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.


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.



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): 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”).


MOANA opens in theatres in 3D this Thanksgiving!

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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 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.


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.


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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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.


MONEY MONSTER Advanced Screening Pass Giveaway + Enter to Win $200!

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On behalf of Tristar’s MONEY MONSTER we’re offering up some money saving tips to save an extra $20 per week over on We’re also giving away a $200 Visa gift card to give your savings a kickstart! BUT, before you head on over there to enter that giveaway, we are offering a giveaway right here just for Minnesotans to win a pair of passes to the advance screening on 5/11 at Showplace ICON in St. Louis Park. George Clooney and Julia Roberts star in the real-time, high stakes thriller, Money Monster, in theaters May 13th.

5 Easy Tips to Save $20 Per Week

We all know that saving is important for our financial future. Did you know that saving only $20 per week over the course of 20 years at an interest rate of 6% would result in a total accumulation of over $35,000? If you find it tricky to have that extra cash available to put in the bank rather than toward bills, so check out these tips to help you save $20 per week.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win a pair of passes to the local advance screening of MONEY MONSTER on 5/11. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 5/9/16. Good luck!

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Miracles from Heaven Advanced Screening – Plymouth 3/9


I’m so excited that tomorrow I’ll be headed to Los Angeles to interview Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah and other cast and creators of Miracles from Heaven! I’ll share more about that when I get back, but in the meantime I want to let you know that YOU are invited to a free advanced screening of Miracles from Heaven next week! Here are the details:

Wednesday, March 9th – 7:00PM
Mann Plymouth Grand 15
3400 Vicksburg Lane
Plymouth, MN 55447

Tickets can be downloaded at the following link while supplies last:


About the movie:

MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN is based on the incredible true story of the Beam family. When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident and falls three stories, a miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.



Free Advance Screening: EDDIE THE EAGLE at Showplace ICON

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In just a couple of weeks, EDDIE THE EAGLE, starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman, will open in theaters on February 26. Want to see it early? You can attend a free advance screening on Wednesday, February 17 at Showplace ICON (West End) at 7:30pm. Just download a pair of passes to the screening here (while supplies last).

Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. From producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the lovable underdog with a never say die attitude.



Advance Screening – Crazy About Tiffany’s – $15 Tickets

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UPDATE: This screening is not complimentary. Tickets are $15.

Crazy About Tiffany’s, coming to theaters February 19th, peels back the velvet curtain and steps into the dream-catching world of Tiffany & Co. with unprecedented access and intrigue. Tiffany & Co. has captured the aspirational dreams of the world with its legendary jewels, signature blue box, and timeless elegance and sophistication.

You can see Crazy About Tiffany’s the night before it official hits theaters at a special advance screening at AMC Southdale in Edina. Click HERE to reserve your tickets! (A minimum number of tickets must be requested for the screening to happen.)

From past to present, from the behind the scenes characters to those clients beholden to the charm of Tiffany & Co., this fully authorized documentary seeks to capture how a simple jewelry store dating from 1837 has woven itself into the American culture and consciousness to become an unparalleled global phenomenon.



From past to present, behind the scenes and in the spotlight, Crazy About Tiffany’s captures how a small but uncompromising New York jeweler has woven itself into the fabric of the world. Whether it’s diving into the process behind adorning their celebrities with jewels on the red carpet, discovering just how the 128 carat Tiffany diamond was discovered or following Francesca Amfitheatrof (Tiffany’s first ever female Design Director) as she leads us through the think tank behind her inaugural blue book collection, this fully authorized feature documentary will capture the truly dramatic and inspiring depth of an uncompromising luxury jeweler and timeless brand.

Kung Fu Panda 3 Minneapolis Mini Premiere with Free Advance Screening

Kung Fu Panda 3 Minneapolis Mini Premiere with Free Advance Screening

We’re super excited about Kung Fu Panda 3 coming to theaters on January 29 and even MORE excited to tell you that you can attend the Kung Fu Panda 3 Minneapolis Mini Premiere with free advance screening this Saturday (1/16) at AMC Southdale at 2pm!  This special even will include red carpet photo opportunities, family activities, and a live stream of the Los Angeles premiere before the film. Just visit this link for your chance to download a family-four pack of passes to the screening (while supplies last).

In this all-new adventure, Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears and the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible — learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!



Kung Fu Panda 3, the latest addition to one of the most successful animated franchises in the world, stars Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Randall Duk Kim, Bryan Cranston, J. K. Simmons and Kate Hudson.

See Kung Fu Panda 3 in theaters January 29th!

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