers,” which can be used to pack for those romantic get-aways or go on trips to search like the main character Montana in the film!

Want to put your name in the hat?  Make sure you’re signed up to follow this website and send an email to thinkmusicmovies@aol.com with the subject line “Baggage Claim Giveaway” and your full name & address in the body. Winners will be notified by next Tuesday evening.

You can check out the MMT review of “Baggage Claim” here and see the below synopsis of the film. Alright good luck family!

Until next thought, Thomasena

Baggage Claim synopsis

Determined to get engaged before her youngest sister’s wedding, flight attendant Montana Moore (Paula Patton) finds herself with only 30 days to find Mr. Right. Using her airline connections to “accidentally” meet up with eligible ex-boyfriends and scour for potential candidates, she racks up more than 30,000 miles and countless comedic encounters, all the while searching for the perfect guy.

GIVEAWAY: win passes to screen ‘Black Nativity’ (Philly, PA)

Black Nativity (courtesy of Fox Searchlight)

MMT Family, do I have another giveaway for you!  We’ve partnered with Allied-THA for your chance to screen Fox Searchlight’s Black Nativity , which has an all-star cast including Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson. The movie opens Thanksgiving Day nationwide, and I haven’t seen yet but am hearing it is a great one for family viewing.

The screening will take place next Wednesday, November 20 in Philadelphia.  To put your name in the hat to screen “Black Nativity” you should:

  1. make sure you’ve signed up/subscribed to follow this site or the sister Facebook page.  If you’re a new subscriber to this site, make sure you check for the confirmation email and click the link inside to verify (this is our way to ensure you’re not a robot/spammer) AND
  2. send an email with the subject line “Black Nativity” to thinkmusicmovies@aol.com and your full name in the body.                    

Winners will be notified by Monday, November 18.  You can read a synopsis of Black Nativity below and check out the trailer at the official website here.

Alright family, good luck!  Until next thought, Thomasena

Black Nativity synopsis

In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ celebrated play, the holiday musical drama BLACK NATIVITY follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs’ rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family.

A Quick Review of ’12 Years A Slave’

12 Years A Slave (Fox Searchlight)

What’s new MMT family?  Well, last week I screened the critically acclaimed Steve McQueen directed vehicle 12 Years A Slave, and I agree completely that the hype is well deserved. Because the film has been the center of much discussion throughout the past year, toured the festival circuit while receiving significant amounts of praise, and officially opened in limited release two weeks prior, there is very little that has not been said/written about this ‘based on a true story’ film. Nevertheless, here are a few of my thoughts regarding it and the passionate portrayals displayed.

Let me start by saying that in my review of Django Unchained last year, I’d mentioned that “my biggest problem with Django is slavery is too heavy a topic for me to view intertwined with fantasy.” The lack of previous major motion pictures regarding the subject, from an African-American point of view, made the movie extremely hard for me to digest.  The beauty of 12 Years A Slave is that the script is adapted from a narrative (same title) written by Solomon Northup, who is portrayed in the film by the magnificently dynamic Chiwetel Ejiofor.  For me, it is also the reason this film was so gripping.  The audience watches as Northup, a free man, is deceived, drugged, abducted and sold into a life of horrendous abuse and torment.  I haven’t read the actual book 12 Years A Slave, but several writers who’ve read, and commented about the film, have shared this movie follows it pretty closely.

With respect to all the reviews posted, I don’t even know if there is anything left to remark on regarding Ejiofor’s performance.  But I will simply say this: his performance is expressively raw and emotively brilliant.  I don’t even want to attempt to imagine where he must have drawn from for this role, but whatever he did worked.  There is no doubt in my mind that Chiwetel Ejiofor will be lauded with Best Actor nominations come award season; and the same goes for Steve McQueen who will certainly be in the running for Best Director.

The performance that I pray isn’t overlooked come award season was given by Kenyan actress/filmmaker Lupita Nyong’o, who plays a slave named Patsey.  Nyong’o executes a range of emotions with precision as the audience watches Patsey evolve from innocently carving dolls out of corn husks (early on in film) to agonizingly receiving one of the worst lashings I’ve ever seen portrayed on-screen big or small. Again, I cannot imagine from where she also must have drawn energy/influence, but it was no pleasant place to say the least. Correspondingly, Michael Fassbender who portrays the cruel slave owner Edwin Epps, had no easy feat in portraying a malevolent, abusive and sexually violent character, yet he definitely brought his A game to this film.

