Disneynature Born in China Free Advance Screening Tuesday AMC Rosedale

We are big fans of the Disneynature movies and their latest film, Born in China, is coming to theaters just in time for Earth Day. BUT, you have a chance to see it early with a special advance screening Tuesday, April 18th at 7PM at AMC Rosedale. Download a pass to admit 4 people HERE. Please be aware that seating is given on a first come, first serve basis, so make sure to arrive early!

 

 

About the movie:

Narrated by John Krasinski (“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” NBC’s “The Office,” “Amazon’s “Jack Ryan”), Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain—from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest—on the wings of red-crowned cranes, seamlessly tying the extraordinary tales together. Opening in U.S. theaters on Earth Day 2017, “Born in China” is directed by accomplished Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan, and produced by Disney’s Roy Conli and renowned nature filmmakers Brian Leith and Phil Chapman.

Smurfs: The Lost Village Advance Screening Ticket Giveaway!

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It’s time for Smurfs fans to get ready for an all new adventure, Smurfs: The Lost Village, headed to theaters on April 7th!

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

 


Reader Giveaway:
Ten (10) lucky Thrifty Minnesota readers will each receive a family 4-pack of tickets to an advanced screening of Smurfs: The Lost Village at Showplace ICON in St. Louis Park on Saturday April 1 at 11am. To enter, head on over to our Facebook page!

The Boss Baby Free Advance Screening this Saturday at Showplace ICON

Get a chance to THE BOSS BABY before it hits theaters with a free advance screening this Saturday, March 18 at Showplace ICON (West End) at 10am. Download a family four-pack of passes (while supplies last): http://www.gofobo.com/SYbqI16182

Please note: seats are awarded on a first come, first served basis and are not guaranteed. Arrive early!

 

 

DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby. The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Free Advance Screening

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Disney’s long-awaited live-action re-telling of “Beauty and the Beast” is coming to theaters soon! (March 17th to be exact.)  YOU can be one of the first to see it! Your family is invited to attend a free advance screening of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in 3D on Monday, March 13 at 7:00pm at Showplace ICON in St. Louis Park. Download a family four-pack of passes (while supplies last): http://www.seeitfirst.net/pin/355880

Please note: seats are awarded on a first come, first served basis and are not guaranteed. Arrive early!

This new version of the studio’s animated classic refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Each new video clip from the movie makes us more and more excited to finally see it! Here is the latest:

 

 

“Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.
 

Beauty and the Beast Printable Coloring Sheets

 
To tide us over until we can finally see the movie in theaters, we have some fun Beauty and the Beast Printable Coloring Sheets. They include all of our favorite characters like Belle, the Beast, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and more.

These Disney Beauty and the Beast Printable Coloring Sheets include all of our favorite characters like Belle, the Beast, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and more.

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST opens in theatres everywhere on March 17th! Get advance tickets HERE!

 

Free Advance Screening: 20th Century Women

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How about fighting this cold by escaping to a great movie?? You have the opportunity to see the movie 20th Century Women, staring Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, and Elle Fanning.  The movie comes out on January 13th, but there will be a preview showing on Thursday January 12th, at the Landmark Lagoon Theatre. You can download passes here (while supplies last).  Be aware that you should arrive a little early as these events tend to fill up and it’s first come first serve seating.

Synopsis:

With 20th Century Women, acclaimed filmmaker Mike Mills (the Academy Award®- winning Beginners) brings us a richly multilayered, funny, heart-stirring celebration of the complexities of women, family, time, and the connections we search for our whole lives. Set in Santa Barbara, the film follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann, in a breakout performance) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing — via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor. 20th Century Women is a poignant love letter to the people who raise us – and the times that form us – as this makeshift family forges fragile connections that will mystify and inspire them through their lives.

 

 

SING Saturday: Free Advance Screenings Rosedale, Coon Rapids, Inver Grove Heights

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This coming weekend, you can be a part of  SING Saturday!  On Saturday, November 26th, select AMC Theaters across the U.S. will be hosting FREE special advance screenings of the movie Sing (opening in theaters December 21) and three of those theaters are in our area: AMC Rosedale, AMC Coon Rapids, and AMC Inver Grove.

Tickets are first-come, first-served for the first 200 people in line.  The movie starts at 10am, but it is recommended you arrive early to ensure the best chance of admittance.

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Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history. Following the release of this summer’s comedy blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination presents Sing this holiday season.

With its highly relatable characters, heart and humor, the first collaboration between writer/director Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri marks the sixth fully animated feature from the studio.

 

The event film stars Academy Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly.

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal—some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.

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Five lead contestants emerge: Mike (MacFarlane), a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena (Kelly), a timid teenage elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita (Witherspoon), an overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny (Egerton), a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; and Ash (Johansson), a punk-rock porcupine struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.

Each arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life. And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn’t the only thing that is in need of saving.

Featuring more than 65 hit songs, Sing is produced by Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy. Together, they have produced all of Illumination’s films since the studio’s inception. Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters on December 21, 2016.

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FREE Advance Screening of Disney’s Moana in Edina!

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Are you as excited about Disney’s Moana as we are? It will be adding a bit of tropical warmth to our cold November. You can be one of the first to see it for free! Download a family four-pack of passes to attend an advance screening on 11/22 at 7:00pm at AMC Southdale in Edina. Grab passes here (while supplies last): http://www.seeitfirst.net/pin/262858. Please note that seats are awarded on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to arrive early!

 

These fun Moana Printable Activity Sheets include a memory match game, maze, printable bookmarks and coloring sheets!

To add to the anticipation, we have some fun Moana printable activity sheets. They include a memory match game, maze, printable bookmarks and coloring sheets!

If you haven’t seen a Moana trailer yet, it’s a must watch! Check it out:

 

 

About the Movie: Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one today knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds. Moana is directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), and produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”).

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Free Advance Screening of The Dressmaker

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What do you have planned for Monday night? How about attending a free advanced screening of The Dressmaker starring Kate Winslet? The screening will be held on Monday, September 26 at Showplace ICON (West End) at 7pm. Grab your The Dressmaker advance screening tickets HERE.

 

 

About the Movie: In The Dressmaker, a glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

MIDDLE SCHOOL: The Worst Years of My Life Free Advance Screening Passes

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We were excited to find out about MIDDLE SCHOOL: The Worst Years of My Life coming to the big screen! Movies based on books are some of our favs AND it’s not often we get to see a live-action movie that’s rated PG. What’s also exciting is that we will be having a local advanced screening on Wednesday, October 5th at AMC Southdale at 6pm and 25 lucky families will be able to join us! The first 25 people to visit http://www.gofobo.com/THRIFTYMN192 can download a family 4-pack of tickets!

 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL: The Worst Years of My Life chronicles the trials and triumphs of Rafe Khatchadorian, as he uses his wits to battle bullies, hormones and the tyrannical, test-obsessed Principal Dwight.

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Rafe has an epic imagination…and a slight problem with authority. Both collide when he transfers to an oppressive, rule-crazy middle school. Drowning in do’s and don’ts, Rafe and his scheming best friend Leo hatch a plan to break every rule in the school’s Code of Conduct. It’s Ferris Bueller meets Home Alone as their battle with Principal Dwight explodes into chaos both real and imagined. But Dwight displays his own fiendish creativity, striking back at the rulebreakers. Meanwhile, Rafe struggles to hide his misbehavior from Jeanne, the straight-A, overachieving girl of his dreams, and at home, his mother’s boyfriend — a moochy, jack-of-no-trades named Bear — threatens to become his stepfather.

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Rafe’s revolution leaps from the page to the screen in this ambitious live-action/animated comedy based on the New York Times bestseller “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” by legendary novelist James Patterson.

Ice Age: Collision Course Free Advance Screening

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In less than two weeks, ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE will be in theaters across the country, but YOU have a chance to see it early with a FREE advance screening at Showplace ICON in St. Louis Park on Saturday, July 16 at 10am. Download a family 4-pack of passes to the Ice Age: Collision Course screening HERE. Seating is on a first come, first seated basis, so be sure to arrive early!

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About ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE:

Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters. ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE, opening in theaters everywhere July 22, 2016, stars returning cast members Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Wanda Sykes, and Jennifer Lopez. Joining the herd are Stephanie Beatriz, Adam DeVine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Melissa Rauch, Michael Strahan and Neil deGrasse Tyson.