I am extremely excited to think what could happen early next year with award season.  If I had my way, we would see 1) Best Director nods for Ryan Coogler, Lee Daniels, and Steve McQueen, 2) Best Actor nods for Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, 3) Best Actress nods for Octavia Spencer and Lupita Nyong’o and 4) Best Picture nods for 42, Fruitvale Station, Lee Daniels’ The Butler and 12 Years A Slave.  I reserve the right to add Idris Elba with his performance of Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom once I’ve been able to view!

You can click on the film titles in the above paragraph to read previous posts/reviews about those films respectively, and get insight into why I chose the directors, actors and actresses listed. You can also get additional info and showtimes in your area for 12 Years A Slave by clicking here. The movie opened in limited release on October 18 and in additional theaters, including the Philadelphia area, last Friday, October 25.  It will continue to open nationwide through November 1.

Make sure you stop back and share your thoughts about the film.  Very curious to read what you think about this one!

Until next thought family, Thomasena

GIVEAWAY: Win passes to screen ’12 Years A Slave’ (Philly, PA)

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Hey there MMT family!!!  I’m so hyped about this particular giveaway!  MusicMoviesThoughts has partnered with Allied-THA to giveaway passes for the highly anticipated Fox Searchlight Steve McQueen directed slave biopic 12 Years A Slave, starring the amazing Chiwetel Ejiofor along with Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, and Alfre Woodard.  The screening will take place next Tuesday night in Center City Philadelphia.

Want to throw your name in the hat?  Make sure you are signed up to follow this blog or the MMT Facebook page and send an email to thinkmusicmovies@aol.com with the subject line 12 Years and your full name in the body.  Winners will be notified no later than Saturday afternoon.

You can check out a trailer of 12 Years A Slave and read the synopsis below.  The film opens in limited release this Friday 10/18 and will open in additional cities nationwide through 10/31.   You can get additional release and ticket info at the official website here.

Good luck family!

Until next thought,

Thomasena

12 Years A Slave synopsis

12 YEARS A SLAVE is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.

Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, and Alfre Woodard.

 

A quick review of ‘Baggage Claim’

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What’s up MMT family?  It has been a busy week for me, but I took a break on Tuesday night and went to screen the romantic comedy “Baggage Claim,” the new Fox Searchlight film written and directed by playwright, author and filmmaker David E. Talbert.  Now some may remember Talbert from his film directorial début “First Sunday,” which starred Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan and Katt Williams.  But a true fan would remember him from one, if not all thirteen of the nationally acclaimed touring stage plays he’s created; my favorite of which was “His Woman, His Wife” starring Malik Yoba.  But starting today, he will most certainly be known also as the creator of a really funny and romantic film, featuring a dynamic all-star African-American ensemble; including the talents of leads Paula Patton, Derek Luke and co-stars Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe, Adam Brody and Djimon Hounsou.

“Baggage Claim” tells the story of Montana Moore (Patton), a flight attendant whose marriage alarm is turned to high when her mother (the dynamic diva herself Jennifer Lewis) announces her baby sister’s engagement and pending nuptials.  Not wanting to attend the wedding as the dreaded “old maid,” Montana’s friends (Scott and Brody) help her devise and execute a plan to catch a man, or a husband, within 30 days.

With respect to the romantic angle, the movie is fairly predictable; however it is the scheme devised by Montana and her friends, and the funny characters that are introduced because of said scheme, that makes the movie really enjoyable.  Favorite and funniest scenes for me included those with cameos by Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Rickey Smiley, and Affion Crockett.  And both Scott and Brody nailed their roles as Montana’s partners-in-crime; Scott especially as the comedic vixen who also was out to nail her a man, albeit for different reasons than Montana!  And you know I don’t do spoilers, so I’ll leave it there. 🙂

Baggage Claim also presents A LOT of eye candy for ladies of all ages, with the likes of Kodjoe, Hounsou, Luke, Diggs and a special appearance by Trey Songz.  Overall, I’d say it is a great movie for hanging out with friends and sharing some laughs, especially with a short 96 minute running time which makes it perfect for lunch/dinner and a movie.  You can click here to read the synopsis and watch the trailer for “Baggage Claim which opens today nationwide.  And for those who’d like a little more info on David E. Talbert and his productions click here.

Alright that’s it for me family.  Stop back and let me know your thoughts when you see the film!

Until next thought, Thomasena